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Self-Care Tips for Sick Days

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I have been blessed. I am in my 60s and have never had the flu. Report
Great information, needed this when I caught the flu last winter and landed in the hospital with complications with my diabetes Report
Got the flu 6 days ago and decided right away that I wasn't even going to try to track my food,much less exercise. Read this article today, and it seems like I made the right choice! I'm feeling better now and back to tracking. Report
Good article overall.

Immodium is a drug that actively slows the bowel, and is not a good idea for diarrhea unless you KNOW that you don't have a bacterial or parasitic cause for diarrhea, as slowing the gut can raise one's risk for complications with some types of infections. Report
BRAT diet for digestive problems: bananas, rice, applesauce, toast.

Pretzels and ginger ale when I have a fever.

Sometimes chicken noodle soup is attractive--maybe the salt. I try to keep such foods on hand. No one wants to go grocery shopping when they are sick!

chris Report
Great Article i wish i could have read this 3 months ago when i had had an ongoing asthma/cold/chest infection Report
For a stuffy head, I fix myself something that tastes good with plenty of hot sauce... usually spaghetti with tomato sauce. Horseradish or wasabi are good if that sounds more appealing. Hot tea with honey and lemon is good for post-nasal drip.

I actually go for milk when my stomach feels bad, but I'm weird. When it really hurts, I drink cold water either to cool down the area or to help induce vomiting. My food of choice is overcooked white rice.

A good home remedy is to suck on a bit of ginger root if you can, or drink a tea made with ginger syrup. (Boil a peeled and chopped ginger root in sugar and water until you get a thick syrup. The candied ginger can be cooled and also sucked on.)

The only thing I've got for diareha is to snack lightly on bland foods without texture and to use baby wipes. Report
I wish I had read this article a few days ago when I was hit hard by the stomach flu...but as it turns out I did most of the stuff anyway. ;) Report
Thanks so much! I got sick yesterday and am still sick today and I was really concerned about sabotaging my weight loss! Report
Thanks for the article. It's good to see information that encourages one to rest and eat as well as tolerated, without stopping to measure, etc. Our sole thought when sick should be the nourishment of our bodies for recovery. Weight loss efforts are more successful when we are well. Report
This is a wonderful article, filled with good information. Thanks! Report
Great article. I have been sick since Sunday and have felt guilty about not exercising or really doing much of anything. I have asthma, so adding a chest cold on top of that makes it difficult to do much of anything. Report
Thanks. I need this article today! I'm printing it out now. I especially appreciate the info about steam as I have a facial steamer in my box that was going to the thrift store. I'll pull it out right now. Report
Been sick the last few days and really needed to know I was not being "bad" on my diet. Thanks for the reinforcement. Report
At this time of year, this is a wonderful article. Thanks a million.... Report

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