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Hot weather, appetite & nausea

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 20, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Hi everyone!

For several weeks now, I have been suffering from nausea that goes away immediately upon eating. The nausea can be mild or full force. I never vomit. I just feel light-headed, a bit dizzy, queasy, etc. Sometimes, the nausea returns a few hours after I eat; other times, not for a few days.

I am also spending a LOT of time outdoors in 90+ degrees. I have ran 1.5 miles outdoors several times a week for the last month, play golf in the sun at least 3 days per week and spend a lot of time at an outdoor pool.

I also crave completely different foods and much less quantity since the weather changed. I used to love red meat and want it constantly; it now repulses me. I want seafood and sushi most of the time. I feel much more comfortable skipping meals or having small snacks in place of meals, and I do not wake up hungry anymore. I used to be able to eat a lot- I could easily eat 2000 cals in a day and probably could have fit more, but now I doubt I'm even coming close to that.

I'm very happy eating less- I'm heading to college soon and I know the food won't be organic/grassfed and that I will be busy, so being able to skip a meal or eat less will be helpful. Also, I feel less bloated eating less, which rocks.

My clothes fit the same- my stomach seems flatter, but that's likely because it isn't as "full" from food as it usually is. Measurements are the same, PERHAPS down half of an inch from when I was eating more. But basically, I'm the same.

I wish I could provide a sample meal plan, but I have not been consistent at all.

Breakfast options: eggs, yogurt, berries with coconut milk, spoonful of coconut oil, quest bar Lunch options: handful of cashews and coconut flakes, salad with chicken avocado hard boiled eggs tomatoes EVOO etc, sushi Dinner options: lobster, sushi, chicken, with any and every veggie, sometimes sweet potato or rice

I have a square of 80+% dark chocolate most days and lots of unsweetened iced tea every day. Coffee 2-3 days per week, also.

I'm definitely eating less protein, possibly more carbs. What could be the source of the nausea? What should I try eliminating/adding to remedy it? Should I see my doctor? Any ideas? Anyone else have the same problem?

Thanks!!

Edit: I'm still getting 8 hours of sleep, and this amount of exercise is no different from the past six months, it's just in the heat. It's actually probably lighter- less lifting, more yoga, more core, and in the morning instead of night.

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If you are experiencing hypoglycemia then eating every few hours will keep away symptoms but not solve the problem. I no longer rxperience hypoglycemia after forcing myself to skip meals and become more fat adapted.

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on July 20, 2013
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I feel your pain. I live in the hot and humid South and I already have appetite problems as it is. The heat makes me straight up not want to eat. I think it is the heat causing the nausea. At least, that's what I think it is for me and it does come and go through each summer.

I also crave lighter foods (more fish and sushi, a little white rice, much more fruit, less red meat and tubers) than usual.

Are you getting enough calories? Be sure that you are, at least on most days. For me, I find drinking whole milk (no, it's not Paleo, but I have no lactose issues and it goes down easily) to be helpful, as well as having iced coffee instead of hot, with heavy cream to get some fat/calories in. Iced tea is also a great option - I like hibiscus, personally (but then, as a Southerner, I find unsweetened black tea to be a disgrace!)

I would cease the outdoor running in that kind of heat. Unless you are training for something specific (a marathon in Death Valley?) I think it may be doing you more harm than good. If you have any indoor cardio options, I would explore those for a while, see if you find any improvement and pick the outdoor running up again once fall starts. Or, at least, try running REALLY early in the morning, when it is still cool in comparison.

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on July 20, 2013
at 10:23 PM

You may be experiencing hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. I recommend that you don't skip meals, but eat a small amount every 2-2.5 hours to keep your blood glucose at an even level.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on July 21, 2013
at 03:33 PM

If you are experiencing hypoglycemia then eating every few hours will keep away symptoms but not solve the problem. I no longer rxperience hypoglycemia after forcing myself to skip meals and become more fat adapted.

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