If you have a fever, it is usually best NOT to exercise and to eat light. Without a fever, if you have the energy exercise but don't overdo it.
Eating when I am sick is usually dependent on what is wrong. I get a lot of upper respiratory, cold, congestion things. I add hot tea with honey and lemon, eat chicken soup (instead of a full meal), and try to find comfort in hot liquids that help decongest my head and chest. Stomach problems usually mean NOT eating much of anything. I also do garlic capsules and tumeric both of which help with inflammation, zinc, vitamin C, and take an extra multi-vitamin just to keep my immune system functioning well.
This summer while I was on vacation (went 3 times) I used 3 DIFFERENT approaches and all 3 worked.
I checked in occasionally on the first trip - went to a wedding and was gone 3 days - watched what I ate and didn't gain or lose.
On the second trip, I didn't check in at all - was gone a week BUT I was active and careful about eating healthy (fortunately so were my cousins that I was with - not dieting just watching that we had fresh fruit and veggies, lots of water, and lean proteins). Came back and had lost about 5 pounds.
Third trip, was the most challenging since I planned to be gone a week and ended up staying for 2 weeks. Stress over car accident we had on our way there, and the extended stay that was not planned made it a little more challenging. BUT, I stayed with my sister and she and her hubby are eating healthy and watching calories, fats, and sugars. I checked in about once every couple of days and when I got home, I ended up 12 pounds lower than when I left. Again we were active and while not obsessing about the food, we were eating healthy foods and moving a lot more.
When I am not well I generally let my body tell me what I need to eat - what I fancy or can stomach. As a general rule if it is below the neck, don't do exercise unless it is just gentle stuff and not for too long. Your body needs it's energy to help it to heal.
Hope you are feeling better soon, and remember - don't go beating yourself up!
I'm not feeling well... Head and now chest cold, plus we were out of town for a couple days. I didn't check in at SparkPeople at all, and ate and drank like... I was on vacation! Does anyone have tips for either checking in on vacation or not binging on the food and drink? Or do people let loose now and then?
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