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do you get crabby when hungry?

My fiance and I are very different when it comes to food. He can eat or not eat, and it really doesn't change his mood at all. I'm super jealous of him! When I was younger, I was able to go the whole day from breakfast till dinner without something to eat. Sure, I'd get kinda crabby, but nothing like I am now.

In the last 5 or 6 years its progressively become worse - It started out with just feeling crabby and irritable, but I would eat something and it would POOF go away. I've never been a breakfast person - only over the last year do I wake up hungry. Now it's just HORRIBLE. I'm hungry in the morning, and if I don't eat something before lunch I become so sick and weak that I can't eat anymore. It makes me not just crabby, but physically ill. I've actually vomitted from not eating, which makes no sense to me considering the fact that there is nothing in my stomach.

If I get to the point of becoming REALLY sick and weak, I force myself to eat something, even just a couple of bites, and the nausea will eventually disappate. Once the nausea is gone, I can continue with eating a whole meal. This is seriously one of the most horrible things to deal with - I mean, I LOVE sleep, and I sometimes don't wake up in time to have breakfast. Now I kinda have to force myself to get up early and at least have a bowl of cereal.

One thing I've discovered helps with hunger throughout the day is PROTEIN. Snacks or meals with carbs will satisfy your hunger for a while, but when the hunger comes back I'm in real trouble because my hunger is even worse than before, at least for me. Carbs also make my energy level crash at about 10:00 AM or 2:00 PM if I only have carbs for breakfast or lunch. I've found that protein helps my energy level and makes me feel full for longer. Although I'm not a fan of chicken, having chicken on a salad for lunch can make all the difference when the dinner hunger pangs come around. Peanut Butter is also a great snack option - even those cheap peanut butter crackers you can get in vending machines help me from getting sick. I keep peanut butter and apples at my work - what a great snack!

Does anyone else get physically ill like I do?

Jul 15, 2008
spcebaby in Not About Food