It’s been said (and I’m repeating it here because I think it’s either true or hilarious…or both) that babies in the womb are a perfect parasite – when a pregnant mother eats, her baby gets first dibs on the nutrients, leaving mama with whatever’s leftover. This is specifically important information for one of my friends, who is hypoglycemic and currently pregnant, and must eat constantly and intentionally in order to ensure that enough food makes it to her “under-sweet blood.”
I seem to experience something similar – though not nearly as awesome – whenever I’m in the early stages of a head cold. The first full day after those initial symptoms (itchy throat, increased congestion in sinuses) I often eat twice as much as I would on a normal day.
Just now, I reheated some leftover soup – commenting on what a huge amount it was, and that I’d probably end up saving a portion – and found myself licking the bottom of the container a mere ten minutes later, wishing for more soup.
So, to add to my personal lexicon of made-up words (one of the best being hangry*), what do you suggest we call this early-cold stage of hunger?
I’ll give some Zicam to whoever comes up with the best word!
*hangry = so hungry you’ve become angry