Im a regional level crossfit games competitor and a week ago I came down with a minor stomach bug. Symptoms were bad digestion, diarrhea 5-10 times per day, fever etc. Now a week later I'm better but no food appeals to me and if I wanted to I could eat nothing for days and be fine. Problem is I'm already very lean and in training so that's no option. I took a few days off but that didn't help. Even foods like sweet potatoes which I can never turn down are just unappetizing when trying to eat and I literally force every bite. Does anyone have any suggestions on what may be wrong or what I can do?
The only thing that has agreed with me was 10% Greek yogurt with whey protein and Gerry's mixed in. But this isn't technically paleo and I know I can't be living on that
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on May 29, 2012
at 12:44 PM
Just listen to your body dude. I've had the same lack of appetite for a couple of weeks after food poisoning (and interestingly I still don't want to eat the food that caused it 10 years later).
Your body is just repairing the damage. It'll let you know when it's time to eat again.
on May 29, 2012
at 01:08 PM
It's not unusual to lose your appetite after a period of semi-starvation. If you're over all the nausea, diarrhea, fever etc. and still not hungry you may have to force yourself to relearn to eat enough. Start small and frequent and gradually build up. It may be easier to eat liquids like soups or smoothies (or soft things like yogurt) for a while and progress to real food.
Unfortunately our bodies signals aren't always the best way to tell what we need. Think of the craving for Krispy Kremes vs body needs.
Added: re yogurt - could be need for some rebuilding of bacterial population in gut. I've had desire for yogurt when stomach bugged. Sometimes your bodies signals are right, although not always easy to interpret. If you don't have dairy problems, I don't see a big problem with eating clean yogurt for a little while to get back to eating.
on May 29, 2012
at 12:49 PM
do what needs to be done to keep your strength up, go to the pharmacy and get some rehydration salts, minimum this will help your body to get better.
Listen to your body, eat only what you want, theres usually something to that. How about some homemade apple sauce, bone broths?
on October 08, 2012
at 08:38 PM
How unexpected to find someone with such an oddly restrictive appetite that is so similar to my own! I've been researching the topic for hours, and have just stumbled upon your discussion. I don't really belong on this list--I'm a 60-year-old who has never been too concerned about nutrition, although I've always tended toward a balanced (and contemporary) diet. I have recently been suffering with symptoms of a rare systemic disorder and find that the only food I am interested in eating, besides fruit, is the very yoghurt you mention--plain, with honey and granola. I've been eating it three times a day for several weeks now. I know I need to vary my diet, but I can't seem to eat much else. I take supplemental vitamins, but I'm not sure how effective that is...