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Any suggestions other than chicken soup?
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

I’m under the weather today. Hot and cold. Coughing my head off. I’m going back to bed. But I thought I’d ask you all for your favorite comfort suggestions when you’re feeling sick. All I can think of doing is sleeping. Have you dodged colds and flu this season?


22 comments to “Any suggestions other than chicken soup?”

  1. angel shaw
    · January 15th, 2013 at 1:20 pm · Link

    when I get sick I can’t handle any kind of food so I have to have nothing but water, jello and broth…sorry not more helpful than that

  2. ronnie cornett
    · January 15th, 2013 at 1:32 pm · Link

    alls I can keep down is fluids! Juice, broth, water, ginger ale…. and lots of sleep! ❗ ❗ ❗

  3. Belinda Baker
    · January 15th, 2013 at 1:34 pm · Link

    The chicken soup, crackers, any lemon lime soda, tylenol and sleep.

  4. Cynthia (aka Artemis)
    · January 15th, 2013 at 1:42 pm · Link

    I did get the flu shot October of last year. I can’t say for sure that it helped….but I do wash my hands quite a lot and keep them away from my face. Also, homeopathic medicines, green tea and chewable vitamin c.

    When I do get sick and sleep is all I want to do; then sleep is what I do.

  5. red headed hellion
    · January 15th, 2013 at 1:42 pm · Link

    Avoid salty beef broth cubes. Drink OJ and eat unsalted crackers and jello. Also,take the meds I gave u 🙂

  6. Debbie P
    · January 15th, 2013 at 2:19 pm · Link

    I always have chicken soup in the freezer for when we get sick. Good thing since I caught the dirty rotten flu already. Saltine crackers, 7 up or homemade ginger tea, if my cough gets too bad add a couple tablespoons whiskey. And I have to have OJ.

  7. Kathy Lewis
    · January 15th, 2013 at 2:29 pm · Link

    Well a comfort food for me is toast and eggs. My Mom used to make this for me when I was sick. Toast the bread as normal and then break it apart in a bowl. Then boil to eggs. You count 2 minutes when it start to boil. When that’s done, run cold water briefly over the eggs. Now crack open and scoop out the egg. The yoke should be a little runny. Mix in with the braed and enjoy. Don’t sound good but it is.

  8. Megan Mitcham
    · January 15th, 2013 at 2:39 pm · Link

    Over Christmas we were all sick. I, nursing, couldn’t take anything and my hubbs refuses to take medicine…but my brother who took the bug home with him from his visit used Mucinex and knocked what we had for over a week out in two days!

    To answer your question, in my pre-children days, I prefer the comfort of my bed!! Jameson mattress, fluffy mat pad, jersey flannel sheets, and a down alternative comforter equal heaven!

    Hope you feel better soon!!

  9. Lisa J
    · January 15th, 2013 at 2:47 pm · Link

    My mom used to give us lightly buttered soda crackers and 7-Up. That always gets me through anything.

  10. ELF
    · January 15th, 2013 at 3:35 pm · Link

    I tend to drink lots of hot tea with honey…soothes the throat and the honey is supposed to beneficial. Rest is usually the most important thing, given how we all try to go without sleep. Hope you feel better soon.

  11. Suzanne
    · January 15th, 2013 at 3:38 pm · Link

    Hot tea, honey and a shot of Jack Daniels. It will kill all the germs:) Hope you feel better.

  12. Janice Hougland
    · January 15th, 2013 at 5:41 pm · Link

    Yes, my hubby and I were both sick at the same time (caught it at a function where there were jillions of small children together). We were sick from December 17 thru January 4!! It is not just an Old Wives’ Tale about chicken soup as there’s something in chicken broth that is a healing agent. Even the canned chicken soups are fine…and chicken broth or boullion dissolved in hot water (drink like tea). We ate soup of all kinds, however, for a couple of weeks as it is the only thing that tasted good to us. Get well soon!

  13. Rachelle Lerner
    · January 15th, 2013 at 7:42 pm · Link

    I usually mix OJ with Ginger Ale (diet or regular). I put Vicks Vapo-Rub on my chest and under my nose. I also take Vitamin C.

  14. Melissa Porter
    · January 15th, 2013 at 8:51 pm · Link

    I have a habbit of just sleeping it off if I can. At times I wont even keep up with fluids or eating. That made it worse. I ended up in the ER because of it. Since then my “other half” will make me drink a 20oz bottle of water every other hour when I am sick. Then he makes me eat off and on.

    Keep up on the fluids and soup or even jello or apple sauce. That is what my doctor told me to eat when I was sick the last time. I think now we always have jello and apple sauce on hand.

    I hope you get better soon.

  15. sharon chalk
    · January 15th, 2013 at 9:17 pm · Link

    chicken noodle soup really does help,and sprite,7up,or ginger or green tea to stay hydrated and rest honestly is about all you can do,tho if you start running a fever because this is the worst flu epidemic in 10 years in this country and its easy to catch and hard to get rid of.If its a cold then the soup and keeping hydrated and sleep you should start to feel better in 3 or 4 days,best of luck,its been rampant thru my family,but I got the flu vaccine so the worst thing I had to deal with was a cold and I did what I advised and it worked great although it was hard to sleep

  16. Z
    · January 15th, 2013 at 10:44 pm · Link

    When I went to Yosemite as a teen for a week to build trails it rained like cats and dogs the first night. We had burned BBQ chicken and they heated the lemonade. The lemonade was really good heated up and not a one of us got sick from being out in the weather.

  17. A. Catherine Noon
    · January 15th, 2013 at 11:04 pm · Link

    Ginger tea is good, cut fresh ginger root and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve with honey and lemon.

    Sleep, honestly, is the best remedy.

    Put some orange quarters in your chicken soup along with some anise seeds; it’ll help your throat and give you a bounce of vitamin C.

    Hope you feel better soon.

  18. Mary Preston
    · January 16th, 2013 at 3:21 am · Link

    I have a glass of wine just before bed when I’m sick. Alcohol knocks me out generally, so I will at least get some sleep when sick. I figure it has to kill a few germs too.

  19. Victoria CK
    · January 16th, 2013 at 4:31 am · Link

    It doesn’t sound like you have a tummy bug- for those, mom use to always make the red box of Noodle Soup (not the chicken one, even if it is made w/ chicken stock) and toast. & I prefer 7-Up of Sprite, but that’s just personal likes.

    For what you currently have- hot tea with real honey to coat the throat (for the coughing & drainage). For comfort for: Campbell’s chunky Bean & Ham soup. You need to eat to keep up you body & this soup has good things in it to help with that, even some carrots 😀 This is an old standard in my house.

    If you can handle it, some V8 will also help the body, and drinks some fast will get lots of good things in your system fast- pills just don’t work as well.

  20. Anne
    · January 16th, 2013 at 9:50 am · Link

    I’m still coughing and blowing my nose a lot from a cold I’ve had over 2 weeks. Will the end ever come?!?

    Sleep especially with a cat next to me to keep me warm is the best.

  21. Rita Wray
    · January 16th, 2013 at 10:37 am · Link

    I squeeze lemon juice into hot water. A little honey will sweeten it. It helps my chest feel better.

  22. Becky H
    · January 16th, 2013 at 6:41 pm · Link

    I like a nice cup of echinacea tea with lemon and honey, if I can find it. Otherwise, lemongrass tea works well too with the honey.

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