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#1 pencil

Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:32 PM

I think I have some type of food issue. I never eat breakfast, rarely can stomach lunch, and only eat dinner if I'm making it for the family (which is most nights, but sometimes half of them are out, and the others have noodles or spaghetti on toast so I don't bother)

I do snack at night when I study or watch TV.

But, yesterday I was feeling kinda ick, so I thought about what I'd eaten, and in three days I had eaten; one bread size pizza, half a chicken sandwich, a bowl of noodles, a half a bag of chips and two chocolate bars.

Does anyone have similar issues? I just don't get hungry, and I usually feel my best at the furthest time after a meal before the next one. I usually feel tired and unmotivated after eating. How can I up my appetite?

#2 lizzzard

Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:38 PM

Has there been a recent change in your appetite? What is your weight like?

#3 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:45 PM

You are running all sorts of health risks eating like that (diabetes, bowel cancer etc) and the sugar lows and highs would be playing havoc with your moods.  You're probably dehydrated as well as we get a lot of water from fruits and veg.  

Would it help to think of food as fuel for the healthy running of your body, not as something you need to feel excited or emotional about in any way.  Just like you put fuel, oil etc in the car regularly, you need to take in a certain amount of healthy food every 5 hours or so.

#4 Shirley Sue

Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:46 PM

I was like this (and still am to a degree). I had an allergy test and it turns out I have a sensitivity to preservatives and additives added to processed foods. If I consume pre packaged foods I feel sluggish afterwards (even fresh bread that has 201 added does this). I try to eat mostly fresh foods but unfortunately it is hard to avoid.

Are you getting enough vitamin d?

#5 Bluestocking

Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:48 PM

I'm going to say its your diet. When I eat those kinds of foods I'm the same. Lethargic, but not all that hungry either.

I've gone dairy free this year, and these days I actually wake up starving. In the past its been coffee and I might get hungry at about 11. Now I have to eat before I have my cup of tea (can no longer handle coffee).

eta. and I no longer suffer from 3.30-itis or whatever they call it.

Edited by Excentrique, 15 December 2012 - 12:49 PM.

#6 pencil

Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:50 PM

I have to take Calcium, Vitamin D, and Magnesium every day.

Usually what I eat each day is one healthy meal that includes many vegetables, pasta/rice meat/chicken etc. That's a usual day. The example I gave above was because it's been so busy lately, that half the family are out at dinner time, and I honestly forgot about feeding myself until I felt faint. Usually cooking dinner reminds me!


Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:02 PM

Your lack of eating has most likely slowed your metabolism right down, that's why you're not feeling hungry. You need to start eating frequently, having some fresh fruit and protein like nuts every couple of hours.

#8 Nora.

Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:08 PM

I'm the same. I loathe breakfast & lunch. I eat them. It only because I should.

I'm fine with dinner though. Love that. I think with me I just find breakfast & lunch boring.

I'm 6kg underweight & was told by my gym instructor to up my intake ti 2,500 calories a day. I tried for a couple of days & was miserable. I was beginning to hate eating. Do now u just stick to my 3 meals a day (two of which I don't want). I take vitamins & often have either a protein shake, banana smoothie or Up & Go just to get more calories in.

#9 HerringToMarmalade

Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:11 PM

I'm similar. Can you find good snacks so at least what you do eat is at least a bit healthy? I've found that any required preparation would be enough to turn off what little desire I had, so I now keep easy to grab, relatively healthy stuff and have a list of foods to choose from - I make myself have breakfast, lunch and dinner and without the list I would just give up making a decision and wait til the next meal time to consider eating again.

#10 Rosiebird

Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:16 PM

The amount of fat you are eating causes you to feel full without providing adequate nutrition. Also, if you are inactive during the day, you won't feel very hungry.

#11 kadoodle

Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:20 PM

Have you had your thyroid function checked lately?  Low energy and lack of appetite are markers of low thyroid function.

#12 snuffles

Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:43 PM

Kadoodle is right, that is definitely worth checking, I know cos I've been there!  Especially if you are gaining/maintaining weight on so little.

You really need to up your eating of healthy foods, too.  Cut out refined sugar as much as you can.  Eat fruits and veg that have a lot of juice in them and drink eight glasses of water a day.

Good luck.

#13 ubermum

Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:56 PM

Start with breakfast. Even just a small breakfast to get your metabolism started. You are what you eat and you are going to turn into crap.

#14 pencil

Posted 15 December 2012 - 02:24 PM

The amount of fat you are eating causes you to feel full without  providing adequate nutrition. Also, if you are inactive during the day,  you won't feel very hungry.
I rarely sit down during the day!

And again, I just want to say that I don't usually have an unhealthy diet. Usually I eat a very healthy dinner. That's just all I eat. I find at times like now, with end of year stuff, and Christmas coming up, that our usual routine is all messed up and I cook dinner less often. But usually it's dinner at 5 every night.

I was going to get my thyroid checked a while ago, but then we discovered the calcium tablets took away most of my symptoms, so doctor decided to leave it. I am not generally tired, only after I eat, actually I'm pretty energetic for a person who average four hours sleep a night!

I have lost some weight lately, but I put that down to removing all soft drink and fast food from my diet. Fast food used to be once a week or so, but soft drink every day. I cut it all out about 6 months ago and have lost a bit of weight since then.

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