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So, lately I haven't had much of an appetite. If I recall correctly, the same sort of thing happened the last time I cut carbs out of my diet. For some reason, I just have no inclination to eat and while my stomach gurgles occasionally, I don't actually feel hungry. I was thinking that there are probably people out there who would pay huge sums of money to duplicate this phenomenon whatever it is. If I could somehow bottle it and sell it, I'd make a fortune. Well, assuming it all isn't because of some new underlying health condition like I'll find out in a few weeks I've managed to get cancer or something.

So, since I wasn't hungry anyway I just decided to stop eating. It wasn't a hardship due to the lack of appetite and as time went by, I actually found the very idea of food sort of noxious. Fast forward around 2 and a half days and I think I now know why people don't just stop eating on a whim. I'm exhausted. All the time. It feels like it takes a tremendous effort to even get up and walk around, not to mention I get lightheaded to boot. I staggered downstairs a few hours ago and rummaged around, finding 3 sausages in the fridge. I scarfed those down, not because I've all of a sudden regained an appetite but more or less hoping that will kill the exhaustion. All I can say is that it's had no effect so far as I still feel like I could sleep for a week.

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austin_boo_moo
Apr. 6th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
I've had a similar problem off and on in my life. I'm not a breakfast person, and I often skip lunch. I end up being tired by the early evening, and I have a bad habit of eating dinner right before going to bed. (All incredibly unhealthy.)

As a dietitian friend of mine once told me, you sometimes have to look at food as fuel for your body, as opposed to "Oh, I'm craving this today" or "I'm not feeling too hungry today", etc. Not eating really messes up your metabolism, (not that you don't already know this), and can also affect brain function. (And we all rely on you for your wit and cunning mind, y'know.) ;)

Go eat some granola or almonds or a giant hunk of cheese!
henwy
Apr. 7th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
I've been a one meal a day sort of person for years. Usually a ginormous one for preference. Smaller meals spread throughout the day just seemed like too much trouble.

I'm feeling less tired after eating again. I was out today and looked in the rearview mirror to see bags under my eyes so large it's amazing my head didn't fall into it.
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