It hasn’t been 48 hours since I experienced a bad ankle sprain while hiking on a beautiful sunny autumn day. That is a joint injury so why am I trying to talk about stomach bug keto porridge? Because both, injury and stomach bug, sidetrack any active person and none of them are pleasant. Moreover, the pause you experience lying down for hours brings spirits down a bit. That is an excellent time to comfort your brain with keto snacks that can also soothe your stomach.
So I’ve been exchangeably lying and sitting on our couch for the past 40 hours or so (with some sleep in between, naturally), feeling sorry for myself. Not so much because of the pain but more so because of the horrible scenario of not being able to return to regular exercise for quite a while.
When you just have to wait it out …
The last time this same scenario happened was two years ago when I suffered acute appendicitis. God was I miserable knowing I wouldn’t start to exercise again for a month or two!
When I returned from the hospital after the surgery, I had lost a significant amount of muscle mass. I was like 14 pounds down, and it wasn’t healthy weight-loss. In the hospital, I could hardly eat anything. I got some homemade “quest” bars brought to me while the hospital food was repulsive, and, of course, not keto at all.
Anything I would eventually bring myself to eat in the hospital caused a severe migraine attack. That was a “nice” reminder of how gut can mess up with brain and blood vessels in the head. So, when I got home, I had to figure out what to eat. It was a stomach bug keto friendly type of recipe I had to find.
Besides bone broth, I’ve found this stomach bug keto porridge a tremendous go-to pretty much every morning for breakfast when recovering. It doesn’t cause any gut trouble for me, it is warm and comforting. It is packed with protein and healthy fats. Protein is vital when recovering from an injury, surgery or illness. I also go for glutamine supplements at the time of healing.
Part of the recovery is also psychological. There’s this intense first stage of denial immediately after injury or illness.
- “Nah, it’s nothing, it will pass in no time,”
- “Yes, I just stepped awkwardly on that big rock. Of course, it hurts like hell but will pass in a couple of minutes,”
- “Okay, my appendix will be removed, but if it’s done laparoscopically, I’ll get back to exercise in a couple of days,”
- “Yeah, I’ve got a fever, and I’ve been throwing up but can hardly wait for my 6:00 am gym class that will make everything better.”
Can you relate? Soon after the denial, you get to realize that it’s going to take a while, a lot of rest, and it will slow down or even stop the progress you’ve just made in exercise. To not lose all the muscle you’ve managed to gainlately, don’t hold back on protein and do not eat at a calorie deficit.
Watch the quality and quantity of food intake
If you are afraid of going fat while being relatively immobile, do watch that you eat healthily and don’t eat way over your maintenance. But do let your body to heal. If you find most of the foods repulsive, eat what you can. I would still advise keeping away from sugar and other highly inflammatory foods.
The Stomach Bug Keto Porridge has helped me tremendously. I hope it helps you, too.
Illness, injury, surgery, and whatnot can all make us find a lot of foods repelling. Stomach bug keto porridge can be tweaked a lot if you are not into some of the ingredients. Use the protein powder you like the most. Add in any nut meal or nut butter. Add chia seeds if you fancy. And blueberries on top, for example. If you find eggs repulsive at the time of illness, you won’t even notice the one egg in the porridge, but you can skip it entirely if you must.
How to make the Stomach Bug Keto Porridge
- Put dry ingredients in a small pot,
- Pour over 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 water and whisk,
- Bring to boil, then turn the heat down and add butter or coconut oil,
- In a separate bowl, whisk the egg until foamy,
- Add the egg to the pot, whisk, and let simmer for a few seconds,
- Add 1/2 T psyllium husk and whisk until you get thick porridge.
If you use some roughly ground nuts, the stomach bug keto porridge will get the extra crunch which just might aid in some serotonin release for you to feel a bit better overall. The recipe is so easy that if you can’t get yourself to cook, anyone in the household should be able to help out.
I’ve had no ability to take good photos of the porridge while injured but wanted to write this post instead of feeling sorry for myself. Despite the lousy pictures, the stomach bug keto porridge is yummy! I wish you a fast recovery!