Sunday, February 20, 2011

Insatiable

While I have been sick these past several days, I've been eating stuff I don't usually include in my menus. It's mostly carbs, like toast, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, and last night I ate a small chicken pot pie. With my mild nausea, stuffed up sinuses, severe headache and tiredness, I also have lost a good portion of my sense of smell and taste. Everything tastes pretty much the same, but textures have become important. I've eaten soft stuff that is easy on the very sore throat, and carby stuff that is easy to digest and doesn't upset my stomach. I don't have any cravings, probably because I can't taste much and am not eating much sugar aside from fruit and juice, but I never feel full or satisfied.

I'm not sure if it is mental or physical, but it's a bit disturbing to me that I can eat an average sized meal and five minutes later want to eat another average sized meal. This morning I had an egg over easy, a toasted English muffin, a small glass of orange juice, 3 fresh strawberries, and 2 cups of coffee with sugar free creamer. I ate that food maybe 10 minutes ago, and yet I don't feel like I ate a thing. In fact, right after I took the last bite, I was thinking about making myself a bowl of oatmeal. Same thing happened last night after the pot pie... I ate it and then was considering making a big bowl of noodles to eat, but decided against it since I had some noodles in chicken broth as a "snack" earlier. It's weird. I almost have no appetite, yet I never feel full. I think the "I am full" switch in my stomach/brain is broken or turned off with this flu. Usually I feel satisfied after a fairly small portion of food since I am used to eating smaller meals every 2-3 hours on Medifast. But the last couple days? Insatiable. I am terribly bored, too, being stuck in the house all day. Maybe I am using the food as entertainment, too.

I haven't given in to all these thoughts, but I *have* eaten far more than usual, along with way more salt and carbs than usual. I guess I just need to pay close attention to what I am eating, and NOT 'listen to my body' right now because my body is unwell.

I was up at 5am taking the pup out, and had too much pain and congestion to go back to sleep so I took a long hot shower and then got up and made coffee. I didn't weigh... I haven't weighed all week. I am not stepping on the scale until I am better enough to do something about whatever number I see. Right now, I am just trying to get better, and if I am not improved by tomorrow I will be going to the doctor. I think I have developed a sinus infection on top of the flu.

Hope your weekend is better than mine!

20 comments:

Enz said...

Hope you feel better soon.

Joy said...

Poor Lyn. I'm really sorry to hear about how bad you feel. I was sick this past week too (not as bad as you but still pretty crappy) and I hated it! Feel better soon!

spunkysuzi said...

Hope your feeling better soon!!

AJ said...

I often find myself either with no appetite when sick or always hungry when sick. I tend to go with whichever way I feel; figuring my body knows what it needs to heal. Hope you're feeling better soon.

Kari said...

I think you hit the nail on head when you said you shouldn't listen to your body because it's unwell. Your body may be trying to store more nutrients than it needs to facilitate a recovery. Just keep doing what you know in your head and heart is the right thing.

kozmicblues said...

Hope you feel better soon! I think I've read in multiple places that a lot of (processed) carbs and sodium make you want to actually eat more, so I dunno if that could be the problem. Also, I've found that by taking longer to eat, you feel the effects of fullness better by the end of the meal. This was a struggle for me, because I've always been a shoveler. haha.

Hope everything works out!

Claudia's Plate said...

Ya, the same things happens to me when I don't have enough to occupy myself. I have found that if I can find something else to do for a while to take my mind off of the food, I can go a lot longer without eating or even thinking about eating.

Difficult to that when you're ill though...maybe read, watch a film, play online scrabble--lexulous.com (one of my favs!).

Hope you feel better soon!

Verity Vaudeville said...

I think when you're ill, your body craves more energy than usual and food is a bonafide way of achieving that if used properly. It's a quick fix isn't it. To get you by. And each time you finish a meal all your body can think is 'more more more'.

You can reign it in though I'm sure. You've come this far afterall.

Lynna said...

Maybe going from a high-protein diet, to a temporary high-carb diet is contributing to the hunger. Carbs don't have the staying power of protein, as I understand it. Sending healing prayers your way.

Karin said...

As a lowcarber/paleo/primal eater I can tell you it's fully the carbs and sugar that's creating this feeling of needing and wanting to eat. It's not "sickness" or "boredom" or any of that (in my opinion, which seriously is all that it is - ok, backed by some research as well). In watching you struggle for the past few months with some food issues it may be your body telling you it's time to switch it up with weight loss efforts. There's a lot of sugars, carbs etc. and chemicals in Medi-fast (i'm not knocking them, seriously...they work for people and whatever it takes...) but what i'm reitering (sp?) is that maybe you've ridden this train long enough and now it's time to tackle real food...Perhaps consider taking the "primal challenge" http://whole9life.com/2010/10/whole-30-v3/ and seeing if that will bring you to your next level of weight loss and health. I've done it, I know it works, I know it makes me feel amazing and it's real food...You have such strength in you I don't think the discipline of not being able to have certain things will actually be an issue for you...Regardless of what you decide to do I wish you well and hope you kick this illness in the ass soon...

Sunny said...

You poor thing. Hope you start to recover soon. :(

Pitt said...

Sorry to hear that you're not feeling well. I always eat a lot when I'm ill: like you say it's partly boredom from having nothing to do. I wish I could be the kind of sick where you lose weight once in a while.

I hope you feel better soon!

Gonna Do It said...

I have days when I feel insatiable too, it's awful.

Feel better!

Erin said...

There is a reason they're called comfort foods! I know we can't give in to them, but the urges aren't always complicated. You feel terrible and you want to feel better and feel cared for while you feel terrible...whether it is a sugar high or instant energy or craved nutrients, you're doing great to stop listening to your "old body" and start listening to what you KNOW to be true. Hope you feel better soon.

Theresa said...

Feel better Lyn. Stop eating the crap that's making you sick girl!! Go back to foods you know are good for you and your immune system. :)

Easy to say, hard to do. You can recover and go forward. Start today :)

Naomi said...

Been there...done that...more times than I care to admit. It's a vicious cycle. I feel crappy, so I give myself that as an excuse to eat whatever junk I want. Eating junk makes me feel worse...physically and mentally. Feeling worse makes me crave MORE junk...and so on.

Feel better and try to break the cycle!

Diana said...

I swear Lyn, at times we live the same life! I'm down with a nasty cold too. I am MISERABLE!

And you'll never guess what I ate last night. PASTA! It was whole wheat pasta, but it's the first pasa I've eaten in about two years. For some reason it was the only thing that sounded good. That and tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich and pears is all I've been eating the past two days. Yet I still feel hungry.

No scale for me either. I don't even want to know right now!

I hope we both get well soon. :)

Anonymous said...

So sorry you're under the weather, this creeping crud that's going around is a humdinger. But the hunger is all about the carbs. Despite what you're feeling, go with protein and fat. (Fat won't make you fat unless you eat carbs with it.) You'll get a feeling of satiety that lasts longer. It's all about insulin levels. Carbs increase insulin, insulin creates hunger. Read "Good Calories Bad Calories."
-KathyA

Shhhhh.. said...

I'm just starting this journey.

And I feel like I'm already failing.

Gracie said...

Hope you feel better soon!