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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,765)
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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!

GRATTECIELLA SparkPoints: (100,485)
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2/28/13 9:12 P

I definitely do this. I think that carbs are comforting for me, so that's why!

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,646
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.

2/28/13 7:58 P

Maybe it's partly a comfort thing. Things like potatoes, macaroni and cheese and cookies are comforting and easy to eat.

SIBH_K SparkPoints: (16,725)
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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

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (80,736)
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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.

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 949
2/28/13 10:59 A

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).

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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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.


MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 16,487
2/28/13 10:25 A

I always want very bland carb loaded foods when I am sick

TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,067
2/28/13 9:53 A

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.

ALISALEA Posts: 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?

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