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posted February 01, 2021 03:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for teasel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote th

I used a basic recipe from a cookbook for people with stomach issues - I'd totally forgotten that someone said she was doing well on it, at the end of 2016. I'd made it, and still got sick, so I gave up.

I've been mostly eating this, since Wednesday night:

1 cup of Jasmine rice
10 cups of water
4 chicken drumsticks
1 tablespoon of butter, and two teaspoons of salt, I think it was, added when it finished cooking (30 minutes in the instant pot).

I eat a small bowl, whenever I want something to eat, and am doing my best to avoid a stomach ache, or getting sick. I add Bragg's Aminos to it.

From the link above:

Hydration is key to good health, and wet breakfasts are an often forgotten key to good hydration. Wet breakfasts—porridges and congee—absorb a great deal of water as they cook, fluid is gradually given up during digestion, like a time-release capsule of healthy hydration. Beyond bringing fluids into the system so effectively, wet breakfasts soothe and restore the organs of digestion themselves (in Chinese Medical terms, Stomach, Spleen/Pancreas, Small Intestine and Large Intestine). Wet-cooked porridges or congee is the breakfast of choice for a wide variety of health needs ranging from

nourishing weak digestion,

conditions of chronic dehydration,

inflammation or heat pathologies,

those especially young, old or convalescing at any stage of life,

anyone who challenged their digestion with an extensive or challenging dinner the previous evening,

anyone who may have stayed up too late or had a bit too much wine, etc.

Anecdotally, wet breakfasts have been the foundation of remarkable improvements in a number of individuals I have taught who were struggling with serious conditions. Dangerously high blood pressure brought into normal range, severely weakened digestion brought back to good function… there are many instances of success, large and small. Dramatic improvements are not difficult, although adopting consistent new breakfast habits sometimes can be. Since chronic dehydration underlies many serious health conditions, consistent adoption of cooked, wet breakfasts can provide real improvement as well as symptom relief. At the very least, medical treatment can then be calibrated to what we need and can’t do for ourselves with a little extra kitchen effort in the mornings.

The author of the book I downloaded, explained the same (that it's basically like time-released hydration).

It's also not that expensive to make, and you don't need to add meat to it. You can add broth instead of water, or flavour it in other ways. It's been a relief to be able to eat something, without getting sick, and feeling horrible.

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posted February 01, 2021 02:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chanterelle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ever tried miso soup? That with leftover rice is one of my favorite winter breakfasts. (Same issue re: staying hydrated in cold weather, with the additional benefit of probiotics.)

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posted June 22, 2022 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for teasel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am eating this again, without the chicken, since I don't have any. Hydration, plus easier on the stomach, after drinking some pineapple juice for the enzymes.

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