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is it strong? do you ever lose it? have you ever lost it?
i am talking about an appetite for food, but you can talk about whatever you want.

(i looked for a thread about appetite but all i found was guns n roses)

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 22:26 (six years ago) link

the last few days i have had virtually no appetite, and i've had to sorta struggle find something that i wanted to eat. today it was water crackers and forest honey, which i ate til i felt better. i have been eating ok in general, but i think heat makes me lose my appetite.

this is tmi territory because who cares about my appetite, but really it has been quite disturbing. i generally have a healthy normal appetite and, over the years, there have been times that i lost it but they have not been good times.

anyway, this is a thread for appetite.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 22:29 (six years ago) link

This thread is Very Relevant To Me. I had a huge appetite for years but since my Crohn's disease has flared up again it's been hell trying to navigate through my constant nausea vs. my constant hunger/weakness & need for nutrition. It sucks because normally I LOVE to eat. Just last week I discovered vanilla-flavored Ensure and it is the greatest thing -- it tastes good and makes me feel energized and doesn't make me feel horrible for hours afterwards like most food does -- but otoh it is really expensive and idk how long it'll be before I'm sick of it.

loosely inspired by Dr. Dre (crüt), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 22:35 (six years ago) link

It's very rare that 24 hours passes without me craving at least one substantial meal, though I've been known to go several days without having an appetite while in the crushing sadness of a heartbreak.

In fact, I could stand to fall in love and have my heart broken sometime soon. I need to drop a few pounds.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 22:36 (six years ago) link

The energy/nausea balance is awful. Feel u.

It's not that I don't want to eat -- I do! I just don't feel the desire to, and it's really kinda disturbing. I spent most of the morning feeling barfy, but the honey and crackers helped.

Love is good for the appetite ime.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 22:40 (six years ago) link

I eat all around and before and after me, im hungry before anyone else in a group and ill be eating long after everyone else has finished. Signs on me, even with 5-6 hours exercise a week i'm carrying weight. But i looooOOOOoooove food.

mundane peaceable username (darraghmac), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 22:46 (six years ago) link

i love eating and cooking food a lot! that's why it's really disturbing to lose my appetite. it feels like a warning, like a "hey heads up there's something wrong" but i have no idea what "something" is.

for comparison's sake, usually i get hungry a lot and eat very frequently -- every few hours or so.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 22:56 (six years ago) link

Very warm over there atm? Two times i lose appetite are breaking heart or breaking sweat.

mundane peaceable username (darraghmac), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 22:58 (six years ago) link

i don't have a big appetite, tho you wouldn't know it by looking at me

i rarely snack have dessert like once a year when i'm at my mom's house

mookieproof, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 23:03 (six years ago) link

there should be an 'and' after 'snack'

mookieproof, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 23:03 (six years ago) link

It was really hot for a while, and I was also outside all weekend. So, yes.

because this is iltmi: i was talking with ilx user je55e this weekend and told him about a time like 2 weeks ago that i took the end of a baguette, slopped some olive oil on it over the sink and shoved it whole in my mouth. it was definitely weird but i was really in the mood to gobble something, like just destroy it like a monkey. and it was really good olive oil.

today i can barely think of any single thing i want to eat. it sucks! you know if i started a thread about it, it has to be pretty bad. appetite is such a weird thing.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 23:04 (six years ago) link

historically have had a huge problem with appetite, which is caused by and in turn worsens depression. certain medications made me hungry--seroquel definitely, ssris until i had been on them for a while. exercise def helps--even though you're burning calories while doing it, you make them up afterwards ime

een, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 23:05 (six years ago) link

feel a lot better today, slept well, made/ate dinner and it agreed with me
how strong is the psychological element of appetite loss? i always wonder what % is my body trying to tell me something vs my brain trying to tell me something. it's confusing.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:16 (six years ago) link

Lose it easily with the tiniest bit of stress. Usually.

This was the first year, ever, that I ate when stressed. Whenever it stormed and tornadoes were spotted I just about ate everything in sight, craved sweets big time. Gained weight from it all, just lost it.

Always go through a period where I am bored with food available, nothing hits the spot: have a sardine, a maraschino cherry, some almond milk, tortilla chip dipped in pickle relish, steam veggies and while they are cooking nuke a soup, make an egg and then...fuck this , not eating! Learning to just fast when I start to feel this way so I don't waste food. Some years this happens more frequently than others.

*tera, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:39 (six years ago) link

A baguette with good olive oil sounds good to me....

*tera, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:41 (six years ago) link

I wish stress took away my appetite, but I've realized over the last year or so how much of a comfort-eater I am. I disguised it with foodie-ism rationalizations for the longest time.

schlock corridor (WilliamC), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:47 (six years ago) link

*tera -you have described my eating behavior when this happens to perfection. Nothing hits the spot. It's nibble on this and that until I no longer want to nibble on anything. Like I said, yesterday the only thing I could consider eating was water crackers with honey. I've been this way as long as I can remember too, with specific examples directly related to extreme psychological stress, so it must just be a stubborn character trait? I dunno. I think a lot of it is psychological for me, and then it just starts to have physical consequences and only then, that's when I notice. Otherwise, I feel fine.

I guess I just want to feel 100% soon so I can be properly fueled for upcoming work activities. Facing a new year while saddled with loss of appetite just kinda sounds instantly sucky.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:49 (six years ago) link

just fyi I had a good dinner though -- my brand of homemade sushi-like tofu puffs and rice. I'm not wasting away or anything. I'm alright, it's just that this most recent episode really startled me and I wondered if this happened to anyone else.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:50 (six years ago) link

My appetite for meals went down in the heatwave but my desire for sugary treats went up, plus I actually craved the water content of fruit, which, normally I don't care about fruit AT ALL. I have two kinds of chocolate in my fridge and I've eaten two raspberry danish things in the last week.

This probably explains why I just keep eating Mexican food, which is half fresh vegetables.

Tottenham Heelspur (in orbit), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:59 (six years ago) link

Was going to ask you if you liked sushi? Sometimes if I get some sushi while going through this I will feel better, sets me straight. No sushi available where I am at the moment.

I think it is depression, boredom or stress just manifesting itself in a different way. Maybe all three. But I have thought, while going through it, if I could get to a really good restaurant, maybe that will fix it up too. Just need something out of the ordinary made for me. But I find myself in situations where that isn't possible like this small town in Oklahoma. Will choose fasting, definitely, next time it happens

*tera, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:03 (six years ago) link

I think about food a lot now that I'm not working, but I probably actually eat LESS often because there are no set times or routines AND I don't need food as a perk-up reward/distraction from my daytime boredom like I did at my job. It's been interesting to have the opportunity to eat when I really want, and only then--I don't think I've had this freedom in a long time, if ever. (The last time I was unemployed, I was young and dumb and very poor, didn't eat much at all or only what I could scratch together. I was too busy spending all my money on vodka.)

Tottenham Heelspur (in orbit), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:09 (six years ago) link

Yeah Asian food seems to be a cure-all -- simple, fresh, easy to digest (for me), palatable in general. Also cheap and easy to make. Sounds like it would be v hard to get your hands on any fancy food in small town OK. There's no shortage of that here, but i'm also super cheap and strongly dislike being waited on, so usually I just try to make it myself (not because it's somehow more virtuous, but because I am neurotic about the alternative.)

I'm fortunate to have a work schedule that allows me to have irregular meal times. Otherwise, I'd be even more screwed up.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:13 (six years ago) link

in college i used to occasionally do yard work for my aunt and uncle, even though i am awful at doing all the things that a young man is apparently supposed to be able to do. i would wander around trying to trim the hedges and cut gaping holes across the side of them on accident so you could see all the way into the trunk and out the other side.

anyway, part of the deal was that i'd usually get some free food when they'd order in for lunch. one day early in the summer it was relentlessly hot, and i came inside after sweating my ass off for the entire morning to find some cheap chinese food. i had a weird thing with egg drop soup at the time, and i guzzled it down like it was a soup eating contest, along with a healthy dose of crab rangoon. then i went directly back outside and started to spread mulch somewhere. out of nowhere i barfed like a sprinkler system, 360 degrees, spurting and projecting, for several seconds, in three major waves.

i came inside after, cooled down, rested. but now, finally the point! i lost my appetite for the entire summer! NOTHING tasted good. i would prepare the normal portions of food that i was used to, or i'd order the same amount of food, and i could barely get 1/3 of the way through anything. it's not that it tasted bad, it's just like it didn't taste like anything at all. i ended up losing a lot of weight (from an already bottom of the bell curve baseline) and scaring the hell out of my mom. then fall came, and gradually things tasted better again and i lived.

Z S, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:13 (six years ago) link

A+ story!

That makes sense though. I once lost my appetite for at least a few days after a bad night of nightmares in a skeevy motel room (not what you're thinking) and some very curried noodles from a Burmese restaurant in the middle of Arizona.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:15 (six years ago) link

i had a weird thing with egg drop soup at the time, and i guzzled it down like it was a soup eating contest
irl lol

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:16 (six years ago) link

360 degrees,

NSFW language

slamming on the dubstep brakes (snoball), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:18 (six years ago) link

a few weeks before that, on a self-dare that no one else supported, i ate/drank 2 quarts of egg drop soup in one sitting and thoroughly grossed out my friends. and my friends were gross.

Z S, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:19 (six years ago) link

i always wondered if maybe i suffered a mild form of heat stroke or heat exhaustion or something like that. does that affect your appetite?

Z S, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:20 (six years ago) link

you are paul newman y/n

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:20 (six years ago) link

does paul newman have a thing with egg drop soup?

Z S, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:21 (six years ago) link

You probably did!

After reading about "bad food" and watching docs on the proper and healthy foods to eat, I will usually be too hyper aware of my diet and it does weird things to my eating habits until my mind starts "chewing" on something else. However, yesterday I ate gmo free corn grits and that was amazing. Seems eating gmo foods and non-organic foods does bug me though I am not always aware of it. Takes the full pleasure out of eating. I truly love steamed veggies with olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt but if it is one of the dirty dozen, that is going to throw me off. I'll eat, like, but not really enjoy it. Not really. I hate that!

*tera, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:21 (six years ago) link

The soup and yardwork incident really sounds like a case of borderline heat stroke, something I'm unfortunately familiar with.

In middle school, it was probably 90+ degrees on stage during a choir concert. Being nervous and sweating profusely, I was starting to black out puked a little on stage during the concert. Being a short kid, I was in the front row, luckily. In choir class the following week, that incident was luckily skipped via the magic of fast forward when we were watching the videotape of the performance.

pareidolia, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:23 (six years ago) link

Newman's Own Egg Drop Soup

slamming on the dubstep brakes (snoball), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:24 (six years ago) link

It's incredibly hard to get protein in take-out form. Deli snacks and portable foods are always carbs, either salty or sweet. Yesterday between phys therapy and ballet class I was crying out for protein and had to get a lamb gyro, pick out the lamb, didn't want the flatbread, regretted the raspberry danish thing, wanted a salty egg instead. Blah.

Tottenham Heelspur (in orbit), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:25 (six years ago) link

Someone told me or I read once, years ago, that cravings for sweets is a lack of protein. So I have turned to a hardboiled egg when I notice all I eat is sweets and has fixed me up. Unless I'm going through that weird nothing hits the spot thing.

*tera, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:29 (six years ago) link

I have a pretty big appetite. I think it's metabolism-related. I've always been very slim to fairly slim but have to have 3 meals a day or I get nauseous/dizzy/shaky. Even when I've been very depressed, I still ate fairly normally, but still somehow lost a lot of weight.

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:32 (six years ago) link

IME peanuts are a lifesaver when it comes to getting non-greasy protein/fat on the go

loosely inspired by Dr. Dre (crüt), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:33 (six years ago) link

Yeah, nuts! I swear August was made with mixed nuts, ate a ton when I was pregnant.

*tera, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 15:36 (six years ago) link


pareidolia, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 15:37 (six years ago) link

Pistachios and figs, will never get enough in my lifetime...or loquats.

*tera, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 15:45 (six years ago) link

or kumquats...what other rarities in my diet...would eat more apricots if they were't always $4.98 a pound.

*tera, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 15:47 (six years ago) link

I always eat a lot!

homosexual II, Thursday, 25 July 2013 19:27 (six years ago) link

There you sat, brokenhearted..

Uncle Cyril O'Boogie (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 25 July 2013 22:56 (six years ago) link

in the last 29 hours i have eaten two pieces of pizza (one mushroom, one sausage)

they were good, but . . . it's a place i go to frequently for lunch and it is usually manned by these two hispanic guys. but today one of them was missing and in his place was clearly a 'boss'. this dude looked like clint dempsey only more handsome. but he was clearly a pox on my pizza dudes -- the type of guy who changes things around just to make his mark/fuc with ppl.

the tension was palpable. i was given a free garlic knot because dude didn't put my slices in the oven right away (you could tell he was gonna blame someone else even though he took my order and it was his fault). screw you pizza deuce guy

mookieproof, Friday, 26 July 2013 05:48 (six years ago) link

Z S, Friday, 26 July 2013 14:44 (six years ago) link

my appetite is telling me to eat a chocolate glazed doughnut all of a sudden. unfortunately there are none nearby.

loosely inspired by Dr. Dre (crüt), Friday, 26 July 2013 16:17 (six years ago) link

good idea tho

markers, Friday, 26 July 2013 16:17 (six years ago) link

i have pizza and a piece of melon.

markers, Friday, 26 July 2013 16:18 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

appetite is alive and well these days

no fomo (La Lechera), Wednesday, 28 August 2013 18:22 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

appetite fading, having the "nothing hits the spot" problem
kind of a bummer but it has been much worse

vigetable (La Lechera), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 16:24 (five years ago) link

You think it's stress this time? Or life boredom?

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 16:44 (five years ago) link

i'm not bored so probably stress

vigetable (La Lechera), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 16:46 (five years ago) link

had the same thing over the last two days - nothing tastes good, and the physical hunger pangs aren't showing up either. it just feels like nothing, and food tastes like nothing. bleh. but i know i'm affected because i have been in a rotten mood and feel like i'm walking among the dead. also last night my gf finally told me to get my shit together and eat something because i was being a grumpy asshole. that was a clear sign.

hopefully today will be better!

♪♫_\o/_♫♪ (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 17:11 (five years ago) link

yeah that sucks
the worst part is how much worse it gets the longer it goes
sometimes guzzling a smoothie is the easiest way to feel somewhat normal again and then go from there

i went on a solo road trip over the weekend and didn't have a single craving to stop for fries. that's how i know this is real.

vigetable (La Lechera), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 17:17 (five years ago) link

i can typically rely on my appetite, it's one constant, i am always up for good food. i get in cooking ruts for sure but if there is good food available i'll want to eat it. even in low moods or during winter w/ my SAD, food is always nourishing and makes me feel better. i guess sometimes when it is SUPER hot out and i am exhausted food does not always appeal.

marcos, Tuesday, 6 January 2015 17:18 (five years ago) link

appetite for other things can wane though. music is usually a constant need for me but sometimes there is little i want to hear or discover, it's pretty rough when that happens and it is often when i am feeling disconnected or unhappy.

marcos, Tuesday, 6 January 2015 17:22 (five years ago) link

well yeah but a waning appetite for music doesn't have the same physical effect as a lack of interest in ingesting food. the worst is when everything, no matter how objectively delicious, feels like a piece of cardboard getting chewed up.

vigetable (La Lechera), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 17:29 (five years ago) link

yeah, especially when the food is prepared for you by friends or family or you're at a nice restaurant and you know the dish is objectively delicious but it's not coming through.

♪♫_\o/_♫♪ (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 17:33 (five years ago) link

that sounds awful. :( i guess i should appreciate my appetite more.

virtuoso thigh slapper (Jordan), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 17:36 (five years ago) link

every new year i tell myself that i'm going to put some pounds on this year, and i fail. this year i've just admitted to myself that it's not going to happen. however i'm doing very well with my new pledge to stop biting my nails, so those extra millimeters of nails should add some mass

♪♫_\o/_♫♪ (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 17:38 (five years ago) link

i can also use my new nail powers to aluminum cans more efficiently, so that could also lead to some +pounds

♪♫_\o/_♫♪ (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 17:38 (five years ago) link

they don't call it a healthy appetite for nothin'

karl seriously i recommend something you can get into your body with as little fuss as possible -- smoothies are the best thing for me.
frozen fruit, plain kefir, juice, some spinach -- blend thoroughly and guzzle through a big bubble tea straw. repeat for as long as needed until you feel better.

vigetable (La Lechera), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 17:42 (five years ago) link

you can't taste the spinach btw

vigetable (La Lechera), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 17:42 (five years ago) link

yea this does sound awful

marcos, Tuesday, 6 January 2015 17:43 (five years ago) link

oh, i think i'm already coming out of it. i feel pretty hungry right now, actually, so that's a good sign. generally the winter cycles of this only last a few days, whereas the annual summer version lasts a week or two.

♪♫_\o/_♫♪ (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 17:45 (five years ago) link

i'm gonna go eat some goddamn pizza, fuck yeah

♪♫_\o/_♫♪ (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 17:45 (five years ago) link

hell yeah

vigetable (La Lechera), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 17:46 (five years ago) link

but smoothies are a great tip - i finally have the necessary gear so maybe it'll be my go-to tactic this year!

♪♫_\o/_♫♪ (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 17:46 (five years ago) link

Unfortunately, my appetite for food is as healthy as ever.

the magnetic pope has sparked (WilliamC), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 17:57 (five years ago) link

Sorry LL; I hope your appetite & spirits have a healthy rebound ASAP!

Last year I made the mistake of meeting up with a friend who was in town on a day I was super soul-crushingly depressed and unable to eat anything. My friend decided he wanted to meet up with some of his other friends at a fancy gastropub, where I drank ice water for fifteen minutes before splitting because it was all just so awkward and unpleasant. Blowing a big wad of money on a meal was about the last thing I wanted to do at that point. My gut felt like it was full of rocks. (Maybe it was??)

example (crüt), Tuesday, 6 January 2015 18:02 (five years ago) link

i've been feeling really bad about how in overdrive my appetite has been the last 3 months, but i try to remind myself of how utterly awful it has been in the past to lose all appetite and physical/mental ability to put anything in my mouth, let alone actually swallow it, when i've been suffering severe anxiety.

i second the rec of smoothies and fat straws - you can add oats and nuts to the blender to make them even more nutritious and meal-like.

just1n3, Wednesday, 7 January 2015 01:32 (five years ago) link

seven months pass...

liquids are so much easier. i've been drinking a ton of milk.

tonight, late dinner: spoonful of honey. i resent my body's need for food, even sweet stuff is just kind of meh.

sushi is good even when my appetite sucks, though--i should get some soon.

JuliaA, Monday, 17 August 2015 03:00 (four years ago) link

one of the worst things about losing your appetite is the cumulative effect of not being nourished. the longer it goes on, the worse you feel and the less you want to eat. hope you feel better soon!
i wish i knew why sushi was so magical. i guess it's because it's visually appealing, cool, fresh, and delicious.

La Lechera, Monday, 17 August 2015 13:31 (four years ago) link

yesssss but only the good kind ime. I want sushi now but I can only get not-good sushi around here.

Sigh this morning the combo of hot hot weather plus my sunburn from this weekend were making me feel like I might never eat again. Going heavy on the fruit and nuts today. And Starbursts, which are apparently my favorite food this summer.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Monday, 17 August 2015 16:13 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

it happened again :(

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:11 (two years ago) link

They're by their very nature pretty unappetizing but does the idea of meal replacement shakes that allow you to forego eating indefinitely hold any appeal?

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:16 (two years ago) link

yeah they are ok -- i bought some less than a week ago but was hoping i could just hang on to them in the case of an emergency

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:21 (two years ago) link

i mean they're gross but they do provide a bit of fuel
the vegan ones i got at target seem slightly less repulsive

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:22 (two years ago) link

the worst feeling is after managing to eat some food -- i ate it, but i didn't enjoy it at all
i made some tasty lo mein noodles and tofu and barely choked down what i could -- this is the clearest sign that something is wrong bc i LOVE lo mein noodles

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:24 (two years ago) link

do the foods themselves taste different (more/less sweet/salty)? are textures different?

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:31 (two years ago) link

tastes the same, nothing is different except for my reaction to it
it's not like i have some kind of food dysphoria -- i'm not hallucinating

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:34 (two years ago) link

is it more anhedonia or active nausea? I feel like with the former it's more like indifference, but choked down sounds like the latter.

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:36 (two years ago) link


weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:40 (two years ago) link

are the stereotypical "eat apples/toast/crackers when you have stomach flu" lineup of foods easier to get down?

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:46 (two years ago) link

yeah usually - that's what i have been eating
this is a little embarrassing
are you a doctor?!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:51 (two years ago) link

nope! just a dude who eats terribly and sometimes suffers for it. it's been awhile since appetite, hunger, and the food in front of me have aligned.

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 02:03 (two years ago) link

eat terribly like bad diet or loss of appetite?
hi 5 to all my appetite loss amigos :(

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 02:21 (two years ago) link

often I'll be hungry but unable to muster the desire to eat a specific food, and when I do, it's probably not the healthiest, as my diarrhea diary (speaking of embarrassing) will attest.
I feel like there isn't enough English vocabulary or idioms around appetite and hunger to express what are really very different kinds of discomfort, so they all get lumped in to "i'm hungry/not hungry"
I heard a cool one that translated to "rats running around in my stomach" which is like a specific kind of hunger, right?

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 02:30 (two years ago) link

i've had very little appetite lately, which makes sense. but i also feel somehow thicker, which seems rude

mookieproof, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 03:02 (two years ago) link

Sometimes I feel thicker if I haven't been drinking much water (read: tea) and so start retaining water.

ljubljana, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 04:12 (two years ago) link

I feel like there isn't enough English vocabulary or idioms around appetite and hunger to express what are really very different kinds of discomfort, so they all get lumped in to "i'm hungry/not hungry"

ljub otm re: dehydration

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 13:39 (two years ago) link

Sympathies to you LL.

My own eating habits are admittedly strange but probably not fatal. I almost never eat breakfast. I often skip lunch altogether. At most dinnertimes I'll pick lightly at food in an obligatory way but my heart's usually not in it. Throughout the day, I'll grab a handful of almonds or dried cherries or something and I'm good.

At the same time, every week or so I'll have one rich, dense, sybaritic meal, like a pizza or a bacon cheeseburger the size of my head, and I seem to live on that for a while. That's how some snakes eat, right? Nothing for weeks, but then a whole monkey all at once, which takes weeks to digest?

Left to my own devices, I think I would eat only when I really wanted to. It's complicated somewhat because I am in a family, so we kinda have to keep up a regular rhythm (adults can choose to just graze; kids can't and shouldn't). So I keep up appearances. I pack lunches for the children. Every other night, I prepare and serve a decently balanced dinner, but frequently my heart isn't in it.

here come the warm jorts (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:37 (two years ago) link

wow seriously, when i was a kid, one of the things i looked forward to most about being a grown up was not being forced to eat when i didn't want to, to be able to graze as i pleased. now that i can, i take full advantage and eat only when and what i want. usually that is a-ok fine, until one of these spells hits.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:41 (two years ago) link

that is not a commentary on parenting -- just a memory, like going over to grandma's and being asked to eat a huge plate of food for thanksgiving that i really didn't want. my mom is a grazer too.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:45 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

i had some gnarly food poisoning a couple days ago and i have stabilized but the only lingering effect is a lack of appetite. i ate 3x yesterday but not much each time. i guess it takes a while for everything to regulate after a shock like that.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:43 (one year ago) link

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