Fitness Minutes: (14,252)
9,666 2/28/13 10:28 P
Given that carbohydrates are your body's preferred fuel source, and you need a little extra fuel to get your body what it needs to heal and fight off infection, I would say it's not surprising. I'm willing to bet that it's a natural reaction.
Carbs aren't bad for you, anyway. Just aim to get them from complex sources, like whole grains, fruits, and veggies!
And if you want regular stuff, indulge. I set myself to maintenance when I"m sick anyway for the extra calories, and worry about losing weight when I DON'T have the plague!
Fitness Minutes: (24,301)
761 2/28/13 9:12 P
I definitely do this. I think that carbs are comforting for me, so that's why!
Fitness Minutes: (16,140)
1,244 2/28/13 9:11 P
I rarely get sick but when I am suffering a cold or flu I want mcdonalds fries. That's my only craving. I assumed it was the need for salt/sodium.
Maybe it's partly a comfort thing. Things like potatoes, macaroni and cheese and cookies are comforting and easy to eat.
Fitness Minutes: (29,117)
21 2/28/13 5:39 P
I have just recently been sick too with a sore throat and swollen glands and literally ALL i ate and craved were carbs!! Didnt want to see protein of any kind! Found it so strange
Fitness Minutes: (75,891)
2,489 2/28/13 11:11 A
Definitely! Not sure why. When I have a cold I am super hungry in general. I have a slight cold right now. But for some reason I always get super high energy cardio workouts when I have a cold. So I get my carb fill around my workout. I have a high fibre breakfast with some fruit (usually rolled oats w/added goodies like flaxseed, wheat bran, fruit). Followed up with a high carb post workout snack. Today I'm having a whole wheat english muffin w/half calorie twice the fruit jam, light ricotta cheese and blueberries, blackberries and strawberries on top.
Oh gosh, yes. When I am sick I always want something carby and spicy, like breakfast burritos, or giant plates of pasta or fried rice. Burgers, or tater tots (not fries, no idea why).
Fitness Minutes: (11,285)
3,116 2/28/13 10:36 A
When I am sick, I will eat whatever my body craves if I have it. Often it is a big bowl of elbow macaroni with some butter and parmesan cheese. I call it "mommy food" I thinks when the body is sick it craves comfort.
YES YES YES. This happened to me, too, when I had the flu. The last thing in the world I wanted to eat was lean chicken, nuts, and beans or vegetables. I wanted pizza, chips, cookies, and so forth. Other than being addictive, I don't know why I craved that stuff more when I was sick.
Fitness Minutes: (57,748)
161 2/28/13 8:09 A
Does anybody else do this? I've got bronchitis and haven't been feeling well for a couple of days. I stayed home from work yesterday and between naps all I wanted to eat was carbs. I tracked everything and only went over my upper calorie limit by about 50 but I could have eaten a lot more. Is it the "comfort food" thing?
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.