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Distaste for Meat since sickness

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 05, 2012 at 2:54 AM

Hi all,

So I went and did the Kokoda track followed by some scuba diving. While I was there it was near impossible to eat well, but we did our best. Not much meat or vegetables which I really missed. I got gardia while walking the track which tended to be only slight. Once I got to the dive location, must have had some more dodgy water and got full on gardia. I'm not one for big pharma, but there's not much choice in the j - so off to the pharmacy I went. Anyhoo, a few days later I was feeling better, but it's been 3 weeks since I arrived back home now and I'm not feeling 100% yet. I'm dosing up on acidophilus and feeling a little better.

But the problem I'm wondering about is that I just can't stomach the thought of eating meat? To be honest eating is a little blah (yes I've lost weight yay!).

But why would meat be so off putting now? The thought of cooking or eating meat just turns my stomach.

Cheers

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on August 06, 2012
at 01:24 PM

I was starting to think that. Overdosing on the yogurt seems to have fixed me. This seems to have reset my appetite which is the only nice benefit lol

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on August 06, 2012
at 01:20 PM

Thanks, great advise. I think I was starting to turn in to a bit of a hypochondriac! I never get sick, and forgot how bad it felt!! Just gotta go back to the basics. Was started to think I had a busted liver or Pancreatitis. Feeling 100% today. :)

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on August 06, 2012
at 01:17 PM

Funny you should mention taste. While I was sick (feeling better now) everything smelled soooo strong. Riding my motorbike all I could smell was freshly layed tar (there was no road works). I work in an aromatherapy store, and the smell (I usually can't smell it as I'm there so much) gave me the most massive headache. All gone now, so I must be better :)

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on August 06, 2012
at 01:14 PM

Thanks everyone. I'm feeling much better, guess it just took some time. Maybe what the pharmacist gave me (bless her) along with the illness messed up my gut bacteria bigtime. I felt I was going to die for a while there. I've still been dosing up on natural acidophilus big time and heaps of organic yogurt (pretty much every meal), and I actually started to feel like eating free range chicken yesterday, and I went for a 7km jog/walk (which I hadn't felt the energy to do since returning. Had chicken again tonight. I think my stomach has shrunk though-not complaining I might add lol.

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on August 05, 2012
at 12:33 PM

Meat is very hard on the stomach and digestive track. it could be that your body is just worried that more extended effort could cause a relapse. go back slowly. Fish, Shellfish are much easier. Also Bone broth will get you moving. then add small amounts of meat (like 3oz) with lots of veggies.

Just listen to your body, it knows what it needs.

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on August 06, 2012
at 01:20 PM

Thanks, great advise. I think I was starting to turn in to a bit of a hypochondriac! I never get sick, and forgot how bad it felt!! Just gotta go back to the basics. Was started to think I had a busted liver or Pancreatitis. Feeling 100% today. :)

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on August 05, 2012
at 12:25 PM

Are you completely certain you're over the Giardiasis? Appetite loss is one of the on-going symptoms...

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on August 06, 2012
at 01:24 PM

I was starting to think that. Overdosing on the yogurt seems to have fixed me. This seems to have reset my appetite which is the only nice benefit lol

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on August 05, 2012
at 01:33 PM

As a celiac, the first thought that struck me was "zinc deficiency." Zinc deficiency is notorious in the celiac forums for being at the root of a distaste for meat. But in general zinc deficiency causes "taste abnormalities" and chronic diarrhea can lead to zinc loss - so with giardia, you could be at risk of this. It's a catch 22 for a paleo eater because what foods are good zinc sources? meats. You might want to check with a Dr to make sure you do have a deficiency since one also doesn't want zinc toxicity - or if you do supplements don't overdo it. (Sorry, I feel have to give this kind of warning because I have some "all or nothing friends" who, if you give them a suggestion like this, they overdo it: "If some is good, even more is better, right?") Our approach, when my son was diagnosed with celiac at age 7, was to just have him have a zinc lozenge daily for a while until his tastebuds adapted and we got him eating more meat.

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on August 06, 2012
at 01:17 PM

Funny you should mention taste. While I was sick (feeling better now) everything smelled soooo strong. Riding my motorbike all I could smell was freshly layed tar (there was no road works). I work in an aromatherapy store, and the smell (I usually can't smell it as I'm there so much) gave me the most massive headache. All gone now, so I must be better :)

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