Monday, June 1, 2009

Sick Foods

I have been ill for the past two weeks, hence my absence from posting - the thought of most foods in the midst of whatever nasty grunge I undoubtedly caught off the Muni was just not palatable. I had a lot of chicken broth, tomato soup, toast and water during the worst of it, breaking up the tedium with frozen berry and pomegranate smoothies 'cause they felt so soothing to my sore throat. I'm feeling almost human again, other than the remnants of the cough (the kind that sounds like a dry little bark and hurts much more than it sounds like it should) and over-active sinuses. I went through a day or two of totally muted taste buds due to the congestion; thank goodness it only lasted a short time 'cause that takes ALL the joy out of eating. My interest in food has definitely revived as well, but I still find myself craving comfort foods like soups, pasta, and toast.

Tomato soup with a hint of dill and black pepper, for instance. My brown rice toast with avocado mixed with lemon juice, pepper and buttered crab meat. Brown rice pasta with a thick tomato sauce with chicken-apple sausage and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Salads haven't been doing it for me since I got sick; I'm hoping my love of leafy green things comes back soon or I'll gain back the weight I lost, which would be a bummer. If one is going to get sick, it seems some weight loss is fair compensation, doncha think?

What are your comfort foods whether you're feeling under the weather or just need the security of a favorite dish? And what do you do when you lose your sense of taste and smell during the recovery period and nothing tastes good, no matter how much your stomach growls?


Marian Allen said...

My favorite foods when I don't feel well are tuna salad (just tuna, mayo, celery, water chestnuts, salt & pepper) on soda crackers and milk soup. When I'm hungry but nothing tastes like anything, those will still be edible and even break through the yuck to give me a little pleasure.

Lisa Hall said...

I've always liked homemade vegetable soup and a grilled cheese sandwich when I'm sick. When I can't seem to eat anything at all, popsicles and Sonic slushes are really good.

Dana Fredsti said...

Saltine crackers and chicken noodle soup also come to mind... And boy, was I craving ice cream when my throat hurt!