A few weeks ago, I got really sick! Fortunately, it was just a cold and there wasn’t any throwing up. (That’s usually how I get sick if I eat non-Paleo AIP, and I really dread it). But still, it was uncomfortable and not the way I like to spend my time.
I wrote about the homeopathic cold remedies I tried, but I thought I’d write a bit about what I ate during this time for you guys. Both in hopes to share my tactics and to get help from you!
Here are a few tips for eating Paleo AIP while you’re sick:
- Rely on your support system. Hopefully you have a spouse, friend, or Paleo AIP network group you can rely on during this time to help you with errands or, depending on how friendly they are, giving you some Paleo AIP food! As for me, I relied on JHubbs to do almost all of the cooking and cleaning while I was out of it. We also recently discovered a local butcher that has a freezer case full of reasonably priced bone broth. That will be my go-to next time!
- Turn to what packaged you can. Paleo AIP is notorious for not being box-friendly. You can’t crank open a box of crackers and a can of soup when you can’t find any with clean ingredients! That said, turn to what you can: apple chips, organic broth with frozen peas and carrots, frozen breakfast sausage with frozen broccoli. Swapping out your cooking meals for two or three packaged meals will help you spend the time you need to spend resting.
- If you can go back in the future…. have a few meals frozen in the freezer in case you’re hit with an illness. This won’t really help if you’re sick now, but maybe it will inspire you to cook up some things when you feel better! Right now I have a jar of homemade coconut milk, a jar of vegetable gravy, a baggie of rotisserie chicken, and a few baggies of different lunches for JHubbs ready to roll.
- Use food as medicine. Living a Paleo AIP lifestyle means you’re less likely to be interested in taking tons of medicine with chemicals, fake flavorings, and dangerous colorings. Turn to the woods for natural relief! Chopped raw garlic in raw honey, gargling with ACV, and fresh ginger tea will all help with your symptoms. Read more here.
- Delay whatever you can. Stressful plans with family? Cancel them. Early work deadline? Extend it. Use whatever flexibility you have to remove your expectations for the time that you are sick.
- Pray. We’re spiritual beings with physical problems (or better put by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”). If you can, distract yourself in prayer so that your body can go through what it needs to go through while your mind remains free and peaceful. (Obviously I have not mastered this, but the last few times I’ve been sick, repetitive Our Fathers and Glory Bes have helped).