Side effects: nausea, headaches, Prader-Willi syndrome...
August 12, 2011 4:18 AM Subscribe
I'm taking a medication that slows down my metabolism whilst ramping up my hunger. What are some foods I can eat to lessen potential weight gain?
When I say 'hunger', I don't mean feeling hungry because it's getting toward teatime. I mean ravenous - so hungry that it's actively distracting, so hungry that one would almost consider picking up a hamburger off the street and eating it. It is not fun.
I already carry a little weight, and I plan to resume Couch to 5k once the initial tiredness that comes with the meds wears off (right now I do not have the energy to do anything other than lie on my bed reading - even cooking, blow-drying hair or tidying up feels like a massive task. It sucks.)
I admit I am quite lazy when it comes to cooking, as are many who work full-time and cook mostly for themselves. Generally I will have a bowl of cereal in the morning (some kind of muesli thing) at work, or toast/boiled egg/sausage sandwich at the weekend and if my boyfriend is over. I have a home-made sandwich for lunch - falafel wrap, pastrami bagel etc - and in the evenings I try and have a stir-fry, a baked potato with cottage cheese, or some of that filled pasta (tortelloni type stuff from the supermarket that takes minutes to cook.) That sounds like a lot of carbs written down - I have found that not having carbs at lunch makes me feel hungry mid-afternoon. One weakness is I work in an office where there is nearly always birthday cake/chocolate, and frankly I am weak-willed. Especially when my stomach says 'GIVE ME FOOD NOW NOW NOW OR I WILL MAKE YOU FAINT' despite me already having breakfast and lunch.
Other info: I share a house, so I have access to the usual cooking equipment but not a food processor/blender. Food prices in the UK are expensive just now too, and canning isn't a thing here. I also do not eat bananas, lamb or duck, for reasons not interesting enough to go into here - although given how good for you they are I do wish I could manage to actually keep down a banana! I work in an office and commute by public transport, and I live in London where there are supermarkets everywhere but few markets selling cheap fresh produce (at least not that I can access locally).
Favourite foods are toast, houmous, potatos, cheese (halloumi/feta), roasted tomatoes and ice-cream, so giving up any of these will be a pain. I do NOT want some kind of Diet where I have to give up whole food-groups, weigh my meals to the gram or buy £70 worth of supplements, organic mushroom oil or 'detox' for a week. Nor is it too realistic that I will be able to cook complicated, expensive meals each evening. I will be unlikely to stick to it and I need something sustainable as these meds are likely to be a long-term proposition.
Any advice welcome!