Jan. 26: What I Ate. The Day of the Severe Nausea.

Jan. 26: What I Ate. The Day of the Severe Nausea.

Jan. 26: What I Ate. The Day of the Severe Nausea.

Outrageous experiments in sensible eating.
Jan. 27 2011 11:24 AM

Jan. 26: What I Ate. The Day of the Severe Nausea.

To kill a coughing fit Tuesday night, I took some codeine cough syrup. When I woke up the next day I was extremely tired and nauseaus, which I assumed was from the codeine. I figured if I ate it might help.

Breakfast: Kashi Go Lean with skim milk and strawberries. I thought I had purchased "Go Lean Protein," as a reader had recommended, but I guess it's just called "Go Lean." It's got more sugar than I was looking for, 6 grams per serving, and it is noticeably sweet, but it tastes good.

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The nausea continued. I started to worry I was getting the horrible flu that my husband had and that everyone else around here seems to have. The nausea masked my hunger, though I did seem to want to eat and felt better after eating.

Snacks: banana and cashews.

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Lunch: poor man's pasta e fagioli. I made it from a recipe in Easy Beans , but soon realized I had only about half the ingredients on hand so I had to wing it. It's more like whole-wheat pasta with tomato sauce and chickpeas.

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Then some berries.

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Later I was really hungry, though I did still feel nauseated. I knew I was low on vegetables for the day, I'd even brought some to work , but I just couldn't stomach them.

Snack? Dinner?: peanut butter and preserves on whole wheat, skim milk, two chocolates.

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I was going to have a big salad for dinner. I worked till the end of the day, but I felt so sick I just put myself to bed without supper. Fortunately, it doesn't seem to be the flu. (Not pregnant either: Don't even go there!)