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Old 12-21-2014, 03:35 PM
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I've been struggling with severe depression for a while, and I've lost a lot of weight. I'm a 24 year old male and about 5'11''. I'm down to 135 pounds. I used to be around 180. I've only been eating once a day. I've gone for 2 or even 3 days without eating the depression was so bad. I don't want to keep losing weight. I'm not really used to eating 3 meals a day though. Are smoothies good? Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:36 AM
Location: TOVCCA
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Peanut butter (buy the natural kind with the oil on top and no sugar) is calorie dense, high protein, and you can take a peanut butter sandwich everywhere without refrigeration. A 16oz jar has almost 3,000 calories, which for most people translates to 1 pound of weight.

Here a site that might help too:

Top 10 Foods Highest in Calories
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Old 12-24-2014, 08:34 PM
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It might be a good idea to supplement protein bars and drinks throughout the day. I used to make a malted type drink in the mornings. I used to be a weightlifter, always had trouble eating enough then, but with the depression it's really difficult. I understand the one meal a day thing real well.

Here's a recipe for ya to try. Peanut Butter Fat Bombs! Ya might get more ideas and help from folks there, most are helpful and might be able to give you some general direction about nutrition, many are quite knowledgeable.
The Simplest Fat Bomb You'll EVER make! - Bodybuilding.com Forums

You might also look into herbs that increase appetite. Herbs which have a specific effect on improving the appetite are Spearmint, Peppermint, Bitter Melon, Barberry and Gentian. Red wine, grapefruit and apples also increase the appetite by stimulating the digestive secretions. Do some research, here's one list and brief article.


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Old 12-25-2014, 03:44 PM
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have you talked to your doctor about this
there is help available
I have clinical depression and take meds
I am also a recovering alcoholic of 16 years, I went to therapy for awhile as well
hope you get better
I wish you everything wonderful~~
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Old 12-26-2014, 12:11 AM
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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You don't need to 'gain weight', you need to put back lost muscle mass. Eat nutritious foods. Leave out the junk, especially sugar and refined carbs. Make sure you are getting all the micro-nutrients you need in therapeutic amounts and keep your protein intake up. Peanut butter is good, so are cashews. Cashews are probably better so eat both. Eat salads with avocado.

Otherwise, as tod00 says.
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Old 12-26-2014, 01:32 AM
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You can also buy Ensure Plus. You will be getting healthy nutrients PLUS extra calories and if you get a good flavor like chocolate it tastes pretty good. Do it along with the other weight gaining suggestions.
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