How to Survive Cold and Flu Season while on Ideal Protein

It’s that time of year again, everyone around you is starting to sniffle and sneeze! Here are some tips to prevent getting sick and what to do if you do end up with a bug.


  1. Prevention is key! Keep your water intake up! If you aren’t getting the minimum 64oz. of water a day start with that as your goal. Then add more water until you are drinking 1⁄2 your body weight in ounces of water every day! Drinking lots of fluids, water, tea, clear broths, & Mangosteen Water Enhancer will help with hydration.
  2. Wash your hands frequently and wipe down your keyboards, door handles and phones.
  3. Medications & Remedies: If you do get sick, look out for carbs and sugars in over the counter medications and treatments.  Always read the labels of medications, and look for the ones that are sugar-free or low in sugar. Did you know 1 pack of EmergenC has 5g carbs and 4g sugar, and a cough drop has 3 or 4g carbs so popping 10+ a day will add 30g of carbs or more! Nyquil liquid has 19g of carbs per serving! That’s more than most of your IP restricted items! Brands to try: Hyland’s DEFENSE Cough & Cold (sugar free, dye free, alcohol free) OR Theraflu Sugar Free Nighttime Severe Cold & Cough provides fast relief for cold/flu Nyquil capsules- not liquid form!Hall’s Sugar Free Honey and Lemon (no aspartame!)While they are sugar free you should still limit them to as few as possible every day. Compare labels of all brands and look for carbs and sugars hidden in the medications! Tylenol, aspirin, and ibuprofen can also be helpful if needed.  One of the simple solutions to relieving throat symptoms rather than purchasing these medications is by gargling salt-water solution. Simply mix 1⁄2 teaspoon of salt to a cup of water. What’s more, you’ll also save money.
  4. Rest! You’ve heard it before but getting enough rest and sleep every day will help in your recovery. When the body is sleeping it’s healing!
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