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Struggling to put weight on after depression - help?
Marital breakdown just over a year ago and the divorce sent me into a bit of a spiral mental health wise. I didn't go on Anti-D's (GP didn't think I needed them) but it was a struggle to keep going for a while. I've turned a definite corner and am feeling a lot better but I'm now having other issues.
My stock reaction to stress is to stop eating - I just don't feel hungry. This first started up last summer and although technically I havn't lost a lot of weight (just over a stone in that time) and am in the healthy BMI range, since I'm slim anyway I do look very thin.
I just find that I can't bring myself to eat. I usually have 1-2 small meals a day which are healthy enough. Anything more and I feel sick. Today for example I've had a small bowl of porridge and now I feel ill.
I know I need to keep eating and maybe little and often is the answer? Any advice?
I went down to about 44 kgs (I'm 168 cm) after my second baby and struggled to put weight on while breastfeeding. It just took time and in your case, it will be difficult after your very stressful year
Could higher calorie savoury foods help you more than a big bowl of porridge with some sugar? Perhaps you don't like overly sweet things so maybe start your day with toast and nut butter or eggs and avocado on toast? I wouldn't suggest eating unhealthy foods just to gain weight as healthy fats (nuts avocado eggs etc) will help your mental health too. Good luck getting better and gaining some weight
I'm naturally slim lurked and have lost only just over a stone (I'm now 8.5 st) but it's the feeling sick thing getting me at the moment. I can only manage a few mouthfuls of anything before feeling sick. Even the smell of food makes me feel sick.
I'm currently trying to eat a Complan soup in an attempt to get something in me. And feeling sick with every mouthful. I've got a pack of nuts to nibble on for later.