17 Simple Tips For Eating Well When You're Depressed


Relationship status with food when you’re depressed: it’s complicated.

Maybe you lose your appetite completely or maybe you're more voracious than ever. Or maybe without the energy to cook, you end up prioritizing convenience over nutrition. Whatever it is, eating well while you're depressed is no simple task. To help, we asked members of the BuzzFeed Community for their best tips for dealing with food and nutrition when depressed. Here's what works for them:

Prepare some emergency frozen meals for your extra-bad days.

Prepare some emergency frozen meals for your extra-bad days.

“When you are in a period when your depression is more manageable, cook as much food as you can that freezes, then portion it out in ziplock bags, mason jars, and tupperware. Pasta, soup, pulled pork/chicken, black beans, etc. all freeze really well, and when you are in a low period and have no energy, just pull it out of the freezer and microwave it.”

—Kristina Tobin, Facebook

Or go a step further and organize a bulk food exchange with friends for more variety with less effort.

Or go a step further and organize a bulk food exchange with friends for more variety with less effort.

“You make up a bunch of lasagna, a friend makes chili, another friend makes soup, and you trade.”

—Kristina Tobin, Facebook

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Minimize the number of dishes you’ll have to wash to make mealtime a little easier.

Minimize the number of dishes you'll have to wash to make mealtime a little easier.

“Honestly, when I'm depressed, the idea of having to do dishes after I cook is enough to make me not want to do it at all. So I learned a bunch of one-pot and 'dump dinners.' Also, I use paper plates and bowls when my depression is at its worst. You have to be gentle with yourself.”

—Hope Narrins, Facebook

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