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7 Grocery Shopping Tips For When Depression Makes Eating Hard

I don’t know about you, but when my depression hits, my appetite completely disappears. My favorite foods don’t sound appetizing and there’s no way I can be expected to commit to three meals a day. However, I still do have to eat, meaning I have to go grocery shopping. Grocery shopping when you’re unsure of what you want to cook is hard. Doing it when you have no idea if you can stomach food, or when you’ll be able to, feels impossible.

I’ve had to do this more times than I can count, and it’s because of that I’ve learned some grocery tips and tricks for when depression makes eating hard. 

1. If you have comfort or safe foods, stock up.

This is a double-edged sword, only because you don’t want to get sick of them. That defeats the whole purpose. Sometimes, even in the worst bouts of depression, I won’t want to eat, but my comfort foods will entice me because the focus is comfort versus eating to eat. Sure, it may not always be the healthiest (chocolate is my go-to) but at the end of the day, eating is eating regardless. So stock up on those comfort foods or foods that your brain won’t struggle to eat.

2. Try to pick up non-perishables that are easy on the stomach.

The last thing you want is something that is going to expire within days. The longer the expiration date, the better. That, or if it’s freezable, you can still get your money’s worth. Powdered mashed potatoes, soups, and foods like that are good. Bonus tip: Smaller portions are your friend. I know when I am depressed I can get very overwhelmed by seeing a lot of food on my plate. Smaller portions will help make it easier for you.

3. Use the buddy system.

When I’m depressed, I don’t think clearly. Sometimes having another person with me when I’m grocery shopping

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