|Eating healthy when unable to prepare meals
May 17, 2009I suffer from Bipolar disorder and while I generally have a good grasp on it, there are days where I will not get out of bed or just stay in the shower all day. I see a counselor and we sometimes tweak my medications, but regardless I end up crashing eventually. It’s lasted a bit over a week at most.I am not worried about missing doses of any medications, as I’ve always been able to continue taking them every day, but I am not always able to feed myself. Sometimes I’ll just sleep through hunger pains, or I will not feel them for a day or two.A friend of mine checked up on me during one of these episodes. I had energy but every part of my body felt sore. I had no desire to eat, no appetite, it seemed just too troublesome to pour cereal or scramble some eggs. They brought over a big box of Ensure and left it in the fridge for me.I have been drinking these and trying to get myself up every now and then and the soreness went away after a few days. Sometimes I can eat a bowl of cereal, but I never finish the whole thing. I’ve started eating burgers again though, yogurt sometimes, and drinking 2% milk instead of the 1/2% I used to drink. In short, I’m starting to get back out of this.Before I became positive, while I knew this wasn’t healthy, it didn’t seem to effect me the way it does now. I am taking Atripla and have responded very well to it, but am aware that I need to take better care of myself, including my diet. Are there any simple and healthy things I can keep around to eat should this happen again?Afterthought: I owe my friend about $40. That Ensure turns out to be expensive!