i know i’ve said it. and you heard me. but i haven’t had the flu like i did last week for probably 10 years. a long time (just in case you didn’t know that 10 years was a long time).
my survival guide included a few things:
1. when i felt it coming on i immediately headed to whole foods and bought a butt-load of fresh, organic veggies (otherwise i would be ordering chinese food for 5 days). it was miserable but man am i glad i did it. i also bought some of their frozen, house-made soups – so clutch. below is actually trader joe’s frozen wonton soup (another favorite, even on a regular day) – i added cabbage and some cayenne to get my juices flowing 😉
2. sleep with the toshinator.
3. criminal minds. marathons.
4. water. tea. kombucha. my detox drink (at least once/day).
5. friends who send/bring you food – this naturebox was so amazingly clutch (thank you, again, to naomi). it came to my door via mailman with dried fancy figs, dried mango, a curry flavored nut mix, rice crackers, and maui onion flavored almonds. great, different snacks for each month. though i do have to say that surprises can be confusing when you have the flu. i full on called naturebox and told them that unfortunately i did not remember ordering the box and had to cancel because i couldn’t afford it, before she informed me that the shipping address was different from the billing. yikes.
6. vegetarian feasts. i did not get a picture of the feasts i made. but the one i made on the fourth day was very large as i had just gotten an appetite back. here’s what it included:
- shaved (or thinly sliced) summer squash that i simply boiled with whole-wheat pasta – super easy. just strain, top with this totally tangy and delicious mustard-cashew sauce for protein, and chow. that sauce was so good i hate it with a spoon the day after. note: i did not have nutritional yeast and replaced it with 2 tablespoons miso paste.
- everything-but-the-kitchen-sink salad: mixed greens, cabbage, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, avocado, heirloom tomato, red onion, blue cheese, carrots, croutons, and shaved beets. legen…
- brussel sprouts and thinly sliced watermelon radishes tossed in olive oil, salt, and pepper (cook at 425°f and cook for 20 minutes) …dary.