What do you like to eat when you are ill?

@skaterx (530)
Finland
February 28, 2009 6:43am CST
For example, when you have a cold or flu? I like some hot soups, like vegetable or chicken soup. And some tea, like green tea or herbal tea. I like something warm. And I think taste changes a bit when you have a cold, so I think I prefer simple foods and not so spicy or salty. How about you?
2 people like this
8 responses
@bbsr13 (4198)
• India
28 Feb 09
Hello! When I am sick of cold or flu my only diet is vegetable soup and bread with hot red tea.Besides I may eat some fruits like apple and pomegranate.It will give me some energy and boost the immune system.thanx.
• United States
28 Feb 09
When I am sick I like to eat plain white rice , jello and a little fruit . Chicken soup is also good. Another thing is hot tea with a couple of plain cookies . Maybe nibble on a little cheese during the day also .
@kquiming (2999)
• Philippines
28 Feb 09
right. anything warm or hot is great when you're sick. but other than the usual remedies i like eating "happy" foods. i call them happy foods because these foods cheer me up. Such as chocolate cake, potato chips, junk foods mostly. When I have a cold foods doesn't taste so good. But I just eat them anyway . I hate it when I'm hungry. I get migraines and I just become sicker. Oh I forgot to mention eating oranges is great too.
@skaterx (530)
• Finland
28 Feb 09
Ooh I love chocolate cake ;) Pity, because that would involve me going outside or baking, which I might be too tired to do when I'm sick like this. Yeah alot of foods taste weird when you have a cold, I think its something to do with the smell of food being blocked, but it seems to change the taste quite a lot. Yeah! Oranges are full of Vit C :) thanks for reminding me.
@pickwick (858)
• India
28 Feb 09
I like to have gruel of rice with pickle and a bit of curd.Rice gruel is easy to digest and pickle is a good appitiser.Curd or buttermilk is also digestable easily and nutritious too.This is the traditional food for those who are sick in south India.
@skaterx (530)
• Finland
28 Feb 09
Wow ok, I should try. I know in some parts of Asia, like China and Hong Kong, there is some rice porridge which is eaten both regularly and especially when sick. I think its quite traditional to eat something plain like rice porridge when sick because its not too spicy. I'll try buttermilk :)
• United States
28 Feb 09
If it's the flu, I won't feel like eating until it's ending. I have to force myself to eat anything when I have the flue. If it's a cold, I'll crave almost anything that's healthy or has good nutritional value. Chicken soup, red meat, fruits, some vegetables, etc. As long as I feel it will be good for me, I'll crave it. The healthier, the better. I need something filling, too. I tend to get hungry more often when I have a cold. Anything too sweet is definitely nauseating to me the first few days of a cold, and dairy doesn't sound too good. Anything greasy or spicy isn't usually good, either. I drink lots of tea and juice, too :)
@skaterx (530)
• Finland
28 Feb 09
Yeah, actually I think I lose a big part of my apetite while sick, I think its because I'm mostly tired while recovering, while i need nutrition to help my immune system so I have to eat healthy. But that's why soups and liquids, like hot tea etc is good, its easy to eat/drink :D and nutritious!
@Musicial (471)
28 Feb 09
I like having hot drinks when I've got a cold, hot ribena and squash
@skaterx (530)
• Finland
28 Feb 09
Yeah I think the hot drinks do help. I feel better when drinking hot tea, soup, or lemon and honey, and stuff like that
@wolfie34 (26816)
• United Kingdom
28 Feb 09
Soup is great isn't it when you are not feeling well, a nice chicken soup with vegetables is my favourite, funny enough the only time I will have soup is when I am not well, most of the time I won't have soup, so I see soup as something I only have when I am ill. I also love ice cream, sounds weird doesn't it but when you have a sore throat ice cream is wonderfully soothing and it's a treat, because when you are not well it's horrible, so ice cream is a great way to cheer you up. I like hot blackcurrant as well to drink.
@skaterx (530)
• Finland
28 Feb 09
Hot blackcurrant sounds good! I think I'll try that also!
• Canada
3 Mar 09
Depending what am sick with, which is very rare since I take oil of orégano and olive oil everyday of my life. Since then I haven't had a cold or the flu..quit the vacinations which made me sick worse than the flu. If I would have a begining of a cold..its an whole onion boiled and then drink the water with some honey every half hour..until bed time..then I take a epsom salt bath..massage my body with hot olive oil..dress in sweats, socks and get into a sleeping bag or wrap myself in a woolen blanket..also put red unions in my socks..next morning...zip gone..no more. But now I prevent all that with Oil of Oregano..check it up in the internet and you will be amazed what it does for you and you will rush to the natural food store to get some.
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
1 Mar 09
Hi Skaterx, when I'm sick, I hardly have any appetite for food. The best would be something warm and liquid - soups, porridge or hot chocolate.