What I Ate Wednesday: Stress & Sickness

March 30, 2016

Hi everyone! How’s it going?

I hope you had a great Easter weekend, and that the last few days have been filled with sunshine and rejuvenation. My weekend was actually pretty hectic – I spent Friday moving out of my apartment, and Saturday helping Blake move out of his. I am blessed beyond measure to have had Blake’s family there to help me move –  I am so deeply thankful and could not have done it without them. We moved my stuff home to my family’s house, where I will be living until early May when my new lease starts.

Unfortunately on Sunday I came down with a horrible sore throat/stomach bug. Ever since I started eating healthier and prioritizing sleep, my immune system has worked like a charm to ward off most sickness. I think the recent emotional trauma piled on top of the stress of working again, moving, and not sleeping enough was a little more than my body could handle and finally did me in.

I visited a minute clinic on Monday morning to get a professional opinion, and the doctor said she completely agreed. Stressful times wreak havoc on our bodies, so one is more susceptible to illness in their wake. She prescribed me with some antibiotics, and told me to get lots of rest, relaxation, and fluids.

I worked from home and took it easy on Monday and Tuesday, setting up shop in bed with my laptop, work phone, ice chips, and kombucha. Though I hate being sick, I am so thankful to have been at home with my mom to help take care of me. Does anyone else feel like they regress ten years when they get sick?

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For today’s What I Ate Wednesday, I will be showing you a day’s worth of sickly eats. Yum 🙂

I woke up on Monday morning with a blaring throat and non-existent appetite. When I got out of bed to go to the minute clinic, my body felt really weak and knew I needed to eat something. I grabbed a GoMacro Morning Harvest bar and headed to CVS with my mom.

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After the appointment, we stopped by Publix to get my prescription filled where I picked up some GT’s Kombucha for an extra probiotic dose. When we got back to the house, I hopped on a quick call for work then decided to make some lunch. I needed something in my stomach so I could take my antibiotic, but nothing in particular sounded appealing. I ended up going with a mug of oatmeal along with my kombucha, packing it full of all things healthy.

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I cooked the oats with Salba Chia ground chia seeds, then stirred in maca powder, cinnamon, blackberries and raspberries. Afterwards, I topped them with pecans, hemp hearts, and Essentially Coconut Cashew Coconut Butter. This flavor and texture combo was just right – nothing two bold or flavorful, but still delicious with some varying texture. I ended up eating the whole thing and could not have been happier.

The rest of the afternoon was spent working snuggled in bed with this sweet little guy, Jackson. This would be living the dream if I wasn’t sick!

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I was able to snack on a few handfuls of Trader Joe’s plantain chips later in the afternoon, making sure to carefully pour them in a little bowl as to not contaminate the entire bag. They’re basically a health nut’s saltine crackers. 🙂

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I wrapped up work at 5:00 pm, and decided I could stomach some more food. I wanted to eat something nutritious, since last night’s dinner was plain Banza elbow noodles with olive oil and sea salt. I decided to chop up a sweet potato and broccoli, then stuck them in the oven to roast.

Once the veggies were done, I put them in a bowl and added a sprinkle of nutritional yeast for protein and a generous drizzle of tahini for healthy fat. My stomach felt a little iffy before I dug in, but I was able to eat almost the whole bowl. I’m so glad, because my body really needed a dose of green.

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Afterwards I sipped on some more of my kombucha, painted my fingers and toes, and watched The Voice. Both Monday and Tuesday’s episodes were awesome… There are so many good people on the show, I have no idea how there can only be one winner! While watching, I was hit with a major craving for an RXBAR. Such a random thing to crave, so I think my body wanted some more protein. I recently ordered a box of their new mint chocolate flavor, so I happily whipped one out.

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The hunger was still so real, so shortly after I snacked on some more plantain chips with mango siracha hummus. Three cheers for appetite!!!

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Once my belly was full and happy, I dove into a new book (Wild by Cheryl Strayer) and hit the hay.

Your Turn:

What foods do you eat when you’re sick?

xo, Bailee

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4 Comments

  • Reply Nancie Vann March 31, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Love your blog Bailee! The only consistent thing I can think of is homemade chicken soup. I boil a few pieces of organic chicken, which makes a great stock. shred the chicken and add back to stock. I add wild rice, carrots, kale, and Adobo seasoning. Cook until rice is done. Always yummy.

    • Reply beetsmeblog@gmail.com April 3, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      Hi Mrs. Nancie! I’m so glad you’re following along!! That soup sounds so fabulous… And having the carrots and kale in there are a good way to help get in a few veggies when you’re not feeling well. I think I will have to share that recipe with my mom 🙂

  • Reply Odessa April 4, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Hope you’re all better now! I had am awful flu two weeks ago and definitely wished my mom would take care of me, lol. I like some nice homemade egg drop soup with bone broth and ginger when I’m sick. Sweet potatoes saved me during my flu, too!

    • Reply beetsmeblog@gmail.com April 4, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      I’m so sorry you were feeling down, but I’m glad you’re back up to speed! And oh my goodness that soup sounds to die for… Is there a certain recipe you use?!

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