3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community  

Go Back   3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community > Support Forum > Weight Loss Support

Weight Loss Support Give and get support here!

Thread Tools
Old 08-08-2011, 06:11 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 5

Unhappy Are you self-indulgent when you're sick?

On August 2nd, I had successful (but for a few days, painful) deviated septum repair outpatient surgery. During this recovery week, I've had severrreee chest pain while breathing and was diagnosed with mild pneumonia this afternoon. Anyway, the first recovery day, I was told to only eat jello, pudding, and liquids, so I had all the sugarfree, lowcal. options on hand. Now that I'm able to eat whatever I want, however, I find myself craving carbs and junk food (two things that my diet absolutely prohibits). When I am not loopy with pain meds, I'm good and choose apple chunks and other healthier meal options.

I've had sugar free ice cream and frozen yogurt 3 times this week, but now I seriously want legit ice cream. I don't know how to feel. I want to indulge because my body feels like crap, but I don't want to gain back weight that I've worked so damn hard to lose! I find myself saying to my family that I just don't care about my diet right now, when they question my pleads for the guilty goodness. Ugh. Should I be lenient with myself because I have so much other stuff going on? Or am I just letting this become an excuse?
thelostfoodie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2011, 06:24 PM   #2
Started IP 10/21/15
PreciousMissy's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Denver
Posts: 1,472

S/C/G: 243/238.8/170

Height: 5'4"


When I am not feeling good I let my self indulge in healthier options. Junk food is not going to help you heal any faster.

I don't know what diet you're on, but aren't their healthier versions of the junk you're craving? Instead of a roll, could have a piece of whole wheat low cal bread?

I think what you are craving is the "comfort" from "comfort" foods.
PreciousMissy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2011, 06:25 PM   #3
Lifelong Alaskan!
alaskanlaughter's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Juneau, Alaska
Posts: 2,669

S/C/G: 230/180/150

Height: 5'5"


i get like that sometimes too when i'm sick or stressed....it helps me to remember that my way of eating is considered for life, low carb and calorie-counting because i am prediabetic...and i'm still prediabetic whether i'm sick or stressed or not lol....

sometimes i give myself permission to have something "off plan" as long as i make sure it doesnt turn into a habit, or i get back "on plan" after that meal or treat...if i was in your shoes and truly truly wanted something off plan, i'd have it as long as i made sure to get right back on plan after that....if my willpower isnt enough that i dont think i can get right back on plan, sometimes i just wont have it at all....if that makes sense
alaskanlaughter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2011, 06:27 PM   #4
Moderating Mama
mandalinn82's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Woodland, CA
Posts: 11,712

S/C/G: 295/200/175

Height: 5' 8"


When I am in this headspace, I try to ask myself if what I'm eating will help me to heal.

Right now, you need to heal. And what does your body need to heal? Nutrition. Good nutrition will mean feeling like crap for LESS time, because your body will have all of the building blocks that it needs to rebuild the parts of you that need rebuilding and heal you up. Bad nutrition means depriving your body of the things it needs to get well. Which ultimately will make you feel worse longer.

When I'm sick, I eat 100% fruit bars a lot. They're not something I eat regularly (no protein, quick hit to the blood sugar), but I get the vitamins and fiber from the fruit, and at least I'm giving my body some real food to work with in making me well. I also drink a lot of protein shakes, because again, I'm trying to give myself building blocks for healing.

Now often, I WILL eat things I don't "normally" eat, because I do recognize the "I feel like crap, I want to treat myself" feeling. But I typically go for expensive pre-prepared healthy foods I don't normally want to pay for, or replicas of heavier foods that I prepare in a healthy way. For example, when I had sore throats as a kid, my mom always made me what she called "banana nog", which was a frozen banana blended up with milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla. I'll make myself one of those with a protein shake instead of the milk, and it feels all comforting and indulgent, but still gives my body what it needs to heal.

Hope you're feeling better soon!
Goal Met - 10/28/07 - My Progress Picture Collage - My Goal Story - Where Have I Been?

No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch!

Maintained Oct 2007-Sept 2011, then got pregnant. Our baby boy was born in May, 2012...now to lose the baby weight!!
mandalinn82 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2011, 06:29 PM   #5
Senior Member
DezziePS's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: The Dirty South...
Posts: 250

S/C/G: 240/216/160

Height: 5'8"


I quit smoking recently. For years, I had told myself that I would quit when I was less stressed out/ whatever wasn't going on. Finally, a close relative I had been helping take care of died somewhat unexpectedly (we knew she was terminal but did not expect her to go so quickly) during finals for me (I am in law school). Since she was not an "immediate" family member, I could not defer my exams. I watched her die on Tuesday, had a final Wednesday, another one Thursday night, her funeral Friday morning, and another final Friday afternoon. It was terrible. And so I decided to quit smoking right in the midst of it. Why? Because I felt like if I could not smoke during one of the most stressful times of my life, I would always look back and think, "If I didn't break down and have a cigarette then, I definitely don't need one now!"

Don't let the self-pity monster get you. You know that the foods you are craving are the ones that are the WORST for your already ailing body! Nourish yourself with some good, healthy choices- and take advantage of other people bringing you food! You can do this!

One for every 5 lbs!
DezziePS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2011, 09:18 PM   #6
Senior Member
KatieC87's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Knoxville, TN
Posts: 310

S/C/G: 196/139/135

Height: 5'4


I rarely get sick and haven't been sick since making this healthy living lifestyle change. So I can't relate or give advice there.

I do go through a similar phase, however, when I'm stressed. It is almost always around exam time in my classes. I get stressed and just crave bad foods. Part of it is that I feel like crap so I don't want to go home and cook something. Part of it is that I feel like I "deserve" it since I'm going through such a rough time, have done so well for X days, blah, blah, blah.

This time around, for the first time ever, instead of going to McDonald's or Wendy's or Pizza Hut when exams hit, I went home and made a double portion salad. I still felt like I was indulging because it was so much more food than I usually ate for dinner. But it was healthy, and I didn't wreck my day because of it. I also felt sick afterward, which made me realize, hey, maybe your stomach isn't big enough to handle this much food anymore.

It is an excuse. You have to think about how you're going to feel after this is over. Will you think Gee, I'm really glad I ate all that junk food! It helped me heal and was just so delicious!? Or will you think Guh, now I feel worse and I've gained some of the weight back I worked so hard to lose! What was I thinking!? For me, after that exam was over, I was patting myself on the back for sticking to my plan, eating healthy, studying and kicking butt. Stay strong!
KatieC87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2011, 09:38 PM   #7
Cuddly Veg*n
xxkaleidoscopic's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 531

S/C/G: 178 (153.8 Recently)/145.2/125

Height: 5'9"


This happened to me - it's how I gained 15 pounds or so from my injury. Indulge a little if you must, but in the end, know it won't help you. Try to avoid it as much as possible.

GW1: 149.9; GW2: 146.6 [[Bottom Half of Healthy BMI]]; GW3: 143.9 [[Comfy Back-to-School]]; GW4: 139.3 [[>Half to Goal from Recent Start Weight; Featherweight]]; GW5: 135 [[BMI<20]]; GW6: 129.9 [[120s - First Time!]]; UGW: 125

Neck: 12.125"; Shoulders: 37.500"; L Upper Arm: 11.333"; R Upper Arm: 11.500"; L Wrist: 5.875"; R Wrist: 6.000"; Bust: 37.375"; Under Bust: 30.33"; Waist: 32.500"; Hips: 39.167"; Waist-Hip Ratio: 0.82; L Thigh: 22.625"; R Thigh: 22.167; L Calf: 13.875"; R Calf: 13.875"
xxkaleidoscopic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2011, 10:06 PM   #8
Made of Starstuff
Lovely's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New England
Posts: 8,731


I tend to think on it more in the Mandalinn manner.

If I'm feeling ill, I want to eat things that are going to help me get better. Sometimes they're things I may not normally eat as much of, but in the case of illness will help me get back to healthy faster.

However, it depends on the injury/illness. I'm not going to eat a bowl of icecream simply because my toe hurts. What I'm going to do is adjust my activity in that manner to allow my toe time to heal.
~Made of star stuff~
Lovely is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2011, 02:17 PM   #9
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 5


All of what you guys said is true. And I still feel crappy, but I had a warmed subway sandwich and a plum instead of ice cream last night.
thelostfoodie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2011, 12:42 PM   #10
Senior Member
Esofia's Avatar
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Scotland
Posts: 1,401

S/C/G: 132/129.8/110

Height: 4'11"


I've been chronically ill for fourteen years, so obviously I can't just indulge myself when I'm sick because I'm sick every day of my life! A bit of a treat is useful, but then I build in small treats to my everyday diet and they don't take me outside my calorie limit. Feeling that you are allowed to let go of the diet because you're ill is a dangerous mindset, and while a bit of feeling sorry for yourself can be useful in moderation, this isn't the way to do it. As some wise person has said, and has been often quoted on this board, "If hunger isn't the problem, food isn't the solution". Medicate with meds, medicate with exercise, medicate with massage or meditation or whatever's appropriate, but don't self-medicate with food. There are other ways to cheer yourself up.

That said, if for some reason I have eaten next to nothing one day for medical reasons, such as less than 400 calories due to throwing up all day from migraine meds (yes, tramadol, I'm looking at you), I may allow myself 200 calories extra the next day. After that I go back to normal. Thankfully this doesn't happen often, otherwise I'd probably have to rethink my eating plan.
Esofia is offline   Reply With Quote

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Team Phoenix Chat KimL1214 20-Somethings BL Corner 379 12-21-2010 11:36 AM
Aussie Chicks in 2008 PerthChick Support Groups 783 05-19-2008 11:33 PM

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:17 AM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2