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   Posted 1/25/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Do any of you find that your appetite is affected by, or since you acquired fibro? Over time I have lost my appetite for most foods and I used to love nearly all of them! It seems that they taste differently also. I fix foods that I have for years but one bite and my stomach rolls and the meal is over for me. Very few things taste OK or are appealing at all. about all that tastes good are bread, cereals, potatoes, fruit and a few other items. I gag down the other things that are good for me.

When I sit down to a meal I often only eat a small part of it and I'm done. Does this happen to anyone else?

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   Posted 1/25/2009 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Chutzie, I'm the one that lost her taste for chocolate, can't get much worse than that hehehe. I love crunchy things a lot more but of course sweet crunchy things, I've been hooked on Payday candy bars for months. I was reading in a magazine the other day while waiting to get meds filled and it had 50 stress busters listed and eating crunchy foods or chewing gum was listed. Of course out of the 50 that is the only one I remember.
I use to love shrimp and lobster but my brain tells me not to eat them for some reason but I have been craving fish lately. How much crazier can I get???
I had to give up a lot of foods when I found out I have gastroparesis most meats, fruits and raw veggies but the problem is I have no desire to eat cooked veggies and that is a bad thing. I do love the green beans with mushroom soup and fried onions. Put cheese on anything and I will eat it. Which is another thing I went through a period of craving sharp cheddar cheese.
So yes my taste has changed.
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   Posted 1/25/2009 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I know the feeling. Over the past 6 months I've been living almost solely off cereal because it is the only thing that I'm hungry for. I tend to eat bland things too, like some fish and rice, things like that. I've always just eatten little meals and especially now when I don't want to compund my misery with a too full tummy!
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   Posted 1/25/2009 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Chutz, one of the symptoms of fibro is alteration of TASTE, SMELL, and hearling.  Half of what you taste is through what you smell as the food gets close to the mouth so you have a double problem.  But, I don't understand why your stomach rolls when you take a bite of food...even though it doesn't tast the same.  Have you checked out the side affects of the medication you are taking?  This could be playing into it. 
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   Posted 1/25/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I went through a streak where I couldn't stand to eat meat. And I am suppose to be on a protien diet. That lasted about a year. But now I can eat it and sometimes I crave it.

I don't really eat that much, but I am not getting any exercise so I am not burning any of the calories that I do eat. I think we all go through a change in our eating habits with fibro, I feel full a lot of the time. And my husband swears that I am losing my hearing, but little does he know it is selective hearing. I am just not listening. lol...

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   Posted 1/25/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chutzie..
I have a post going in 'flare warning" .. Last night a made a meal that I had been craving for a while. I took one bite and just couldn't eat it. It was kind of a combo of being exhausted after fixing it and I just had no appetite for it. It was a shame to just throw it away. Sure I could skip a meal or 1000, weight is piling on since I'm not as active as I should be.
I agree with Sherrine, it could be a side affect of your meds.
I guess since we're super sensitive to things our "sense for food/taste" could become numb. I dunno?!?
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   Posted 1/25/2009 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   

I have had Fibro for most, if not all of my life. As a little girl, my sense of smell usually directed what I could eat and what I couldn't eat. My parents were the 'clean your plate' type of ppl, made for some interesting meals. NOT! If I eat something when I don't feel 'right' I end up not eating the food again. As a child, I got sick on Christmas, my DM made an  Pineapple Upsidedown Cake. I tried to take a bite, got sick, can't eat pineapple, it is known as 'forbidden fruit' in my house. I made macaroni salad for a party yrs. ago, I had the beginnings of mono, tho I didn't know what it was at the time. I tried to eat the salad, got sick, can't even look at mayo to this day. The smell of peanuts/peanut butter makes me sick. A yr ago, I had a hamburger when I wasn't feeling well, now I can't stand the smell or taste of beef. There are foods I can't eat due to diverticulosis, so I'm rather limited w/ what I can eat.

There are times I start to prepare food thinking I can eat it, as soon as I take out the item or the ingredients, the smell takes over and that is that. Back it goes.

One thing I find very interesting is if I eat mustard, I get a craving for something sweet. I try to avoid mustard too often, but if the feeling hits me, I have one pc of Dove dark chocolate - and I don't much care for chocolate.

It feels like all of my senses are on Red alert and they are warning me away from food. You would think I would be positively skinny - in my dreams.

God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 1/25/2009 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow Alice...I know exactly what you are saying! And the part about being skinny!?! Don't I wish!

I too am a cereal person and toast. Those are about the only things that seem palatable. It could be some of my meds altho I've been on them for longer than this problem, but that doesn't mean they aren't the cause or part of it. May never find out but, as always, it's comforting to know I'm not the only one.

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   Posted 1/26/2009 1:26 AM (GMT -6)   
This is an interesting post, Chutz! I don't have fibro but CP of varying forms. I have noticed a change since my back surgery. I keep thinking it's depression, but honestly it's often that I have lost a taste for things I used to love - like salads. I'd have a huge salad several times a week, and that's how I got most of my veggies. Now...I think I've had two in the past month. Keep buying lettuce and throwing it out. And haven't cooked a good piece of meat in a few weeks. Relying too much on microwave dinners but mostly cereals (tons of oatmeal), grits (w/butter of course) and the old standby, Cherrios! Plus PB&J which I never liked much. Then developed this emotional craving for M&M's. It's no wonder I'm piling on pounds and have no energy. I do wonder about long term effects of some of the meds we're on. Glad I'm not alone, too!


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   Posted 1/26/2009 1:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone, I have CFS/Fibro and Coeliac disease, so this means that all my learned eating habits and favourite foods are out of the window. Basically I haven't a clue what I can eat that will not make me ill. Oddly enough before I was diagnosed Coeliac I had no overt problems but since going on a Gluten free diet I have started suffering the classic signs. ODD OR WHAT?? Strange that someone mentioned alteration in taste and sense of smell. about every 3-4 months I have a 'phantom' smell of burning in my nose, it is very strong and sometimes eye-watering; this lasts for 2-3 weeks and then disappears. Is this a feature of CFS/Fibro? Chizlib

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   Posted 1/26/2009 3:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Chutzie! I have found with Fibro, I have stopped eating/liking foods that I once did. Like I just posted on Donna's "chocolate" thread, I no longer crave chocolate ever, I actually look at it (leave chocolate candies in a candy dish for friends/visitors) and my stomach churns.
My sense of taste has gone out the window as well, everything tastes so bland and dull, which is a loss to me because I am one to LOVE my food tongue
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