Last week a bug came through our house. My family got over it quickly and I don’t even think my wife got sick at all, but it reaped havoc on me. I was sick as a dog for five days. I definitely think that my immune response was vastly weakened due to dieting.
It all started like a typical cold; with a wicked sore throat and a runny nose. After the first day I was sore and weak, I had never been more tempted to abandon my diet. I was dreaming about chicken noodle soup, but I didn’t have the energy to concoct a suitable substitute. I did manage to find some sugar-free cough drops, and tons of tea. Tea was best friend, My throat hurt so much that I basically drank various teas non-stop for 5 days. If you ever are sick in bed and feel completely horrible I recommend a cup or two of valerian root tea & lemon. The stuff stinks but it’ll help.
I decided that I wouldn’t go off my diet to bring me back to health. It was tough to find stomach settling foods that were not starchy. I found carrots and chicken were pretty mellow and diet ginger ale was stomachable. I routinely took my vitamins and slipped lemon wedges into my drinks as much as possible. I know I am going to sound repetitive but tea was the key ingredient, when you ‘force fluids’ you don’t want to load up on artificial sweeteners, you’ll either end up with a headache or stomach ache.
In short it took at least twice as long for me to fight off this cold than anyone else in my family. I hope that I am off this diet before flu season.