Sweet Potato Rice Porridge (Congee) For Stomache Upset

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Sweet potato rice porridge

Sweet potato rice porridge

Sweet Potato Rice Porridge, or congee, is what I survived on the whole day yesterday. It was like a punishment for a bad day after being down with a bad stomache upset the whole evening and night the day before. Gosh….I had never suffered like that….vomiting, diarrhea, fever, headache and fainting. At around 2a.m., my daughter had to call the hospital and the doctor came shortly after that.

I think my whole tummy sounded thunderous! The doctor wanted to give me an injection for fast effect but ‘ARRRGGGHH….NO’. Thank goodness, he respected my decision and gave me tablets. He said I needed to drink a special drink to replace the fluid lost but then there was not enough in his bag after he visited a similar case earlier on. Poor Doctor, he had to run back to the hospital to pick up more and came back again! What a day for him but I’m really so thankful for his help.

dioralyte drink

dioralyte drink

Well, for the whole of yesterday, I was confined in bed. I didn’t have much energy to get up. I presume the blood pressure was still low. My children cooked rice porridge with sweet potatoes for me. That was my lunch and dinner with a lot of water. I was so thankful for their care and concern, checking on me every now and then to make sure I was fine and if I needed anything. They even prepared their own lunch and dinner. It sure smelled very delicious.

My daughter even brought my laptop to me and made the place comfortable for me so that I can do a little typing to beat the boredom. Blogging and reading kept me in bed the whole day. At least I was not bored. I’m really very proud of my children.

By late evening my stomach felt much better and I was served a small baked sweet potato. That was so delicious!

Baked sweet potato

Baked sweet potato

Chinese always believe that rice porridge is very therapeutic especially when you fall sick. I remember my mom only allowed us to eat very watery, plain rice porridge if we were ever sick. We actually recovered very quickly. Since I liked sweet potatoes I asked my girls to add that. This sweet potato rice porridge is what we ate very often when we were young and were poor. It is very filling.

What do you eat when you are sick? Do you have a very effective, special food for stomach upset? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other rice porridge recipes that you may be interested:

Best Turkey Rice Porridge
Meat Balls Rice Porridge
Salted Fish And Chicken Rice Porridge

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Divina  on January 6th, 2010

I eat the same thing!! Although sometimes no sweet potato, just the congee. :( I hope you’re better now. I wonder what you ate. I know it’s painful and taxing but after all of the suffering, just think of it as a one day detox. :D Get well soon.

Ladybird  on January 6th, 2010

Oh Mary, you poor thing! :( Hope you are feeling much better. I am impressed you continued blogging while feeling under the weather - what a dedicated blogger ;) hehe

Viviane  on January 6th, 2010

Sorry to hear you were sick and hope you feel better soon!
I think it is similar everywhere, when people have upset stomach: Rice, potatoes. In Lebanon we also eat toasted bread with a light local cheese called Labneh. Add boiled pasta for me lately. And of course lots of water.

pegasuslegend  on January 6th, 2010

OMG dear that sounds aweful.I am sorry to hear you got that sick. And here you are still having to post or even think of us to post something of this nature so sweet and thoughtful. Lots of people here are getting the same thing, not fainting however, that almost sounds like food posioning instead of flu. My work has the rest of your symptoms trying to keep using hand gel and antibacteria cleaner…Hope you feel better this morning…..God Bless.

3hungrytummies  on January 6th, 2010

oh get well soon!

cheah  on January 6th, 2010

Gosh, hope you get well soon. Diluted rice congee is the food that we’ll eat whenever we are sick. Your girls are really very filial, taking good care of you.

penny aka jeroxie  on January 6th, 2010

I never had sweet potato with congee. Usually, I just have plain with a little light soya! Get well soon.

anncoo  on January 6th, 2010

Oh Mary~~get well soon :) Need more rest.

Trissa  on January 6th, 2010

Hope your feeling better Mary! What happened?

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on January 6th, 2010

Oh dear! I hope you feel better today. xx

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on January 6th, 2010

Mary, I hope you do feel better now! Nothing would taste good at all if one feels under the weather.
I love congee made with sweet potatoes!

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on January 6th, 2010

Are you feeling better right now?

I like eating sweet potatoes, but have ever tried to cook porridge with them before.
Take care and have good rest.

Sushma Mallya  on January 6th, 2010

Hi Mary,hope ur feeling much better now,Never tried using sweet potato in porridge,thanks for sharing, and take care

Tangled Noodle  on January 6th, 2010

Hopefully you are feeling well again! I came down with a cold during our recent trip to the Philippines so every morning, I ate arroz caldo (much like congee). Any kind of hot soup is so comforting to the spirit and stomach when I’m not feeling well!

Shirley  on January 6th, 2010

Thats awful Mary. Take rest and get well soon. Apart from rice kanji, arrowroot porridge is the best. It helps to bind real quick. You can also try this Broken Wheat Porridge. Just prepare it in water, no milk. Use honey to sweeten, honey binds.

Sook  on January 6th, 2010

We eat porridge in Korea when you’re sick or when you don’t have much of an appetite. Sometimes I crave porridge so much but didn’t really have a good recipe for it. I will give this a try sometime. Thanks, Mary!

doggybloggy  on January 6th, 2010

does not sound good - get well soon!

Stacy  on January 6th, 2010

I am sorry you were so sick. I am happy to hear that nutrition and food helped you to feel better!

Kathy Gori  on January 6th, 2010

So glad you are felling better. we’re Italian, but rice is also what my mother used to give me when I was sick. Rice works! I also keep pickled umeboshi plums in the house for stomach upset or nausea, and I suck a piece of raw ginger or make raw ginger tea. I’m still trying to get over the fact that a doctor made a house call!! Here in the States, that’s gone the way of the Dodo bird.

pigpigscorner  on January 6th, 2010

I eat porridge whenever I am sick too. Get well soon!

Ellie  on January 6th, 2010

Get well soon. Congee is the best remedy for sickness.

Jeannie  on January 6th, 2010

So sorry to learn that you were sick Mary. Hope you are feeling fine now. My mum used to cook porridge with sweet potato for us when we were sick too. When we got bored with that, she will cook us vermicelli soup for a change…without oil of course, the reason being oil will upset the tummy even more….mothers know best? lol!

Anna  on January 6th, 2010

Sorry you got sick :-( hope you get better quickly. It’s Lovely that your kids cooked you a nice get better meal.

TasteHongKong  on January 7th, 2010

Get well soon Mary!
I’m amazed by your persistence in keeping your posts updated on a daily basis even you are sick, take good rest dear.
I have made a drink from rice which should be as good as congee, let me have it tidied up soonest and share it with you.
Take care : ).

Juliana  on January 7th, 2010

Happy New Year Mary! I am sorry to hear that you are no feeling well..
By the way, the porridge with sweet potato is a good way to go when you have upset stomach, hope you feel better soon :-)

Mary  on January 7th, 2010

All my Dear Friends,

Thank you very, very much for all your get-well wishes and lovely comments and compliments. I’m very touched by your love, care and concern and greatly appreciate your friendship.

I’m really glad that I’m feeling better now. Can’t wait to be back on my normal food. I still have to continue with something light and soft and drink lots of water for the next 2 days until my appetite and energy return.

It must have been a stomache bug that somehow only attacked me! Must have loved me or hated me so much :D I still can’t figure out what went wrong. Everyone in my family ate the same food, all home cooked. But anyway, I’m really so glad it’s all over. What a fright!

Thank you very much for all the advice and encouragement. You have brought me so much cheers.

Thank you very much once again for your friendship.


kristy  on January 7th, 2010

Poor Mary, I think it’s food poisoning lol! I’m in the same shoe a couple of months ago. Got injected! No appetite to eat at all!

joylicious  on January 7th, 2010

Oh dear mary how horrible to hear that you were feeling so ill!!!! That is truly unfortunate — are you feeling better now? Please rest and drink lots of fluids, I am praying for a speedy recovery!

Mary  on January 7th, 2010

@Kristy - I sure think it’s food poisoning…but why I’m the only one in the family to get it? I think the stomach bug didn’t like me :D Ya, have lost all appetite. Wonder when will my appetite return….hmmmm. Hope soon.

@Joylicious - What a way to go at the beginning of the year! Trust that the rest of the year will be great. Am feeling much better today except no appetite. Listening to you….drinking lots of plain water. Thanks very much for your concern and prayer :) You are just so sweet!

Thas  on January 7th, 2010

Oh my dear Mary, this sounds like a real coincidence, even I had a minor food poisoning( I am very sensitive to food)couple of days ago and my body ejected everything in the upward direction, believe me it was like an explosion which I hate and I was totally dehydrated. And guess what? just like you even I lived on rice porridge for 2 days. In kerala(southern part of India) rice porridge is very famous, most of the poeple have this for dinner, others when they get sick. When sick I can’t think of eating anything but rice porridge along with Indian Pickle which gives a spicy kick, a bowl of this is enough to fill me, keeps me hydrated, gives the boost and it’s easily digested.

Looks like we both had a body cleansing for New year, lol.I am glad that you are feeling better now and back to cooking. Take good rest!

Also when ever I feel low, if a get a sick feeling and during snowy weather, I have a cup of hot homemade herbal coffee, this really does the magic, refreshing, effective and good for stomach: http://thasneen.com/cooking/homemade-herbal-coffee/

Do try this you are definitely going to love this and lemme know( adjust the spice level according to your needs, it’s good to make this spicy)

Mary  on January 8th, 2010

@Thas - Oh dear, what happened to both of us. Agree with you…detox :D It was a very frightening experience for me. Can fully identify with you. I have not got back any appetite at all. Looks like porridge and lots of water will be my diet for a while. But have started cooking. Miss my kitchen :P

Thanks very much for the link to your coffee recipe. It looks very delicious. I have to go and get a few ingredients. Will surely try this. I want something warm and some spice to help me. Really hope to get my full appetite back soon.

TasteHongKong  on January 12th, 2010

Hi Mary,
This is the rice soup I mentioned,
For you and your family to enjoy, not necessarily for curing.

Mary  on January 12th, 2010

@TasteHongKong - Thanks very much for visiting again to add the link. Appreciate your kindness very much. I love the rice milk. I’ll have to give it a try.

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