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need to take on the role o ood preparation until you are wellenough to do this yoursel.
People with depression oten lose or put on weight.
Loss o appetite and interest in ood is a common symptom o depression that typically results in weight loss.
Dealing with weight loss
the day on energy-dense and nutrient-dense oods such ascheese and biscuits, dried ruit and nuts or letover dinner.
moderate activity, such as walking, as oten as you can.
such as smoothies or soups. Adding skim milk powder to theseboosts the protein, energy and nutrient content.
eat at all, ask your doctor or a reerral to a dietitian who canprescribe adequate meal replacement supplements until yourecover your appetite.
During recovery, as appetite improves, lost weight is usually restored. This weight gain can be regarded as a healthy sign o recovery.Further weight gain can occur i physical activity levels are low,i comort eating is common and with regular use o high-at,high-sugar oods and drinks.Some antidepressant medications also cause weight gain. Themedications most commonly associated with weight gain includeMirtazapine, tricyclic antidepressants and the mood stabiliser, lithium.For most people, the weight gain is small and soon stabilises. Fora small number o people, the weight gain can be large. Regularexercise and healthy eating can help minimise weight gain, whethermedication or liestyle induced.
Dealing with weight gain
too hungry, which can lead to impulsive choices or overeating.
activity (such as swimming, walking or cycling) as well as someresistance training (weights, squats, push ups) i you can.
meats, ried ast oods, pastries, cakes, biscuits, hard cheese)and high sugar oods and drinks (such as sot drinks, sweetbiscuits, chocolate).
vegetables, low-at crackers and dips (such as rice crackersand hommous).
proessional help rom a dietitian or psychologist can help.
doctor to review your medication.
maintenance may be the most achievable result to aim or.
lose health. Increasing your tness can oset the health risksassociated with carrying extra weight.
Drugs and alcohol
Drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes and taking other drugs tocope with depression all have nutritional consequences. Regularuse o these substances can deplete the body o certain nutrientsand disrupt regular eating patterns, exacerbating mood fuctuationsand challenging a person’s ability to establish healthy eating habits. Tobacco smoking, or example, suppresses appetite and can leadto a person not eating enough. It also increases the demand orantioxidants to cope with the damage caused by smoking andcan leave smokers low in these protective nutrients. Thiamineand other vitamin deciencies are common in heavy drinkers andthese decits can cause low mood, irritability and/or aggressivebehaviour. Cannabis, or marijuana, can stimulate appetite and insome cases lead to over-eating however, taking amphetamines canlead to going days without eating.Since most illegal drugs and alcohol interere with the eects o antidepressant drugs, it’s important to tell your doctor i you aretaking them, so you can get the appropriate treatment.For suggestions on how to cut down your alcohol and drug intakesee
Fact sheet 9: Reducing alcohol and other drugs.
POstNataL DePRessION, NUtRItION aND BReasteeDING
kilojoules), certain nutrients (such as calcium) and fuid. The loss o appetite and anxiety that usually accompanies postnatal depression,and the atigue that is common to many new mothers, can makemeeting these extra requirements dicult. I a mother’s overall oodand energy intake is too low, this can reduce the volume o milkproduced, and can also leave the mother depleted.