GET BACK TO YOUR NORMAL SELF FAST WITH THESE HEALING SUPER-FOODS
When you’re feeling ill a quick recovery is important especially if your employer doesn’t offer sick days. Losing valuable income when you are off sick from work will put a dent in your monthly budget so take care of yourself first and fast.
Just about every country has a special way to treat themselves when feeling ill and with that comes a host of recipes and miracle cures that might just do the trick.
Simple foods and drinks are what have been successful when feeling ill for decades and continue to end up on grocery lists as an alternative to modern medicine.
Just because you are ill with the cold, flu, nausea or other seasonal health related illness you don’t have to jump to the medicine cabinet right away. Talk to your doctor or naturopath for recommendations about first steps to take when you are feeling ill.
With the winter months ahead of us many of us will catch a cold or the flu which means knowing what you can and can’t eat or drink is important. When I have a cold I tend to eliminate dairy, spicy food (I don’t eat this often anyways) and sugar if I can avoid it.
To clear a stuffy nose all three of us including our son will take showers so the heat loosens up the mucous in our noses. We also bought a $25 nose cleaner from a Baby shop in town which is amazing. Adults can use it too and it attaches to your central vac system or vacuum hose and sucks the snot out in an instant.
I asked my wife what her favourite foods were to consume when she was feeling ill she immediately told me about the bland food BRAT diet which her doctor suggested when she was pregnant.
She had that constant feeling of nausea that even her prescription for Diclectin wouldn’t help much. Quitting dairy helped but that didn’t last long as she loves yogurt, cheese, milk and cream in her coffee. (she had caffeine-free).
The BRAT diet stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. Other foods such as boiled potatoes, baked chicken without the skin and oatmeal are easy to digest and low in fiber.
When you have nausea and are vomiting you lose valuable nutrients in your body. Consuming a diet consisting of simple foods such as toast, applesauce, rice and fruits will help as they are easy to digest along with many other foods I’m going to chat about today.
On the other hand if you are constipated you will want to drink lots of water (always do this no matter what to keep hydrated daily) and consume high-fiber foods such as flax-seed, oatmeal, beans, broccoli and avocado to name a few. Being on a low-carb diet my wife constantly has to make sure that she gets lots of fiber from as many sources as possible to keep regular.
Related: 16 Great High-Fiber foods to eat
When you’re feeling ill the last thing you want to do is eat but it’s important to help keep yourself healthy and fueled so you don’t feel worse or remain sick for longer.
Hot Broth Soup
Broth Soups specifically chicken broth being the most popular because it’s helps with dehydration, soothing with calming notes on the throat and eases up any stomach ailments. Hot broth soups will also cause your nose to run which helps clear any stuffiness up even if only temporarily.
After you get your tonsils out the hospital may give you pudding and Jello because you can just swallow without chewing and it’s easy on the throat. When you are feeling ill because of a cold during the winter months and your throat flares Jello and pudding if kept cold works wonders.
Popsicle’s especially if they are homemade with real fruit juices are a great way to keep hydrated and when you are feeling ill. When my wife was in labor the hospital gave her Popsicle’s to keep hydrated. If you have a toddler who is teething like us where he is feeling ill on and off because of the pain a cold popsicle always does the trick for him.
When my wife was pregnant with our son she would go through sleeves of saltine crackers to help with her nausea and it works. It’s not a cure but it certainly helps to settle the stomach. Saltine crackers with a hot bowl of broth soup literally screams, help me I’m feeling ill. Another snack-type product she would munch on was pretzels as they are salty and dry and have the same effect.
Ginger-ale is always served in hospitals because of the healing effects of ginger on the body. Most often if you have a fever or stomach troubles such as nausea drinking ginger-ale will soothe you. Ginger as well turmeric has anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to help speed up your recovery. Using ginger and turmeric in your recipes is another great way to help with pain.
Over at the website Food Matters 2 of the Top 10 Healing Benefits of Ginger apply to feeling ill but there are more reasons why you should enjoy ginger that you probably aren’t aware of.
Ginger clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, including clearing your sinuses which can flare up seasonally or during colder months.
Feeling air sick or nauseous? Ginger can help – preferably tossed in a little honey.
In India, ginger is liberally used in daily life. Ginger-infused Chai is a household favorite, and it’s grandma’s antidote of choice for battling cold and flu!
You can add ginger to soup, rice, tea, homemade lozenger and desserts for added benefits. Buying ginger-ale pop and letting it lose its ka-pow by defizzing it and letting it sit open is perfect when you are feeling ill. Be sure to buy the ginger-ale that has Real Ginger inside or make a homemade ginger-ale like the Wellness Mama does for added benefits.
If you’ve always wanted to try a hot pepper this is a great time to test one out. Spicy Food is a natural occurring decongestant and helps clear out the nasal path in a timely manner.
If you find you are suffering from nausea and vomiting you may want to hold off on the spicy food as it may upset your stomach further.
My father-in-law swears by the healing factors of hot chili peppers and grows them every year in his garden. My wife is a huge fan of wasabi or slices of ginger when she is ill as it helps her with the above.
I’m a tea expert…well not really but we drink lots of tea in the UK and I do the same now that I am living in Canada. When I am feeling ill I enjoy herbal teas or a hot cup of homemade lemon tea, black tea or even ginger tea.
Related: Healing Herbs, Medicinal Teas for Cold and Flu (with some awesome recipes too)
When my wife was feeling nausea during pregnancy she found a hot cup of black tea with a fresh slices of ginger would help soothe her upset tummy. During the winter she reaches for Chai tea when her throat is feeling scratchy or doesn’t feel well.
Peppermint tea is also another great suggestion if you like mint flavours which I’m not a huge fan of. Honey is another natural food product with healing abilities so add a bit of sweetness to your tea to help soothe your throat or grab a spoon and enjoy.
You can find pastina which is tiny Italian pasta at the grocery store in the pasta aisle and is a staple in almost all Italian households.
There are many varieties of pastina, including anellini (“little rings”), stelline (“little stars”), acini de pepe (“peppercorns”), funghetti (“little mushrooms”), alfabeti (“alphabets”), and orzo (“barley”), to name a few of the most common.–Julia della Croce
It may be a bit pricey compared to regular pasta but it worth it so keep an eye out for it when it goes on sale and stock up on a few boxes. As mentioned below an excellent cure when you are feeling ill is a hot bowl of pastina with butter and warm milk.
Dry toast is very popular for anyone with an upset stomach as it’s easier to digest over soft bread and it’s inexpensive to make. Other great dry options saltine crackers, pretzels and dry cereals. If you are suffering from the cold or flu this won’t help your situation but it may be an option to get food inside of you.
Citrus Fruits help boost the immune system which may help speed up recovery which is why you will always find grape-fruit or orange juice offered in the hospital depending on why you are feeling ill. Consuming acidic fruits and vegetables when you have a sore throat may irritate it more so avoid that if possible.
Another option is to slice up oranges, grapefruit, lemons or limes into slices and freeze them. You can gnaw away on them to reap the benefits. Our son loves frozen lemon and lime…don’t ask me why but when he’s teething he loves to suck on them to help with the pain.
What the fans say…
Fan Question: What are some good recipes to make when you or your child aren’t feeling so well? What foods might help settle your stomach?
- Chicken broth is a good one and plain potatoes that’s all mine ask for. – Nicola D.
- Chicken soup, Jello and pudding are the best cures going. – Colleen K
- Mom always gave us Saltine Crackers and De-Fizzed Ginger-ale. – Colleen Kl.
- In my family, it was Pastina when not feeling well. Most commonly made with a little butter and warm milk, it can also be made with chicken broth for tummy troubles or with egg and cheese for something more hardy. Pastina is a staple in Italian cupboards and popular with babies, children, and adults. Pastina with butter and warm milk. The most popular comfort food when sick.- Sue
- If one of the kids or hubby are feeling sick to their stomach I don’t try to get them to eat anything so I don’t have to deal with the rebound that happens. Once somebody actually feels like eating there is dry toast, apple sauce, bananas and so on. I don’t push any food during that time, they will eat what they feel like when they feel like it. – Christine W.
- Homemade Lozengers are always on hand all winter and the ginger is good for the stomach:
How to make homemade lozengers:
Bring 1 cup sugar – 1/2 cup water – 1 tblspn lemon juice to a boil – then add 1 tspn honey – 1/2 tspn ground ginger and 1/4 tspn ground cloves and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes – take off heat and cool – spoon dollops onto parchment paper and let harden – toss in powdered sugar to keep from sticking together when cooled and put into a container. – Jane R.
- I actually use fresh ginger and soak it in a pitcher of water then after heating, you can add lemon and honey if you like.– Mary C.
What food and drink do you like to consume when you are feeling ill?
September Grocery Game Challenge
Join in the 2016 Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) fun and post your grocery shop in the comment section of each GGC blog post. Here are the rules to get you started and where you’ll also find a link for the updated 2016 GGC schedule. Please feel free to download, save and even print the schedule so it’s handy.
New monthly prize: $10 President’s Choice Gift Card for Canadian residents only BUT If you want to play from outside of Canada and have PayPal and you win I will pay you $10 Canadian. I use a random online generator to pick the winning ballot every month.
If you missed any grocery game posts for the month I will post the line-up each week below for you so you don’t have to go looking for past GGC posts for the month. Alternatively, just click on the “Grocery Game Challenge” tab on the blog side-bar to see past posts.
September Grocery Game Posts
- How to buy groceries when you live with a roommate– Last Shop for August
- 5 Cheap Lunch Ideas To Get You Through The Week– GGC #1 September
- How to Hire The Right Caterer For Your Next Event– GGC #2 September
Free Money Saving Tools 2016
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Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide 2016
The Ultimate Grocery Shopping guide is ongoing with new informative money-saving posts added every month.
Even if you don’t live in Canada there are some amazing budget saving tips that will help put you on the path to more savings at the supermarket.
Share this guide with your friends and tell them about Canadian Budget Binder especially if they are struggling with their grocery budget.
The time is NOW to get started saving money on groceries so please enjoy the many money-saving posts in the The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.
2016 Grocery Shop Results
Yearly grocery budget for two + 1 Toddler 2016: $2820
(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/month.
Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)
- Total Grocery Budget for the Month:$235.00-$40.93=$194.07
- Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $194.07
- Total Gift Cards used to date: $60
- Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
- Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
- PC Points Plus Earned to date: 314,000
- Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0
- Shoppers Optimum: Just under 850,000 Optimum points (I will update this twice a year)
Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
- Zweet to cash out : $18.25
- Checkout51 to cash out : $22.00
Our Grocery Shop This Week
- 4 x dozen eggs $1.97 each
- Astro Yogurt $1.99 PM No Frills
- 2 x 10% Cream $1.97 PM No Frills
Total Out-of-Pocket $13.81
- 2 x Black Diamond Cheese Bars $3.99 ea
- 1 x cucumber $0.77
- Tomatoes $1.85
- Bananas $1.57
- Romaine Lettuce $1.69
- 2 x 2%Milk Sealtest $4.27 each
- Worcestershire sauce $1.99
Total Out-of-Pocket $24.39
- 2 x cauliflower $0.99 each
- 2 x Selection bacon $2.44 each
- Redpath Icing sugar $1.99
- 2 x Philadelphia cream cheese 340g $2.99
Total Out-of-Pocket $14.83
- Total to spend this month : $235.00-$5.23 overage from August= $229.77
- Stockpile budget 2016 : $25.00
- Stockpile budget used this month: $25.00
- Total coupons used this week: $0
- Total coupons used to date: $15.36
- Total in-store discounts this week:$32.00
- Total in-store discounts to date: $482.34
- Total spent this week: $53.03- $1.06 to stockpile= $51.97
- Total spent so far this month: $229.58
- Total over/Under spend this shop: under
- Total over/Under spend for the month: $under
- Total left to spend for the month: $0.16
- Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $252.95 + Feb $249.46 + March $211.11 + April $248.11 + May $279.07 + June $231.96 + July $244.40 + Aug $201.30+ Sept $
Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)
My first thought about the $0.16 we have left to spend this month was not to spend it all in one shot, ha! We should be fine for the rest of the month as we have milk stashed and are stocked up now. If we do need to pop out we will use PC points which we have over $300. Tough going this shopping but lots of great deals in the flyers.
Coupons and Coupon Apps 2016
Here are some great places you can find Canadian Coupons! These are your latest Checkout 51 offers which you can use to help save money. We’re finding less and less coupons in the stores these days. What are your thoughts? Are coupon apps taking over the paper coupons?
Sign up for the Nielsen Canada Home Scan Program and you can earn rewards points fast to redeem for awesome products or gift cards. I did this in the UK and loved it!!
Plus check out these other hidden areas online to get more coupons!!
- Healthy Essentials Printable Coupons (Johnson and Johnson)
- Clorox Coupons Sign up to print coupons in the Clorox family which include Greenworks, Glad etc.
- Kraft Canada Sign up and receive recipes and coupons by email
- MySavings.com Printable Smart Source Coupons
- Walmart Canada Printable Coupons
- Proctor and Gamble PandG Sign up for printable coupons
- Hidden Coupon Portals You Should know about – I found this over at Save a Loonie and you’ll want to sign up for notifications and check out the site so you get notified every time a hidden coupon is available from Save.ca, Brandsaver, Smart Source etc.
Grocery Game Challenge 2016 FAQ’s
- Grocery Game Challenge RULES: Read the rules first and if you have any questions email me or comment on this post with your question and someone will answer you as soon as possible. The rules have been updated for the 2016 challenge year.
- Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop?: No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops. We have fans who post their grocery shop who live all over the world.
- What is the monthly prize and who can claim it?- The monthly prize is a $10 PC Loblaws Gift Card and for our out of country friends it’s $10 CDN via Paypal if they win. As more people join I will add more money to the gift card or I will split it up and offer 2 prizes every month.
- When does the Grocery Game close each month?: The Grocery Game Challenge closes at midnight of the last Sunday of the last post for the month but you will still get a ballot when you post your shops even if they are late but I encourage you to stay on schedule. If you choose to post monthly or bi-weekly you will only get 1 ballot for that shop. It’s a proven fact the minute we stop doing something that is scheduled that we end up forgetting to do it altogether. Don’t let that be you! You can post your shops all month-long.
- Does your Grocery Budget include health and beauty and laundry products?: No, our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. As of 2014-2015 we no longer include such items in our grocery budget so we can see actual food numbers at the end of the year in order to plan accordingly our budget.
- Do you stockpile food? We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be affected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food any longer as we found we weren’t eating it fast enough. Stockpiling is still great and just one way to help cut your budget to save money if you do find items that you can buy in bulk at a sale price.
- Canadian Coupons:Where can I find Canadian Coupons?: Here are your latest Checkout 51 offers that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge. There are many great Canadian Couponing websites online that share weekly coupon match-ups so you can plan your grocery list.
- Best Coupon Apps: Coupons are slowly fading with mobile coupon apps being the big rave these days. Just recently the popular coupon site Save.ca that mailed coupons to households has gotten involved with the addition of a new mobile Save.ca app joining forces with the many other coupon apps available. If you find an app that I don’t talk about please let me know as they are always being added and I’d like to review them.
- What is the Best Flyer App- We use Flipp on our Iphone so if you wan to have all your flyers in one spot download Flipp from the Apple Store or get it on Google Play.
- What is an FPC?: An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.
- What is GGC?– The Grocery Game Challenge of course!
- How Do I Know what stores accept coupons?: If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.
- How Do I Grocery Shop?: I can tell you about grocery shopping and what we do in terms of shopping to save money and how it works for us. There are no wrong or right answers, just smart choices.
Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do. This is why the grocery game challenge was created back in 2012 and is one of the most popular hang out spots for people who want to save money on groceries in Canada.
If you’ve just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 get ready to look at your grocery budget by learning…
- Where you are spending money
- How much money you are spending
- How much money you are saving every month
If you want to learn everything I know about grocery shopping in Canada check out my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide! It’s FREE!
If you know a topic that should be discussed send me an email. If I use your topic I will put your name in a draw for a prize at the end of the year.
You’ve made a wise decision to take control of your grocery budget now show me your shops and let’s get saving!
Welcome to The Grocery Game Challenge 2016!
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