Anonymous asked realsocialskills:Related to the remembering food exists thing, do you have any advice for what to do when your depression is making preparing food seem so hard that you’d nearly prefer to just go hungry?A couple of suggestions:Order a pizza, or some other form of food that gets delivered to you
- Hunger feeds on itself and makes everything harder
- If you’re in a state of mind where preparing food seems too difficult to be bearable, ordering food can often break that cycle
- So can getting takeout or going to McDonalds
- This is not a frivolous expense
- And it’s not necessarily more expensive than preparing your own food. McDonalds has a dollar menu.
- When you’re starving from not eating, it is not the time to worry about health food. Making sure that you eat comes first. Eating anything (that you’re not allergic to) is healthier than regularly going hungry because you can’t bring yourself to eat.
Keep stuff around that’s easy to eat and doesn’t require any preparation or only need to be microwaved, for instance:
- A box of cereal
- Granola bars
- Ice cream
- Protein shakes
- Rice cakes
- Peanut butter
- TV dinners
- Frozen chicken nuggets
- It can also help to keep around disposable plates and utensils so the thought of having to wash dishes doesn’t deter you from eating
Get someone else to tell you that you need to eat:
- Sometimes it’s easier to remember that eating is important if someone else tells you
- For instance, if you text a friend saying “remind me that I need to eat” and they do, that can sometimes make it more possible
Get someone else to talk you through the steps of making food:
- If there’s someone you can ask how to find/make food, that can be helpful
- Sometimes what’s really exhausting is not so much doing the steps, as it is anticipating them, or figuring out what they are
- If someone can help you through that, it can make it much more possible
filed under “reasons I’m taking a cooking class while I’m in Canberra because then I have to remember to eat”
Sometimes for me, the problem is cognitive rather than being low on spoons.
And when that’s the problem, I can often get the right cognitive cues by doing cooking-as-an-activity rather than preparing-food-in-order-to-eat. Which is a reason that often, the most reliable way for me to make sure I eat is by cooking for other people.
I could totally see how taking a cooking class could work for that too.