Monday, January 12, 2009

plop plop fizz fizz

For the most part, I consume a fairly healthy diet. But when I feel even mildly ill, all I want is Saltine crackers and 7up. What with the high fructose corn syrup and all, I know that I cannot be biologically evolved to crave these highly-processed foodstuffs (can you tell that I've been reading Michael Pollan?), so I'm sure it's a cultural thing. No doubt the connection is largely psychological: I have Saltine-and-7up memories from childhood sick days, and somehow the pair has been built up in my mind as a semi-magical elixir, despite how unhealthy I know the components to be. I figure, since I never eat Saltines or drink 7up unless I'm feeling sick, it's not so bad to let them sneak in a couple of days a year, right? If nothing else, they make me think that I feel better. And they give me some calories when I don't feel like getting them from anything else.

What do you crave when you're sick?


Kimberly said...

I'm with you on this one for sure. For me, though, it's Sprite that has been de-fizzed and Lipton chicken noodle soup. No, I can't do any other kind. I have tried them all (including homemade) and when I'm sick, I crave the tiny noodles and watery soup.

rantipoler said...

Yes on the saltines for sure. We often had coke syrup over crushed ice for stomach-settling.