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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Food Storage for Sick Days

Not to give T.M.I... but I have gotten violently ill twice in the last two months. The kind of ill that leaves me on the verge of passing out, and wishing I was dead. I don't know what I ate that was so wrong (both meals were completely different), but it will probably be a very long time before I can eat either meal again (which is sad, because they were delicious).

The first time, I had to send my husband to the store to stock up on Gatorade and saltines. I was weak and couldn't fathom eating/drinking anything else. You'd think I would have learned my lesson and stocked up on these items after I recovered, but I didn't. The second time, Abbie saved me by bringing these things to my house.

It's always a good idea to stock up on these "sick foods" - Gatorade, saltines, applesauce, and some canned soups (and anything else that you rely on when you're sick).

Cold and flu season is rapidly approaching (if it isn't here already), so next time you hit the grocery store, consider stocking up on these foods so you don't get caught without them, like I did. Also consider getting cold/flu medicines if yours have expired from last year. It will make your sick days just a little easier, if not more relaxing, if you don't have to drag yourself to the store!

What do you rely on when you're sick?

15 comments:

The Garden of Egan said...

Such a good idea. Saltines are my favorite and some chicken broth.

Anonymous said...

Popsicles helo my children get over tummy troubles in a hurry! They're miraculous.

Anonymous said...

Popsicles help my children get over tummy troubles in a hurry! They're miraculous. We don't drink Koolaid but I'm storing some for a substitute in case there is a long term power outage.

Kristen said...

We try to keep some gingerale or 7up in storage for sick tummies. Flat pop helps for some reason. In case we adults get sick, we have meals in the freezer already made so that an able bodied teenager could put them in the oven or microwave. If all else fails, there are cans of chicken soup on the shelf.

Shelly said...

NyQuil does wonders! But I do love crackers and cup-o-noodles. I think the best "cure" is a loving and wonderful spouse who will step up and help.

Shane and Brandi said...

My husband has to have bean with bacon soup. Whenever he is sick he won't eat anything else. I just don't want to have to cook for a family when I am sick. So anything that I can just put in the microwave and heat is what I like.

Bellen said...

Ginger tea to settle the stomach with sugar to give a little energy.

Saltines - just saltines not Ritz or some other fancy cracker.

Homemade electrolyte drink - 1 quart water with 1 tsp salt and 8 tsp sugar stirred till dissolved. A little bit of lemon juice for flavor.

Homemade chix broth - always have a couple quarts in the freezer - made with a good dose of garlic & some freshly ground black pepper.

Heather said...

Great idea to stock up on these things...I would never have thought about it until it was too late!

I love having jello when we have upset tummies around here!

Roger, Michelle, Jena and Lily said...

Soup and sandwiches, pasta. Things easy to cook. And medicine, lots of medicine. Last spring both of my girls had the flu and I was out of tylenol and benedryl. Nothing like standing in the children's aisle at the drug store with a screaming baby and a whiny toddler.

Anonymous said...

For things like food poisoning or something "norwalk" like, gatorade diluted half and half with water. I can keep that down when nothing else (including plain water) will stay. Once the system is empty - then gravol helps too!

For colds - chicken broth with lots of garlic, ginger, chile paste and pepper (and some noodles or rice added) - helps break up the congestion.

grandmaval AKA mommypapa said...

I like to store fruit juice and herbal teas. Also, canned fruit, esp. apple sauce. Baked potatoes are good also. One really great thing to feel sick people is: Potassium Broth: chop these vegetables up: 2 potatoes, 1 cup carrots, 1 cup celery, and 1 cup of any other vegies you may have, but it could be just those 3 things. Add 1 1/2 qts. water, cover and cook for about 30 minutes. Strain, cool to warm and drink the broth. This broth really builds strength and tastes good and mild.

Kristine said...

We try to keep pedialyte (or generic equivalent) on hand. For medicines, tylenol and ibuprofen are absolutely essential. We don't use much of antihistames, and only sometimes use a decongestant. Although we do keep guaifenesin (robitussin) on hand.

Preparedness Pro said...

Great advice -- it's nice to have the convenience of sneding the husband to the store, but what if the store is unavailable? What if the husband is unavailable? It's a good idea to have these comfort foods we rely on when we're sick close at hand. I rely on ginger ale, gatorade/powerade and Mrs. Grass chicken soup. If you can't make it from scratch, go with Mrs. Grass. It's the BEST! I've got a TON of the stuff in my food storage. Also, ginger and peppermint tea are known to soothe an upset tummy.

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Dede said...

Everyone has already mentioned the foods I keep for being sick, but I wanted to comment anyway lol.

In our house we keep a lot of saltines, popsicles and jello. I hadn't thought of the other foods!

Also, I'm a HUGE fan of stocking up on tylenol, ibuprofen, and cough drops. Now is the perfect time to buy, because I've watched prices, and they DO go up in the winter a lot of the time!

CheerfulHeart2 said...

What great tips. Thank you everyone!