Food is making me sick.

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  1. rat

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    I work as a pastry chef in a private kitchen and lately ive been getting grossed/nauseated out by the sight and smell of food, to the point where it is making me sick. This is no reflection of quality or sanitation, the food here is top notch and the kitchen is clean and sanitary. Its just the smells and sights are affecting me. I love food, love to cook and I thought it would pass but has been getting worse lately. For example, We made snapper soup the other day, and while I had some later (it was delicious) the smell of the soup being made was giving me the dry heaves I had to leave the line for about 10 minutes so my stomach could settle. Also watching the cooks butcher huge piles of chicken or meats is really grossing me out for some reason. The smell of peppers or mushrooms too.   Again the food here is very good, and this not an attack on the cooks or the quality of food. It is not an allergy, the food tastes delicious but im reminded of when my wife was pregnant and lots of things would make her sick.. Does anyone else have an experience like this? Im hesitant to talk to chef about this because I don't want to sound like a weirdo.  It is like being sea sick.
     
  2. pancake house

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    I have seen this happen in a couple cooks over the years, and even myself on mild occasions. It's usually involving mass protein production. I had one friend try to work slaughter/butchering and ended up in counseling.

    Are you thinking too much about what the product was?
     
  3. pollopicu

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  4. knyfeknerd

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    I've had similar problems in the past. It usually only happened when I was 3/4 through a 20 hour day. Bacon or shellfish smell would do it to me, and I love bacon and shellfish. No problem if I'm not exhausted though.
     
  5. foodnfoto

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    Could you be pregnant?
     
  6. rat

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    That would be a miracle haha
     
  7. flipflopgirl

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    Lots of medical reasons to explain the above...

    Low blood sugar was mentioned as was pregnancy.

    Maybe time to visit a good internist or GI specialist for an exam, and make sure they do some blood work including blood chemistry.

    Does this happen at home?

    mimi
     
  8. petalsandcoco

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    Zinc deficiency ?

    Next time you see your physician, ask him about this.

    If he decides to go ahead with a test, let it be done with your saliva   and not just the blood.

    Have you started any new medications lately ? Sometimes the side effects will cause you to be affected in this manner.

    Sorry to hear your feeling so bad Rat, I hope you get feeling better soon.

    Petals.
     
  9. rat

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    No this only happens at work, usually towards the end of the day, maybe because I don't eat? Maybe that triggers a cycle? I dunno. I haven't been to the doctor in a while. A guy my age... I feel like a dinosaur sometimes with all the youngsters here. lol.
     
  10. pete

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    What you describe in your last post makes it sound very likely to be low blood sugar.  Of course, I am no doctor, but it sounds like what I used to experience occasionally, and it was often associated with long hours and very little, if anything to eat.
     
  11. robbie rensel

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    This would be my guess, chefs are notorious for not eating.  I am so bad, sometimes all I do is drink coke and snack to get me through....terrible for you.  Lack of sleep in combination could be a contributor too.
     
  12. flipflopgirl

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    Sounds like you have your diagnosis, rat!

    Try to eat something with protein within 2 hours of waking.

    Then every few hours have mini meals that include whole grains, protein and maybe a bite of fruit.

    The fruit will give you a quick boost of energy from the sugar as well as some vitamins.

    I like those cutie clementines, so easy to peel and very sweet without that pure acid hit that I was getting from regular oranges.

    You know the drill.

    Can't turn on the tv or open a magazine without someone preaching the (always) "new" food pyramid, lol.

    mimi
     
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  13. petalsandcoco

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    That would explain alot. Working around food all day can turn someone off eating sometimes, especially if you taste test alot or nibble the little things. I fail to drink enough water.

    It could be your sugar .

    I bet you can jump circles around those young ones , your just not saying. :)
     
  14. pollopicu

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    Yes, because I go through something similar when i don't eat the proper nutrition. Doesn't exclusively happen with proteins though, can feel nauseated by simple items such as toast. I literally have to remind myself to eat. I started bringing protein shakes with me to work. It helps a lot.
     
  15. sergeantpepper

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    I don't have this happen whilst at work, but it does happen on the occasions when I eat somebody else's cooking. I sell a ton of stuffed clams for example. My mother served stuffed clams at a family get-together, and I apologized, but said I couldn't eat them because I make and sell (and smell) them so regularly. She said she understood, her's couldn't be as good as those at the restaurant, but it wasn't even that (she doesn't get it, of course.)