17 Not-Overwhelming Ways To Eat Healthy When You're Depressed

    Relationship status with food when you're depressed: It's complicated.

    When you're depressed, your relationship with food can be a complicated one.

    Maybe you lose your appetite completely or maybe you're more voracious than ever. Or perhaps without the energy to cook, you end up prioritizing convenience over nutrition. Whatever it is, eating well when 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:

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

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

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

    4. Be realistic with yourself when it comes to your cooking and nutrition goals.

    5. Ask for help when you need it.

    6. Make cooking a self-care event.

    7. Watch cooking shows to get the motivation to ~create~.

    8. Or pretend you're ON a cooking show.

    9. Get your groceries delivered from your local store or through an online service.

    10. Set up a reward system for the habits that make you feel better.

    11. Invite someone over to eat with you.

    12. Keep a collection of easy healthy recipes on hand.

    13. Meet with a nutritionist if you need help optimizing your eating habits for mental health.

    14. Pay attention to how your body feels above all else — and maybe consider putting fitness or weight loss goals on hold for now.

    15. Track your emotions alongside what you eat.

    16. Forgive yourself for the bad days so you don't fall into a bad cycle.

    17. Lastly, remind yourself that food is there to make you feel strong and healthy.

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