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Help me trick myself into eating more.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 03, 2012 at 2:32 AM

I'm a breastfeeding mother of a 19 month old. I'm also on an anti-depressant (for anxiety, probably won't be coming off it soon). One of the side effects I'm experiencing is a lack of appetite. I'm now 95ish pounds at 5'1". I'd like to be 105ish, with more muscle tone. Going paleo has really helped stave off blood sugar "crashes" and given me a lot more energy, but I haven't gained weight. I think a good part of that is satiety combined with the lack of appetite. I can find myself full some mornings after one egg.

Any tips for getting more calories in than my hunger (or lack thereof) allows?

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on February 03, 2012
at 06:55 PM

The plate/variety thing is so true. I eat so much better when my meat/veggies/fruit all taste different, but I've been lazy and making one-dish meals. Brilliant! Also, placenta encapsulation doesn't gross me out. I'll definitely add that to my "next time" list, along with getting a doula.

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Definitely second this. Especially fruit in the morning makes me very hungry, whatever I eat.

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on February 03, 2012
at 02:54 AM

A few things.

One, you can add a lot to a single egg to make it more calorie-packed. Scrambling eggs with a ton of grassfed butter will be delicious, very nutritious for you and your baby, and will pack on significant calories. I like the "Eggs James Bond" style myself. Adding some cheese or half an avocado will also contribute. Lately I've been scrambling eggs with lots of butter and adding fresh green onions and cilantro with my breakfast. Heck, if you have no problems with dairy, add some organic heavy cream in the scramble mix too...

Getting a tub of coconut oil and using it for snacks (dip fruit and veggies in it) is calorie packed and quite tasty.

I don't know if you like or even (post-pregnancy and nursing) tolerate liver, but liver is VERY nutrient dense, a small amount goes a very long way in getting enough vitamins, plus the cholesterol and fatty compounds are very good for baby's development. And for a signifigant added bonus, the vitamin A has helped a lot of people for depression, and although yours is anxiety, I don't see how it cannot help. Even if you can't tolerate liver, just adding two ounces chopped up in a food processor, to your ground beef, will add lots of vitamins.

Mostly, focus on nutrient density then caloric density, in that order.

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on February 03, 2012
at 02:47 AM

Up the carbs in the morning and try drinking high calorie liquids.

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on February 03, 2012
at 09:32 AM

Definitely second this. Especially fruit in the morning makes me very hungry, whatever I eat.

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on February 03, 2012
at 04:35 PM

What about the super caloric smoothies? Take a can of coconut milk, add the fruits of your choice (or anything else), maybe some ice to make it blender ready. Might that help?

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on February 03, 2012
at 03:46 PM

Try sneaking in extra calories in the form of a smoothie with fruit, cream or yogurt, etc. (whatever you prefer). Liquid calories seem to slide in better.

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on February 03, 2012
at 09:09 AM

You could try using bigger plates with a lot of variety (basically the opposite tactic of people who are trying to eat less).

Plates with interesting patterns and colors? http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120105112050.htm (Stay away from blue plates, they are supposed to suppress appetite.)

And....I don't want to gross you out if you're not into it, but I'm a big fan of placenta encapsulation for treating anxiety, if you happen to have that puppy hanging around in the freezer you could have someone turn it into some pills for you.

51a4b53ca196e59b01960b1a39b5f5a3

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on February 03, 2012
at 06:55 PM

The plate/variety thing is so true. I eat so much better when my meat/veggies/fruit all taste different, but I've been lazy and making one-dish meals. Brilliant! Also, placenta encapsulation doesn't gross me out. I'll definitely add that to my "next time" list, along with getting a doula.

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