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)
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