Tonight I’m writing from the comforts of my bed as I wrap up another episode of Grey’s Anatomy. I haven’t been feeling well for about fourteen hours (upset stomach, just feeling strange), but I powered through my workday. However I’m still sitting up with a churning stomach, wondering two things: “What is wrong with me??” and “what can GF healthy eaters when they are sick?”
The former question cannot really be answered at this time, but all night, I’ve been wondering about the latter. I’m still new to the GF/health/healthy eating blogger circuit, so this could be a very naive topic, but as of right now, I can’t find many published opinions on what to eat when you’re sick and don’t eat gluten.
Let’s flash back to my childhood (when I didn’t have such a gluten intolerance). When I was sick, my mother would make me Stouffer’s macaroni and cheese. Boy, that was my favorite “sicky food”. I knew that if I ate Stouffer’s mac and cheese, I was on my way to recovery. It was so cheesy and creamy- it was a good sign when I could eat bite after bite of it!
Now let’s consider the “sicky foods” of the masses: saltines, club crackers, Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup…. none of which we can eat. So what can we do?
Here are my initial ideas of gluten free sicky foods, quick and easy:
1. Popcorn. Air-popped or microwave, the choice is yours. Popcorn is a starch that can help your stomach slowly work towards being better. Plus, when you may be nauseous, this is a food that you may be able to “crave”, for lack of a better term.
2. Rice. Again, another starch. And again, of course brown rice is preferable, but in a pinch, either allow for slow recovery.
3. Green Beans. Green beans are one of my favorite foods- canned or fresh is my favorite. Either one of these would be another option for slowly getting back on your feet.
4. Baked Tortilla Chips. These are all items that you should be able to either find around the house or buy at a nearby store.
5. Applesauce, preferably unsweetened (does anyone else find any other type of applesauce too darn sweet??)
At a time like this, I believe it’s best to find something palatable to eat that will begin your body’s recovery process from whatever ails you. Superfoods are, well, super, but chia seeds may need to be put on hold for a day or two.
It’s difficult to find things that replace Stouffer’s mac and cheese for my sicky food, but for now, I’ll be slowly munching on some popcorn and working my body back to square one.
What do you eat when you’re sick that’s gluten free? Do you find it as challenging as I do?
Goodnight, GF eaters and GF readers!