Im not disagreeing with you at all in your original post, Craig. In fact I agree. But I think Natway has a point for maybe a tiny percentage of us. I've seen him post frequently about lack of calories and basically ignored it.
Then I started thinking about my eating habits. I'm not talking just about recent eating habits, but those I've had my whole life. My sister told me that my mom had fits trying to get me to eat. No, I've never had anorexia. I've always hated my low weight and wanted to gain.
But here's the thing, and as I said it's probably a tiny percentage of us... but I have no appetite. No hunger. Never did have hunger. I ate only because I knew I should.
Keep in mind that I've been this way my whole life and I'll be 65 in a few days.
I don't eat bread, any type of deserts or Sugar added to anything. The only time I ate breakfast was when my hubby had a day off and he forced me to eat. Lunch? Two or three saltines with peanut butter. For dinner I ate small portions and had to force myself to do even that.
Because of other posts from Natway about calories, I decided last week to eat as I always did and count the calories. I was shocked to find that the maximum calories I ate in a day was just under 1,000. Some days it was around 500. No. I am not exaggerating one little bit. Shocking isn't it. How in the world have I stayed alive? Oh I'm sure that in the course of my life I have had more calories in a day than this but not regularly.For the last 3 years I have become so weak that I can do nearly nothing. My hubby does everything.
I'm thinking that the cumulative effect of not eating enough (and for so long) may have lots to do with what is wrong now. Oh, I do have other health issues besides adrenal fatigue, but.....
This is what I have been doing for the past 4 days.... forcing myself to eat eat eat. Two nights ago I woke up in the middle of the night as I always do but I felt HUNGRY. Finally I knew what hunger felt like. That night and last night, I got up and ate something.
I'm counting calories and still haven't reached 2,000 a day and I am still extremely weak but I see a light at the end of the tunnel. As I said at the beginning of this post, I do agree with you Craig about what you originally said.
I'm sure that my case is unusual (the not feeling hunger thing). But THANK YOU Natway for steering me in the right direction!