ThinkstockPhotos-453203163Winter is in full swing (even if its hard to tell in some of the places I’ve visited recently, like sunny Colorado and warm Miami). I have been surrounded by many people unfortunate enough to have caught some sort of cold that seems to be spreading (and lingering) like wildfire.

Now that I have thoroughly washed my hands and kept a safe distance from these stuffed up, sneezing, and coughing friends of mine, I can share with you (and them!) some of my secrets to avoiding a cold.

(My sympathies to all those who are already going through their third box of tissues but I promise this tips will still come in handy. Stay strong.)

It’s safe to say that my secrets are effective seeing as I’ve managed to avoid everything going around, all while spending plenty of time on the road, in airports and on airplanes (I’ve racked up more than 21 flights since Fall began).

Plus, I had to spend Christmas with a bunch of coughing-and -sneezing family members (even Bally the dog was sneezing), and I was often in gyms filled with other sick members.

So how do you do avoid these maladies too?

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How to avoid a cold

Here are my secrets (including the Key Lime Pie surprise)…

1) Nutrition. My anti-cold regimen includes:  6-7g of vitamin C per day, adequate water, protein, and fiber (especially when I travel) Omega-3 healthy fats, and Daily Energy.

Now if you’re repulsed by the idea of a Greens drink, let me solve that problem for you.

First, a story…

Back in my heavy bodybuilding days (2000-2001) I would consume a giant serving of a lemon-lime flavored dextrose (aka sugar) mixed with a vanilla protein powder after each of my  workouts.

It tasted like Key Lime Pie. Unfortunately, it drastically increased my insulin levels and made me very, verrry, sleeeepy.

I feel terrible just thinking about it.

Fast forward to today and I’m now able to enjoy a Key Lime flavored drink, but without all the sugar.


By mixing Daily Energy with this delicious vanilla protein.

It’s really good. I’ve been starting my day with that or having it mid-morning (or even mid-afternoon). And I always cram a few of the Greens drink pouches in my bag when traveling.

It’s the Key Lime pie secret to my success avoiding colds.

2) Hygiene. I’m quite obsessive about washing hands or using anti-bacterial stuff in public places. I don’t share glasses or water bottles.

3) Proper Fluids. I drink very little alcohol and caffeine, but a lot of water and Green Tea

4) Rest. I go to bed and get up at the same time (crucial for all day mental alertness/energy without need for caffeine)

5) And I don’t put my fingers in my nose or mouth.

EWWWW. I know, gross. But it’s a politically incorrect truth.

Stop biting your nails, picking your nose, and sticking germ-covered fingers into ‘body hot spots’.

Haha, you have no idea how funny I thought that last line was… but again, it’s the politically incorrect, disgusting, hilarious truth.

Wash your hands and keep them out of your nose and mouth.

#1 Cleanse Secret (takes just 6-minutes a day)

And if you have a baby, don’t let the baby stick their fingers in your hot spots either.

You can do it. You CAN stay cold-free. But you have to follow my hilariously politically incorrect tips, and my Key Lime Pie secret.

Stay healthy and strong!

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Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift to high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at