I noticed this before with me when I had been using sugar. My sister has tried to eat paleo for the last 6 weeks and each day, about 7 pm (after dinner) she would get intense sugar cravings that she satisfies with chocolate candy, ice cream or cookies. She tried so hard and could not even get a day without giving in. Then she got the flu for four days and hasn't had a sugar craving since. I have noticed that when I am sick my "appetite" goes away and if I had been using sugar I wouldn't want any afterwards. I tried googling this specific subject thinking there must be some kind of brain signal or chemical that was stopped due to having a cold or flu but haven't had success in finding info. Anyone have a clue as to what this is? She has had no withdrawals from sugar and is not wanting to touch it again. She has been eating my soup broths and the paleo way we eat ever since. I am thrilled for her and would like to understand the process of what has happened.
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on January 17, 2013
at 11:38 PM
I suspect lack the loss of appetite (with or without fever) encourages your body to go into ketosis and therefore the level of ketones increase. Ketones promote autophagy - cell cleaning. They appear to do this by chaperone mediated autophagy. Autophagy plays an important role in the control of virus and bacterial infections. There are several PUBMed articles published on this and some great info on the web.
on January 18, 2013
at 12:00 AM
I know nothing scientific on this topic, but I am just getting over a cold. I had a similar process. I was craving a lot of sugary junk before it, but as soon as my cold hit, I was intent on naturally healing myself with real food. For me, I think it was more of a mental process, rather than a chemical. I took being sick as a sign of my body telling me, "hey! Take care of me, or you're going to be miserable!" So here I am without sugar cravings, or any other cravings. Thanks, cold. :) I think people need to look at being ill as a sign that they are living the wrong type of lifestyle, rather than a temporary ailment they can pop a pill for. I have nothing to report scientifically, as I said, but I am intrigued about a similar story to mine. :)