cold recovery

I don’t know what’s come over me.

Apparently, nobody gave me the memo that you’re supposed to lose your appetite when you’re sick. 

And—apparently—nobody gave me the memo that you’re supposed to crave mostly soup and crackers when you’re not feeling well.

I spent about 10 minutes or so at the Whole Foods’ meat counter on Friday, battling out the question of whether I truly wanted to spend a mini-fortune on ground beef.  Ground, local, 90% lean *grass fed* beef, to be exact.  Was it worth the cost?  Was it worth my returning the local honey jar back to its shelf for another day, another dollar?  Was it worth it?

Short answer: Yes.  Yes, it was.

I’ve come to the conclusion that for the amount of times that I actually purchase and eat red meat, I want to make it count.  I want caramelized onions.  A whole wheat bun (courtesy of Trader Joes.)  And I want the best of the best beef.  Local.  Grass fed.  Delicious. 

(Just remember that grass fed beef tends to be much leaner than it’s grain fed counterpart.  This means (a) reduced heat and cooking time is usually necessary and (b) your beef is going to be much healthier.)


Unfortunetly, I’m still sick.  But—looking at the sunny side of things—I’d rather be sick now vs. Tuesday when I have to go to a Food Service Directors’ meeting. 

In an attempt to get myself feeling back to normal, I’ve been focusing on:

#1: Tea

#2: Fresh Fruits

Cold, chilly, fruit.  Preferrably of the citrus variety. 😀

Just as a little side note, did you know that Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin?  This means that your body has a limit of what it can hold, and past that certain amount, your body simply flushes it out (think of this like filling up your bathtub to the point where it can’t hold any more…it simply overflows!)  So the next time you’re sick, eat an orange but skip those expensive Vitamin C supplements.)

#3: Baking.

I baked.  Mom baked.  I licked the frosting beaters.

And yes, baking is totally necessary for a full recovery.

Besides, there is a good excuse for having a big sheet of carrot cake in the house right now.  It’s my Pepere’s 78th birthday, and with the entire family having a cookout over his house, carrot cake it had to be!  This recipe is a guarenteed crowd pleaser.  I can’t wait to see how it tastes!

#4: Greens, greens, greens.

There’s nothing like filling up on some fresh produce to make a girl feel like brand new again. 


I’m not sure if a run is going to happen tomorrow, but you never know.  Sometimes a short little run or a walk can do wonders for clearing up a stuffy, congested head.  😀

Question: Do you normally lose your appetite when you’re sick?


13 thoughts on “cold recovery

  1. I’m so sorry you’re sick. 😦 It looks like you’re doing a great job of keeping the nutrients aflowin’! 😉 I tend to lose my appetite some, but that doesn’t stop me from eating a good bit of food. Not much will get in the way of my food and me. lol Hope you feel better tomorrow! Oh and can you virtually send me a piece of that cake? Thanks. 🙂

  2. I actually get an even bigger appetite when I am sick .. When I was little, I used to CRAVE bacon like it was nobody’s business. I would actually eat a plate of it for dinner. Ahhh… good times 🙂

    Feel better!
    ❤ Tat

    Ps. Carrot cake is like my FAVOURITE type of cake 🙂

  3. I never lose my appetite. I also never “forget to eat”; how do people do that?!
    I love buying grass-fed beef from Whole Foods(I don’t think mine even have local). Cost per meal, it’s actually not so much I’ve found.

  4. Everything looks so delicious, and your photography always has me in awe.
    I’m also always finding myself hungrier when I’m sick!! Especially if a sore throat is included in the scenario…I just want anything on my throat!! haha.

  5. I always lose my appetite when I’m sick and just want plain toast or oatmeal if anything at all. Curling up in bed and sleeping is usually what I do when I’m sick.

    What brand of tea is that. Blueberry green tea sounds really good.

    As little as I eat red meat I make it count too. With all meat actually. Have you tried bison? Or any of the other “game-y” animals like elk or ostrich? I like both of them and they’re both lean and make for tasty burgers 🙂

    Hope you’re feeling better! And that your sickness goes away before the meeting!
    Let us know how the carrot cake was 😉

    • The tea is from Stop&Shop, and is a “Natures Promise” brand.

      I love green tea, but sometimes it can be a little…grassy. The blueberry flavor really adds a lot. 😀

      Oh, and I tried bison meat for my first time a couple years ago and *loved* it. You’re right, it does make for a tasty burger. 😀 I’ll have to try ostrich sometime!

  6. Those little burgers are adorable and I get they tasted great!

    When I am sick I lose my appetite at first, but the second I feel a little bit better I am a tornado through the kitchen eating everything in sight!

    I hope you feel better!

  7. I completely agree with you. I am very conscious of the foods I eat and it can get expensive, but there are 3 foods I will not skimp on. I always buy organic eggs and milk, and only eat grassfed beef. It is well worth the expense. I work with La Cense Beef, and the ranch is located in Montana where the cattle are cared for without drugs or hormones. You can order your meat online and we will deliver it directly to you.

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