Pride Goeth Before a Fall… That saying was never truer than this past week when, after an entire winter of priding myself on avoiding these nasty stomach bugs that have been going around, I was struck down not once but TWICE with a nasty bug that just would not quit.
Stomach bugs are never fun, but when you have a digestive disease and are on a very limited diet devoid of most traditional “sick foods” it can be down right scary. Forget the plain noodles, the rice, the Gator-Aid, the mashed potatoes, and the saltines. What’s left to regain sustenance without destroying your already fragile belly?
I stuck with things like tea and coconut water, which is basically a natural, way better tasting, Gator-Aid. It is loaded with potassium and natural electrolytes to help keep you hydrated. I ate a fair amount of unsweetened applesauce, a few bananas and bone broth and I was back to normal within a few days. However, my favorite invention was natural AIP friendly ginger ale.
I love ginger ale, and ginger is fantastic for settling the stomach, but store-bought ginger ale contains no actual ginger and is loaded with sugar. This natural ginger ale recipe is so simple. Just make a basic simple syrup with honey and water add some ginger and allow it to simmer until it has a nice strong ginger taste and add it to some seltzer water! It is so good, you won’t just be drinking it when you get a bug. Trust me!
- 2 TBS of Cut Fresh Ginger Root
- ½ Cup of Water
- 2 TBS of Honey
- Plain Seltzer Water
- Roughly cut up two tablespoons of fresh ginger root.
- In a small sauce pan combine water, honey, and ginger and bring to a boil while stirring.
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer on low for ten minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow your mixture to cool.
- Add 1/4 cup of syrup to ½ – ¾ cup of seltzer water depending on taste and enjoy.