I was sick. I had been up all night long kneeling on the cold tile floor and hugging the porcelain. I believe I had food poisoning, so luckily I wasn’t contagious to my family, but I wanted to die. The next morning all I could do is stay in bed and doze in and out, barley registering the noise and activity around me. I ran to the bathroom every few minutes, my stomach clenching, even though I had nothing left to give. I took small sips of water, not even holding down that innocuous beverage, and I didn’t’ dare go near food. When the sun rose the next day I bravely rose out of bed, not trusting my stomach with the upright position. I felt nauseous and like a truck ran me over, but I was standing. Then I remembered…..i made a promise. I promised my daughter that I would take her to Chuck-E-Cheese that day for going potty like a big girl and “staying dry” all week long. It was quite an achievement, something that we worked on for months, and I had made a PROMISE that we would go on Sunday.
I may not always do the right thing, or be the best Mother or wife or anything else for that matter, but one thing that I always do is keep a promise. If I promise that I will do something, I will not back down, no matter how tempting it might be. So, still weak, nauseas and unsteady, I loaded the kiddos up in the car for a day of “fun.” I remembered these little ginger candies called “Gin Gins” that I had received for free from Earth Fare. As a kid my mom would always give me ginger ale and saltine crackers when I was sick to my stomach, so I thought that I would eat the ginger candies to help keep the nausea at bay.
I popped in one of the small ginger candies when I hopped in the car and boy was I shocked. Wow! They actually worked. Not just a little bit either, I mean these things actually made me feel normal while I was eating them. As soon as one candy would melt, I would start to feel nauseas again, so I popped in another. I did this all day long and was actually able to sit there in Chuck-E-Cheese while my kids had a blast. Now granted, I still wasn’t able to eat anything, I still felt weak and as soon as that candy was gone, my nausea came right back. But, those little gin gins let me keep my promise and let my daughter celebrate potty day with the big mouse!
Many of you may already know about the benefit of ginger benefitting an upset stomach, but do you know why? Ginger contains gingerol, which is an antiemetic phytochemical, which basically means that it has the property to prevent nausea and vomiting. One study even showed that ginger works better than Dramamine in warding off seasickness!
The gingerols in ginger have also been shown to inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells, lower cholesterol and boost the immune system. Ginger is also popular for those suffering from arthritis and fibromyalgia because it has anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger can also benefit circulation – in fact the Deepak Chopra Center serves ginger tea as a remedy for patients with cold hands and feet.
I took Zofron when I was pregnant with my daughter because I had such intense morning sickness, but I wish I would have known about the natural benefits of ginger back then. I could have saved myself a lot of money and it could have potentially been more safe for her and me. Well, now you know…..so if any of you are suffering from morning sickness, give it a try!
My favorite ginger recipe is definitely gingerbread, ginger snaps or ginger cookies! But, yesterday I made a blueberry crisp and ginger in the crust. I had just bought a huge basket of fresh blueberries from my local farmers market, so I wanted to use up my berries and have a sweet treat. I made up this recipe for the blueberry crisp myself because I could not find any light recipes. This is so healthy, you could almost eat this for breakfast!
Stacy’s Healthy Blueberry Crisp
- 4 cups blueberries
- ¼ cup Sucanut (healthy sugar substitute, found at Earth Fare, but you can use sugar instead)
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
- 1/8 cup brown sugar Splenda
- 1/8 tsp salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ginger
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 3 Tbsp sugar-free natural applesauce
- Pre-heat oven to 375. Place blueberries in a large bowl with cornstarch, lemon juice and Sucanut (sugar). Toss well and leave for a few minutes.
- Pour the blueberries in an 8X8 square pan.
- Stir oats, flour, brown sugar splenda, spices, salt and applesauce together.
- Top the blueberries with the oat mixture and bake for 30 minutes.
Have you ever used ginger to help with nausea? Do you like the flavor of ginger? Do you have a favorite ginger recipe? Please share!