I don't know how to feed myself anymore. Please help.
January 21, 2011 6:45 PM Subscribe
I don't know how to feed myself anymore. Please help. I'm lactose-intolerant, anemic, and suffer from acid reflux disease (3 years and running). I've lost about 20 pounds in the last five years due to the reflux and a bout of depression. I'm also too insanely busy to cook, thanks to long workdays and hours spent on public transit, since I don't drive. Help me plan highly-caloric meals around my schedule, so I don't need to spend so much time eating.
posted by oogenesis to Food & Drink (27 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I know my question sounds uber-dramatic, but for the past five years I've been trying to regain some weight after a really bad depressive episode. I'm 28, 5'8"and currently 125lb. I walk everywhere and take public transit. I also work in a kitchen, so that piles more physical activity on top of everything else. Being less physical isn't much of an option, as I have no other way of getting around, and I quickly get depressed, tired, and sore if I'm not active.
Recently I looked up how many calories I should be taking in every day to gain weight and take into account my activity level: ~3500 calories. I don't have TIME to eat that much every day; it's a real struggle just to get 2000 in. When I was younger and heavier (23, 145lb) I didn't need to eat so freaking much, and now I have no idea how to plan meals around my current metabolism (I just burn straight through most of what I eat) and time constraints. Frustrated with constantly having to feed the singularity in my stomach, I usually just end up not eating.
Can you help me come up with ideas for some high-energy (800 calorie+) healthy meals that will work with a cook's late-night/early morning schedule?