I am often asked what to eat when you have a cold or flu. Let’s talk about it..

First of all, it’s important to eat foods that easily supply energy to the body without way laying the bodies efforts in difficult digestion.  Energy is thus preserved for fighting illness and for healing.  Some ideas are thin soups without meat (fish being the exception because it is easier to digest than other meats), along with noodles or toast.

One food that is extremely easy to digest is Rice Soup (recipe below). It can be combined with some fish, chicken soup, vegetables or anything else that is light, cooked and warm and easy for the digestive system to break down.

Although oranges contain Vitamin C, they are sour and if eaten during a cold can tend to create more thin mucus and aggravate muscles aches. Personally, i would just take a Vitamin C Tablet once a day.

To simplify; eat cooked and warm, avoid difficult to digest foods and stay hydrated.

Rice Soup Recipe

2 Cups of White Rice (No, not Brown!)

Water to cover rice by approximately 2-3 cm

Clean rice in a pot by rinsing several times and churning with the hand and then drain.

Add the water to the rice. Cover with a lid and then bring to the boil. Reduce it to simmer and cook for 30 mins, stirring occasionally.

Benefits

Rice is a neutral food and can balance other dishes.  It has a general acid/alkaline balance.  White rice is preferred since brown rice is difficult to digest because of the shell.