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****feed a cold?****

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Doesn't the saying go: Starve a flu, feed a cold? I thought I have heard that somewhere and wondering how true it is. What I do know is that I am suffering from a sinus infection and chest cold and the two and a half days I have been home on my back, I have been eating like crazy. I don't know if it is boredom or actual hunger or a combo of both. Because I am not doing much moving - though I did manage to get in a light workout both days - I am not having much of a caloric deficit. Part of me tells myself that I need this rest so that I am actually WELL and don't get a secondary illness. I am even considering skipping a lightworkout this evening just so I dont stress my body. The worry with that is that my BMR is only 2100 calories at best and I am en route to eating that much by the end of the day. The Nikki I was three months ago would not only put in a workout, but a hardcore workout and nearly kill myself in the process; I was a slave to the scale. Nikki now understands that I am sick and this is one week in a lifetime and if I don't lose any weight this week, it doesnt derail my entire experience and plans. Plus, I just feel so weak.

But anywho, it is Super Bowl Sunday this weekend and I am super excited! We are having a party here. There will be a ton of naughty foods and I look forward to particpating in naughtiness! I have done well on my journey by planning for days like this and working hard, eating well and keeping hydrated leading up to it. I then allow myself to eat what I like - within reason and I enjoy every bite. I try to make it an experience. And then I eat clean the following day or two afterwards before I allow myself to have fun snacks again. My rule: don't eat bad two days in a row. So for our party we are having Asian wings, a burger bar with all the fixings (I may actually get myself veggie burgers because my tummy cant handle that much beef), Buffalo Chicken dip and chips, truffles and cupcakes. A dieter's dream, right??!!! It sounds scary but somehow on these days I not only eat within range but I tend to have good weight loss on those weeks.

I better get up since I have to run to the bank and I am still in my jammies. Have a wonderful day beautiful people!
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  • TEMEKA97
    I also have this horrible flu, I am STARVING all day long. I am always so hungry when I'm sick not sure why.
    1357 days ago
    I think it's DROWN the flu, not starve it! Starving is always bad.

    If you're sick, then your immune system has shut down and is telling you to rest. I know you're super gung-ho right now, but it's okay to rest for a few days. If you exercise, have it be a mild walk, or yoga. Nothing too extensive. Drink fluids, eat comforting foods, and get well soon!

    Edit: Feed a fever, drown a cold! That's what it is!
    1357 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/1/2013 9:50:39 AM
  • BRENNA84
    I would say force yourself to rest. TRUST me, you heal FASTER by not exercising.

    also a good book called "healthy at every size" is good. it has a couple of chapters on listening to your body.
    1359 days ago
    I'm sick, too! emoticon I have managed to get a slow walk in yesterday and I'm cleaning the kitchen today. I'm feeling it, too!

    Take time for you to get well. Drink lots of fluids including green tea with lemon. I'm having the opposite problem; I'm not hungry at all. I'm making myself eat or I know this "crud" will hang on longer!

    Oh and I think the saying is, starve a cold feed a fever! emoticon Hang in there, friend!
    1359 days ago
    Nikki...when you get the hungry feeling between meals, start by having a cup of hot tea (decaf, herbal, green are best) sweetened with honey or stevia, then a full cup of water. The hunger will subside as your stomach will be full with fluid. I also like to drink a cup of broth, seasoned with as much raw garlic and cayenne I can handle (great for the immune system, and helps you sweat out the nasties).
    1359 days ago
    Listen to your body :) And hope you get better soon. The flu going around this year is a hanger-on. Is has gone around my house twice and the little one's last bout is going on week 3. :(
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    Get well !!!!
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  • LISAN0415
    I hope you feel better soon, and I know You are not supposed to starve yourself with any illness, Your body uses a lot of energy trying to repair and heal, so eat to get better!

    This weekend, I ate poorly, only 300-400 calories, because I was upset and exhausted, and I suffered for it. I think I put my body in starvation mode, and as soon as I did eat, even though it was healthy, I think my body wanted to hold on to it.

    I will eat better!
    1360 days ago
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  • SUGAR0814
    Rest your body & get well. Enjoy your Super Bowl party!
    1360 days ago
    My dad always said feed everything. I think what you should do is eat what you feel like eating when you're sick, but make sure everything is warm. It raises your body temp and helps kill germs faster (aka hot tea/hot soup)
    1360 days ago
    I love your attitude- you are so right not to let an off day of food turn into 2, and 3, etc.

    One of my favorite bloggers just posted this recipe for a skinnier version of the typical buffalo chicken dip:


    I can't wait to try it out!
    1360 days ago
  • DALID414
    It is a saying, but you should feed both.
    1360 days ago
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