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If you're sick (cold/flu), what is best for Paleo eating and activity?

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Created January 14, 2013 at 11:08 PM

So, I got sick, it happened. What is the best way eating Paleo when you're sick with the cold or flu? Should you limit carbs, go high protein/high fat/no carbs... What is best if you're going to be inactive? I regularly CrossFit 5-6 times/week, but I may be out of the gym for a while, should I try to do something to stay active at home. What about muscle loss, weight gain..? Suggestions?

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David, maybe check out this post from Nom Nom Paleo :) http://nomnompaleo.com/post/38553728606/paleo-cold-remedies

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I use honey and/or unsweetened apple sauce in my Paleo treats, should I stay away from all sugary stuff? I'm sorta new to Paleo, and treading the water so to speak, so anything helps to know what I SHOULD be eating, even when sick.

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on January 15, 2013
at 01:52 PM

The only aspect where I would eschew Paleo principles is when it comes to medicine. The human brain is a magnificently complex and capable gift from nature. The inventions that arise from our thought processes are further gifts from nature.

Don't deny yourself medical comfort just because cavemen didn't have the same resources.

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on January 15, 2013
at 03:53 AM

If you are sick and want to get better right away, eat a very clean Paleo. Nothing fried even in olive oil, nothing out of the can, jar or box. Everything should be fresh. No protein powders. No manufactured snacks, no matter how Paleo they are.

Stick with fresh meat, vegetables, soup. Chicken soup is very good. Add some carrots and garlic. Onion too.

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on January 15, 2013
at 12:19 AM

I think you are way too concerned about working out (or the lack of being able to work out) and not concerned enough about healing. A few weeks away won't hurt you much at all. You need to focus on getting well again, and maybe think twice about going back to high intensity training 6 days a week - that's a prescription for breaking down your immune system and being more prone to illnesses.

As for diet, it's easy to stay Paleo. I would dial back on the carbs as you aren't as active, so you won't need as much (but understand that many of the Paleo approved carbs are very high in vitamins that will help your immune system). I would focus on the highest quality, highest vitamin foods I could get and eat a variety of those (now isn't the time to be eating Paleo junk food).

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on January 15, 2013
at 02:10 AM

I am just getting over the flu. First episode of any illness since going Paleo in September of 2012. I drank bone broth, made a big pot of veggie soup and blended it until it was smooth in consistency. I use this recipe... http://paleoonthecheap.blogspot.com/2013/01/skinny-soup.html

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on January 15, 2013
at 01:03 AM

if you feel up to it, consider whipping up some paleo-approved recipe chicken soup. It's warm and comforting and has zinc which will help you fight off the infection. Or if you're not into chicken soup (I'm not) Hot tea is always a welcome option...I'm also just getting over a cold, and I've been drinking unsweetened chili cocoa (mix unsweetened almond/coconut/paleo approved milk with a square of unsweetened chocolate and a sprinkle of cayenne, them microwave/boil) to help clear out my sinuses. Scrambled eggs and mashed boiled carrots are easy and comforting when you're sick too...I wouldn't worry about macronutrient rations and physical activity and instead focus on resting and getting well instead... heck I Haven't gone running in almost a week and I even ate some "modern" foods this germ-trip. Hope you feel better :D

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on January 14, 2013
at 11:27 PM

I would definitely stick to Paleo. As most starchy carbs & dairy are mucous forming foods which you want to eliminate while your immune system is under attack.

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on January 14, 2013
at 11:13 PM

I'd just eat intuitively, were it me. Your body knows what it needs. I'd focus on getting homemade broth and lots of water in my system, but beyond that....

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on January 14, 2013
at 11:33 PM

I use honey and/or unsweetened apple sauce in my Paleo treats, should I stay away from all sugary stuff? I'm sorta new to Paleo, and treading the water so to speak, so anything helps to know what I SHOULD be eating, even when sick.

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on January 14, 2013
at 11:38 PM

David, maybe check out this post from Nom Nom Paleo :) http://nomnompaleo.com/post/38553728606/paleo-cold-remedies

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on January 15, 2013
at 06:14 AM

use high doses of colostrum. try immune tree colostrum or surthrivals.

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on January 14, 2013
at 11:18 PM

I stuck with the Paleo food choices when I felt hungry or knew I needed eat (24hrs after not eating anything). I will say confidently that whatever caloric surplus you may pack on until the flu passes, won't be substantial. You shouldn't notice packing it on and you certainly won't know it when it's gone (at least I don't...not until months later).

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on January 15, 2013
at 10:01 AM

I got lot of help and lost ton of weight using this Paleo Cookbook

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