Why I Never Ever Get Sick

Jinx jinx knock on wood, I hate making such sweeping statements but it’s true – I honestly can’t think of the last time I had a cold, let alone anything above that.

I never use hand sanitizer. I don’t wash lemons or limes before using them. I don’t double wash spinach.

I don’t buy organic foods. I’m a subway straphanger user.

What I do:

  1. Eat tons of garlic.
  2. Eat lots of dark greens
  3. Eat lots of citrus all winter
  4. Drink lemon and ginger infused water – and lots of it.

As a matter of fact, my energy level seems tied directly to how much water I have a day. I’ve used the Thermos Intak water bottles for years and love them. Easy to carry. Locking lid. Etc etc etc. 5 star EOS rating.

I try and drink at least three-four bottles of water a day – each with 20-ounce capacity and when I don’t, my bones creak a bit and I get grumpy even. Yes, I can get grumpy.


I squeeze a wedge of lemon into the water and grate fresh ginger into it and shake. The ginger falls to the bottom a bit but a quick shake before another sip, and it’s fine. PS: When I bring home fresh ginger, I peel it and cut it into pieces and freeze the pieces. It shaves easily when frozen. Not so easily when fresh.

I bought a bag of red grapefruit today and new oranges (the store didn’t have any clementines) but a new brand looked interesting.


Not sure what a power orange is and if it’s some GMO food, but it looks like a pink grapefruit on the inside but has pips like an orange. The one I had this afternoon was a little dry so perhaps the advertising is better than the actual product.

I also LOVE winter and seem to come more alive when it’s cold outside. So I was in my element today since it was downright nippy.

I bought four PB tickets today – two at the supermarket and two at my favorite gas station. Good luck everyone. Being prepared for a win, I’ve put on speed dial a good friend who is about the best trust and estate attorney in NYC, just in case. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

15 thoughts on “Why I Never Ever Get Sick

  1. All good points. I might add that Wild Turkey 101 is an excellent antiseptic in case one of those nasties enters one’s system.

    1. Mr. EOS clinks his glass in agreement with you. I’m primarily a social drinker, although a good hot toddy does wonders to take the winter chill off.

  2. My mother-in-law lived to 104 without ever seeing a doctor. She did none of the above, except for Kentucky Bourbon. God bestows many gifts. One of them is good health. So enjoy it while it is yours.

    That said, those who pursue with healthy habits and good choices, may earn a dividend of more time.

    Ecclesiastes 9:11 King James Version (KJV):
    ” I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.”

    My first real job was in econometric forecasting. The above quotation was posted prominently on the wall.

    That’s our morning meditation for the day.

    1. EI, I didn’t mean to imply (or is it infer?) that my cold-busting ways would lengthen my life (she said while eating Ruffles with Ridges!). Longevity, I feel, comes from your gene pool, and lots of good luck, with a daily bourbon on the side. It’s a crap shoot.

      Beautiful verse. I’ve cut, pasted, and printed it for my wall as well, even though I did NOT have a job in econometric forecasting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’m with you on not sanitizing. As my grandmother and mother said: “A peck of dirt won’t kill you.” (I guess, I just discovered, a twist on the idiom “we all have to eat a peck of dirt before we die.”) The only time I do so is when getting sick would be disastrous — an upcoming vacation, travel for work, very busy week, etc. But only for that time period, so I don’t weaken my resistance.

    1. I don’t even do it then. I see a lot of people who wear masks when they fly – makes sense since the air coming out of the vent is basically one giant recirculated cough and sneeze The tray tables are gross as all get out and who knows what’s left behind on the arm rests and seats. But I figure my immune system is so strong already, it’s like I’m wearing a mask without actually wearing a mask.

  4. My 23-year old has always been a nail biter, and while it’s gross to watch, I’ve concluded it’s the reason he so seldom even gets a cold (let alone anything worse). Nail biting is a highly efficient way of introducing all manner of crud into your body, and I guess his immune system has risen to the occasion.

    Shifting gears here, I’ve learned from the few M.D.s I know well enough socially to share a few glasses of wine with that long-term health is indeed mostly a matter of genetics. While that is NOT an invitation to enjoy dipping strips of bacon directly into the mayo jar while you’re in between cigarettes, it is a good reminder that the chirpy “eat your veggies and exercise!” messages we constantly receive give us a seriously inflated view of how much control we actually have.

    1. My first thought the the nail biting was ewwwww and my second thought is “wow, she’s right”. Makes sense.
      Control = zero. I’ve lost a few good friends over the years who just dropped dead. Seemingly heathy too.

  5. You piqued my interest (why I love the web)

    The longest unambiguously documented human lifespan is that of Jeanne Calment of France (1875โ€“1997), who lived to the age of 122 years, 164 days. She met Vincent van Gogh when she was 12 or 13.[1] She received news media attention in 1985, after turning 110. Subsequent investigation found documentation for Calment’s age, beyond any reasonable question, in the records of her native city, Arles, France.[2] More evidence of Calment’s lifespan has been produced than for any other supercentenarian; her case serves as an archetype in the methodology for verifying the ages of the world’s oldest people.[3]

    1. 100 is very common today. In my mother’s circle of friends, two are 100, one is 102. Only one is male. I saw a tweet today of a 100+ man shoveling snow in his own driveway. That’s why he’s still alive I think. He’s out there doing.
      But how crazy to live 122 years. I can’t imagine. I’d like to live long enough to see another Republican president!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Looking forward to seeing where you go!
    How about Caneel Bay, St. John?
    Low key, or St. Barthes, St. Lucia, Anquilla, Jost Van D, Cat Island, all were more fun when it was not pricey๐Ÿ–๐ŸŸ๐ŸŒŠ Tortola also relaxed as it gets. Then there’s Honolulu+North Shore.

    1. The trouble we’re having is finding a small cottage. Just one bedroom overlooking the ocean with a pool. Privacy. We decided staying at a hotel, as scrumptious as Half Moon is, is too expensive for us this year. The meal plan alone at HM was $$$$. Hawaii, been there done that enough. Too far. Not as easy a find as one might think. No problem if you want 5 bedroom villa for $35k/week.

  7. High $$$eason. Same as August in RI…
    a bargain would be 325/night. Meanwhile a 625 budget is what it really takes these days, in high $$$$$ea$0n!

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