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AMARANTHA120S Posts: 474
5/2/13 8:01 A

I don't crave things since I stopped eating wheat, for some reason. But when I don't feel well I do tend to have a higher calorie day, I've noticed. I think it is because I want something but I don't know what it is so I eat more things then.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (76,917)
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5/2/13 7:07 A

When I have a cold (I just caught one yesterday, grrr) I crave carbs and I feel super hungry. Not necessarily turning to comfort foods to feel better, although I'm sure that's part of it. I literally feel hungry; stomach growling first thing in the morning or only an hour or two after I last ate.

I wonder if it has anything to do with your body needing the nutrients to have the strength for fighting off the virus. I know you burn a bit more calories when you're sick (more so when you're running a fever) but it's marginal, like 100-200 cals extra a day. I think it must having something to do with the healing process though. It could be that because we take the majority of our energy from carbs and when you're sick your energy is depleted, that's why we crave them.

Anyways, your best bet if you're like the majority of people who crave carbs or just feel ravenous in general, is to pay special attention to your fibre intake. Make sure you're getting plenty of fibre while you're sick and of course protein and healthy fats for satiety.

A big bowl of whole grain macaroni, chicken, veggies and cheese sounds wonderful right now. *cough* *cough*

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 5/2/2013 (07:10)
KKKAREN SparkPoints: (216,754)
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5/2/13 5:53 A

I do this when I'm not feeling well, comfort food is just that, comfort!

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5/1/13 4:41 P

We had a wedding to go to last Sat. afternoon and of course, there's the RECEPTION. They served only comfort foods (hamburgers, brats with all the fixin's, roasted red potatoes, cole slaw, and the most delicious wedding cake I've EVER had! Yes, I enjoyed in it all but didn't go overboard. The next day I HAD to do some self talking to myself and got back on track. It was worth it. I weighed in this morning at my TOPS group and I lost another 1 1/4 pounds. I kept the exercise up and didn't slack on anything else. I think "going off the wagon" happens to everyone once in a while but it's so important to pick yourself back up, get back into the game, & you'll see the rewards again.

INANTIT29 SparkPoints: (973)
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5/1/13 4:21 P

I really like the quote that follows your post. My husband has struggled with addictions with drugs and alcohol. When I talk to him about them he tells me how I don't understand because I have never had to deal with a drug or alcohol addiction. I tried to explain to him that I have struggled with food addiction for a long time but he seems to think it is 2 totally different things! But really its not. An addiction is and addiction regardless of what it is!! I am glad to finally meet someone else that sees that too!

I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
5/1/13 4:21 P

I do it, but have gotten better and not doing it.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (61,851)
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5/1/13 4:19 P

me too. Seems like when my resistance to cooties is down, my resistance to 'comfort food' is down too.

and when I have a sore throat, nothing beats an ice cold Coke!

SHERYLDS Posts: 12,170
5/1/13 4:15 P

I crave dairy products most when I have a cold
and that's probably the worst food to eat then.

KJFITNESSDUDE Posts: 15,787
5/1/13 3:41 P

yup, I do this, too. When I'm being a Mr. Cranky-Pants I tend to eat cold cereal....

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (76,337)
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5/1/13 3:26 P

Yes, I do it - especially when coming down with a cold. I reach for comfort foods and carbs.

INANTIT29 SparkPoints: (973)
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5/1/13 3:24 P

I realized yesterday while I was not feeling good I did more "binge" eating than I would normally do? Does anyone else do that? Even though the results did not look so well on my tracker I did record all of the BAD things I ate:-( But when I woke up today I decided to fix this and get back on track. I guess I am posting this because I am almost certain I am not the only one who has ever done this and I want to shout it out that if you fall off one day don't let it map the rest of your journey!

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