Nobody likes to be sick. Whether you have a headache, nausea, or the flu, nothing helps you feel better quite like comfort food. Of course, it’s important to get plenty of rest and take it easy. But what are the best comfort foods to eat when you aren’t feeling well? Read on for a list of those ever-comforting, bland foods to have when you aren’t feeling your best.
Who doesn’t want to have chicken soup when they are sick? Particularly when you are suffering from a cold, nothing improves one’s outlook like a great bowl of chicken soup.
Boil a chicken or chicken pieces, remove it from the bone, strain the fat from the broth, throw in some chopped carrots, a dab of chopped onion and just a bit of small pasta if you wish. Simmer until the vegetables are done. Season lightly to your liking. In a pinch, low sodium Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup is an adequate substitute.
Saltines or Dry Toast
Eating plain saltines or toast can seem rather uninspiring. However, even doctors sometimes recommend eating saltines or toast, without toppings, when we don’t feel well.
Clear liquids, like Hot Tea, Water, or Carbonated Soda Gone Flat
Even though you are sick and need your comfort foods, it is often suggested to first push fluids while you are feeling under the weather. Many people sip hot tea when they have a cold or the flu. When you have an upset stomach, some physicians recommend sipping flat carbonated soda. Interestingly, this writer’s experience has been that experts seem split on whether to drink colas, which have syrups to coat the stomach or non-cola beverages that are flat.
-B.R.A.T. Diet Foods
Some experts believe the B.R.A.T. diet is the one to follow when experiencing gastrointestinal distress of all types. WebMD website specifically discusses the importance of sticking to a clear liquid nutritional plan until you begin to feel the slightest bit better during a stomach-related bout of illness. Then, you can add the B.R.A.T. foods. They are:
Consuming these bland food items gradually and by bits can help you return to normal when recovering from a stomach ailment. It’s best to chew slowly and drink by sipping when using the B.R.A.T. diet.
Whatever is ailing you, it is always a good idea to check with your doctor to first determine the best foods to consume. The good news is that most doctors’ offices are still reachable by phone and some can even be contacted by email for questions.
If, however, you have suffered similar symptoms in the past, you may have already figured out what comfort foods work best for you. No matter which comfort foods you select, remember to take small bites of your chosen comfort foods, eat slowly, and take only sips of liquids until you are sure your body is well on its way to getting back to normal.