BRAT diet? Saltine crackers? Chicken noodle soup?? Are the traditional methods of dealing with an upset stomach really the way to go? Or is your body trying to tell you something...this week's question comes from Steph and she wants to know what she should eat when sick on keto.
Don't always trust your grandma...
Saltine crackers and ramen noodles?
The problem with raising your insulin when you're sick.
Taking cues from your body (just like dogs do)
Drink that chicken broth!
And finally, the power of beta in curing illness!
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Chad: 00:05 So we're getting a lot of questions regarding the proper way to live life in ketosis. We have you covered in our midweek mini series called Sunday Supps. Every Sunday we have a quick supplemental episode where we answer your questions on all things Keto. So our question today comes from Steph and she asks, what can I eat on keto when I'm feeling sick? And Eric, I believe you've actually done a kito tip on this, didn't you?
Eric: 00:30 Yeah, I did. I did a, a short, uh, 40 second or 50 second keto tip. Yep. Yes, I did actually. Okay. Yeah.
Chad: 00:38 Great. Yeah, so I guess that's a great thing to tell people right now real quick is that if you don't know, Eric does awesome keto tips mostly on instagram. We also email them out. So if you're not currently on our email list, you can go to biofitcoaching.com/cookies. That would give you a cool cookie, a recipe cookbook, and it will also put you on the list to get Eric's keto tips delivered directly to your inbox. Or You can follow us on instagram, which is bio fit underscore coaching. Um, so anyway, that's just a quick little side note. I don't even know why I went there, but um, so let's jump on this. So the question is what, what are good foods to eat when you're feeling under the weather on keto?
Eric: 01:25 Yeah, there's a, there's a lot of misinformation out there. Have been for many years about what to do and what to eat when you're, when you're ill. And remember that could be anything from the flu or an upset stomach or viral or bacterial, you know, a type of illnesses. And you know, the typical traditional that that use you. They talked the BRAT Diet, that bananas, the rice, the applesauce and toast and some people will push even saltine crackers is as a kid. That's what my mom gave me. The nibble on the chicken broth and. Wow. And when you were a kid, shadow, when you a single. What'd you have? Toast. No butter. Dry Toast. What would you have?
Chad: 02:12 It was really saltine crackers and ramen noodle ramen all.
Eric: 02:17 Oh, you got a lot of sodium saltine crackers and sodium. That's it. I think there's what, 200 2,500 milligrams of sodium in and uh, those noodles and top ramen. Yeah, they're really salty but, but it does taste good. I have to admit that
Chad: 02:37 I don't know what it is about them. They're the cheapest, most empty thing, but they're so delicious.
Eric: 02:45 All my kids went to college and that's the one thing they lived on in their dorm and they just have me send them from Amazon. Boxes of top ramen before I was keto is a long time ago. Whereas like, all right, fill them up. But anyway, they just liked to do snacks. No. So basically, you know, I, I definitely on that, you know, with the BRAT Diet, definitely do not recommend that when you're ill all you're doing is eating okay. You're just raising up your insulin and your blood sugar and as we know that's very pro inflammatory and you don't need to be doing that when you're sick. You're basically really trying to get your immune system to take over. You don't want to create anything different or any obstacles for that immune system to take action. All right. And even, you know, you, you always hear feet are cold, starve a fever.
Eric: 03:35 All right. I showed, I grew up with and that's basically is, is wrong basically. So it's been denounced and people still go by it, which amazes me. And it's, you know, when you're sick, you do an, you know, nature and your genes have taught you to do is shut it down. All right? You're. If you aren't sick yet, inflammation, you don't feel good. You don't want to go outside, you don't want to socialize, you don't want to talk. Mainly that's. You don't need to go share your germs. The bacteria you use, hibernate, you go into your room or whatever and you don't. You don't want to engage with anybody and you're not hungry, you're really not. And so basically your body's telling you to shut it down, let the immune system takeover. And of course drink some fluids. But you have pets. I mean, if you're a dog sick, they're almost lifeless.
Eric: 04:28 I mean, they don't, they don't know. Nature tells them what to do. They're not begging you for snacks and in eating and feeding and you know, they'll drink, which I always say drink your fluids of course. Um, but if you are a little hungry, it's not going to hurt, you know, to have a saltine cracker or something, just something. But I just go with chicken broth is what I would do and not just a fluid and it makes you feel like you're eating something or you know, if your appetite comes back. Okay. And that's, you know, especially the flu, if it's like stomach flu or something like that, of course you don't want to eat it all, but any of the others, you just got to be careful and, and let nature take its course. And then soon as you feel hungry, listen to your body. I don't know too many people that have been really sick that, that are actually hungry, thirsty because your body needs fluids. But as fast as they go, seven days, five days without any food and you can show you last, uh, through, uh, a day or two of illness.
Chad: 05:28 That's what I was going to say is, um, I mean, obviously that's one added benefit of being keto, right? Because you're not going to be insanely hungry even if you're, I mean, you're already not real hungry because you're not feeling well, but we can kind of fast and all that kind of stuff. So it's pretty cool that our bodies can continue to burn ketones right in and get us through that, that phase of illness.
Eric: 05:51 I'm glad you, you beat me to it and I was just bringing that up as far as energy wise. Your brains happy, your heart's happy, your muscles are happy, your organs are happy because you got fatty acid is being converted to ketones, your Beta Beta will take you right through it. So in that way it, most people get. The problem is when they're sick and they're not keto, obviously the brain's not getting any glucose. Okay? And so the brain is not getting any energy. You are getting some gluconeogenesis trying to push something through to get some, uh, uh, glucose to the brain. But you, you go a day or so, you're definitely going to run through your glycogen and you're going to be a little dizzy, a little tired, and you're not going to feel hungry and we can, you'll be getting the flu on top of it.
Chad: 06:35 Yeah, exactly. So there is some things you pay attention to. Yeah, of course your temperature and everything else like that. But I'm, I'm just big on fluids so I hope that helped. Yeah, I think that's a great point and I think it's good to understand what our body's burning while we're sick and not really having much of an appetite. So. Alright, well thanks so much for talking with us today. Thanks. And I want to thank you for joining us on this quest for optimal fitness. If you're ready to begin your own journey and live your life in Ketosis, be sure to check out biofitcoaching.com or biofit coaching on instagram. That handle on instagram is @biofit_coaching. So join us on instagram. Eric does lots of cool tips on there and we'd just love to have you.
Chad: 07:20 Uh, so anyway, until next time, stay keto.