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What do you eat when you really don't feel like eating?

My throat's very sore and I feel generally unwell, so I'm not really hungry. But I'm starting to feel more unwell from not eating enough for three days! I think something will be appetising, but 95% of the time it either tastes horrible, the texture is wrong, the smell is vile enough to put me off even tasting it, or else I eat two bites and I'm done. This weekend almost everything that's touched my lips has ended up in the trash can with one bite taken out of it, even all the things that I usually adore like fresh bread and homemade pizza. When I get sick I usually reach straight for the dairy products and eat yoghurt and pudding, but this time they taste horrible too.

The only things that have tasted really good to me were biscuits and gravy at the diner on saturday (lovely salty rich comforting gravy with lots of sausage in it), and a roasted chicken from the grocery store (lovely salty, soft perfectly-cooked chicken.) I just heated up a can of chicken soup and the broth is comforting but the noodles still taste horrible. :( What would you eat if you were me?

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  1. Progresso Chickarina or Italian Wedding soup.

    1. i'm sorry to hear you're under the weather :( just an FYI, strep seems to be going around, so if you have the symptoms you should see your doctor.

      when i *really* don't want to eat but know i have to get some sustenance in me, it's one of the following:
      - scrambled eggs
      - baked potato
      - buttered noodles (back when i could eat them!) or rice

      1. I don't buy canned soup with the exception of a couple cans of Campbell's Chicken Noodle for just in case of times like those with either saltines crumbled over the top or buttered toast to soak in the broth is what I normally have. And ice cream

        1. How about more biscuits and gravy? Get a takeout order from the same diner perhaps?

          1. I like to make my quick bastardized version of stratacelli soup... favorite brand of boxed chicken stock. I like the College Inn rotisserie chicken brand. Heat enough for a bowl in a small saucepan with a couple tablespoons of minced onion. Let that simmer for a couple minutes, bring to a boil and stir in thin spaghetti, broken into short lengths - I use maybe 12-15 strands. Cook until al dente, and pour a beaten egg into the soup over fork tines. Serve with grated parmesan.

            And sometimes it's Lays potato chips and ginger ale.

              1. You need chicken noodle soup. :-)

                That said, eggs are always a great meal for me when I don't have a taste for anything. Usually once a week I don't have a taste for anything but know I need to eat something. I usually take a couple of eggs and fix them over easy and make a sandwich. It hits the spot and isn't gross.

                1. My family is Japanese, so that's what I usually reach for as comfort food. Miso soup with tofu, or with rice mixed in. Maybe some different types of takeout soup? Chinese hot and sour, or wonton, or Thai Tom Yum soup with rice noodles. If noodles aren't tasting good, how about chicken and rice soup?
                  As far as the sore throat goes, try some Tylenol Sore Throat liquid. I'm not exactly sure why, but it works way better than acetaminophen or aspirin in pill form.

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                  1. re: gmm

                    I'm not japanese but miso soup is number one thing i can start eating when sick, followed by maybe some pita chips and hummus or avocado mash.

                  2. When I'm feeling really yucky but feel I have to eat something, I most often go for soft boiled eggs and toast. Occasionally I'll make myself some milk toast if eggs sound to difficult. Sometimes something warm to drink such as milk or mint tea or chicken broth.

                    Here's hoping you are feeling much much better by the time you read this!

                    1. I think it's really up to what sounds good to you, I tend to crave ramen with added sriracha, which I think is fine. I've recently been sick and have been wanting cheese or cheesy products (primarily Kraft plus Ro-Tel). I typically eat veggies plus lean protein, but I'm currently indulging my cravings and choosing not to feel guilty about them.

                      1. Thickly sliced cinnamon raisin toast w butter

                        1. won ton soup,tasty and easy eating.

                          1. Creamed tuna on toast, old school, yes, but it works for me.

                            1. I just got over a couple of months of NO appetite for another reason. I munched on a variety of cheeses to get some protein. Swiss, Mozzarella, Laughing Cow....whatever I could get down at the time.

                                1. re: jadec

                                  Thanks for the suggestions... I'm feeling a fair bit better today. My throat's not sore any more anyway. I'm hoping tomorrow I'll actually be hungry! I had cereal fished out of milk for breakfast (the cereal was okay but the milk was horrible) and an egg sandwich for lunch. I'll probably have more soup for dinner and call it quits.

                                  1. re: Kajikit

                                    Glad to hear that you're feeling better! I gave up on milk over cereal years ago and just had it on the side. Cereal (currently multi-grain Cheerios) is still a great late-night snack.

                                    Egg sandwiches are great to get in the much-needed protein.

                                2. I always go for Hot & Sour soup from the local Chinese restaurant. Warms me up, gives me some energy, and the spice clears my nose and throat. If I don't feel like soup, eggs on an English Muffin with hot sauce.

                                  1. I have a case of Costco's answer to UltraSlimFast. A 220-calorie meal in a can -- goes down easy and helps fill me up.

                                    If I want something heftier, there's canned clam chowder or split pea soup.

                                    1. toast, eggs, soup
                                      one time when i felt as you describe the only thing i could eat was McDonald's fries.
                                      feel better.