Monday, September 24, 2007

Ugh! On Being Sick...

If you've been reading since the start, you know that I was sick for a couple weeks. I was getting a sinus infection, so my doctor put me on antibiotics. If you've taken antibiotics before, you know they can have nasty side effects, which is why I avoid them if at all possible. But I followed my doctor's orders, and took the antibiotics for a week, but was careful to also take probiotics at the same time. (Antibiotics can kill the good bacteria that lives in your gut, and probiotics replace it.) But I've still come down with some gastro-intestinal problems, and after suffering for a week, my doctor has put me on the BRAT diet.

If you're unfamiliar with the BRAT diet, it should also be known as the all-carb diet. Bananas (carbs), rice (carbs), applesauce (carbs) and toast (carbs). But if I'm going to eat almost all carbs for the next few days, I'm going to enjoy it! I just got home from picking up some fresh-baked bread at the store. I got organic applesauce. I'm already wondering if toasted banana bread would fall into the banana/toast categories. As long as you don't go overboard, you can doctor these things up a bit. Dairy is off-limits, so it'll be hard to get additional protein other than what naturally occurs in the bread. But I'll be able to doctor up the rice with mild flavorings--maybe some fresh herbs, or a little chicken broth, or some soy sauce, or a little butter or olive oil.

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