I’ve been a little quiet this week because this little “healthy shift worker” per se, became unravelled as I fell victim to the dreaded gastro bug. Now I know what you’re thinking – it’s not a particularly nice subject to chat about, especially if you’re getting ready to prepare dinner.
Don’t worry, I’ll leave out all of the juicy bits for you. Pardon the pun!
Anyway, what I will share with you is that my normal vibrant appetite waned considerably this week.
The thought of food, and even the smell of food sent me into a bit of a tizz as I felt constantly nauseous and couldn’t help but notice the rumbling sounds in my stomach gurgling away in the background!
And I have to say, for me to lose my appetite is really, really unusual because I never miss a meal.
Yep – that’s right. Never miss a meal.
In fact before this week’s bout of gastro, I couldn’t tell you when I last went without eating a meal. I just don’t do it.
I never ‘forget’ to fill up my car when it’s running low on fuel, so I like to think that I treat my body with even more priority than my car (sorry “Fifi” – my trusty Citreon).
However about Day 2 into my gastro adventure, I slowly began to get a glimmer of an appetite back (and I mean glimmer as I was by no means famished and desperate to sit down to a mammoth meal).
And this was it.
It’s called a ‘Liquid Lunch’ courtesy of the Raw Food Institute of Australia and it was just what I needed.
Whilst it may say ‘lunch’ you could technically have it at any time of the day (perfect for shift workers), and not only is it incredibly nourishing, it’s also gentle on my stomach .
1 large frozen banana
1/2 frozen berries
1 handful of baby spinach
1 cup of water
1 cup fresh coconut flesh
1bsp coconut oil
1 tbs acai powder
Blend on high for about 15 seconds and enjoy.
The blue pigment in the skin of the Acai berry contains an antioxidant known to benefit the immune system and also help in the production of new cells. The fibre and enzymes in acai berries help digest food – perfect for those with gastrointestinal (GI) issues. Coconut oil possesses a gastrointestinal antioxidant which has an anti-inflammatory effect on the GI system.