What food is best for you when feeling sick?

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What food is best for you when feeling sick?
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Sun, 06-12-2011 - 7:40pm

Just wondering, what food is best for you when feeling sick?

I know lots of people say chicken soup but after talking to friends over the weekend it seems there are a lot more things than that.

Here it is more likely to be tomato soup or anything with melted cheese, oh and dry toast with vegemite and cut into fingers...no I won't force any of you to eat that, unless you like vegemite of course! lol.

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Sun, 06-12-2011 - 8:16pm
When I'm feeling sick I don't want to eat anything but try a cup of chicken broth. It is true that homemade chicken soup is good for you when you don't feel well. Others might like tea & crackers or dry toast. Rice or applesauce are also options.

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Sun, 06-12-2011 - 8:19pm
It is hard to eat when you are not feeling well, isn't it, but I guess that is when we really need to eat. Applesauce? really, have not heard of that. Are you planning on making anything that your DH particularly likes for when he comes home from his operation?
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Sun, 06-12-2011 - 11:29pm

I like chicken broth-either with red pepper flakes, mushrooms and spinach-or toast with melted parmesan cheese on top.

When we were little and we had a stomach virus, mom would give us scraped apple (the pectin is like kaopectate for diarrhea) and rice. When we had a cough, she would melt licorice, rock candy, honey and lemon juice for us to sip.

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Sun, 06-12-2011 - 11:33pm
Strangely I have not had just parmesan on toast I usually put it with other cheeses, guess I should give it a try.

I think I would like to have a cough in that house!...sounds yum.
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Sun, 06-12-2011 - 11:45pm
I'm going to wait and see how he's feeling. He's not a big eater anyway. Lives on coffee. Lately he's been drinking a lot of ginger ale since he's not allowed to have alcohol.

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Sun, 06-12-2011 - 11:49pm
When I had a cough my Mom would thin slice an onion, put it in a shallow bowl, sprinkle it liberally with sugar and set it on top of a warm stove. Then she'd give me a tablespoon or two instead of cough syrup. The biggest problem was I LOVED the sweet onion juice so would sneak in the kitchen and drink it out of the bowl. *lol* Then when I'd start coughing again there wouldn't be any left in the bowl.

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Mon, 06-13-2011 - 12:08am

I forgot-yes, the other thing we would have is ginger ale!

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Mon, 06-13-2011 - 9:29pm
Ginger ale is nice and good when the weather is warm, so is Ginger beer. SIL made some homemade last summer. Wednesday is nearly here. Good luck with the surgery and the recovery.
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Mon, 06-13-2011 - 9:31pm
Lol that is funny Lo. I think I would like that too. I do use a little sugar on onions that are really strong. I guess your Mum figured out where it was disappearing to!....oh did it help with the cough?
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Mon, 06-13-2011 - 11:52pm
That wasn't Lo who posted about the onion syrup, it was me! And yes, it definitely helped the cough.

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