What I Eat When I Get Sick
We all get sick, it’s a part of life. Now I understand some people get sick more than others and this has to do with how you take care of your body. I used to get sick a lot; I’d get colds all winter (And even in summer) and I have gotten cold sores since I was 5. Although I will say I’ve been lucky enough to never have the flu and I’ve also never had a flu shot!
I haven’t been properly sick in nearly a year (and I haven’t had a cold sore since last November!) so it came as a bit of a shock to me to feel pretty crappy at work yesterday. I am a firm believer in nourishing your body from the inside out so I tried to pump in the nutrients and get lots of rest and am already feeling better today (woohoo!).
So I wanted to share with you what I ate yesterday to get myself feeling better as soon as possible, since I know there is a mystery of what to eat when you are not feeling well.
- Start your morning off with a fresh green juice or smoothie. This will pump nutrients into your system very quickly, which will help your body to get better. Stay away from fruit juices in cartons, as this is just pure sugar. Yes, orange juice has vitamin C, but so does kale. In fact, kale has more vitamin C than oranges, so include both kale AND an orange (fresh of course!) in a smoothie for even more benefits. Plus the chlorophyll from the kale will help rebuild and replenish red blood cells, which will boost your immune system.
- Drink lots of water. My favorite way to down water is by adding fresh slices of lemon, lime, strawberries, cucumber, mint, or whatever else your heart desires! I will chop up everything, add it to a large jug of water and place in the fridge for an hour, so all the flavors mix. Other ways are by brewing large pots of tea and chilling and boiling water and chopped ginger.
- Eat fresh fruit and vegetables and stay away from anything processed or packaged (including soups). Avoid canned soups as they are loaded with excess sodium plus many un-pronounceable ingredients, which is NOT what you want to be putting in your body when you’re sick (or ever, really!). The more colorful the fruit and veg you eat, the more nutrients you will be ingesting, which means more chances of getting better!
- Don’t workout. Many times we feel guilty for missing a day, but if you are not feeling well focus on nourishing your body with clean, nutrient dense foods. Our body has a way of telling us when we need to rest, however if you don’t pay attention to these cues you can actually increase the time it takes to get better.
- Skip the alcohol and go to bed early. Think that glass of wine won’t harm you while you have a cold? Think again. Alcohol dehydrates you, which is counter productive to you drinking all that water as mentioned earlier and it prevents your body from absorbing nutrients. Add that to not enough rest and you will be sick for a lot longer than needed. Tuck up in bed with a cup of tea, a good book and go to bed early in order to repair your cells and regenerate your body, which is working so hard to fight off the sickness.
SO WHAT DO I EAT WHEN I GET SICK?
For breakfast I had a fresh juice I made (using a centrifugal juicer):
- 2 large green leaves (I used British Greens)
- 1-2 large stalks of kale
- 4 stalks of celery
- 2 large carrots
- 1/2 zucchini
- 1/2 apple
- 1 large beetroot
- 1 lime
- 1/2 inch piece of ginger
For lunch I went to Down to Earth with a friend and we shared a raw/vegan pizza and lasagne.
I left work early to go home and rest and ended up succumbing to a few spoonfuls of Nutella (I’m only human!), which actually made me feel worse so I was sure to have a nutrient dense dinner to finish my day. I used my spiralizer to create cucumber & beetroot noodles, added organic shredded chicken I had in the fridge, along with chopped cilantro and Bragg’s ginger dressing. I made guacamole from 1/2 an avocado, cilantro and juice of 1/2 lime.
I hope these tips help you get better next time you are sick!