I am no phsyician but I do have a reasonable idea of what to do to provide my body with super nutrients to try and heal itself. I seem to have succumbed to a stomach bug which has been very unpleasant. I was initially worried in case it was food poisoning from the Giggling Squid but I am confident that is not the case. I will spare you the details but I have been feeling extremely unwell (cold, shivery, headachy and craving sleep) and unable to retain what I eat.
On Thursday I had nothing except water and herbal teas all day. I braved a smoothie in the evening but it didn’t last long.
Today I woke up feeling worse then ever. I put 1 heaped tbsp each of raisins, goji berries and almonds in to some water to soak for when I felt ready to eat them. I drank some green tea and that seemed to help settle my stomach.
I recently blogged about a banana and apple breakfast pudding. I remembered it being the type of taste and texture I might manage so used it as my inspiration today. I put in to the blender the almonds, raisins, goji berries and the water they were soaking in. Plus a banana and an apple.
It turned out thick and smooth and very light. In the VitaMix the apple seems to whip us so it is a very light texture. Just the thing for this morning.
I also made sure I took some supplements. I do think you get what you pay for with supplements. Good quality supplements are expensive but I am convinced of their efficacy. I try to take the multivitamin and mineral every day. Today I also took some of the Glutagenic which is a powder I mixed in to my breakfast pudding. It is good for your gastrointestinal lining. I also added a light sprinkle of Spirulina. Spirulina is rich in protein and many nutrients and also has anti-inflammatory properties which I thought may help. However, it tastes disgusting so I can only ever manage a small amount. I also took some Psyllium Husk to help sweep out my intestines and the mucilage within it would hopefully help remove toxins
I began to feel more human and so cooked a light lunch. I didn’t fancy anything raw so I gently cooked some mushrooms, red peppers and kale in a little butter.I served it with a 2 egg omelette.
It was rather tasty and I was definitely feeling a bit better. I had neither the energy nor inclination to make a proper dinner so I made a thick chocolate shake.
It was made with lots of healthy things and actually contains no chocolate at all. I blended a heaped tablespoon of tahini with a banana and a desert spoon each of protein, maca and carob powders. The Maca gives it a sweet vanilla flavour. I added it because it is supposed to help mental clarity, ease cramps and balance mood. The carob gives it a chocolatey look and taste. The bonus of carob is it is rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients, has antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties and is allegedly helpful for diarrhoea. The tannins in the carob help reduce acid production in the stomach and combat related ailments. I added about 1/4 of a tsp of Crystal Manna, a blue-green algae from Lake Klamath in Oregon. The health claims of this product are impressive. Apparently it is a nutrient dense food rich in vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and proteins. The nutritional benefits of Klamath Lake Algae mostly reported are increased energy levels, heightened mental clarity, improved memory and recall, relief of inflammatory conditions and an overall feeling of well-being. I can not confirm or deny these claims but in case they are true, I took some. I do not know whether this glass full of chocolatey yumminess will live up to its claims. I hope it does. Even if it doesn’t, it tasted wonderful. A glass full of thick chocolate you can enjoy without feeling guilty.
Here’s hoping I continue to improve and wake up tomorrow feeling better.