I has a sick... (Food for to make it better.)

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I has a sick... (Food for to make it better.)

Postby hermaj » Thu May 15, 2008 12:51 am UTC

I have a horrible cold at the moment and am having no fun at all. What type of food and drink do you recommend consuming to help deal with it?

At the moment I am drinking copious amounts of tea with lemon juice and honey, for the nutrients as well as the soothing quality of the honey, and I am eating soft, wet things like porridge with more honey and instant noodles with so many chilli flakes you would not believe. Is there anything else that people have tried and found really helpful?


Also, this can be for other food-based remedies for other illnesses, yo.

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Re: I has a sick... (Food for to make it better.)

Postby LLong » Thu May 15, 2008 1:08 am UTC

I have a happy childhood memory in relation to sickness and food:
I once had a cold that was evolving into asthma and was utterly miserable. Of course, no talking about eating as colds usually ruin taste and smell. The one day I was all snotty and cranky my mother made up a huge salad with lots of very red plum tomatoes, olive oil, tons of garlic, onion and lemon. I ate and ate and got better faster.

When I get “that” feeling that announces a cold is coming I usually prepare the very same salad without sparing garlic, tomatoes and lemon. Still works for me.

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Re: I has a sick... (Food for to make it better.)

Postby annals » Thu May 15, 2008 8:28 am UTC

Chicken soup with lots of ginger always helps me. Also, fruit/fuitjuice/fruit and yogurt smoothies.

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Re: I has a sick... (Food for to make it better.)

Postby Dream » Thu May 15, 2008 10:14 am UTC

It's all about honey & lemon. Boiling water, lots of lemons and enough honey to make it taste good. Then when you deserve a treat, mix it with scotch whisky for a lovely hot whisky. Add cloves to taste. I drink gallons of this stuff every time I'm sick, I instantly feel better, and I swear the cold go away faster. Must be the vitamin C...
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Re: I has a sick... (Food for to make it better.)

Postby Mmmm, Pi » Thu May 15, 2008 10:31 am UTC

For me it's all about chicken soup and orange juice. Even better if there's somebody else around to make the chicken soup for you.
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Postby Moo » Thu May 15, 2008 12:56 pm UTC

I don't have a list of foods I have to have when I'm sick, but when I am I prefer comforting food, something that's easy to digest, and something hot so I also favour soups; and lots of fruit juice for the liquid and the vitamins. And LOTS of water. Getting lots of liquid is the only thing I really think helps me get better sooner, together with lots of sleep. Those are my two golden rules when I have a cold. Liquids and sleep.

I know the theory that dairy contributes to congestion is still unproven in scientific circles but I avoid diary when I'm particularly congested anyway. Firstly because my own observations in myself seems to confirm the theory and secondly because, hey, it's only while I have a cold and it's not really much of a sacrifice for a week. Plus diary can be rich which you rarely feel like when sick. Here's one article on the matter if you don't know what I'm talking about (note, this is not necessarily me citing what I claim to be a reliable source).
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Postby hermaj » Fri May 16, 2008 12:54 am UTC

Thanks for all the advice, guys! :)

Yeah, I've been steering away from my usual beverage of choice, which is milk. When I feel like this it just makes my nose and throat feel completely awful. Dream - your recipe sounds a lot like what my mum does, but ginger instead of cloves and no whiskey. Unfortunately no lemons and no fresh ginger here so I am going to have to rug up and get to the shops. :( That salad sounds yummy, too. Might get some bread and have me some bruschetta.

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Re: I has a sick... (Food for to make it better.)

Postby Dream » Fri May 16, 2008 8:28 am UTC

Surely there's someone you can emotionally blackmail into going to the shop for you? I mean, you're SICK!

I wouldn't try the whisky version with ginger, it sounds, umm, like it would make me more sick than influenza... so if you get whisky, give the cloves a try.

Also, I keep drinking this recipe long after I'm better. I get lovely hot whisky, at any time of the day, and loads of extra sympathy because I'm obviously not over it yet ;)
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Re: I has a sick... (Food for to make it better.)

Postby AngrySquirrel » Sat May 17, 2008 8:56 pm UTC

Garlic, when I've got a cold I put garlic in everything. I also go around trying to smell it a lot. Generally, I've found spicy food a nice way to clear up that feeling of clogginess and goo that I find to be the worst about colds and the flu. Also drinking loads is good, what we used to drink when we were little was warm milk with honey, but these days I just stick with loads and loads of water.
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Re: I has a sick... (Food for to make it better.)

Postby Amarantha » Sun May 18, 2008 8:32 am UTC

Speaking of illness and whisky:
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Re: I has a sick... (Food for to make it better.)

Postby Aleril » Tue May 20, 2008 4:46 pm UTC

Not advertising or anything but..

JAAAAAMBA JUICE!

...has always helped me through a cold/flu/sickness. Mostly the coldbuster with an immunity boost does the trick, I guess a massive vitamin C overdose fixes anything :P
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Re: I has a sick... (Food for to make it better.)

Postby Dream » Wed May 21, 2008 5:40 am UTC

So, hermaj, are you better yet? Did any of the recipies help?
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Postby hermaj » Wed May 21, 2008 11:32 am UTC

Thanks for asking! I'm a little bit better but I get worse at night. I made myself some Thai chicken soup the other night and that was pretty tasty but I'm not sure if it did a whole bunch. Tasty though! I'm definitely sticking to the honey and lemon though, and I've been sculling the power-C vitamin water like a crazy lady too. :P

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Postby Dream » Wed May 21, 2008 12:32 pm UTC

Yay!

You're on the mend, definitely. If you ever get sick in Melbourne, I'll hit you up with a couch, blanket and all the honey & lemon you can drink :)
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Postby That_one_guy » Fri May 30, 2008 4:24 pm UTC

Fond childhood memory: I was horribly sick, and my parents weren't home. My +5 years sister gave me toast with honey on top. Don't quite remember if it got rid of mah cold faster, but it made me feel amazing.
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Postby Aleril » Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:44 pm UTC

That_one_guy wrote:Fond childhood memory: I was horribly sick, and my parents weren't home. My +5 years sister gave me toast with honey on top. Don't quite remember if it got rid of mah cold faster, but it made me feel amazing.


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Re: I has a sick... (Food for to make it better.)

Postby Nyarlathotep » Wed Nov 19, 2008 2:03 am UTC

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I seem to be coming down with a sick myself. the problem is, I am also a poor college student with no car, thus getting foods to make better is... difficult, at best. My usual breakfast is Cheerios with honey by necessity, for instance, as I have no stove and therefore no ability to make anything else (I do, however, own a microwave?)

Foods that can be prepared in a dorm room with only a hot pot, microwave, and mini-fridge are optimal. I do have various teas, but they don't seem to be helping much as yet.

Current symptoms are general lethargy (NOT GOOD I HAVE THREE PAPERS CAN'T SLEEP!!!), mild sore throat, difficulty breathing, and a sort of general achey-ness.
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Postby lorenith » Wed Nov 19, 2008 2:34 am UTC

I don't know how easily you could get a hold of it, but rice with a bit of soy sauce (or vinegar) is nice, it should help keep your stomach from going crazy, and also is a good safe guard against becoming dehydrated. I'm not entirely sure what a hot pot is, but if you're able to boil water in it you should be able to make rice. It's the same as with a rice cooker only you need to manually control it, put rice and water in, boil it for a short period (maybe 5-10 minutes? It's been a while), then turn it off and leave it covered for another 10-15 minutes.

I'd avoid canned soups unless you plan on watering them down big time because there's so much salt in them, so chicken soup is probably out for you.

If your stomach isn't too sensitive (mine always seemed to be sensitive when I was sick) you could try something mildly spicy to help your difficulty breathing since the spicy will make your sinuses go WHEEEE and leak everywhere, like if you can get a hold of some of those little "Thai" noodle cups you stick in the microwave, they seemed relatively cheap last I saw them and they are really good for microwaved food.

When it looked like I was starting to get sick over the summer my guy made me alternate between the vitamin C drink others have mentioned, and zinc thingies. He made me alternate because one inhibits the absorption of the other. It should help boost your immune system.

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Re: I has a sick... (Food for to make it better.)

Postby Nath » Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:05 am UTC

Avgo-lemono! Yes, it's usually made on a stove, but a microwave version seems quite feasible:

Cook a bit of rice in chicken stock, with at least twice the liquid:rice ratio you'd normally use.
Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk some lemon juice into an egg.
When the rice is cooked, add a few spoonfuls of the hot rice liquid to the egg mixture, mixing them in one at a time.
Stir the egg-lemon-liquid mixture back into the rice, with salt, pepper, more pepper, and a little oregano if you have it.
Microwave it a little longer, on low power.

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Re: I has a sick... (Food for to make it better.)

Postby Alder » Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:14 pm UTC

I've gone through a jar and a half of honey in the last week 'cause of a horrible cold. [It's now mostly just a cough with a slightly sore throat, but the cough starts up when I move/talk/do almost anything really]. It's been hot orange and honey due to not liking lemon or tea.
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Re: I has a sick... (Food for to make it better.)

Postby Flying Betty » Thu Nov 20, 2008 3:45 am UTC

Tea with lemon/orange juice and honey is good for a sore throat. I tend to crave apple juice when I'm sick even though I don't really like the stuff the rest of the time. And tomato soup.

Anything with a lot of vitamin C is a good bet if you want to believe that it helps fight off a cold. Juice boxes are ideal since they don't need to be refrigerated, or a jug stuck on your windowsill if you're in a cold part of the world.
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Postby AntonGarou » Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:50 pm UTC

if you can get a hold of any homemade chicken soup(a friend with a stove you can black mail etc) then chicken soup with white rice or white bread should help greatly, since it is hot and has lots of easy to digest nutrients- but no canned soups, as mentioned above they have way too much salt.For the congestion I recommend ginger tea with honey, or if you can get hold of fresh lemons a combination hot water/lemon juice/ginger/honey combo.I find the ginger also helps my stomach- if you can't get hold of fresh ginger then get fresh mint(especially spearmint) and make tea out of that, it's weaker then ginger but has the same general effects.
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Postby lamito » Fri Dec 26, 2008 9:11 pm UTC

generally if i have a cold i just eat nothing for the first day, every time you feel hungary drink craploads of water. the next day you will be hungary and can eat almost anything. smother it in hot english mustard. drink hot lemon drinks, i don't know the exact recipe, but it involve hot water lemon juice and honey. find the right combination by trial and error. my little brother likes it with lots of lemon, but i like it with lots of honey.
for any other types of sick, VEGIMITE! (obviously i'm an aussie). vegimite is disgusting, but when it is spread really, really thingly on well cooked, but not burnt, toast it is really good.
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Re: I has a sick... (Food for to make it better.)

Postby Megatriorchis » Sun Dec 28, 2008 12:48 pm UTC

I drink lots of hot tea and eat soup if I have a cold. When I was around six, my grandmother gave me candied ginger once when I had a chest cold and that helped.
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Re: I has a sick... (Food for to make it better.)

Postby Felstaff » Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:39 am UTC

Soup has been mentioned no fewer than eight posts so far. Chicken soup, especially. More expensive chicken soup works better, probably because there is more chicken in it, and a lower, y'know, beak-to-soup ratio.

For a SORE THROAT, try gargling set honey! It's so hard to do until the stuff melts, but it's a fun way to coat your throat in soothing honey goodness. I am of the belief that warm honey can cure all known diseases.

Plenty of liquids should work. But fruit juice more than water. Try sucking citrus fruits. I find that a.) passes the time and b.) distracts me from my malaise. It also seems to c.) unblock my sinuses, but I've had genetically shit sinuses since several generations before I was born.
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Postby aleflamedyud » Sat Jan 03, 2009 6:36 pm UTC

Chicken soup and tea, damnit! Nothing works better on a cold than chicken soup.
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Postby L1N2P3 » Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:15 am UTC

I don't know how I started, but when I get a cold I drink about 1 half liter ginger ale, a spoon of honey and some cheyenne pepper. It's bad at first, but it'll break up stuffy noses like that.

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Postby podbaydoor » Sun Feb 01, 2009 5:10 pm UTC

Tea is about the only thing that's making my throat feel better right now. :( I'm more well-hydrated than I have been in ages.
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Postby Zohar » Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:27 am UTC

I heard on the radio a while ago someone talked about taking a raw onion, carving it in quarters, then pouring honey all over it. After letting it rest for a couple of hours, the onion excretes its liquids and the honey mixes with it to something that's much less thick. Drinking this supposedly works wonders for a soar throat. Have never tried it, not a doctor etc. etc.
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Postby ironypoisoning » Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:28 am UTC

I got this off a friend's blog. She makes it for her husband whenever he's got something. It's garlic soup with poached eggs, adapted from Julia Child's recipe. And I haven't tried it, but it really sounds good.

to make one generous serving:

bring one quart of chicken stock or water to boil

add 1/2 tsp of salt
pepper to taste
bay leaf
one entire head of garlic cloves peeled
1/2 tsp of thyme, parsley, and sage

let simmer for 30 minutes
strain through fine mesh sieve into bowl
pour strained broth back into pot on low heat
push garlic and herbs through the sieve into broth (this takes a little work with a spoon) taste broth for seasoning and correct to your liking.
add splash of vinegar or lemon juice
poach one or two eggs in soup to desired doneness (2-3 minutes)
serve with bread
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Postby Zohar » Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:34 am UTC

ironypoisoning wrote:I got this off a friend's blog. She makes it for her husband whenever he's got something. It's garlic soup with poached eggs, adapted from Julia Child's recipe. And I haven't tried it, but it really sounds good.


That does sound good. I think I'll try it without the sickness. :)
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Postby Amarantha » Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:58 am UTC

Hell ya. I've got a Delia Smith one somewhere too, that I never got around to making. That one had almonds and PX. I shall have to try both :) Local garlic is in season for the next few months...
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Postby Actaeus » Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:04 am UTC

I have no appetite from being sick... maybe I got it from the fora?

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Postby Okita » Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:57 pm UTC

I am currently sick but have whipped up my awesome soup of awesome in an attempt to combat horrible symptoms.

I now share the process with you as opposed to working on something productive.

Step 1:
Heat up about 2 tablespoons of butter (we're making a lot of soup here) in your pot. You may want to do this in a separate bowl though because if you're not careful, you get burned butter (not that it really matters but aesthetics).

Step 2:
Chop and put into pot:
mushrooms
onions
carrots
celery
potato

Step 3:
Stir in pot in an attempt to make sure all vegetables are coated evenly with butter and are cooked. Ideally you want something like a light-brown color for the onions but it doesn't matter that much cuz you're gonna boil it all anyway.

Step 4:
Add 4 cups of chicken broth. I normally use bouillion cubes to make the broth but if I can get it, I'll use that organic carton stuff you can get at Trader Joe's. Deliciosa.

Step 5:
Bring mixture to a boil. Then cover and let simmer. If you happen to have chicken bones or some salted ham, chuck 'em in too. Also add about a cup full of rotini or pasta of choice to cook at the same time. Sometimes, I just toss in leftover pasta. In that case, I'll wait because it doesn't need to cook.

Step 6:
Pepper. Add pepper. And then some more pepper. I like pepper in my soup.

Step 7:
I get this expensive chicken sausage at the market sometimes. I'll chop it up into bite size pieces, heat 'em in a frying pan and then add them to the soup near the end.

Step 8:
Add tofu. My soup is kind of protein lite but I like protein so I add soft tofu in there. Also Basil is tasty.

Eat immediately. The more you can shovel into your stomach, the better off you'll be. Science fact. The rest can be stored in containers but the pasta will absorb all the liquid, making it stew like. Solution: when you reheat, cook it on the stove and add some boiling water with a bit of basil and pepper to produce soup-like consistency.
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Re: I has a sick... (Food for to make it better.)

Postby tin » Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:37 pm UTC

Ugh, I feel so very diseased right now :( . So...very achey. Which is no fun whilst at work. Or when you have an awesome weekend planned either.

Anyway, what usually helps me feel better (along with the chicken soups, teas and fruit juices already mentioned), is a massive, pipping hot bowl of seafood udon or ramen noodle soup, with lots of chilli sauce thrown in. The miso soup base in the soup is so soothing for sore throats and you get lots of nutrients from the seafood and vegetables.
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Postby Delalyra » Wed Feb 11, 2009 4:32 pm UTC

Y'all will think I'm crazy, but marmalade stirred into hot water (with honey, if so desired) makes a fantastic tea for sore throats.
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Postby tin » Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:39 pm UTC

Hmmm...I could envision that working, Delalyra. *adds marmalade to list of cold fighting provisions*
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Postby ironypoisoning » Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:35 am UTC

tin wrote:Anyway, what usually helps me feel better (along with the chicken soups, teas and fruit juices already mentioned), is a massive, pipping hot bowl of seafood udon or ramen noodle soup, with lots of chilli sauce thrown in. The miso soup base in the soup is so soothing for sore throats and you get lots of nutrients from the seafood and vegetables.


You know, I've heard some stuff about peppers and spicy foods being good for the sick. Anyone heard that too? Why is it? Does it like clear up your nasal passages and... stuff like that? I have no idea.
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Re: I has a sick... (Food for to make it better.)

Postby tin » Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:25 am UTC

I have no clue, scientifically, why spicy food helps when you're sick (mainly with a cold). All i know is that it makes my nose run and that is a very good thing. Especially when it's blocked to the point where you can only breathe out of your mouth. Sexy.
i dare you to take me on...


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