Building Resilience during Challenging Times

Today is day 31 of our self-isolation during this weird time in history as Covid-19 sweeps across the planet.  I cam home from a business trip to Ireland on 2 March and started getting a sore throat which developed into a really nasty chest cough and breathing difficulties.  Eoin caught it a few days later and it knocked both of us off our feet for nearly 3 1/2 weeks.  We couldn’t get tested because we didn’t have fevers and, to be honest, as we watched our income streams dry up and had no energy to do much about it we felt pretty out of control of most things in our lives. Many people that I have talked to now feel the same after weeks of uncertainty and fear.

Eoin and I are pretty good with uncertainty because our life choices mean that we change and adapt on a regular basis.  To live this way can be terrifying for the mind until your realise that you do, however, have control of a few things….what we eat, what we think, what we focus on, how we spend our time and who we spend it with. We feel so blessed to have created a beautifully abundant ‘potager’ (veg plot) here at La Girouette and we can literally feel the immune boosting benefits of all the spinach, purple-sprouting broccoli, rocket and cabbage which we have been harvesting and eating daily as part of our recovery.

So, it is with great joy that I announce the first of my guests for my RESILIENCE RESOURCES initiative which launches on Wednesday 8th via Zoom by donation…..

Patrick Holford has long been one of my nutritional gurus and I was privileged to share an evening and a very healthy Japanese meal with him and our mutual friend Sally Kempton in Camden last September. As I have been pondering the whole concept of RESILIENCE, his work on boosting our immune systems through nutrition came to mind.

Patrick is a leading light in new approaches to health and nutrition. Patrick is one of Britain’s best-selling nutrition writers, with frequent appearances on national television and in the press. His latest book, FLU FIGHTERS: How to win the cold war by boosting your natural immunity with non-toxic ingredients comes out on 16 April. Patrick is also co-author of Boost Your Immune System, with immunologist Jennifer Meek, and was a student of the late Dr Linus Pauling, the only person ever to receive two unshared Nobel Prizes, and author of Vitamin C and the Common Cold, published in 1970. Patrick Holford is founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, of which Dr Linus Pauling was the patron.

Next Wednesday at 7.30pm Central European Time, Patrick joins me for this 90 minute virtual event during which he will explore why do some people get really sick, even die from flu, while others don’t. Colds and flu, including COVID-19, are viral diseases that a healthy immune system should be able to fight off with natural immunity. But what is a healthy immune system and how can you promote your own immune power with diet and nutrients?

Patrick will explain how viruses work and where their weaknesses are. You’ll also discover how to restore and maintain a healthy immune system when not infected and what to eat, drink and supplement when you are under attack to shorten duration and severity of your symptoms. There will also be time for Q&A.  He may even throw in a recipe or two if he has time!

This virutal event is BY DONATION so, even if you can’t afford to donate €1 you are welcome to come and learn from Patrick’s expertise and knowledge.

My intention is to share these important resources far and wide with as many people as possible so please do share this event and I hope you will be able to join us so that we can all grow stronger together.