June Wellness Guru – Meet Dori!

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We’re thrilled to be featuring Dori Manela, the woman behind Dorishinyblog.com, as our wellness blogger this month. Dori’s blog is a portal into her unique world, where she chronicles her running setbacks and triumphs, her high-paced New York life, and even, famously, her friend’s bad date texts (her post Textgate LOL 2011 went viral). Over the past five years since Dori has begun her blog, her passions and interests have evolved, but her sense of humor and unwavering dedication to wellness have remained constant. Below, Dori shares her favorite natural remedy for a cold, why she hates being sick, and how she keeps smiling on a day-to-day basis.

What’s your stay-healthy philosophy?
Eat a wide variety of vegetables and fruits. They all contain different nutrients and antioxidants, so the greater the variety you eat, the more protection you have against illness.

I read this incredible book a few years ago called The China Study. It changed the way I see food. Before reading it, food was just something to eat. After reading it, I realized how important our food choices are when it comes to preventing illness and disease.

The subtitle is “The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health” and that is no exaggeration. I learned so much from this book, which is supported by eye-opening scientific research. I actually sent a copy to my aunt who has cancer because it was so important to me that she understand the link between what we eat and common diseases like cancer, heart disease and even the common cold.

While it can seem extreme because the book clearly promotes a vegan diet, I strongly believe that you can take the main message from this and make positive changes to your diet without giving anything up (unless you want to!). My own takeaway was to eat MORE vegetables, more fruits and more real, whole foods — to prevent myself from getting sick and to help me get better when I am sick.

Name one thing that makes you smile on a daily basis!
My boyfriend Andy’s face. It is very cute.

What do you do when you feel a cold coming on? 
I start taking Cold-EEZE at the tiniest hint of a cold coming on.

I hate the way medicines that treat cold symptoms make me feel. Even the non-drowsy varieties make me so out of it and fuzzy. That’s a big part of the reason I am so adamant on taking Cold-EEZE from the first signs; I don’t want to deal with being sick or taking those medications. I also make sure to drink more fresh green vegetable juice, since it’s easier for your body to absorb the nutrients that way. And about 95% of the time, I never actually come down with that full-blown cold.

Thank you for these tips, Dori! We’re inspired by your zest for fitness, dedication to natural cold remedies like Cold-EEZE ;), and maintaining a sense of balance and humor.