Hello everyone! Long time since I’ve written a proper post, my apologies! As some of you may have seen on social media, I caught a very serious case of food poisoning that lasted about 10days. This may be TMI so if you are sensitive stop reading…for the rest of you, I want to share my experience in hopes that (gosh forbid!) you ever have the same experience you will have an idea of what to do to support your body through it!
My symptoms were fever, night sweats, abdominal cramps, and extremely frequent diarrhea…like once every hour on the hour day and night…absolutely miserable. I was basically bedridden for a week and a half. The worst part is that I had to get on a plane to fly home on the the second day. It was brutal. Now I’m not usually one to drink Gatorade or any other drinks with artificial dyes, sweeteners or flavorings but desperate times call for desperate measures. You can’t die from food poisoning but you can die from complications caused by dehydration and lack of electrolytes so staying hydrated when you are losing that much fluid is crucial. I was drinking almost one quart of Pedialyte each day along with several bottles of Gatorade and not much else. Coconut water would have been another alternative but I just couldn’t stomach it. I just couldn’t stomach anything. I did make a soup of bone broth, rice and carrots to try to get some extra nutrients but I could only have it once a day as my stomach was just so sensitive. I also tried to drink kefir and take probiotics daily to support my stomach.
After the 5th day I started to have blood in my stools (which indicates a more serious infection) and so went to the doctor and was given antibiotics. I started to feel better by the 7th day and finally felt like a normal human being by day 10. I haven’t been so sick since I was probably a little kid. I haven’t gotten colds, flu, or any other illnesses since I switched to a healthy lifestyle almost a decade ago. It just goes to show that even when you live a healthy lifestyle, you still have to be careful. Things like food poisoning whether it’s just a 24hr thing or something more serious like salmonella or EColi can take anyone down.
I still don’t know what exactly caused my food poisoning. I was on a family vacation and we were eating out almost every single meal. We were also in a lot of public places like the San Diego Zoo, Santa Monica Pier, Coastal Amtrak Train, etc. I could have gotten it from unwashed veggies on a salad somewhere, a public bathroom, undercooked meat or raw fish…who knows. Here are some tips to help you prevent exposure in the future.
The good news is that I feel almost 90% better and can actually work, leave my house, enjoy the outdoors and do fun things again! There were times during those 10 days that I didn’t know if I ever would (I can be a bit of a drama queen when I’m not feeling well)!
One thing to note is that with food poisoning it’s advised to just let the infection run it’s course. The symptoms are simply the body trying to get rid of an intruder so taking things like Immodium are not advised as they will only trap the infection inside the body.
Today’s What I Ate Wednesday is a look at what I’ve been doing to try to heal my body and get my digestive system strong again.
For breakfast I’ve been having very simple scrambled eggs. My eggs are always organic and free range. My favorite brand here in Austin is Vital Farms and I also love getting fresh eggs from my friends with backyard hens! I haven’t been adding anything to the eggs other than garlic sea salt and a little pepper. My body has been craving very simple, plain meals so I am honoring that and letting my body call the shots. This is how I always am though, as I am a firm believer that if you just let your body do it’s thing it will always lead you in the right direction.
I made a giant pot of Stewp to have for lunch or dinner. I made it with homemade bo9ne broth to ensure that I had extra minerals and goodies to replenish all the nutrients I had lost while sick. This batch was very simple and had only bone broth, carrots, red potatoes, grape tomatoes, local zucchini, green cabbage, and polenta. You can see the original Stewp recipe here. Stewp and soups are also a great dish to have for lunch and dinner when you are trying to slim down for summer. They are VERY nutritious and can also help you shed extra lbs since it is so clean. You can see my favorite soup recipes here.
Since I had to do a round of antibiotics, I’ve been LOADING up on probiotics. In addition to my usual 80 Billion I added an additional 100 billion each day to help replenish all the good bacteria back into my digestive system. I don’t mess around when it comes to my digestion as I know it is the root of health in the human body! I’ve also been drinking store bought kefir and making kefir smoothies like this and thiscolostrum to these smoothies to support my immune system and overall healing. You can order all of these products through iherb.com using the discount code WAG472 or search for them at your local health food store.
Very happy to finally be feeling better and healing quickly! I hope that none of you ever have to go through a similar experience but if you do, hopefully this post will give you some insight on what you can do to get better quickly and restore your digestive system back to normal!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!!
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