Ship’s Log–July 29th

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Well, I am SICK. The fever let up by morning, as it had with Thing 1, but the cough was worse, and I felt like I had been in a car accident. I don’t much feel like eating, but with an open wound, I need the raw materials for healing. I pulled out the juicer to make some immune-boosting apple ginger & lemon juice, and decided to add both carrots and fresh mint for a little extra boost. I remember back when I had mono in high school the doctor telling me to eat carrots until my skin turned orange to fight off the virus…I would thinking drinking them would be just as good.

This morning I did manage to finally wash my hair in the sink, which, after experimenting with a dry shampoo, had turned from spun gold to straw. Thank heaven for that. I may be feverish and coughing like crazy, but my hair is shiny again.

By the afternoon, my cough had grown into something more than moderate. I snacked a lot because noshing was the only thing that brought relief even temporarily from the cough. Under other circumstances I would have tried a good long hot shower, but those are forbidden to me until the wound heals. The fever came back in the evening, but with less ferocity than the previous day.

A note on today’s food: you’ll see honey in there. Honey is not vegan, as it is made by bees. However, honey is a good natural medicine, especially for a hacking cough, and I include it when I’m sick. In fact, if you look at what I’ve eaten today, you’ll see a lot of anti-viral foods. Ginger. Garlic. Miso. Carrots. Mushrooms. I believe that food can be medicine, and now is the time to put that medicine to work.

Breakfast:

  • Smoothie: bananas, frozen blueberries, spring greens, Vega One Vanilla Chai, and water
  • Cinnamon raisin Ezekiel muffin with almond butter and blackberry preserves (I managed to eat about half)
  • Coffee with stevia

Morning Snack:

  • Fresh juiced apples, carrots, ginger, peppermint leaves, and lemon, about 12 ounces total

Lunch:

  • Leftover pasta with Fauxmesan and sriracha
  • Spinach and mushrooms sauteed with olive oil, two cloves of garlic, and a sprinkle of Sicilian lemon white balsamic (I ate a little of the garlic raw while I was cooking, just to show this illness that I MEAN BUSINESS)
  • Lemon seltzer
  • Cold brew New Orleans style coffee with vanilla stevia and unsweetened soy milk
  • Piece of 70% dark chocolate

Afternoon Snack:

  • Zoku popsicle made with red grapes, fresh mango, and honey.
  • Teaspoon of honey to try to stop the cough
  • Amy’s Kitchen Vegetable Barley Soup with some miso stirred in.
  • Clementine
  • Wasa cracker with hummus
  • Cough drops
  • Hot peppermint tea with honey

Dinner:

  • Grilled sandwich with whole wheat bread, Daiya cheddar, tofurky, and mustard
  • Carrot sticks and hummus
  • Orange vanilla seltzer
  • 2 tsp honey (for cough)

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