I recently came down with a cold. I can’t remember the last time I’ve felt so unwell! Since I started eating paleo six years ago I have rarely been sick. But it always coincides with periods of high stress and when I’m trying to do one too many things.
Good health begins in the stomach, so when you’re feeling under the weather the most important thing is to fill your body with good vitamins, nutrients and minerals.
Cooking is the last thing you feel like doing when you’re low on energy and if you don’t have someone to cook healthy meals for you, you may have to rely on some takeaway options. There are many bad choices out there, but if you choose carefully you can find some very healthy takeaway meals that will help you get back on your path to wellness.
1. Vietnamese Pho soup
Pho soup is made with bone broth, which is one of the most nutrient dense staples on the planet. Pho is a very traditional soup and you can order it with chicken, beef etc. It usually comes with noodles but you can order without. This is one of the best choices for nurturing your body when you’re suffering from cold and flu symptoms or are simply run down.
2. Middle Eastern stew
A hearty stew cooked with meat on the bone is a great choice for an aching body. Many Middle Eastern eateries offer slow cooked meat dishes such as lamb stew which is a great choice. Indian cuisine also has some great slow cooked meat dishes such as goat curry - full of marrow which is high in minerals that will help repair the body.
3. Asian steamed vegetables
You can get this simple dish in just about every Asian takeaway shop. It’s an easy one and great if you’re not up for meat or if you’re feeling like something light. Add a little of your favourite oil and a few herbs for flavour and added nourishment.
4. Cafe soup of the day
A popular menu addition through the winter months, a hot bowl of soup will nourish and warm the body from the inside. Most cafes offer a soup of the day. Chicken soup is a great choice as it’s usually cooked with the bones.
5. Korean pickled vegetables
Pickled and fermented foods are a fantastic natural probiotic. If you’re taking any sort of medication – including cold and flu tablets – you will definitely be in need of some healthy probiotics to restore balance in your belly. Korean takeaways will always have things like kimchi – a traditional fermented vegetable dish. Just ask for a mild variation as they can be quite spicy!
An alternative natural probiotic choice is kefir yoghurt (for those who don’t eat lactose, you can get lactose-free kefir and coconut-based kefir). Kefir is usually available at your local health food store.
Other essential paleo ingredients for a run down body:
- Immunity boosting juices containing cold and flu fighting ingredients like ginger, lemon, honey and orange.
- Herbal teas – to warm and heal the body.
- Garlic – a well known flu fighter. Add it to your broths, soups and stews. Some suggest ingesting it raw to help ward off a flu (if you’re game enough!)
- Turmeric – said to reduce the severity of cold and flu. Add it to smoothies, meals or mix it with some melted butter or ghee and honey, then add hot water for an amazing natural tummy tonic.
- Greens – for added nutrients and to help fight infection. The darker in colour the higher the nutritional value. Blend in smoothies or steam them.