I wish I could say that my plant-based diet, active lifestyle, and previous travels overseas have built up my immune system enough to protect me from getting sick since moving to China, but unfortunately that’s not the case. In fact, I’ve actually been more sick these past six months than any other time in my life. I’ve had more extreme sicknesses in the past (such as tonsillitis, poisonous snake bites, food poisoning, etc.), but I’ve never been sick this often…we’re talking on average about once every 1.5 months. That’s a lot!
The weird thing is, it’s been almost the exact same sickness every time. It hits me like lightning. I’m feeling fine one evening with no signs of sickness and the next morning I feel like rubbish. A fever quickly builds. I start feeling achy. I get the chills. My nose runs and my throat hurts. These symptoms are intense for about a day or two and then they wear off. This sickness usually forces me to rest a LOT and take a break from working out for about a week.
This isn’t the only kind of sickness I’ve experienced, however. As I’m sure a lot of you who have traveled can guess, stomach problems are a common occurrence around here. When I’m eating food I cook myself, I feel great! However, eating out where I can’t control the amount of oil or MSG in my food often gives me the runs (sorry if TMI)!
It’s weird to feel like you’re home somewhere, but to be sick so often. When living in America, I would often get sick during or after a trip overseas. I would get sick occasionally when in America, but not nearly as often as when I was traveling and dealing with a different climate and cuisine.
Now that I live in China, overseas IS my home! I was hoping my body would adjust quicker, but it seems like that’s not the case. We’ve been living here for over 6 months (crazy!) and I’m still continually getting sick. It’s definitely confusing and discouraging to be sick so often; to constantly have to miss out on language class or social events because I’m not feeling good. I’m justing hoping I can pinpoint some causes of my sickness soon, so that I can make changes to being healthier here in the future.
Enough about me though! Let’s talk food! This day of eats was from a sick day where I was home and resting. Unlike normal sick days, I actually craved veggies and things other than oatmeal. But let’s be real. Oatmeal still happened. I hope you get some meal/recipe inspiration from these meals!
Carrot Cake Oatmeal: I blended up a carrot in some water and cooked my oats in it, whipping in 1/2 ripe banana for sweetness. Then I topped everything off with more banana, raisins, shredded coconut and peanut butter.
Lunch was a Japanese sweet potato, roasted veggies (asparagus, carrot, pumpkin, and red pepper), Sriracha and nutritional yeast. SO filling and delicious. But sadly, I’ve realized that the Japanese sweet potatoes here are a little weird in that they remain super starchy and don’t turn gooey and soft like most Japanese sweet potatoes. Their starchiness usually upsets my stomach and this was probably the last one I’ll eat.
Super Simple Stir “Fried” Rice. This recipe is my new favorite and I’ll be sharing how I make it soon! It takes me about 10 minutes to prepare and I love all the textures and soy sauce flavor!
By the time dinner rolled around, I was feeling more energetic and was planning on hanging out with friends afterwards we finished eating. Towards the end of my meal, however, I started to feel really sick and long story short, I ended up having to stay home and deal with another kind of sickness. Gotta love China!
Before bed, to help my stomach, I ate a dried persimmon and a banana. So sweet and delicious.
Some of you may be wondering if I still enjoy living in China considering all the sickness I’ve been experiencing since I moved here. The answer? YES! I believe my health isn’t fully in my hands. While I can do my best to eat healthy and stay active, the One who made me is in control. I could be even more sick if I was still living in America where I had access to all kinds of healthy food and organic produce. While China may not like me very much, I’m still so in love with China and wouldn’t want to be living anywhere else. Don’t get me wrong, after a week of being sick I definitely start feeling a bit sad and stir-crazy, but I know it will pass eventually and I’ll be back to my normal self soon enough.
Thanks for reading and thanks for the link-up!