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Re: Appetite vs. Hunger! sl

Posted by viridis on February 25, 2003, at 20:13:38

In reply to Appetite vs. Hunger! , posted by sl on February 24, 2003, at 9:10:07

When I slip into depression, I completely lose my appetite, and things that normally taste good to me taste awful. I've sometimes lost over 20 lbs in a month -- definitely not healthy, since I'm not substantially overweight (although I could stand to lose a few pounds).

I try to maintain a reasonably balanced diet when this occurs, although it's a struggle -- the things I've found tolerable are vegetables (prepared simply, as IsoM said, and as great a variety as possible); soy milk (helpful for protein intake); fruit juices (in moderation); nuts (sometimes); fish and chicken (prepared simply, not fried); and bananas, which I normally dislike, but are bland, reasonably filling and somewhat nutritious. Avoid dairy foods if your stomach is upset, although a little low-fat milk probably won't hurt if you can tolerate it, and it supplies many nutrients.

It's good to hear that you're taking vitamin supplements. Also, don't discount fish oil (although go easy if you have nausea). It may help you feel better in general, and supplies the omega-3 fatty acids that many people appear to be deficient in.

Good luck!


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