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    What do you eat when you've got the flu? My hubby & I have been sick with a stomach bug for a few days. We're starting to feel better and wanting to eat a little bit, but the traditional B.R.A.T. diet that's recommended for flu-recovery is not very primal. I tried eating a scrambled egg this morning, and it didn't sit well at all. Any suggestions? Should we just follow the B.R.A.T. diet for a few days until this passes?

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    I would say absolutely not. Try things like primal soups, bone broths and very light primal stuffs, maybe some veggie juice etc. And eat very very slow and feel how your body reacts.

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    • #3
      I seem to remember BRAT has been disproven as a way to speed recovery anyway. (Which, given the dominance of grains in BRAT, makes sense!)

      Eat exactly what you feel like eating...your body knows what it needs to recover.
      Liz.

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      • #4
        Feed a cold/starve a fever. Just go with what feels right. You may find nice hot crispy bacon will go down well, I'd avoid eggs and dairy though as they are mucus encouraging. What is B.R.A.T?
        Odille
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        • #5
          If you were taking enough Vitamin D you would not have got the flu. You need 5,000 IU to 10,000 IU Vitamin D3 daily.

          Now that you have the flu, take 20,000 IU daily for a week, then settle back to 10,000 IU daily for 2 months, get your blood test and adjust your dosage for an optimum blood level. See details below.

          Your immune system does not function properly without Vitamin D, and this makes you susceptible to MANY diseases.
          http://www.naturalnews.com/z028357_v...eficiency.html

          Grizz
          Last edited by Grizz; 12-27-2010, 02:18 PM.

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          • #6
            I just went through the same thing, lasted about a day and a half.

            I didn't eat anything, just coconut juice and water for hydration. Some sugar in the coconut juice but I was fine.

            Came out of it a couple pounds lighter, lol.

            When I was ready to eat I just had a normal meal. If I weren't eating primally it would have been a VERY different story. I would have been ravenous 12 hours into my unplanned fast and would have forced myself to eat something.

            Now, thanks to my better body and appetite, I sailed through the stomach flu just fine, and even avoided being chained to the toilet by not eating. Who knows if that's healthy, but my body was signaling that it was fine.
            Last edited by shiggles; 12-27-2010, 01:32 PM.
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            • #7
              Chicken soup with lots of celery, onions and garlic, carrots, cabbage. Call it "Jewish Penicillin" or "Croatian Penicillin" or whatever goes in your family, but have lots.

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              • #8
                It would be bone broths for me. And some water with lemon/lime in it.
                "If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane

                People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Grizz View Post
                  If you were taking enough Vitamin D you would not have got the flu. You need 5,000 IU to 10,000 IU Vitamin D3 daily.

                  Now that you have the flu, take 20,000 IU daily for a week, then settle back to 10,000 IU daily for 2 months, get your blood test and adjust your dosage for an optimum blood level. See details below.

                  Your immune system does not function properly without Vitamin D, and this makes you susceptible to MANY diseases.

                  Grizz
                  Hey Grizz~ My husband who has been taking 12,000 IUs /day D3 for a year got a bad head cold over Christmas--and I didn't (I take 8,000 IUs.) He hasn't had his levels checked yet, and I am certainly interested in knowing what they are! As you know, I tested at 91 this month.
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                  • #10
                    What is B.R.A.T?
                    It is supposed to be an easy to digest diet. Our nurse recommended it the first time my daughter caught a stomach bug.
                    Bananas
                    Rice
                    Apples
                    Toast
                    My hubby and I caught a stomach bug about 2 weeks into Primal. I know it wasn't carb flu because he wasn't full on board yet and we both went down. It was hard to find things that settled when all we could think of was warm buttered toast. We made it though.
                    Soups. Water. And lots of sleep
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dragonfly View Post
                      Hey Grizz~ My husband who has been taking 12,000 IUs /day D3 for a year got a bad head cold over Christmas--and I didn't (I take 8,000 IUs.) He hasn't had his levels checked yet, and I am certainly interested in knowing what they are! As you know, I tested at 91 this month.
                      I agree, taking Vit D3 is not THE answer to all diseases. That is just naive.

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                      • #12
                        If it is the flu, garlic is a great virus killer. Load up garlic in everything you eat. If you can't stomach it take some garlic tablets. I came back from Hawaii after being on a plane full of people wearing masks and ended up with a bad chest cold despite my best efforts to not catch it by avoiding touching anything. I made myself and my husband (who also caught it the day after) a series of very garlicy meals where our skin reeked like garlic. We were over it in less than a week.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the advice everyone. Finally we're starting to feel on the road to normalcy. We sipped lots of hot broth yesterday and that helped a lot. I tried eggs again this morning and they went down well. I guess an unintentional IF in the few days after Christmas wasn't necessarily a bad thing. :-)

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