no appetite, can't eat...what to do

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 21, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I am on a strict paleo autoimmune protocol to manage an autoimmune condition (for which I'm currently experiencing a flare). However for the past 6 days I've been suffering from severe waves of nausea and a complete inability to eat anything on this protocol. I've managed a couple coups of pho broth and a few bites of banana/apple here and there but I just can't stomach the thought of any of the foods I'm supposed to eat....meats and veg. I haven't tried of course, but crackers, bread, ie junk food all seems palatable but of course I don't want to go there.

Any ideas on how to curb the nausea/start eating again?

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on November 22, 2012
at 04:11 AM

I apologize, I'm not versed in autoimmune protocols, but I did just nurse my husband back from a stomach bug that caused him to vomit and have nausea for several days, during which he couldn't eat.

Not sure if coconut counts, but I made a soup broth with chicken bone broth, coconut milk, fish sauce, lemongrass, spinach, garlic, and green onions that was very soothing and nutritious.

Also smoothies with coconut milk, banana, and whatever else you can put in there.

Sorry if coconut milk is off the list, but some ideas nonetheless. If you can do any starches, they help a tummy feel stabilized.

Hope you feel better soon!


on November 22, 2012
at 12:19 AM

Why don't you try adding salt and/or carbs to your meat & veg?



on November 21, 2012
at 06:18 PM

You could just have a stomach bug. Stick to cooked fruit, broth, even some egg yolks if you can stomach them. Add in baked or boiled semi-lean meat when it sounds palatable and build your appetite back up slowly. If you cant increase your appetite and the nausea persist make an appointment with your health care provider.



on November 22, 2012
at 02:21 PM

If you can eat broth, can you put some coconut oil in the broth? It's not a balanced diet but at least it would get some calories into you, and some good healthy fats. If you could add eggs, even better (like egg drop soup or something). You could also try boiling some carrots very very thoroughly (until they're like mush) or roasting some squash/sweet potatoes and then making a puree with some cinnamon and whatever other spices you like...think like baby food.

Or what about a smoothie? If you put in some coconut milk and eggs with bananas and other fruit, you'd get some protein and fat in.

About the nausea in general, have you tried drinking ginger tea? It always helps me feel less gross when I have an upset stomach. I also find it helps to shower (because I never want to when I'm sick but it really helps if I can make myself do it) and go outside, even just to curl up in a chair on the porch and be sick there (this obviously depends on where you live; I'm in South Florida but if you're in Maine or something, outside probably isn't the best plan).



on November 22, 2012
at 02:52 AM

i've had this problem when my UC flares get bad. just can't eat anything and always throwing up. only thing that helps me is medicine unfortunately- zofran and prilosec.

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