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2003/11/14 15:10:21 (permalink)

Feed a Cold

I've got a doozy of a cold. What should I eat to help me get better? And don't tell me chicken noodle soup. I already tried that...
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    RubyRose
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/14 15:25:09 (permalink)
    Roasted garlic soup
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/14 15:27:15 (permalink)
    DRINK don't eat - Lots, and Lots of OJ. A Fresh Samantha Cold Buster does the trick for me.
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/14 15:29:25 (permalink)
    Milk toast.

    Mmmmmm......



    (Kidding)


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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/14 15:32:06 (permalink)
    Chicken and dumplings. Lots of hot tea, and before bed a Hot Toddy.

    Hope you feel better!
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/14 16:15:36 (permalink)
    Fresh air. OJ. LOTS of OJ. B-12.
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/14 16:37:26 (permalink)
    I read an article once that gave real scientific reasons for eatingChicken Soup. They told what all the ingredients did and said that it was actual fact that the old Jewish grandmoms knew what they were doing. So make a pot of homemade chicken noodle soup and put lots of black pepper in. (I cannot remember why, but it sounded right at the time I read it.)
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/14 17:11:22 (permalink)
    I tell you what I do: I have evening libations every day. It may not cure the cold but what it does is put me in the position that I do not care how I feel.

    It has worked for several years.

    When I feel a cold coming on, I indulge and whatever is going on seems to have less signifance

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/14 20:48:52 (permalink)
    Vitamin C (orange juice etc.), chicken soup, anything with ginger to settle the stomache, and although it's not food, Theraflu is the only thing that ever makes me feel better. It makes you all sleepy and cuddly. It's like liquid valium.
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/14 21:20:13 (permalink)
    A long time ago I read that onions were good for a cold. Ever since I have eaten homemade onion soup. It seems to work. As a matter of fact I have onion soup frequently during the winter to ward off colds. It seems to do the job.
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/14 21:48:47 (permalink)
    I think I just got Meowzarts cold.....Now I am sick too! Be careful, I think we are spreading our germs on this web site. Gives a New meaning to Computer Virus. LOL
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/15 01:05:36 (permalink)
    When we were sick as children, it was always ice cold 7-up to drink, grilled cheese with Campbell's cream of tomato soup or peanut butter on saltines with Campbell's chicken noodle soup.

    As an adult, the only thing that still works is the 7-up.

    And hot, buttered toast. Preferably a grainy or nutty bread.
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/15 04:49:58 (permalink)
    Oh, and sports drinks like Gatorade to keep your electrolytes up...whatever those are.
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/15 19:22:27 (permalink)
    Doubt they do much, if any, good as far as promoting recovery, but any time I have a cold about all I "have a taste for" is citrus (oranges, grapefruit, lemons, their juices); also tomatoes, tomato juice, tomato soup or other tomato based dishes, and pineapple. It's really more than these items being the only things which taste good with a cold; at that time I actually kind of "crave" these foods.
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/15 20:29:22 (permalink)
    Liketoeat,

    Those are all vitamin C foods. Maybe that's what you're craving.
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/15 21:20:38 (permalink)
    Nothin' More than Simple Comfort Food
    Pad Thia, Extra Hot .... Chicken, Pork, Shrimp Don't matter
    Just request More Garlic Chili Paste
    You'll Be Fine in the Morning
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/15 22:09:40 (permalink)
    Although I take a Vitamin C daily, you may well be right, ocdreamr, about what I'm craving when I get a cold. I'd always thought of it as craving things kind of sour or acid, but it may be more of a vitamin thing.
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/16 07:49:31 (permalink)
    They actually have done research to see if Chicken soup really is good for colds and it seems that there is some truth in it all---however----the soup that really makes you feel better--and is very healthy --is one made with stock that is made with a high chiken FEET content----this is usually found in good chinese resteraunts or at jewish grandmothers houses---you can tell when feet are in the stock by the thick almost mucousy texture in the broth--which i love--sick or healthy!
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/16 10:46:21 (permalink)
    Drink lots of juice, not only for the Vitamin C but for the fluid, to flush the system out . I'll go through a half gallon in a couple of hours (and spend a couple of hours going to the WC repeatedly). Repeat as necessary. OJ works best for me, tho I've heard cranberry actually has more C.

    I also like a strong chicken broth based soup, but usually just with veggies: lots of onions, sauteed in olive oil first, lots of crushed garlic cloves, and some greens - usually cabbage but kale, chard or spinach is also good, cooked 'al dente.' Served hot enough to steam those sinuses. Both garlic and onions are alleged to have anti-inflammatory properties.

    And a multi-vitamin. I usually get colds when I'm run down.

    For an agitated stomach, which nearly always accompanies a cold for me, some Emetrol to calm the stomach down.

    By then I'm usually feeling so good (and so good about being good to myself ), I'll have some ice cream and cookies . When I had a working ice cream maker, I'd make some sherbet with Five Alive juice.

    Gatorade can help too; amazing stuff, tho it tends to retard the 'flow' (see above). I also use Gatorade to alleviate arthritic pains .

    Tiki - I've heard about chicken feet being the secret ingredient in Jewish Penicillin. Because of a big ethnic population, they're available in big bags in some supermarkets here, but I've never seen a recipe or any instructions on how to prepare them. Do you just dump 'em in the broth . Do they need to be scrubbed or cleaned first . Chopped, sliced . Do they dissolve, or do you remove them before serving .
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/16 11:23:47 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by pigface

    Nothin' More than Simple Comfort Food
    Pad Thia, Extra Hot .... Chicken, Pork, Shrimp Don't matter
    Just request More Garlic Chili Paste
    You'll Be Fine in the Morning


    pad thai - i agree. spice always works for me. and maybe it doesn't get riid of the cold any faster, but at least i feel better b/c i actually tasted and enjoyed a meal.....can't underestimate that!

    also, matzo ball soup is nice instead of chicken noodle. lots of saly.

    get better soon!
    amy
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/16 18:09:13 (permalink)
    Meowzart -

    Git yerself a nice big bowl of Pho. You're in Seattle, aren't you? There are tons of establishments there.

    -Yumbo
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/16 20:15:40 (permalink)

    Most of the food-support during an illness (for me) stems from what was done for (to) me as a child.
    COLD- Juices, Ginger Ale, Vanila Ice Cream, Sherbet.
    FEVER- POPSICLES !!!
    FLU- UPSET STOMACH- Coke Syrup. Used to get it at the Rexall or Thrifty Drug store...About a 4 oz bottle. Take a teasoon full every hour or so. It really settled the tummy. The syrup is much more effective than a bottle of the soda.
    General Pick Me Up's- Mashed potato and gravy...thick Split Pea Soup. Grilled Cheese Sandwich... Soft fruits like Banana, Melon, in and out of Jello.
    AS AN ADULT- Paul's comment on Libation has added a new dimension to my medical support materials Toddies, Irish Coffee, Alpines (Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps) and other warming beverages can certainly help one feel Less-Bad, if not 'Better' !!
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/16 22:02:39 (permalink)
    I don't recommend this for any stomach ailments, but homemade salsa does wonders for the sinuses. Get a grab-bag of jalapenos and other chile peppers at the market (on your way out of the soup aisle), plus an onion and tomato or two, and toss everything in roasting pan; roast for an hour or less (can't remember). Chop off the ends of the peppers, throw everything in the blender and, presto--instant sinus-clearer! Serve with tortilla chips and a box of Kleenex.
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/17 12:53:13 (permalink)
    For a sore throat / I have often gargled with Tabasco sauce , between the heat and salt it does help eliminate the soreness and opens up those sinus passages.
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/17 13:13:01 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by clothier

    Hey Meowzart,

    How are you feeling? Any better today?


    Ugh...at work today. Better, but not 100%. My appetite is still not back yet and I have a constant throat tickle. But I can now breathe and my ears are open. Gotta be thankful for the little things.

    I did try the Thai food recommendation...because I did **kind of** have a hankering for it. But once I started in on it, I wasn't hungry anymore. I tried finding the Fresh Samantha Cold Buster, but couldn't find it. So I settled for Odwalla Wellness. It was good, and I am hoping it lives up to its name. I made baked mac and cheese yesterday, one of my faves, but it tasted just OK. See what I mean by "doozy of a cold"?
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/17 13:15:44 (permalink)
    I know it's not food but I megadose with straight Vitamin C when I get a cold. 2000mg at a time. Your body quickly eliminates what you don't need & it'll knock out any cold in no time.
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/17 14:33:17 (permalink)
    Bourbon. Lots of bourboun.
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/17 15:00:09 (permalink)
    Love matzo ball soup when I'm feeling rund down...but what's the best are Firecracker Popsicles.

    I felt sick last week and coccooned with both and watched *Law and Order SVU* over and over and over and over and over...

    And over and over...

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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/17 17:49:32 (permalink)
    Eat anything that makes your sinuses run- like hot sauce, garlic and onions,etc.
    And stay away from dairy! It promotes the formation of the stuff you are trying to get rid of in your Kleenex!
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    RE: Feed a Cold 2003/11/17 18:07:44 (permalink)
    At the first sign of a cold coming on, I follow my doctor's advice from several years ago: hourly ingestion of vitamin C, echinacia (sic) and zinc. If I catch the cold early enough, it prevents it from going any further. This has helped me several times.

    When I don't realize the cold is coming until it's too late...I'll follow the ideas in this thread, because nothing else has ever helped. If nothing else, eating and drinking the garlic soup, hot sauce, onions and bourbon will certainly keep me busy.
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