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Friday, January 4, 2008

A License to Eat

This morning, Rick is complaining he has a sore throat and the sniffles and is insisting I'm the cause. No way!!! I cover my mouth when I sneeze; I turn away when I feel one coming on; I wash my hands constantly; I eat using utensils set aside just for me; I spend most of my time in a separate room of the house. I am not the cause...honest!

For me, the worst part of being sick is that I have this desire to eat everything in the house. When I got on the scale this morning, I let out a resounding shriek and now I'm depressed. You know that old saying "Feed a cold, starve a fever" (or is it "Starve a cold, feed a fever?") Well, I believe that, when you're sick, you have a license to feed and feed and feed and keep feeding. So I have a question for you.

When you're sick with a cold or fever, do you find yourself eating or does food just not interest you?

13 comments:

Renee said...

I think it's the flu that makes you so weak that you can't even eat...at least for me. but the cold? bring on the food!

I haven't had the flu in forever!

Casdok said...

I eat too! :)

Jodi said...

when i'm sick i just eat and eat and eat. everything and anything i want. it's horrible.

Lynn said...

When you're sick your body needs energy to fight off the sickness...that is why we eat and eat and eat...it's healthy for you. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it) Besides 'eating while sick' calories don't count!

the moose buyer said...

I usually just want some type of soup when I am sick. I was this way even before the stomach bypass.

Mom said...

It doesn't matter if I'm sick or well - I always want to eat.

Linda said...

When I have a cold I generally can't taste anything so don't eat as much but when I'm in recovery mode then I eat everything and anything sort of as a way of catching up I guess.

Felix said...

So sorry you are sick. :( I think it is okay to feed and feed as long as what you are not consuming is sugar and grains, both of which depress the immune system.

A discussion of that and some other tips are here:
http://felixwong.com/2008/01/how-to-not-get-sick/

Wishing you a speedy recovery!

meno said...

I give myself license to eat when i am sick too. Otherwise i get queasy from the....um....post-nasal drip.
That was gross, but you asked. :)

patches said...

Don't want to eat, only sleep. But sleep never seems to come.

Lynne said...

I don't think I eat much when I'm not feeling well. Maybe a bowl of milk toast, my comfort food.

I like your sister's viewpoint!

Hope you and Rick feel better soon.

Patti said...

I'm with Sis all the way...your body needs food to fight the sickness.

So I vote for eating when one has a cold. It couldn't hurt.

Midlife Mom said...

I eat. I feel like I deserve to eat good things like ice cream cause I'm sick and suffering!