We're bang in the middle of flu season, and this year has been particularly bad. A strain known as ‘Australian Flu’ laughs in the face of the flu vaccination and has been causing havoc.
For most of us, the treatment is to stay home, warm and rested. Food may be of no interest at all for the first couple of days. As the symptoms start to ease, it is time to refuel. What can you eat that will be easy for your body to deal with while under attack?
Here is a three step flu recovery food plan. If you are sharing a kitchen, be scrupulous with hygiene. That means washing up with very hot water and detergent (ideally a dishwasher) and regular cleaning of surfaces and handles.
The flu bug may cause stomach upset and nausea, which is why the first couple of days may mean nothing but water. That won’t do too much harm if you have no underlying health conditions.
If you feel up to hot drinks, they will soothe a sore throat and help clear congestion.
Ginger tea or hot lemon and honey will help hydration without straining your stomach.
As the fever lessens you will start to feel more connected to reality, but your normal indicators of hunger may still not be working. Keep portions small and go for easily digestible food. Toast or even plain crackers will add some energy without upsetting you.
A banana provides vitamins, minerals and some extra carbohydrate.
Clear chicken soup has proven decongestant qualities, so try to get hold of some of that too.
One happy day you will realise that you are hungry again. Don’t overdo it. This is a time for easy but nourishing food.
Vegetable soups, rice with chicken or tuna, jacket potatoes with beans. As you get more energy, go for warming stews and help your body back to normal.
Get well soon!
my colleagues have been dropping like flies with this, it really is a nasty bug. Hoping I've escaped - so far so good!