Foods You Crave When Getting Sick?

Are there certain foods/dishes you crave when you’re getting sick? Not when you’re in the midst of a head cold, but in the run up to one?

Oddly, I’ve discovered that when I’m courting a cold, I develop a serious obsession with…canned tuna*! It’s not something I normally eat**, much less crave, likely due to childhood trauma (someday I shall write a post titled “My Mother’s Tuna Concoctions” that will illuminate this period of my life).

Here’s where it gets even more odd: the craving begins before any symptoms (at least symptoms I can identify) appear. My body’s desiring of the canned tuna usually starts about 72-hours prior to the symptoms becoming apparent. I’ve now learned that when the cravings hit, the sinuses are going to feel like crud in a couple of days (so I up the amount of water I’m drinking, add in fresh Vitamin C and orange juice, and then wait).

In talking with my mother and sister, they experience the same weird, out-of-the-blue tuna cravings when they’re developing head colds. Yet none of us have ever met anyone else who does this.

Are we terribly abnormal?

*It has to be canned tuna - fresh doesn’t cut it, at all.

**At this point in my life I eat >95% vegetarian and >70% vegan; the remaining 5% is reserved for shellfish and yes, canned tuna.

Chicken Soup.

Chicken Soup.

Chicken Soup.

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Tom kha gai and tom yum goong- copious amounts.

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Hmm, don’t think so. Usually for me, not having an appetite is a sign I’m getting sick. Once I’m on the upswing, I go for pho, tom kha, or hot & sour soup.

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raw veggies, like my body is telling me something.

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But after I get sick I want the chicken soup!

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My husband will eat anything and everything that is not nailed down when he is getting sick … not sure what this is about but it happens every single time.
Me … it’s soup

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Very interesting. I have no cravings leading up to a sickness - once sick, I do love chicken noodle with ginger in it.

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I ain’t much of a burger kinda guy, but if I feel like I might be coming down with something, I grab a greasy cheeseburger. It, somehow, is what does it.
If not, and I actually get down, I go for chicken soup. Preferably avgolemono. :wink:

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I’ve actually been sick most of this week, and the only things I could stomach were plain old take-out Chinese chicken fried rice and Greek yogurt.

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Miso soup, hot and sour soup. Chicken soup once I’m actually sick.

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For myself Elsie . You get that little scratch in your throat . Feel a little off kilter . I start downing the Airborne . I go on lock down . Don’t’ like to spread my germs in public . I hate food when I’m sick . Maybe some scrambled eggs . I sleep and I am in a S.O.B mood . Never had a craving before becoming ill and I would never eat that food again that I consumed ,

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That is really odd! Especially considering your past Tuna Trauma…

I mostly just notice that even with a regular night sleep i’m extra exhausted and need more coffee than usual to function. I also lose my appetite a bit, just nothing seems appealing whereas most days i am very decisive.
Once i realize I’m getting sick it’s lots of green juice and miso soup. (I’m very lucky that I rarely do sick but somehow i end up with bronchitis once a winter)

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Depends what I’m sick with- a cold- usually hot soup, chicken or Campbell’s cream of mushroom.

If it’s the flu or a stomach bug, usually crackers, toast, scrambled eggs or mashed potatoes.

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Anything hot and spicy. I know I’m weird but I feel that if I eat the so called sick food, soup, broth, ect. I will stay sick longer so I just try and burn all the impurities out!

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Chicken noodle soup or matzoh ball soup if I can get it. Also bread toasted with American cheese on top.

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Chicken soup once I’m sick.

If being hung over is considered being ill, apple juice, copious amounts of apple juice.

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I like chicken soup, but when I was younger… I like to eat ice cream when I am sick…

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I always like to eat ice cream!

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Yeah, I still do, but I have a feeling that ice cream is not good for me when I am sick.

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