No-one seems to talk about these things, except maybe the @bipolarbarbie, but how hard is it to cook healthy meals when you have depression (and I expect anxiety or a whole range of other mental illnesses). It is absolutely near impossible for me. In the early days of my depression I couldn’t look after myself and I was 100% dependent on my Mum and my Husband to provide me with nutritious meals. I was previously on a Paleo cooking regime when depression struck so I was really caring about the types of meals I was eating. My Husband is a vegetarian and cooks so many healthy meals but with time restraints, even this became really difficult for him to maintain. We just didn’t have the hours it took for shopping, meal prep and cooking. It became such a luxury. As time has worn on and I have improved, it has become much easier for my Husband to manage the cooking. At Christmas time he cooked an incredible feast for us, from Avant-Garde Vegan’s recipes. We particularly loved Gaz’s Sexy Sides, which you can find on You Tube. His cauliflower au gratin is absolutely heavenly, I do recommend you try these recipes if you can muster the energy. Maximus Tastimus.
Recently, I had a friend invite me to a free box of food from a company here in Australia. If you are desperate to know who it was just send me a dm. Well it was awesome. I knew the food came complete with recipe cards so that you don’t have to go shopping, or look up the recipe yourself, there it is, an A4 sized recipe card and if it couldn’t get any easier, they even separate the ingredients into brown paper bags (large sized) ready for you to use. Now I struggle to cook, since my breakdown I could probably count the meals that I have served. But I thought without the fatigue food shopping brings, I could actually give this a go. It takes strength that I must draw from within to actually go to the kitchen and see what I am going to cook, but this is working out for me!! I’ve cooked some incredible meals and they only took twenty minutes tops. If you didn’t want to go through a company, maybe this is a job a friend of yours might not mind doing or you could look up your recipes and do online shopping so you don’t get shopping fatigue. Its a really cool way to get motivated and proof that you CAN do this. If I can do it, I’m sure at some point you could give it a go. I’d be really interested in learning about how you combat your mental health and still remain healthy. Don’t worry I’m not going to become your local health ambassador, I really struggle with health but I know when the time is right, you can take steps forward. You can look forward to the day where you really can make your own choices. Tam xx