Today is National Meat Out Day and it's safe to say I'll be participating. The last thing I want to look at is meat. Or any other food for that matter. I've been hit and I've been hit hard and there's no doubt in my mind that I've been nailed by food poisoning.

At first I thought maybe I caught the flu, but after looking over the symptoms, I'm sure it's food poisoning. How do you know the difference? Glad you asked.

Here are the typical symptoms of the flu:

  • Watery diarrhea
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Symptoms appear one to two days after exposure to the virus and usually last for one to two days but can last for up to 10 days.

And these are the symptoms of food poisoning:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Watery diarrhea
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Symptoms can show up within hours of eating contaminated food, but exposure to certain contaminants may not cause symptoms until a few weeks later. Sickness lasts from one to 10 days.

Food poisoning is awful and not something I'd wish on anyone.  Not to say that the flu isn't horrible, but this is nasty stuff and I wish I'd just evacuate my body.  Keep in mind- as with any sickness, you should always double check with your doctor for a diagnosis!

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Symptoms Source: WebMD