Should You Ditch Your Diet When Sickness Strikes?

Achooooo! Maybe it’s a cold. Perhaps it’s the flu. But when you’re on a diet and become sick, it’s time to figure out your priorities as well as the nature and severity of your illness.

Dieting When Sick

Consider the following:

  • Do you have a fever? If so, ditch the diet and focus on staying hydrated.
  • Are you feeling nauseated? If so, ditch the diet and choose foods that are easy to digest and tolerate.
  • Do you have a sore throat? If so, ditch the diet and select foods that you can swallow without pain.
  • Are you so sick that you need to see your doctor? Then check with your healthcare provider to find out what you should eat. For example, some medications may need to be consumed with food, or you may need to avoid certain foods.
  • Are you just mildly ill, perhaps with a slight cold? Then stay with your diet.

Here are some tips on what to choose for different scenarios and diets:

  • Anytime you’re sick, it’s important to stay hydrated. Try peppermint tea to breathe more easily.
  • Feeling nauseated? Ginger might help, such as Traditional Medicinals.

 

Diet Diva

Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com, Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.

About Diet Diva

Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com, Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.

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