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KFWOHLFORD
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8/5/12 12:23 P

It helps if you can avoid dairy for a couple of days when you have a cold, because it increases mucus production, so it can make your congestion last longer.

With a stomach bug, one you can hold a little food down, it helps to eat bland foods that contain protein, such as a bit of lean chicken with some peas, sweet potatoes, or a banana.
If you only eat soup when you have a stomach bug, you may not get enough protein to heal yourself.

Edited by: KFWOHLFORD at: 8/5/2012 (12:27)


GMLYNCH
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8/5/12 11:08 A

HUH? You could be right. That Gherlin is a tricky hormone to deal with. When people do not get enough sleep, their system is way off, and sending the wrong signals.



CHIHAYA
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8/5/12 2:00 A

I don't know.... I usually lost appetite when I am sick, especially when I get cold.

How many times do you catch cold in a year in general? You might have immune system problem if you catch cold that many times.

Or... Is it really cold? could it be a signal from your body wanting to eat more and sabotaging you?




GMLYNCH
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8/4/12 9:26 P

Pigging out on cheetos, peanut M&Ms, cake, fried foods, McDs, or any other fast food crap, cookies will not heal us. Soup with loads of veggies, freshly juiced veggies, and fruits. Good quality protein, eggs, cheese sticks, cottage cheese. If you eat fish and poultry, lean cuts. If your a veggies, almonds, walnuts, cereal with flax, whole grain pasta with more protein, quinua, lentils and such. When we eat high quality, and nutritious foods make you fuller faster, and do not cause insulin spikes.



GMLYNCH
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8/4/12 9:16 P

That makes sense to me. Today I met my calorie expenditure, but my protein intake was low, but now I feel hungry again. Do I eat or drink something with protein, or stay away from the calories?



VIGDISDOTTER
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4/17/12 10:16 A

Wow! Tons of great ideas and good information. Thanks everyone.

I'm now starting to think I'm dealing with a life long habit, rather then a need to eat.



PRIMALMICHAEL
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4/16/12 10:53 P

To me, this isn't about calories, it's about nutrients. You can feel full and have plenty of calories and still be low on nutrients.

If I were sick, I would think that it's time to shift my focus from losing weight and counting calories, to nourishing my body and healing. If I'm having to repair damaged tissue and heal, I'm going to need the best in nutrients. My theory is that if you are missing some nutrient your body needs in order to heal, the appetite is going to stay cranked up as the body desperately tries to get you to get the nutrient it is lacking.



NIRERIN
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4/16/12 8:07 A

eating helps the body fight off infection??? i have never heard this [well, i mean, i think they tell people in chemo this, but that's a whole different ballgame]. i mean, eating is better than not eating ever, but you don't suddenly become one of those carnival ducks that you have to squirt water in their mouth until they bust just because you're sick. and if you figure that in order to grow a child you only need an extra 300 cals a day, odds are that you can fight off a cold on less than that. because you have to remember that your body is designed to be really efficient at the things that keep it alive. if you really have a hard time and need more food, just eat in your maintenance calorie ranges while sick.

healthy and good for you foods don't change whether you're 4 or 40, sick or healthy. and again, odds are your cold isn't drastically increasing the calories you need.
fluids can be very important when you're sick, especially if you are taking over the counter meds, which tend to have things in them that dry you out.



BUBBLEJ1
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4/16/12 5:59 A

When I am sick (which is also often, first year teacher here, and I get coughed and sneezed on a lot) I am starving. Like, eating constantly, can't get enough food starving. I don't count my calories if I am home sick, because if I am sick enough for a day off I am sick enough to listen to my body when it screams for food. That being said, I do try to make good choices. I eat a lot of cereal (cherrios really aren't that bad!), rice, soup; Pretty much anything I feel like eating. One day of not counting calories and eating slightly bad food (like ice blocks if I have a sore throat) will not hurt me or hinder my weight loss.

If you are feeling hungry then you aren't overeating, in my opinion. I'm not an expert, so grains of salt and all that jazz!



DRAGONCHILDE
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4/15/12 8:00 P

I think what's more important when you're sick is the quality of the food you're eating. It's certainly not the time to try and lose weight; the experts here generally recommend eating at maintenance while you're sick so that you focus on healing.

I think more important than worrying about over or under eating is to aim for quality. Lots of high-vitamin-C foods, healthy, balanced meals, and whole foods.

Overeating is the same no matter what your healthy level is like: eating more than you burn.



CIRANDELLA
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4/15/12 7:52 P

I think that eating too many calories to maintain your weight is overeating whether you're feeling well or ill, really.



PRIMALMICHAEL
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4/15/12 7:49 P

For me, cutting out sugar was the answer. One teaspoon of sugar depresses the immune system for 4 - 6 hours. Without sugar I have avoided many illnesses. I used to catch everything my son got. Now he gets sick and I don't.

Foods containing sugar won't help fight infection and sugar can contribute to getting ill often. Nutritious foods, though, are bound to help.



VIGDISDOTTER
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4/15/12 5:34 P

This is an issue for me. I work in a group home so picking up colds and the like is common enough. But when I have a cold, I'm STARVING. So I eat, because eating helps the body fight off infection, right?

The thing I want to know is what is healthy and what is overeating when you're sick. Anyone have any ideas?



 
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