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Dealing With Spring Allergies

This post was sponsored by Xyzal® Allergy 24HR but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I am one of those crazy people who will tell you they like to work out. From my favorite dance classes at the gym to even weight training, I somehow find the most relaxing part of my day is my workout. This year California has experienced a super bloom of flowers, making my watery eyes; sneezing; runny nose; and itchy nose symptoms at an all time high. I also love to spend time outdoors hiking and exploring nature so taking something for my spring time allergies is something I have to do. I suffer a lot from the itchy watery eyes and it can even start to affect how much I am able to sleep.

And I’m not alone.   According to a recent social experiment comparing allergy sufferers to non-allergy sufferers, allergy sufferers had a harder time falling asleep and staying asleep than people without allergies.  The allergy sufferers also reported that they felt less rested and less physically active during the day than the participants without allergies.

Luckily I’ve found something that effectively treats my allergies for 24 hours. Xyzal® Allergy 24HR is now available over-the-counter (OTC) at full prescription strength. Xyzal® Allergy 24HR treats the symptoms of my allergies and is effective from hour one to hour twenty four. It works all day and really helps me get back to doing the things I like to do most. Like dancing is my favorite class at the gym without my nose running. 😀 I also know that, because my symptoms are relieved, I get a better night’s sleep and am able to get the rest that I need.

You can learn more on the Xyzal website.

Xyzal provided me with a ‘Wise Up, Rise Up’ kit full of items to help me have a better night’s sleep and a more productive day.

How do your allergies affect your life?

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About the Social Experiment

This social experiment was sponsored by Sanofi Consumer Healthcare and conducted by Russell Research. It used wearable devices to assess the sleep patterns and activities of 160 participants (80 allergy sufferers and 80 non-sufferers) for 30 consecutive days between October and December 2016. During the experiment, participants also completed a daily survey to track perceptions of their allergy symptoms (for the 80 allergy sufferers), sleep patterns and activities, as a way to provide additional context for the wearable device data. For the purposes of the experiment, allergy sufferers are defined as those who suffer from moderate or severe indoor and outdoor allergies in the fall or year round, and who take allergy medication 2 days per week or less.

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65 Comments

  1. Katrina Angele on June 22, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I do not prep ahead of time yet but I have an awesome pinterest board.



  2. amanda whitley on June 22, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    i do all my shopping saturdays and then meal prep sunday. my tip is to have a marker handy to write out dates and label everything



  3. Trisha Musgrave on June 22, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    I don’t usually prepare meals ahead of time, although I should!!



  4. Jeanine Jones on June 22, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I am horrible with meal prep ahead of time!! I’m reading everyone’s tips though!



  5. Anita Jude on June 22, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    No i do not but I try to make a list of what I going to fix for the week and stock up stuff I need when i go to the store …I like make list to help me



  6. Kelsey vinson on June 22, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Sometimes! My crock pot is my go to tool for preparing dinner.



  7. Kimberly Flickinger on June 22, 2017 at 10:14 am

    I like to make sort of menu of what I hope to have for dinner the night before.



  8. Elizabeth Brooks on June 22, 2017 at 8:50 am

    I try to, but usuallly not



  9. Shannon Orton on June 22, 2017 at 7:46 am

    I want to, always have good intentions to, but never do. LOL LOL



  10. Cynthia Schmied on June 22, 2017 at 7:03 am

    I create a weekly menu and make sure that each morning I put out any meat that needs thawed in the refrigerator.



  11. Karrie on June 21, 2017 at 3:30 am

    Yes i do..and i use tupperware to store all the prep ingredients ahead of time



  12. Sand on June 20, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Yes, I double recipes and freeze meals into smaller portions. I also pre-chop or prepare the night before to help me cook faster .



  13. Laurie Emerson on June 20, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    I always try and prepare meals ahead of time. The best tip is to cut up any veggies you are going to have during the week and put them in separate containers.



  14. Jenny Scheldberg on June 20, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I make up a salad or grill some chicken ahead of time to pack in our lunches. I do it at night and it saves a lot of time in the morning.



  15. tiffany lane on June 20, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    I try to



  16. Mary rutter on June 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I have bad allergies. I could use this



  17. hughesf on June 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    I try to do my best with preparing meals ahead of time. Especially for Breakfast. I work really early so most of the time I just skip breakfast because I can’t be bothered to make something! It’s so much easier to have something prepared to just heat up and eat while on the road.



  18. jeremy mclaughlin on June 20, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Like to make extra meals and freeze them.



  19. DanV on June 20, 2017 at 10:56 am

    We usually make extra and safe leftovers for later



  20. Jennifer Tilson on June 20, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I only meal prep about half the time. I do better if I at least have an idea what I’m going to make for dinner by lunch time.



  21. Tiffany S on June 20, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Sometimes I chop vegetables ahead of time, but I usually just do it all at once.



  22. Philip Lawrence on June 20, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I cook large quantities of meats for sandwiches ahead of time so that I only have to slice them when making daily sandwiches.



  23. jules m. on June 20, 2017 at 8:22 am

    i make my lunch the night before but thats about it. We do the home chef meal delivery so we cook a meal every night (almost)



  24. Tammy Arnold on June 20, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I cut up everything I can on weekends so its easier to fix dinner all week long.



  25. Kimberly Hilbert on June 20, 2017 at 7:41 am

    I don’t always prepare meals ahead of time, but I always have the supplies I need for quick meals.



  26. Alex Welch on June 19, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Yes, I like to make stews and freeze them for the week.



  27. Stephanie Liske on June 19, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    I tend to prepare meals on an as needed basis.



  28. elizabeth p on June 19, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    I usually double my recipe so I have a second meal for the week.



  29. Amy Deeter on June 19, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    yes i do.i do the meals that take the longest the night before so i don’t have to cook in the heat during the day



  30. Chrisy Beason on June 19, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    No i do not prepare ahead of time



  31. Jennifer Reed on June 19, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Yes, I prepare meals ahead of time whenever possible. I like to cook up ground meats and diced or shredded chicken ahead of time to make meal prep easier.



  32. Ed on June 19, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Double the lasagna recipe and freeze one for later!



  33. Michelle H. on June 18, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Often I like to prepare onions ahead of time for meals that call for chopped or diced onions. I like to prepare a large batch and freeze it in freezer bags.



  34. Patty Niedert on June 18, 2017 at 7:53 am

    I prepare chicken breasts ahead of time and pop them into individual freezer bags. I take one out each time I need one and just warm it in the microwave. This method is easier for me as a single person. I can add the chicken to salads or pasta and have it ready to go.



  35. Mark Marville on June 17, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Not at all! I go out a lot!



  36. Laura Barnes-Schrillo on June 17, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    I make alot of meals ahead



  37. Erica B. on June 17, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    I make some meals ahead of time.



  38. chickie brewer on June 17, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Usually don’t.. A lot of times I just don’t feel like it…. Especially since I live alone I don’t feel that it’s that important.



  39. susan smoaks on June 16, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    i do like to prepare meals ahead of time when i can.



  40. Cheryl B on June 13, 2017 at 7:45 am

    On the weekends I try to prep a couple of meals, I use the prepped meals on my busy days when I need a quick meal.



  41. Shakeia Rieux on June 11, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    I don’t prepare meals ahead of time, although I should



  42. Danielle on June 9, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I do prepare meals ahead of time and I usually make more at dinner so I can have lunches throughout the week from the leftovers.



  43. Michel on June 7, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    We do try to prepare meals ahead of time



  44. Ingrid Jackson on June 7, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    I do not prepare meals ahead of time unless it’s during a holiday then I prepare most things the night before and refrigerate.



  45. Shane A on June 7, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Prepare simple meals and freeze them with small bags of seasoning and spices already inside the bag.



  46. Em Mahr on June 7, 2017 at 9:43 am

    I do prepare meals ahead of time. On Sunday, I usually prepare a casserole or two to heat up during the week. I also will make a marinade soak some meat to be cooked later in the week. Regrading spring allergies – my husband and I suffer badly – we get so stuffed up and feel miserable for weeks. Can’t wait to try Zyzal.



  47. Charlene S. on June 6, 2017 at 7:50 am

    It depends on the day and how much time I have in it 🙂



  48. Jessica To on June 5, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I normally don’t prepare meals ahead of time but this would help a lot.



  49. Edye on June 4, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Sometimes I do plan my meals ahead!



  50. carol clark on June 4, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    like my best tip is when your cutting onions cut extra use them for other stuff during the week like garnish and dont throw away extra stuff there is always use for it



  51. Jaclyn Reynolds on June 4, 2017 at 11:19 am

    I don’t usually prepare meals ahead of time but I love the idea of doing it with freezer meals. Saves so much time preparing ingredients!



  52. joseph gersch on June 4, 2017 at 5:19 am

    I cut veggies to throw into soups on the weekends



  53. latanya on June 3, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    I do not prepare meals ahead of time



  54. Shannon Baas on June 3, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    I generally don’t as I work a strange schedule.



  55. Kelly D on June 3, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    No, I don’t usually prepare meals ahead of time. When I do, I use a crock pot and make a chili or stew.



  56. Stephanie Phelps on June 3, 2017 at 5:14 am

    I try to make extra food so that I can freeze some of it for a later day but I also love to get up in the morning and get things ready for the crazy afternoons.



  57. Azeem on June 3, 2017 at 2:48 am

    I pre plan what I would like to cook and add needed items to my shopping list before actually cooking



  58. Brittney House on June 2, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I love prepping meals because when I get off work and get home, I’m usually hungry and ready to eat.



  59. Ashley C on June 2, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    I try to, but I don’t normally have much time to! I try to just prepare extra of meals as I cook them and freeze one!



  60. Wendy R. on June 2, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Allergies are no fun at all! And no, I don’t prepare meals ahead of time. I wish I did!



  61. Sarah Hall on June 2, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I don’t prepare meals ahead of time since there is just my husband and me. If I am going to a potluck supper, I usually prepare are the veggies ahead of time and put everything together just before serving.



  62. Tari Lawson on June 2, 2017 at 4:55 am

    I generally don’t prepare meals ahead of time. The only time I do is if I am having a party. Then I prep as much of the food in advance as I can, cutting up vegetables, pre-cooking meat, etc.



  63. Ellie Wright on June 1, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I don’t prepare meals ahead of time. Not sure if this is the right question?



  64. Denise Sachs on June 1, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    I chop any veggies or herbs needed ahead of time and store in the fridge. I also set out all needed ingredients on the counter before I get started.



  65. katherine on June 1, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    NO I usually don’t just have a menu so I know where I am headed everyd ay