Feed a cold, starve a fever?

@deejean06 (1953)
United States
April 2, 2009 1:40pm CST
Which one is it? Feed a cold, starve a fever or Starve a cold, feed a fever? I have a cold and I don't know which one I should be doing. I do feel like eating everything under the sun and I'm trying not to just because I know I shouldn't! How do you handle illness? Do you eat and eat or just lay in bed until it's over?
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@sanuanu (11238)
• India
10 Apr 09
I eat when I am hungry and don't when I am not hungry when I am ill. Won't sy that I enjoy being ill but I don't feel that confused as what to eat or what not to eat because I have been ill in my life many a times. Till 2001, I used to get ill once every year!
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
12 Apr 09
Hi sanuanu...That's awfully good that you only eat when you're hungry. Some people are like myself and tend to graze throughout the day. I think that it's normal for people to get sick at least once a year. But let's hope you won't get sick often again. Thanks for the response.
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@sanuanu (11238)
• India
13 Apr 09
Last year and this year till now, I am going very fine. I hope that I can continue my unsick period for long.
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• United States
2 Apr 09
Feed a cold, for you need extra vitamins to get rid of the cold. And starve a fever for you tend to throw up when you have a fever. Like your cold you need extra "C" & some chicken soup is what my grandmother would give me. And also some saline water to spray up your nose too. The saline will help to dry up the mucus. But when you run a fever it is best to stay in bed & take fever meds & juice only. My grandmother also when I ran a fever gave me gingerale. Boy was that some good gingerale she gave me. I have not ever had that good of a gingerale since I am grown. But maybe it was because it was her gingerale & it came to me from her with love. I hope you feel better, get well soon.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
2 Apr 09
Hi cj...Thanks for the clarification. Thanks also for not making feel badly that I'm so hungry today! I did have chicken soup last night for dinner - it was soup and sandwich night because I just couldn't bring myself to make anything more intricate than that. It was also very good and hit the spot with the cold and all. Thanks for sharing the story about your grandmother. I do agree - it probably tasted better because she gave it to you - after all I think most things are better when given with love!