This is not medical advice. I'm not telling you what to do. I'm telling you what I did to feel better when I woke up this morning with a sore throat. First of all, I haven't had a sore throat in over 8 years. Yesterday, on my way home from the station, I felt a little tickle happening in the throat region, that was unusual for me. I've had a few of what I call "crunchies" here and there over the years, but I'll throw whole food at it: green juice, ginger, herbal tea infusions, "mama juice", a whole garlic clove, honey, garlic honey, etc. Was it not, Hippocrates who said,
Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food.
Did you know that there are more kinds of rest than just sleep? Why, yes. Yes, there are. And according to Medical doctor and author, Dr. Saundra-Dalton-Smith who did a whole TED talk on the subject-- there are 7 different types of rest everyone needs to stay, healthy, happy enough to not sleep on their feet.
Are you always exhausted? Like, no matter how much sleep you get on a given day, if you don't have the equivalent of a caffeine IV, are you practically falling asleep standing up? Welp, you may not need more sleep, you may need more REST.
8 years ago around this time, I created a fast. I had done 21 day fasts like Dr. Alejandro Junger's CLEAN program for several years first. I liked Dr. Junger's program. But I felt like I needed something a bit more nourishing for more than my body. I felt like I needed a fast that considered the journey my mind and spirit would be going through also. I couldn't find anything. So I made something up. And I called it what I wanted to experience through doing it-- 40 Days and 40 Nights (So I Can Be Great). I know, not subtle. :) Looking back, I probably would have challenged myself to find a different--maybe shorter- name...but it is what it is now. If you have any ideas, I'm open.