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    Ok so I did a really dumb thing. Last week I went on vacation (as some of you know.) We generally ate good food, home-made, relatively Primal. However, there was a lot of home-made bread, cookies and doughnuts at the campsite/festival, and loads of booze.

    With that being said, I'm sick.

    Head cold, stuffy nose, sinus pressure. ZERO appetite.

    Yesterday I managed a cup of kefir and frozen berries, and a bell pepper at lunch.
    Today, 30-some hours later, I forced down a pork chop. Meat tasted like crap, but the fat was good to me.

    Otherwise it's been bottles of Sobe Lifewater (Zero-cal) just to keep fluid. It goes down 1000x easier than water or tea right now.

    Just kind of curious if anyone else has been through this. I'm ok with taking advantage of this repulsion for food to drop some fat, but I don't want to lose muscle too. The trick is finding something my body will agree to let me swallow. I'm sort of freaking out because I'm only about a month from Warrior Dash, and I'm totally not prepared for it physically. This sickness is really cutting into any potential training time.

    Or do I just ride it out and hope for the best?

  • #2
    Make some good gelatin/collagen filled broth to drink as well... and ride it out.
    Consider adding a beaten egg or two to the broth you drink, sort of egg drop style, for some protein.

    You're appetite will return in pretty short order.

    Good luck.
    “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
    ~Friedrich Nietzsche
    And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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    • #3
      I just went through a cold and sore thoat with loss of appetite. I used those Cold-eeze zinc tablets and I have never had such a short cold. They really helped.

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      • #4
        I had a random one-day fever a few weekends back. I didn't eat a single thing all day, barely drank anything, and I wasn't the least bit hungry or thirsty at the end of the day. It ran its course and I didn't fight it; didn't feel the need to force food down when my body didn't want it.

        Of course, I'm not concerned about losing a bit of muscle mass since I don't have much to begin with, so...

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        • #5
          I'm on day two of recovery from a nasty little norovirus. The only thing I could keep down was squirt soda, a peach, and today a tiny bit of ice cream. I say just do the best you can when you are sick. If you aren't hungry don't force it. I am a huge proponent of chicken stock, but just the thought of it made we want to hurl these last two days

          Zinc, vitamin c, and vitamin D3 might help shorten it.
          Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

          http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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          • #6
            Yeah, my dad keeps pushing the broth idea, but the thought of it just makes me want to gag.

            I feel better after the pork chop. Maybe food will happen tomorrow.

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            • #7
              Why do people insist on eating when their body is screaming *I'm busy ~ stop sidetracking me with digestion!* I'll never understand. When you're sick and lose your desire to eat, it's you body's way of letting you know it doesn't want food. Believe me, you won't starve to death. Appetite and hunger will return when you're on the road to recovery.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
                Yeah, my dad keeps pushing the broth idea, but the thought of it just makes me want to gag.

                I feel better after the pork chop. Maybe food will happen tomorrow.
                Diana, I wouldn't sweat losing any muscle. It's likely a short term bug of some sort. In any case once you feel good again that muscle bounces back real quick. We don't lose muscle that easily. The big supplement companies created an almost paranoia that we must ingest gobs of protein every few hours or somehow we would shrink rapidly. It just isn't the case. You may be slightly weaker the next time you train but you'll be right back to where you were in no time. Get well and don't force anything down your throat if it makes you want to gag. That is your body telling you that it's working on the problem and it doesn't have the capacity to deal with food at the moment. Listen to that. You'll know when you are coming around.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Nady View Post
                  Why do people insist on eating when their body is screaming *I'm busy ~ stop sidetracking me with digestion!* I'll never understand. When you're sick and lose your desire to eat, it's you body's way of letting you know it doesn't want food. Believe me, you won't starve to death. Appetite and hunger will return when you're on the road to recovery.
                  I agree, the body can take care of itself in times like this. There's a reason we tend to lose appetite when we're sick, and that's cause it promotes healing of illness. Just let it run its course and you'll be fine in no time

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Nady View Post
                    Why do people insist on eating when their body is screaming *I'm busy ~ stop sidetracking me with digestion!* I'll never understand. When you're sick and lose your desire to eat, it's you body's way of letting you know it doesn't want food. Believe me, you won't starve to death. Appetite and hunger will return when you're on the road to recovery.
                    +1 for this and the subsequent 2 responses. Hope you feel better soon!
                    The Champagne of Beards

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                    • #11
                      sorry you feel crappy but I agree, don't force it. Water. Maybe berries?

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                      • #12
                        Nady- That's a good point.

                        Thanks for the thought guys.

                        Health is improved. I can breathe out of my nose now, and my head no longer feels like a balloon. Unfortunately my super-sonic werewolf hearing is gone too. (That was pretty cool how LOUD everything was.) Stomach is feeling better but appetite is still minimal. I think I'm on day... 6? Managed some meat each night this week... 6 ounces perhaps. Eggs went down the last two days also.

                        Attempted an apple yesterday. I was actually hungry and able to eat. Then I wrenched my jaw. Go figure- lol!

                        At what point should I consider this a problem? I don't want my body to get stuck in this mode or something. :-/

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
                          Nady- That's a good point.

                          Thanks for the thought guys.

                          Health is improved. I can breathe out of my nose now, and my head no longer feels like a balloon. Unfortunately my super-sonic werewolf hearing is gone too. (That was pretty cool how LOUD everything was.) Stomach is feeling better but appetite is still minimal. I think I'm on day... 6? Managed some meat each night this week... 6 ounces perhaps. Eggs went down the last two days also.

                          Attempted an apple yesterday. I was actually hungry and able to eat. Then I wrenched my jaw. Go figure- lol!

                          At what point should I consider this a problem? I don't want my body to get stuck in this mode or something. :-/
                          Since you are improving bit by bit I wouldn't worry about it for a while. I only worry about things that are getting worse on their own instead of better

                          Make sure you are getting fluids and I'm sure your appetite will be back in no time.
                          Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

                          http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Nady View Post
                            Why do people insist on eating when their body is screaming *I'm busy ~ stop sidetracking me with digestion!* I'll never understand. When you're sick and lose your desire to eat, it's you body's way of letting you know it doesn't want food. Believe me, you won't starve to death. Appetite and hunger will return when you're on the road to recovery.

                            While I do agree that food intake is not a big deal in this case and i am a fan of fasting, you can't actually know what your body wants when it has been hijacked by an illness. People used to argue that really bad diarrhea was the bodies way of getting rid of an invader, but in reality it is the bug that causes the severe diarrhea in order to promote spread of the infection! So it is just as likely that a virus is making you lose your appetite to make you weak as it is that your body knows it needs a break from digestion.
                            Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

                            http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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                            • #15
                              Six days huh? My guess is that you got a dose of food poisoning. Stomach viruses typically last about 3 days. Salmonella and similar bacteria are more like 7-10 days in duration. I had it once and its awful! I was deathly ill for over a week and slowly got better over the next 2-3 weeks. It was like a month of my life. I lost more than 20 lbs.

                              The good news is that you will most definitely come around and all the foods you love will still taste great even if you can't imagine it right now. Just listen to your body and stay hydrated.

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