What to Eat When Sick

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash I spent most of last week being sick with a cold – or maybe it was trying to be the flu. (My symptoms were a bit confusing.) It got me thinking about the old saying, that you should, “feed a cold and starve a fever.” Part of the reason I started focusing on this, or thinking in general about what you’re “supposed” to eat when you’re sick, is because I kept being surprised that I was hungry. After all, it’s not like I was doing much, mostly sleeping. So once I could start focusing again, I did a quick Google search. And I found a couple of interesting things. According to an article in Everyday Health, this whole idea of starving a fever started in the 1500’

Making Chicken Soup - For Myself

We all know chicken soup is the meal of choice when you need something nurturing and restorative. (This article has some reasons why.) It’s what you make for someone who’s sick. And if you are sick – and you eat meat – it’s hard to get something better. Which is why I made chicken soup for myself this weekend. To clarify, I’m not full-out sick. I probably wouldn’t be up for cooking if I was. But after a work trip last week, which included a red-eye flight home from California on Wednesday, I was definitely feeling run-down. I had gotten to the borderland between sickness and wellness. You may know the place, where you throat is a little scratchy, you’re tired despite sleeping for hours, mayb

This Is Us - Relationships and Being Fat

When I noticed that This Is Us is on Hulu, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. And the only reason I’m not still binge-watching it is because I’m pausing my Hulu subscription while the Olympics are on. For those who don’t know, one of the central characters of the show is Kate, an obese woman. In one of her first scenes, you see stripping down to weigh herself – even to the point of taking off her earrings. That’s when my heart broke for her. Well, the first time. It’s happened again, most recently in one of the flashback scenes when, as a pudgy 8-year-old, she had the gall to wear a cute Care Bears bikini to the pool. And her “friends” gave her a note, dumping her because they sai

Ups and Downs

Note: For those who haven’t seen the movie Up, it includes a scene where an old man decides to take his house out of his changing neighborhood – by lifting it in the air with hundreds of helium balloons. I recently re-watched the movie Up, and I still love the image of the house being lifted by all those balloons. It got me thinking how nice it would be to have a balloon like that to grab onto when I’m feeling down, when I’ve made a mistake or failed at something, and I need something to give me a lift. Then I realized that maybe I can have that, at least metaphorically. But it requires a change in mindset. Like many of us, I tend to give more weight to failures than successes. If I were to

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