Nothing beats your mother’s tender loving care whenever you are not feeling well. But what if you’re all grown up living in your own flat, and mom’s not there? You are left alone, sick, and you got nothing else to do but to take care of your own self.
Once you leave your mother’s nest, there are a long list of responsibilities and obligations that you have to face, and one of them is to learn how to take care of yourself. These food tips can help you get back on track, and take note; these are absolutely “mom-approved”.
Lots of Liquids
When you are sick, you also probably have swollen tonsils. The least thing you want to eat is solid foods. But don’t worry, you can still get energy and nutrients from a lot of soup-based food. Although it may be hard for you to swallow during this time, try your best to take in as much fluids as you can. Drink tea such as ginger or peppermint tea for an upset stomach. If you are making frequent trips to the bathroom, drink electrolyte-infused beverages to prevent dehydration. On the other hand, replenish lost energy for not eating well by drinking fruit juices. Drink hot tea with lemon to relieve stuffed nose.
Your immune system is the most compromised of all whenever you get sick; that is why it is crucial to get enough protein as much as possible. Since you are not comfortable with eating steak during this time, there are many other food sources of protein that are easier for you to digest. Take for example a plain yogurt or eggs. These would not require much energy for preparation or cooking.
You may always notice that when people get a basket of fruits to offer to sick patients, it always includes citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits. Well, they are there for a reason. The white skin found on these fruits contains flavonoids which help boost the immune system activity, thus speeding up recovery.
This is not just a supplement in a form of a capsule to whiten your skin. Glutathione are actually antioxidants that help prevent and fight infections. It is commonly found in watermelons and green leafy vegetables such as cabbage, kale, collard greens, and broccoli.
Soup and Broth
Again, you need to take in as much liquids as you can. Soups and clear broths like miso, beef or chicken broth are easy to digest. These will help you stay hydrated. Soup is a great choice if you don’t have that much appetite since it’s easy to swallow. If you don’t have the energy to prepare some, you can call a restaurant and have some delivered to your doorstep. Or, call your best friend.