If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I had a bit of a health scare. I’ve been having ongoing pains that stepped up a level on late last week. Short story time: I went to an urgent GP appointment, got sent to hospital and spent the whole of Friday on a specialist ward. I’ve been resting up and taking care of myself and I’m feeling much better for it. I can’t decide if it’s something I want to openly discuss online, you’ll have to just bear with me on that one.
Anyways, bringing it back to food (as always), I wanted to talk about food for when you’re poorly. This isn’t about specifics, I’m not qualified to be doling out advice, but more about what attitude you might take when recovering from an illness.
When I was bedbound over the weekend, there is nothing I wanted more than Sainsbury’s Freefrom Triple Chocolate Cookies. My lovely boyfriend made my wish come true and over the course of a day (read: less than an hour), I got through the whole packet. But they didn’t give me the reassurance, the comfort I was looking for. However, that evening, when I tucked into my veggie-loaded beef bolognese, it was like my body heaved a sigh of relief. Even though my head wanted to indulge in the nostalgia of cookies, my body wanted nutrition – carbs, fats and protein in a delicious meal. It would be so easy to eat anything you craved when you’ve been unwell, goodness knows you deserve it. But from my own experience, I felt happier when I stuck to my normal way of healthy eating. Have whatever food lifts your spirits, but personally, I wouldn’t let nutrition fall completely to the wayside. I’m going to try to remember this in the future when this circumstance is sure to come about again. Our bodies need high quality, good food on a daily basis, and even some days more than others.
I would be so interested to read your thoughts on this one, because I’m honestly still a bit conflicted myself. Would you eat pizza and brownies and what other high calories food to cheer yourself up? Or would you stick to your whole food favourites and get the nutrition in? I would love it if we could start a conversation in the comments section.