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Sick Day Essentials

Happy Friday!

If you’re reading this, then it’s safe to say that I am alive and well today, and have emerged from this week’s sickness with nothing but a lingering cough. And by lingering cough, I mean sometimes it sounds like my throat might literally turn itself inside out. But hey, you win some you lose some.

Also, I sound like Rachael Ray. Which really isn’t a compliment.

Since I obviously haven’t been working out this week,  and have no running post to share with you, I wanted to chat about my favorite sick day essentials! My list of feel good items, if you will.

1. Saltine Crackers


And if none are on hand like this week for me, default to…

2. Chewy Chips AHoy Cookies


It’s 99% possible I ate an entire package while sick. It’s also 99% possible I really don’t care.

3. Nyquil or cheap equivalent


Seriously. Just do us all a favor, and knock yourself out 🙂 If you buy the cheap equivalent brand, PLEASE buy a flavor. The green regular flavor is nasty!

4. Netflix and Hulu Plus


I’m almost all caught up on Parenthood, caught up on Grey’s Anatomy, the women tell all episode of the Bachelor, and finally watched Pitch Perfect.

5. Green tea & honey



6. Ricola cough drops


They work wonders!

7. A cuddly lab

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just for safe measure…you’ll need one of these as a body pillow.

8. Grilled cheese & tomato soup


A bland enough meal for your tummy, and warm soup for your throat. Unless your sickness is in your sinuses, in that case you don’t need that extra dairy!

9. Sprite or Gatorade


I like to drink as much water as possible when I’m sick, but sometimes changing it up to Sprite or Gatorade makes a world of difference.

10. Aleve or Ibuprofen


For those aches and pains that just won’t go away. I didn’t have a fever, so I wasn’t worried about taking these.

11. A hot bath with lavender Epsom salt


I’ve been loving hot baths lately, and adding in lavender Epsom bath is like a quick trip to the spa. I didn’t take a bath while I was sick, but really wanted to! Chalk it up to laziness.

12. Orange juice based smoothies


Never a bad idea to add in some extra vitamin C!

13. Gurgling salt water


This may or may not help, but I’d like to think it does. Plus, any old person will swear by it.

Here’s to feeling better and getting back at it this weekend! If I can’t get out and run this weekend I might go crazy!

What are your sick day must-haves?


  • Reply
    March 21, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I grew very fond of lifesavers mints when I was sick a few weeks ago. That and peanut butter on tortillas — odd I know but it was the first thing that I could actually KEEP down.
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      Sweet Miles
      March 28, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Peanut butter on tortillas? Sounds like something that would be pretty easy on your stomach, I don’t blame you!

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    Kristen @ Glitter and Dust
    March 21, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I use a lot of these too when I get sick – especially Netflix, Ricolas, Diet 7Up, Honey+Tea, and Aleve! Another essential that I must have is frozen yogurt. Whenever I have a sore throat, frozen yogurt somehow eases/numbs the pain. Plus, no better excuse to eat froyo for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      March 28, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Frozen yogurt is a great idea!! Anything to make your throat chilled always feels so good!

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    Kirsten @ Fit + fab
    March 21, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I wish I could eat cookies when I’m sick, but I generally have no taste so I’m sure they would be like eating soggy cardboard :/ Boo to sickness ruining good cookie moments!
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      Sweet Miles
      March 28, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Hahaha, yea, it’s the pits when you can’t taste anything!! I feel like I eat TERRIBLE things for me when I’m sick, but I just tell myself I deserve it!

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    March 21, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I’m sorry you’ve been sick this week, but I’m glad you are better! I agree with all of your essentials except for the chips ahoy, and that’s just because I’m that weird person who doesn’t like most chocolate. But make it ice cream, or sugar, peanut butter or snickerdoodle cookies and I’m all for it! 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      March 28, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Haha! Anytime of cookie does the trick 😉 I can’t believe you aren’t a chocolate fan! How funny!

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    Katelyn @ Big Sky Multisport Coaching
    March 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    My mother always told my sisters and I to gurgle with warm salt water when we were sick. I still do it today as well! Ice cream. Definitely ice cream when I’m sick.
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      Sweet Miles
      March 28, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Ice cream for sure!! 🙂

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    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    March 21, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I have to have ginger ale when I am sick!!!
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      Sweet Miles
      March 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      Yes yes!! Ginger ale, or even Fresca! Anything Sprite-ish! I actually really like the diet Canada Dry ginger ale!

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    Kels @ Blonder Side of Life
    March 21, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Glad you’re still alive and kickin!! All great things to have when you’re sick, especially the grilled cheese yum 🙂 But actually when I mostly think of being sick I think of saltines and sprite lol
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      Sweet Miles
      March 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      Saltines and sprite for sure 🙂 Classics!

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    Amanda @ MoveLoveEat
    March 21, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I’m sorry to hear you were sick! I’m with you on the crackers & tea with honey. Last time I was sick the bf made me hot lemon and honey drinks and they definitely helped.
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      Sweet Miles
      March 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks! Much better now 🙂 Mmm a hot lemony drink sounds wonderful!

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    Chrissy @Pinkpolishandrunningshoes
    March 22, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Saltines are a must. I also had a really, really bad stomach bug once and the only thing I could keep down was red gatorade (go figure?). Now I always have it on hand just in case.

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      Sweet Miles
      March 28, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Ha! Red gatorade works if it does the trick 🙂

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    Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork
    March 22, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Right there with you! Currently battling some type of cold and hoping I can make it go away before it gets worse.
    I rely on Emergen-C, echinacea tea, toast, some type of (GF) soup, lots of water, a marathon of shows, and a box of the lotion tissues. They are so worth it when you’re blowing your nose every five minutes–definitely keep the dry, red nose at bay.
    Hope you’re feeling better soon!
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      Sweet Miles
      March 28, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Hope you’re feeling better as well!! OH! I love Emergen-C!! Good call on the tissues too! No one has time for a sore nose!

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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    March 24, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I’m sorry you’re sick 🙁 I hope that you are feeling better SOON!!
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      Sweet Miles
      March 28, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Thank you! Much better now!

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    June 15, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I’m currently sick right now and these tips sound wonderful. I don’t feel like even moving when I’m sick lol. I could really go for some chicken soup and cheese nips right now. Any tips on how to not feel nauseous because I feel that way right now and it’s making me feel worse..?? :/

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