Glad you are feeling better. I haven't been sick in 2-3 years, but when I am sick, I don't eat on plan. Mostly because I have to prepare my meals. So I get my brother to get me soup, or something I can nuke, and get back to bed. Because of my heart condition, being sick really weakens me. Coffee, and jello are safe. I never drink coffee, but warm fluids tend to make me feel good.
Usually if I am off plan 1-2 days, I can get right back on now. It was much harder before, but I think my body prefers low carb now, and I just feel weird when I eat off plan.
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Glad to hear you are already better. I would say go with what your body feels like within reason. I tend to do well with a little natural sugar like in berries or apples. Small amounts of plain yogurt may help to restore gut bacteria. I also feel much better drinking peppermint tea, maybe with a small amount of raw honey added. It does work like medicine. Birgit
I haven't been sick since I've been LC, but before when I was sick, after the hurling stopped I like weak black tea (unsweetened, I never did take sugar in coffee or tea, hot or cold), real warm, not hot, or a bit cooler than room temp. Diet ginger ale, chicken broth, thin toast with butter, scrambled egg, real juice popsicles, and mashed or baked potato with salt.
If I have a cold, I make this concoction and it really works. It's supposed to be a tea but it's not so good so I make it with chicken broth so it's more soup like:
1 box (tetra pak) chicken broth, 1 whole head of garlic, 1T fresh sage or 1/2 t dried, 1 lemon, a small slice of ginger and as much cayenne as you can comfortably stand. I like hot food so I have quite a bit but the hub is a wuss, so I add maybe 1/2 t to the batch and extra to mine. Add all ingredients to the pan, roll the lemon around, cut in half and squeeze before dropping in. Simmer for 5-10 min. Strain and then sip 1 c every hour and stay tucked in bed.
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I feel that sick requires comfort! I will go off plan if I'm sick and eat what (or if) I can. Bone or other broth is great, if I can stomach hot food. Teas are good, especially peppermint or chamomile. I'm also a fan of gingered chicken broth; ginger is a great addition to egg drop soup, too.
If my stomach isn't happy with hot foods, I like gelatin. Although, if I'm miserable and just want it - I will also suck on some really low carb (cheapie!) popsicles I get at Walmart. I've been known to break down and have some sherbet or Italian ice. Sherbet "push-up" bars.
If my stomach is really upset, I will have a little peppermint candy, like a Starlight™ mint, or sometimes horehound drops. My dad, an old-timey GP, used to give me a teaspoon of concentrated cola syrup for a cantankerous stomach. Mom favored shaved ice with lemon and honey.
My favorite "sick food" was always a big bowl of white rice, cooked soft, with lots of butter. I did try that the last time I was sick... but since I've been on a LC lifestyle, it wreaked havoc with my digestion. I won't do that again. The other off-plan things I've mentioned here didn't cause me any grief. The rice, no. Never again.
I don't like to vault off the wagon I'm on with LC... but I figure sick is temporary. I'm not dropping the ball - I'm going to (and do) go right back to my chosen lifestyle as soon as my body will let me. Meanwhile, a little bit of off-plan pampering isn't going to set me back so far I can't recover from it.
I'm glad to hear you're feeling better!
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Sorry to hear you have been sick. When I'm sick, I go for the old-fashioned remedies, like chicken noodle soup and some sugar-free jello. I like the Lipton brand chicken noodle soup - the noodles are really thin little ones. And it has some small diced chicken in it. I just like to drink the broth.
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Sorry you're so sick, Suzanne. I'm really not very carb sensitive so I ate Progresso Chicken and Dumpling soup last week when it was my turn (which was just a very sore throat and bad head cold, not stomach flu) - I find the dumplings easier to flick out than noodles and if one or two get eaten it doesn't bother me. I hope you feel better!
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I'm sorry you don't feel well. That's great that you've been careful on the diet while you're recovering from the stomach flu. I saw this blog last week about alternatives to the BRAT Diet for a sick stomach - bone broth, ginger and peppermint. I personally like some chicken soup with ginger in it. I hope you feel better soon.
I was nauseous 2 weekends ago and I had our old family standby, saltine crackers crushed up into a bowl of milk. It made me feel better and it stayed down so I didn't grudge myself the wheat. However, that's just me. I don't actually seem to have any major sensitivities to wheat, I just feel better when I don't eat any.
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I have has a stomach flu this week and staying on plan has certainly been a challenge. I did allow myself diet ginger ale which was delicious. But, not so fun today when all I want is ginger ale! I found deli meat with mayo the only lc choice that did not make me gag. How do you guys handle being sick?
I would have given anything to eat toast and cereal though.
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