Food Apathy…..When Nothing Is Appealing

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I wrote a similar post about this subject back a little over two years ago. Food apathy seems to come and go. Sometimes it lasts a day or two and other times it drags on for weeks. During these times grazing seems to start back up again. I wish I could say I was grazing on things like vegetables and fruit but I find myself usually grabbing a handful of crackers or one of the kid’s cookies or whatever junk food is hanging around. I call it drive by snacking. All thoughts of eating a regular meal leaving me feeling blah. So I don’t eat. Then I walk through the kitchen and grab a few of this or that because I really haven’t eaten anything. For me food apathy leads to previous habits of snacking.

I try to break out of it by visiting blogs to look at recipes that might be nice to try. The recipes sound like they would be delicious but, once I start to think about it, nothing really seems like it would be good. I’ve got several food and nutrition related magazines, such as Today’s Dietitian and Food and Nutrition, sitting on my desk trying to entice me with wonderful foods to try. It seems my rearranged guts have been having a private conversation with my head.  The final outcome of this chat is, once I start to think about eating the food, nothing sounds that appealing and I don’t really care what I eat.

You may have never heard of the term before but you’ve probably experienced it at some point after having weight loss surgery.  It’s that feeling where food, including things we previously enjoyed, suddenly loses all of it’s charm. Nothing looks good and sometimes it doesn’t even taste good. You can’t think of anything you might like to eat. If you do start eating you may suddenly feel full after a few bites and give up eating.

For me there seems to be several triggers for food apathy:

– Being stressed out or having insomnia.

– Eating the same things over and over again.

– Having an episode of dumping or a low blood sugar reaction.

– Getting that “stuck” feeling after eating something.

One might think having food apathy would be a wonderful problem to have right? Just imagine the weight loss potential because you’re not eating! A few days of this might be fine but problems can start if it drags on for a longer period of time. I’ve noticed that as time goes on it becomes easier to pass on eating enough protein for the day. Not wanting to eat ends up affecting the types of food I eat and the meals I make. It’s easier to grab a premade, boxed, canned or frozen meal instead of making something. This often means that the meal will be high in carbs and low in both protein and vegetables which can then create problems with RH. Returning to old snacking habits also becomes a problem. I don’t know about anyone else but, even when nothing looks good, it’s always easy to eat a handful of crackers simply to say you ate something.

Here’s a few of the things I’ve been trying

– Deal with the sources of stress and insomnia…..easier said than done but that’s a work in progress

– Focus on getting in my protein and vegetables first. This might mean taking a few bites and then returning for more a short time later. While we are told that grazing is bad it’s not the same when I’m grazing on meat and veggies. Carbs are a whole different story and I could easily eat a few crackers every time I passed the box all day long if I didn’t pay attention. Can’t say the same thing for chicken, beef or salad greens.

– Mix up the food textures. While I love soup I find that eating food that has the same texture over and over again doesn’t help with the situation.

– Make something new even if it doesn’t seem appealing right now. My hope is that by adding in something new I will pull myself out of the food rut I’m in.

How about you? Ever have this happen to you? While I blog from the viewpoint of someone who has had weight loss surgery food apathy occurs to everyone at some point including those who have not been surgically altered. What did you do to get out of that blah feeling about food? Why not leave a comment below and share some of things that you did to help with your own food apathy.

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