What and How to Eat If Depressed

Depression affects all aspects of life: from relationships (which are often one of the causes behind it), work, even simple things like brushing teeth and boiling eggs. If you are depressed, you are likely to experience loss of appetite or loss of the wish to even see utensils. Still, your body needs nutrients, and here is what you can do to help yourself avoid stress-induced starvation.

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Depression affects all aspects of life: from relationships (which are often one of the causes behind it), work, even simple things like brushing teeth and boiling eggs. If you are depressed, you are likely to experience loss of appetite or loss of the wish to even see utensils. Still, your body needs nutrients, and here is what you can do to help yourself avoid stress-induced starvation.

Depression brings a lot of consequences, such as indifference to everything (or almost everything), including taking a shower, taking clothes off, etc. During such a crisis, nutrition can be neglected too, which can exacerbate your symptoms and result in more health issues, like anorexia.

Still, you have to eat something to keep your body functioning – even if you appear not to be interested in staying alive. And here is advice on how you can manage feeding yourself when seeing a frying pan–to say nothing of using it–brings you shivers.

No energy at all

If you are depressed to such an extent that you cannot make yourself change into something other than your pajamas you have been wearing for the whole month, you can try the following:

  • Use food delivery services. It’s the easiest and most convenient way to feed yourself without any effort. If you can afford it, order several meals, as it will enable you to freeze leftovers and save them for later. You can opt for something not-that-healthy, like a pizza, if it can help you improve your mood. If you do not want anything, order something both filling and healthy. Some vegetable and fruit salads wouldn’t hurt too. Chocolate can infuse you with a tiny bit of happiness, as it stimulates endorphin release.
  • If you happen to find yourself in a supermarket, obtain a good supply of instant meals. Similar to those delivered to your place, instant meals do not require cooking and can be heated at any time. These are usually far from being healthy, but you can opt for something that looks appealing – when you are not eating anything, anything will do.
  • If you have kitchen appliances like a rice cooker or a multicooker, you can delegate cooking to them: a bowl of rice or boiled potatoes (which require only washing – you can peel them afterwards) can be a nice dish, especially if served with butter or some sauce.
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Some energy left

If you still can make yourself get up and brush your teeth – congratulations, you can advance to the next level and cook something more difficult than boiled eggs. No, no ratatouille yet, but it’s still a step forward.

  • Enhance your boiled eggs and cook poached eggs instead. Season them with herbs to your liking or add tomatoes, a toast or some rice – you can even venture to cook an egg taco. Eggs are a good source of protein, so they are a nice option to consider eating for breakfast.
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    Good old dumplings are what can be a way out if you do not have enough willpower to cook yet, but want to eat now. You can boil or fry them to make them crispy. Add some sauce (ketchup, soy sauce, sour cream – wherever your eating preferences may take you) and enjoy a hot dish that does not require cooking proper. Make sure the meat is cooked, because food poisoning is not a good addition to depression.

Feeling better

If you feel up to eating something that looks like a real home-made dish and have the energy to cook it without running the risk of finding yourself exhausted after baking a cake, opt for the following:

  • Cut vegetables, such as aubergines, zucchini and tomatoes, sprinkle olive oil over it, season with herbs, and bake them in the oven. It’s low in fat, rich in nutrients, and colorful enough.
  • Consider cooking a soup made from tomatoes, veggies, chicken stock, cream and some grilled cheese. Soups are a good option to eat for lunch, because they are rather healthy (if it’s not an instant soup), and supply you with lots of fluid, which can help you counter dehydration.

The full version of the list of advice provided by A.A. Newton is available here.

References:

How To Feed Yourself When You’re Depressed – Skillet.lifehacker.com

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