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It is September and just like clockwork, I'm catching a bug. It happened last year and this always worries me. While most people get away with a cough and some sneezing, mine usually escalates to bronchitis, mild pneumonia, stomach inflamation. I usually gain during this time as I'm often so sick I can't get up. I do eat a lot of fruits and veggies at this time, but I guess I do allow myself more sweets or if not that then food in general, especially wheats and nuts. I'm on 1300kcal and I now have a sore throat that usually goes on to become a nice stomach bug and I'm hungry. I already ate 1400kcal today.

Should I eat more than I usually do? Is that okay? How much food does someone who's sick need?

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I don't think there's an exact amount for everyone, but do try to get enough protein each day - about a half a gram per pound of body weight.  Also take a multivitamin.  

How do you know you get gastritis (stomach inflamation)?

Original Post by cherimoose:

I don't think there's an exact amount for everyone, but do try to get enough protein each day - about a half a gram per pound of body weight.  Also take a multivitamin.  

How do you know you get gastritis (stomach inflamation)?

I get one like every year. I can feel this light feeling in my stomach and I start craving simple biscuits. It's not easy to describe, but to me so familiar, like a headache. I once got a serious infection in my stomach and it took me a year to start eating normally after it, so since then it seems to be like a weak spot. If I get something in my throat, it soon finds its way down. Once I ignored it and collapsed at work because I couldn't eat. It's not that serious if I start drinking tea and just rest and eat light foods for a while. Plus the serious one I had for 3 months because the doctors thought I was developing an ED because I'm overweight and just used nausea as a front. When they checked it out with a camera, I was proven right as my stomach was in a bad shape, full of some aggressive infection.

When your sick, your body needs nutrients and calories to do it's job to fight off infection and to heal you.  I recommend eating at maintenance when you're sick, also as healthy as you can.  When possible I also recommend light exercise as long as you don't feel that it'll make you worse or run down your energy levels too far.

I used to know that I was coming down with bronchitis/pneumonia because I had the urge to make stew...lots of healthy stuff there and I would always crave it.

I always try for maintenance when I'm sick, which is for the past week (sounds like we have similar immune systems, btw).

I have gained, but I know that it is from the salt intake (we are talking 3-4 lbs here, and my sodium levels were way over.) The first few days I was really sick, I couldn't get up off the couch, so my meals consisted of canned soup the my SO with no cooking skill could purchase and microwave. Think progresso. So, yeah, very high sodium count-- could that be your problem?

I second "as healthy as you can." The past few days have been steamed veggies, homemade chicken and veggie soup, and oatmeal. I'm eating much more than I normally do, but am purposefully doing so because it is very difficult for my body to get well.

Original Post by lasmith86:

I always try for maintenance when I'm sick, which is for the past week (sounds like we have similar immune systems, btw).

I have gained, but I know that it is from the salt intake (we are talking 3-4 lbs here, and my sodium levels were way over.) The first few days I was really sick, I couldn't get up off the couch, so my meals consisted of canned soup the my SO with no cooking skill could purchase and microwave. Think progresso. So, yeah, very high sodium count-- could that be your problem?

I second "as healthy as you can." The past few days have been steamed veggies, homemade chicken and veggie soup, and oatmeal. I'm eating much more than I normally do, but am purposefully doing so because it is very difficult for my body to get well.

Luckily I always stay at my mom's when I'm sick, so she cooks for me. I do eat more salt than a regular person, but I know I need more salt as I've had problems with low sodium levels in the past. So I'm never worried about my salt intake, I just have as much as I desire. Since I don't eat processed foods much, most of the salt that I have is from my own hand. My mom also feeds me lots of fruits, but I try to avoid the veggies as I get a really heavy feeling in my stomach when I eat some. Normally I eat them just for that even if I hate the taste, but at least my stomach is kept busy all day with them, but when I'm sick they just make me really nauseous. I actually just had some and I do feel rather sick in there. I have heard that some people have a problem with digesting veggies and I am one of them.

Have you tried cooking the veggies?  It doesn't change the nutrient content much, but it often makes it easier to digest.  There's all kinds of reports of people with sensitive digestive tracts/allergies who can't eat raw fruits or vegetables, but cooked sometimes works.

When it comes down to it, if they don't work for you then they don't work.  When I'm sick, raw veggies are one of the last things I'd want to eat, but tossing them into a stew where they become part of the broth works beautifully for me.

Original Post by smwhipple:

Have you tried cooking the veggies?  It doesn't change the nutrient content much, but it often makes it easier to digest.  There's all kinds of reports of people with sensitive digestive tracts/allergies who can't eat raw fruits or vegetables, but cooked sometimes works.

When it comes down to it, if they don't work for you then they don't work.  When I'm sick, raw veggies are one of the last things I'd want to eat, but tossing them into a stew where they become part of the broth works beautifully for me.

Cooked are worse for me, actually. I generally don't eat them raw, because I don't like many vegetables you can eat raw. Cooked ones feel like they stick around in my stomach for long hours. Like I can still feel my lunch, when it was 5 hours ago.

Just wanted to write an update here if anyone is interested. I did get sicker. On Sunday I also had my period and the cramps just got worse and worse. Could hardly breathe, the slight feeling I had in my lungs intensified at the intense cramps and then just everything started coming out of me... you get the picture. So my mom called an ambulance and I got a shot. I guess it may be a bad sign if I'm not bothered by needles anymore. So I fell asleep after they left and in the morning I felt much better, but my stomach took such a beating that I couldn't eat anything for 2 days, just crackers. Have you seen the calories on those??? Though I only ate 1 box a day, so that would be around 1300kcal. I'm starting to eat normally, but yesterday I was so full of breakfast that I had a bit of coffee and a small cake-like thing in the afternoon and that's it. I only got hungry in the evening, when I just didn't want to eat and went to bed. I think I must have had about 800kcal tops, but I had been still in bed all day. Ate another of those cakes for breakfast to go with my coffee and now that it's noon, I'm still not hungry. Though luckily, I did loose some weight, about 1kg this week.

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