Don't know what to eat

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   Posted 8/24/2009 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello. I have been stuck in a deep depression for two years now although I am bipolar. I thought I would ask the question in both forums to get as much information as possible.

I have no appetite... the only thing I like to eat is sweets. Cake, cookies... stuff like that. I am really looking for advice on what to eat. I just don't have the energy or desire to cook. Anyone have any ideas for food/recipes that are simple but nutritious.

Should I make an eating schedule? I don't know what to do... please help!
Thank you

Diagnosed Bipolar
slow cycling with long periods of extreme depression
have had 2 manic episodes that led to hospitalization
Currently Taking: Zoloft, Welbutrin, Lamictal, Klonopin

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   Posted 8/25/2009 12:57 AM (GMT -6)   
hi karin, i am jamie, male and 37. strange that your body is requiring sugar, i know i am a diabetic. with fatique and no energy your body is requiring sugar, and as it is your source at this point-it wants more. would not hurt to see your doc about this. your bsl may be low, thus the craving. your metabolism will be a tad effected also, no nutient value for your body. hey, with depression we all go through the appetite issues, yeah even me who is a t1 diabetic! a food plan sounds excellent, maybe doing so in combination with your doc will help. he/she needs to know how things are, and i feel that this issue is important. your doc may do bloods, me i may cfs, doc is checking my iron count as i cannot stomach to much meat-cost as well as for spiritual reasons.
with loving compassion, jamie.

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   Posted 8/25/2009 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the response. I have always had a sweet tooth so I don't think that my body is actually craving sweets... I think that is just what sounds good. I have an endocrinologist who keeps an eye on my blood sugar levels and such... just saw her last week and lab tests were fine, she did up my dose of synthroid for my low functioning thyroid.

Any ideas for how to come up with a food plan? I've been looking online and I haven't come up with anything. Thanks again.

Diagnosed Bipolar
slow cycling with long periods of extreme depression
have had 2 manic episodes that led to hospitalization
Currently Taking: Zoloft, Welbutrin, Lamictal, Klonopin

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   Posted 8/25/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Karin, you're likely craving sweets as a way to get a quick energy boost, and serotonin lift. Unfortuneatley, fast energy falls out from under you just as fast-and leaves you lower than when you started. You're smart to realize you need good nutrition.

Have your endocrinologist refer you for some dietary counseling. A good one will help you make up a doable plan for healthier eating. You just need to get in the habit of stocking the makings of healthier meals and snacks. As a matter of fact, even such things as Healthy Request frozen dinners would be a good thing-quick to prepare, and nutritious. You can also keep fresh fruits, whole-grain bread and crackers, peanut butter, carrot sticks-anything that's available and easy.

Think of eating as filling your fuel tank. Don't do it according to what sounds good-do it according to what your body needs.

Good luck!

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   Posted 8/25/2009 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Try to eat fresh fruit instead of sweets. Once you get use to that, you wont want the sugars so much. Fresh vegies are good too, but don't forget the protien.

Best wishes with your new food plan.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 8/25/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I have to agree with the many great ideas here. Karen is right about fruits.  Also try to put the number 5 into your life. 5 fruits and vegetables a day for better health !
I also agree with making an appointment with a Nutrionist to help you set a livable eating plan. 
Please do keep talking with us.

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