May 4, 2013

John is wondering how I never get sick

Hey Jenny, I’m fascinated over the fact you haven’t been sick in decades. Besides eating the right foods..I was wondering if you think using items like hand sanitizers/Clorox wipes are necessary? Also do you take any special precautions if someone around you is ill to avoid catching it? Thanks!

My Response:
I can’t remember the last time I had a cold – maybe 25 or 30 years ago, and I’ve never missed a day of work in my life. So yes, I really never get sick. I don’t use any sanitizers or take any special routine precautions. I don’t run from sick people as I know some people do and I sometimes wonder if exposing myself to a variety of germs is what keeps my immune system so strong. However, if I’m around someone who is sick, I probably wouldn’t shake their hand or share a glass but that’s about it. I also believe that a positive attitude helps a lot. If I ever feel like something is coming on, I simply deny it. I decide that I don’t have the time or desire to be sick and I don’t get sick. Some people feel a cold coming on and simply accept they’ll be sick and they are. I hope I’m making sense. But there’s more…

Many years ago my back went out and I was lying on the couch in severe pain on an ice pack. I could barely walk and couldn’t even stand up straight. The phone rang and it was Hollywood Squares asking if I could fill in for someone at the last minute. I jumped off the couch, put my clothing together and headed for studio. We taped five shows that day which involved climbing up and down into the squares and the whole time, my back pain was gone. I couldn’t have taped these shows with a bad back so it had to go away… and it did. Ever since then, I’ve been convinced that it’s possible to deny some illnesses and pain.

Besides eating fairly well (I still have pizza or a gelato once in a while) it may be what I do NOT eat: No fast food at all, no soft drinks at all, no diet drinks at all, and no store-bought cookies or sweets – I make all my own. And I drink a lot of green tea. I hope I didn’t preach here too much but I appreciate your asking and hope this gives you something to think about. Take care.

4 Comments on "John is wondering how I never get sick"

  1. Greg

    Hi Jenny – just found your cooking site recently and have been cooking/baking up a storm! Your baking is really great and l love the healthy spin – my Dad owned owned a bakery in New Jersey – so l know my baking and so do you!! I have gotten so confused over the years ( l am 66) about diets and what eating healthy means – so much confusion and it is made to seem so hard with specific foods or restrictions. I am an enthusiastic home cook and l think home cooking with fresh foods is key – takes time and planning but not hard- less difficult than a hospital stay! 😊 l am wondering – and my apologies as this sounds awful – not sure how to word it – but now that l found you l don’t want to lose you. So, will this site continue on somehow if you don’t!? I hope this does not offend … not my intent – gonna take a chance and send this – your bran muffins are done – blessings – Greg in Colorado

    • Jenny Can Cook

      My bran muffins are just out of the oven as well! Since I just turned 77, I have already made arrangements for my website and recipes to continue to be managed and remain online as long as there are any visitors, and the same with my YouTube videos. The fact that you asked just reinforces that this was a good idea. I’m with you that eating healthy food takes effort but it’s a labor of love of self. ❤️

      • Greg

        Thank you so much for the reply – l was nervous to ask and only asked as l love your recipes and all that you share – l have found them only recently. I am fresh from the diet wars – looking to drop 15 pounds in a healthy, sustainable way. I think with your help via this site l can get there – l know you are gonna be posting recipes at 100 – maybe just higher in fiber 😉😊☀️ all my best – Greg PS – l know you are not a doctor – just wondering what supplements or vitamins you take – only if you care to share.

  2. Rhonda

    Aw Jenny, as I see it you weren’t preaching at all. I actually wanted to hear more coming from you…lol…seriously! You just seemed very open about the question and I love that about you. Sorry I’m late reading this but you are everywhere now, plus I had to catch up on somethings like email because of being on vacation. I also wanted to let you know you are one amazing person even when you’re down at your worse time with a bad back you still manage to succeed. You are awesome Jenny. You truly are 🙂

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