Friday, November 14, 2008

for supper again tonight: tic-tacs

38322_0_lSeventeen-year-old Natalie Cooper of Shepway, Maidstone in England has an unusual illness that has forced her to have a very unusual diet.

Natalie loves food. Unfortunately, food doesn't love her. It seems that whatever she eats comes right back up. Her stomach simply will not hold it.

Well, almost everything. There is one food that Natalie can keep down: mint Tic-Tacs.

You know Tic-Tacs: those tiny white breath mints that come in a clear plastic container… those little mints that make a big racket when you shake them.

Doctors can't explain why her stomach can only tolerate Tic-Tacs, but that is all she can eat for nourishment. That means that Natalie has to get her nutrition... and most of her calories... from a special formula that she is fed daily through a tube.

_tictac Through experimentation, Natalie found that she could almost tolerate mint candies. So, she kept reducing the size of the mints until she found one that would stay down. "I went from Trebor Extra Strong Mints to Polos and ended up with tic tacs. They give me a bit of energy but I eat them mostly to get rid of hunger; it’s a psychological effect," said Natalie.

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