Thursday, 10 September 2015

Thinking Out Loud- On being sick

It all happened so suddenly.

One minute I was fine, the next I had a fever, headache, monstrous cough and runny nose.

I had no time to think, no time to act.

The desire to go on was slowly but surely dwindling away.

Ok, I'll snap out of it! But really, if you didn't guess by the title (or the thrilling intro) I'm sick and not happy in the slightest! Since it is Thursday, and on Thursday's we Think Out Loud, I thought I would think out loud about the drastic change in personality I experience when I'm sick.

Thanks as always to Spoons for hosting this link-up each week!

1. My first symptoms of a cold is either a fever or a sore throat. This one started off with a fever and that's when I knew it was going to be brutal.

2. After a day of slightly warmer cheeks and forehead, the cough started to develop. DuUN-DUN-DUN.

3. As soon as I have even the slightest inkling of a cold I will load up on all the vitamin C tablets and Lemsips.

4. I also get a lot more irritable and have a much shorter fuse (both anger wise and emotional wise).

5. The tablets and Lemsips didn't make a dent in anything.

6. Then overnight- BAM- I'm gone. High temp, bad cough, dizzy- the lot!

And that's the story of my cold (Riveting right?)

Anywho, here's a typical look at some of the things I try to get better quicker!

Firstly, I make sure I'm only eating ALL the good stuff. Not skimping on fruit/ veg/ good fats etc. Even though I may be feeling sick/ not wanting to eat ANYTHING, I know my body needs it- it is fighting a mighty battle and needs its fuel!

I also make sure I move the amount that makes me feel good. That generally means some light stretching in the morning and maybe a bit of walking around (in a nutshell- not much!) because once again, the body needs to rest!

Water intake sky rockets.

But really it's just rest, rest, rest that is the most important thing and its taken me a while to come to terms with this (boy do I have some hideous memories of trying to push through a run with a hearty cough and pounding head)

And finally, here's a meal I enjoyed on my first day of feeling like death:
 2 wholemeal crumpets with a creamy orange smoothie (all that good vitamin C!)
 I didn't feel hungry at all, but here's an example of fueling my body for a fight!
 This smoothie was soo good, too! Like a creamy orange-y banana-y slushie thing! In the mix was 1 frozen banana, 1 chopped frozen orange, 2 big handfuls spinach, 3 big scoops greek yoghurt, and some water to get it going!
Smoothies are such an easy and delicious way to consume all the good stuff!!

So that's me on a sick day (/week)!

What about you:
What's your initial response to the first sign of a cold?
Best natural remedies (i.e. favourite cold food :)?
Ever put frozen orange in a smoothie?

Want to know what everyone else is thinking about this lovely Thursday? Head on over to Spoons! That's it from me today guys, have yourself an awesome day!! Bye! :D


  1. I'm so sorry -- I hate being sick. Colds usually come on slowly for me, but a sore throat is usually a sign it's going to be bad.

    I like chicken soup & the traditional medicinal teas. They really seem to help. And I try to lay off the sugar. And if I have a fever, I'm on the couch all day. I got through 3 seasons of Scandal that way this spring!

    Feel better.

    1. Chocolaterunsjudy,
      Yeh- I get a bit anxious if I feel a sore throat coming on!
      I like all your remedies too- especially the couch and telly one!!!
      Steph 2 chefxx

  2. Hope you feel better soon! I hate getting sick, especially this time of year. Usually for me it is a sore throat that starts it, although I think I can sense the fatigue, sluggishness in some workouts before the sore throat even comes on. Sometimes the rest can ward it off. Sometimes not.

    1. Kelli,
      I detest being sick and yet lots of my friends wanted me to breathe on them to get them out of school... they do not want this one- it is bad!
      I think I also started to sense the fatigue and sluggishness of my body too. Then the next day BAM it was here!
      Steph 2 chefxx

  3. Aww sorry to hear that you're not feeling well, lady! Feel better soon!! It's been a while since I've been sick, but my first symptoms are almost always fatigue and a scratchy throat. And for food? Smoothies are pretty much my go-to.

    1. Amanda,
      You have no idea how many smoothies I have chugged- so cool and refreshing!! Fill em with frozen orange segments/ fresh orange juice= perfect!
      Steph 2 chefxx

  4. Feel better!!! That smoothie does sound fantastic, hopefully it works its magic :-)

    1. Victoria,
      HOPEFULLY! I believe in magic smoothie powers... and also really like the taste of them, so I'll keep having them! ;)
      Steph 2 chefxx

  5. Being sick is no good. Smoothies are a fantastic idea and an orange one sounds yummy too!

    1. Kate,
      Usually I never really want orange flavoured things, but now I'm putting it in everything (smoothies, oats, on their own). I guess my body knows what it needs!
      Steph 2 chefxx

  6. I'm so sorry that you're sick! I am the worst 'patient' ever and miserable to be around when I'm sick. Your smoothie sounds like a good cold-busting idea! Frozen oranges, huh? That sounds like a really good idea!

    1. Heather,
      Yep, I was Miss Miserable too :) Frozen oranges is a genius idea, just like frozen grapes- in fact, Ive found freezing anything usually takes it to a whole new level!!
      Steph 2 chefxx


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