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No appetite and serious food issues after pneumonia - help!

Commented on October 19, 2016
Created November 16, 2012 at 6:06 PM

I am recovering from a case of bad case of pneumonia that lasted about three weeks. During the time I was ill, my appetite decreased dramatically, and due to the coughing and terrible pain I could really only manage small and inconsistant amounts of food. In three weeks, I lost 17 lbs, which is a huge amount for me.

I'm a 5'9" female, 25 years old, and before pneumonia I weighed 140 lbs. I've been in recovery (no longer taking medication, still coughing but not terrible, pain from cracked rib gone) for almost three weeks now, and I'm still 123 lbs.

I resumed light exercise last week in an attempt to stimulate my appetite. I'm trying to incorporate fat (mostly coconut oil) into everything I can bring myself to eat, but I'm still not hungry, and what's worse is that food has really lost all appeal to me. It doesn't make me sick, I just find nothing tastes 'right' and eating is really unpleasant. I even tried some of my old non-paleo favourites (I made pizza!) and found it completely unappetizing.

Weirdly, my energy levels are totally fine despite how little I'm eating throughout the day, and my sleep is back to being solid and regular. I fatigue more easily from exercise but I think that's normal after nearly a month of forced abstinence. I don't think it's possible for my body to maintain this however and this is certainly not a healthy weight for me. I'm a large-framed, well muscled and highly active girl. At 140, I was well muscled but still had feminine curves and softness. Now I have knife-like hipbones and visible ribs all the way up my back. :(

I would appreciate any help or advice to kick this food aversion and stimulate my appetite. I used to LOVE cooking and eating, and now it is such an unpleasant chore. Please help!

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on October 19, 2016
at 01:01 AM

This is exactly what has happened to me and I still have not recovered after almost 2 months...

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on November 21, 2012
at 10:47 PM

I grabbed a hand frother from the thrift store near my house - this was a great idea. I couldn't handle the oil slick at all (made me gag) and now I have something like an extra rich late. Thank you!

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on November 21, 2012
at 10:46 PM

You were so right! Keotstix confirmed it! I've never been in ketosis before and didn't even think of it. Thank you!

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on November 16, 2012
at 06:51 PM

I made a big batch of bone broth last weekend, and I have been trying to make myself eat kimchi and yogurt...it's just really hard when nothing tastes quite right. It's hard to describe, but as I'm eating, I just find I'm really disinterested with whatever I'm eating and that the whole processes is really unpleasant. Even simple things like baked potatoes, I take three bites and I'm just done. On top of that, I feel like my stomach has shrunk dramatically and I feel really full after just a few bites of food too. I'll definitely start a multivit though - that's a great idea!

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on November 16, 2012
at 07:42 PM

You are in ketosis, which is why you still have lots of energy. Which can be a good thing, but is also contributing to the nausea and lack of appetite.

You also probably decimated your gut bacteria with the combination of medications, so probiotics are excellent.

Bone broth is awesome, and you can melt some coconut oil or butter into it to get more fats. It is also liquid, so will not "fill you up" like with solid foods. Start stewing meats and vegetables in the broths and eating those.

(Which is basically the "GAPS Intro diet," which is designed to quickly seal the gut and provide healing foods quickly. There are several reports of being gaining back their appetite on GAPS after a few days.)

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on November 21, 2012
at 10:46 PM

You were so right! Keotstix confirmed it! I've never been in ketosis before and didn't even think of it. Thank you!

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on November 16, 2012
at 06:36 PM

Start back slowly. Fermented foods and bone broth. Then some starchy vegetables. Then other, cooked vegetables.

Then you can start to try things like stews and eggs and poached meats.

You'll gain that weight back pretty quickly! I might also add a multi and a probiotic to your diet for a few weeks. It might help if you have some deficiencies that are reducing your energy levels (you say you fatigue more quickly) and appetite.

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on November 16, 2012
at 06:51 PM

I made a big batch of bone broth last weekend, and I have been trying to make myself eat kimchi and yogurt...it's just really hard when nothing tastes quite right. It's hard to describe, but as I'm eating, I just find I'm really disinterested with whatever I'm eating and that the whole processes is really unpleasant. Even simple things like baked potatoes, I take three bites and I'm just done. On top of that, I feel like my stomach has shrunk dramatically and I feel really full after just a few bites of food too. I'll definitely start a multivit though - that's a great idea!

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on November 16, 2012
at 07:55 PM

I agree with the above, bone broth and fermented foods are key. If you don't feel like eating fermented veggies, add their brine to your broth (after heating it so you don't cook out the good probiotics). I make beet kvass, and it's my go to drink when I'm feeling under the weather. Toss the beets used to make the kvass in soup, and they look and taste just like potatoes (they lose their color!).

Add fat for additional nutritional density to what you are able to eat and drink. Add coconut oil (or butter or ghee) to your tea (I have a little $3 hand frother from Ikea, and it makes CO tea more pleasant because I whip it into a foam instead of an oil slick on top).

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on November 21, 2012
at 10:47 PM

I grabbed a hand frother from the thrift store near my house - this was a great idea. I couldn't handle the oil slick at all (made me gag) and now I have something like an extra rich late. Thank you!

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