Food safety

Rule #1: SMELL THE FOOD!!! If it smells off, go with your gut.

Meat Safety

Meat requires extra caution since it is very easy for it to spoil. Generally, avoid meat that has not been thoroughly cooked. Meat must be stored in a fridge or ice box and should never be left out for an extended period of time.

Dairy safety

Remember Rule #1, smell the food. Dairy will give off a strong smell when it is no longer good to eat. If you do have spoiled milk and have a garden, pour it onto your plants. The calcium can help the soil.

Water Safety

Avoid drinking from sprinklers, water features, and decorative fountains - this is “gray water” which has been recycled and is only meant for plants. These fountains are often treated with bleach and other chemicals that can cause stomach pain and sickness.

Eggs (yolk)

Eggs are a healthy source of protein. However there a few things to watch out for:

  • Eggs should be kept in a refrigerator or icebox.
  • Never eat a raw egg. You may get salmonella, a stomach infection that can cause diarrhea and fever.
  • Foods with egg in them should not be left out and instead kept in a refrigerator or icebox.

Food poisoning

If you experience any of the following signs or symptoms, seek medical attention:

  • Frequent episodes of vomiting, especially if you can’t keep water down.
  • Blood in your vomit or poop.
  • Diarrhea for more than three days.
  • Extreme pain or severe stomach cramps.
  • Fever, chills, waking up drenched in sweat.
  • Blurry vision, muscle weakness and tingling in the arms.
  • Diarrhea that lasts for several days can lead to dehydration.

Things to look for:

  • Feeling extremely thirst.
  • Dry mouth despite drinking a lot of water.
  • Peeing less than normal.
  • Feeling very weak, dizzy, or lightheaded.

Tips for helping with Diarrhea:

  • Drink water and Gatorade to help keep you hydrated.
  • Don’t stop eating but take it easy on your body.
  • Avoid alcohol, spicy food, greasy food, caffeine, milk, sugar, and fruits.
  • Try eating plain food like rice, bread, and vegetables.
  • If it’s not getting better go to urgent care or the ER. You might have an infection.

Tip for helping with constipation:

  • Eat yogurt to help your digestive system get back to normal.
  • Add more fiber to your diet. This includes cereal, grains, fruits, and vegetables.

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