Friday, January 04, 2008
How do you feed a cold?
All during the holiday I successfully avoided the upper respiratory crud that seemed to be moving through my house. While no one was desperately ill for the holidays, there was a variety of coughing, sneezing and sniffling going on. So now that the holiday is over and I am back at work, now I have the Christmas cold. Now I am not a big baby (after all, I've had six kids averaging 9 lbs with no more than a tylenol), but of all routine winter-time afflictions, I really hate having a cold since, while the flu or stomach bug can last a day or two, a cold is making you miserable for 10 days no matter what you do. So what does this have to do with food? Well, I started thinking about the old wives tale that you should feed a cold and starve a fever when lunch, and then dinner came around and I had absolutely no appetite.
I am taking vitamins, and drinking lots of fluids, but nothing really appeals to me when I have a cold. I know that this has something to do with the fact that taste and smell are closely related and when your "smeller" isn't working everything tastes bland. I know there are many proponents of chicken soup, but the only things that seem even mildly appetizing to me when I am fighting a cold are spicy things like wasabi, or comfort food like french onion soup. Something with horseradish is appealing, hot chocolate is great, or even better, a mixture of 1/2 coffee, 1/2 hot chocolate. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice are also on my list as are soft-boiled eggs. What do you eat to feed your cold? I'll happily take any suggestions since I will have at least 6 or 7 more days before I am back to normal!