It’s okay to take a break when you’re sick!

I have been sick for the past 4 days. The first 3, I basically thought I was hungover, but I was just sick with aches and a fever. It sure felt like a bad hangover.

The first day I was a zombie. I didn’t eat much except for some spicy ramen. I was exhausted and feverish. By the middle of day 2, my fever broke and I had an insatiable appetite which culminated in a Jack in the Box run for a cheeseburger, milkshake and fries with an unsweet tea. Go figure. I later had fried chicken and my monthly soda.

Then the guilt settled in. Did I need to eat healthy while I was sick? I researched a few articles and none really gave me a solid answer. If anything, stay hydrated was a common recommendation. Which I definitely did. I also drank a lot of juice and tea. So aside from the intake of sugars, that wasn’t too bad.

I also had a sore throat which, let’s be honest, ice cream sometimes is the best for it. At least for me. And in the form of It’s It ice cream sandwiches.

I swear this weird cold/flu thing is not helping my healthy journey at all.

That being said, my normal cheat day turned into cheat DAYS. I already notice the difference in how my body feels with the “bad” foods I’m eating. It’s not great, but it’s better than no food at all.

I’m currently on a soup kick because I hate gargling with salt water, but I like soup.

Here’s the thing, it’s OKAY to just throw out your healthy eating when you’re sick. Just start again when you feel good. If anything, these crappy foods were still making me feel better than my meal prep meals would and you know what, I’ll take it!

[highlight]Still sick? Do 5 sets of 5 squats. Breathe slowly.[/highlight]

What do you indulge in when you’re sick?

Tell me below or tweet me @cherylfornia!

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