Find a list of what to eat when sick on THM to keep you on plan while you recover from an illness.
There are lots of Trim Healthy Mama store bought and homemade options to help you feel better quickly when under the weather.
With everything going on lately, sickness has been top of mind for a lot of people.
As COVID-19 continues to rise, making a plan for yourself if you have flu like symptoms seems like a prudent decision. And preparing for what to eat when sick on THM is probably easier than you might think.
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What To Eat When Sick On THM
When you are not feeling well, cooking up a meal in the kitchen is probably the last thing on your mind. But you have to eat and stay hydrated!
Here is a big list of store bought on plan approved items and recipes to make homemade soups and more to get though through a couple of sick days.
Store Bought THM Sick Kit Options
These store bought options will help to keep you hydrated.
- Progresso Light Soups
- Kettle & Fire Bone Broth
- Sprouted Toast (Check out the list of THM Approved breads here)
- Mary’s Gone Crackers or Wasa Crackers
- Zevia Ginger Ale – Ginger Ale is a great way to soothe a bad tummy & this Zevia option is sugar free.
- THM Hydrates – get your extra water in when you need it!
- Coconut Water – Normally you limit this to small amounts according to THM app but if your sick and you can tolerate it, I would drink it.
If you have been suffering from a stomach virus, you may want to follow a BRAT diet. And lucky for you the BRAT diet has all the THM staples on it.
So what does BRAT stand for? Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast.
B – Bananas (E fuel)
R – Brown Rice (E fuel)
A – Unsweetened Applesauce (E Fuel)
T – Sprouted Toast (E Fuel)
THM Cookbook or THM Blogger Recipes
Of course, if you have some energy, plan ahead or are taking care of a sick family member, you can make some recipes from the THM cookbook or from your favorite Trim Healthy Mama bloggers for your “sick day.”
- Singing Canary Drink – Immune boosting beverage that will drown you in Vitamin C!
- Elderberry Good Girl Moonshine by Joy Filled Eats
- Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken Bone Broth – This is great to make ahead and keep in your freezer for when illness strikes.
- Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup by My Table of Three
- 15 Minute White Chicken Chili – A Pantry Meal by Protecting Your Pennies
Trim Healthy Mama and OTC Medications
Over the counter meds and the THM plan cause questions for a lot of beginners.
Because guess what? There is sugar in a lot of these meds. You know, they put sugar in everything!
Here are a couple of options that can be used on plan:
- Manuka Honey – Natural remedy that may help a sore throat. Manuka is the recommended choice of honey for medicinal purposes by the sisters.
- XLEAR Cough Drops – Sweetened with Xylitol and Stevia
Keep reading for my personal thoughts on OTC meds and staying on plan.
Illness and Staying On Plan
Whether you are sick with a stomach bug, an upper respiratory infection or maybe suffering through the early stages of pregnancy with a bad case of morning sickness, being sick and staying on plan is definitely doable but it can be tough.
If you have read the 5 THM things I don’t do, you know that I am somewhat of a THM rebel at times. I do what works for me and thanks to following the plan *most* of the time, I lost the 60 lbs that I gained while pregnant with my second child.
And for that weight loss I am so thankful for this plan. However, I believe that when you are sick, you can get a hall pass of sorts.
So if you can stay on plan doing the things mentioned above, you go girl!
But if you are struggling to keep things down and the thought of a piece of sprouted bread makes you want to vomit, by all means don’t eat it. If a big piece of white bread is literally the only thing that your 9 weeks pregnant body can tolerate, feed that baby.
Don’t get dehydrated or further your misery just to stay on plan.
If you can stay on plan while ill, great. If you need to drink a Gatorade or eat a saltine to get better, do it. Then get back on plan as soon as you are feeling up to it.
Need a XO? Eat one. Again, don’t beat yourself up while you are sick. Give yourself grace, nourish your body the best you can and heal.
Remember to always check with your physician if you are concerned about symptoms, an illness or your diet.