I have been out of commission this past week with the flu. :( The doctor said its good that I had the flu shot to help lessen the symptoms. Boy, was the fever, muscle aches and the sinus pressure intense! But I am thankful it was not worse and feel sorry for those who've had it harder hit them. One piece of advice (and I know there are lots of thoughts/opinions on this) but for me personally - I will continue to get the flu shot as I have and if you have not - maybe think about getting it for this year, there is time still, or later this fall in 2013.
What I noticed while having the flu, I have not had any coffee in almost a week, virtually no caffeine - only 1 12 oz Coke Zero. I have had LOTS of hot tea. I have not had any meat protein in the same amount of time, except for yesterday, my darling BF brought me some pork roast he'd made. I did have egg whites on Sunday morning, I believe it was. I have been living off tomato soup and either bagel chips or sliced artisan grain bread. Virtually no sugar - only to add teaspoon to hot tea. Once I could smell and taste again, I feel as though they have been cleansed and both are heightened to a level before the flu I had not experienced. Oh, btw...I have lost about 5 lbs. (now that I am having more regular meals I hope I can manage that and not put it back on)
I have not craved caffeine. Not craved sugar. Not really had a desire for any type of food per say. But my taste is so pure when I do eat. My smell - everything seems to be enhanced 3 fold. This all paused me to think for a moment how numb we are to what we consume and it affects us. I hope to continue not to crave sweets/sugar - thats my downfall. I want to see how much longer I can go without coffee/soda - or maybe a cup/can if I really feel I need it. Continue to eat smart/healthy and incorporate more fruits/veggies. The bread will not be a staple. Start back to exercising regularly.
Hope to be back to blogging and ArTing soon - very soon - mojo is scratching!! :)