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Old 01-23-2013, 04:43 PM   #1
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Question Force Feeding?

Friends, a terrible thing has happened. I have lost my appetite.

I swear up and down that it was because I'm starving myself--I eat all the time and I don't count calories! I think it's because of this weird sickness I have going on. I'm not sure, though, so I've been freaking out about this. So here's the question I have:

Should I FORCE myself to eat? Not like...force my mouth open with pliers and stuff food in because I'm nauseous, but eat something for b-fast, lunch, dinner, and two tiny snacks? I know that my body needs food, and I don't overeat. My tummy just feels "Bluh, I don't give a rip" this week.

I'm so confused. I really don't want to have screwed up. I've worked so hard!
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:57 PM   #2
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If you're sick I would focus more on staying hydrated than calories consumed. I know when I'm really under the weather I have zero appetite. But dehydration can exaggerate your illness. I hope you feel better soon
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Yup. Fluids. Broth is a great idea for nourishment. Don't panic about not eating, just make sure you hydrate.
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:21 PM   #4
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Can you possibly eat protein shakes to at least get in some calories and vitamins?

Definitely get fluids in, whether juice, tea, water, etc. That's definitely most important.

Hope you feel better!
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Okay, I'll do that, then. I have those things around. I was just really worried!
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:08 PM   #6
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No, don't force yourself to eat. Fluids, especially broth and fruit/protein smoothies, should suffice until you're feeling better.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:36 AM   #7
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Friends, a terrible thing has happened. I have lost my appetite.

I swear up and down that it was because I'm starving myself--I eat all the time and I don't count calories! I think it's because of this weird sickness I have going on. I'm not sure, though, so I've been freaking out about this. So here's the question I have:

Should I FORCE myself to eat? Not like...force my mouth open with pliers and stuff food in because I'm nauseous, but eat something for b-fast, lunch, dinner, and two tiny snacks? I know that my body needs food, and I don't overeat. My tummy just feels "Bluh, I don't give a rip" this week.

I'm so confused. I really don't want to have screwed up. I've worked so hard!



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Try broth-based soups, like chicken noodle. At least you'll be getting fluids as well as some nutrition. if you don't feel like cooking, try Progresso canned soups.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:58 PM   #9
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I really don't understand what your post is saying but I personally don't believe that anyone should be forcing themselves to eat if they are feeling hungry.

If enough time goes by and hunger doesn't return - say 48 hours - it is probably a good time to go see a doctor.

Our bodies are well adapted to get by just fine for short periods of time with no food.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:01 PM   #10
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I don't know if this was already mentioned...if you blended your soup w/ vegetables etc. in it to a liquid format you have better odds of more nutrients & calories. just a thought.
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