The best part about having the stomach flu is when you’re well enough to dream about all the great food you’ll be able to eat when you get better. The worst part, after the fevers and the nausea and the vomiting and the diarrhea, is the time period when you have to stick to the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, apples, toast) in order to help your stomach transition back to normal again so that you can actually enjoy those foods you were dreaming about rather than develop an aversion to it because it upset it.
Unfortunately, I’m at that stage right now.
Which is probably why I’ve been obsessively watching food videos, like the stuff on Chow.com and Mark Bittman on NYTimes.com. I also watched a marathon of Top Chef: DC episodes when I wasn’t feeling too dizzy when I was resting. It’s almost like porn in that I can’t just satisfy myself with just photos on food blogs anymore, I need motion and audio to go along with it.
I’ve been trying to do the BRAT diet, but the best part of it, the bananas, is my SOs number one offender. She will absolutely not buy bananas for me, nor would she tolerate bananas in the house. Very sad because I love bananas. Anyway, I’m sick of rice porridge, don’t care so much for apple sauce, so I resorted to toast. For a couple days, I had a fried egg over toast, and also honeyed toast. But what I really want is a grilled cheese sandwich. However, cheese is a dairy, which can easily upset the stomach. I’m not lactose intolerant, but I can see how cheese could affect my stomach in its weakened state, and there will be no end to my whining.
Here are the things I really want to eat once I get 100% back to normal:
Salmon sashimi, or just sushi in general
Grilled cheese sandwich
Prime rib steak
Baby back ribs
High fat content. Mmm… Seriously, I also want a really nice, refreshing salad with a light sesame dressing. But no raw veggies either. Argh!