So, I made a post to r/eatcheapandhealthy on Reddit which was controversially removed and then restored after a bazillion people bombarded me with requests to make a blog, and a YouTube channel, specifically designed to help depressed people eat better.
Well, I made a blog. YouTube is not really feasible right now. I don’t have a camera, or a microphone, and my laptop is a fucking piece of shit.
In high school, I wanted to be a psychiatrist, and I still do, because I have always wanted to help people who are at rock bottom and struggling. I felt like a failure for not being able to cope with medical school yet.
But when I made the Reddit post, I realised that I myself can be at rock bottom, and still help people who are at rock bottom and struggling. Self-care is difficult but it’s doable, and combined with therapy (which I highly recommend seeking before you reach a crisis point in your life), it’s possible to get better.
There are so many blogs that advocate curing depression by fighting uphill against it. Exercise every day! Eat an expensive mediterranean diet! Do all the things your depression stops you from doing! Basically, all these fucking blogs do is make you feel like shit for not being able to do what they expect depressed people to be able to do. This is absolutely not that.
This is a blog for people who are so depressed that they cannot cook for themselves. And all the “recipes” I will be posting can be made in five minutes flat.
You will not need a stove. You will not be cooking.
You will be throwing together food that tastes good, and it will be faster and easier and healthier than ordering take-out.
That’s what this blog is. It’s depression-eating, but with real meals, not “depression meals”. We’re aiming for better, not best. There’s no point being idealistic. Everything here is practical, realistic, and achievable.
Hell, for headers I’m using stock photos I found by googling “free stock photo angry cooking”. I am doing the bare fucking minimum, and so should you.
I will be uploading my “Master Shopping List” very shortly. This shopping list is small, cost-effective, and enough for one person to eat for a week with very minimal waste. The groceries are lightweight enough that you can carry them home, so if you don’t have a car, you’ll be fine. After the first shop, it will be even lighter, because most of the heavy stuff will kick around your pantry and won’t need buying again.
If any recipe uses ingredients not on this “Master List”, I will specifically note that. So you’ll always have everything you need to eat what you want to eat. You’ll only need to go to the shops once a week, which is totally doable.
If you’re looking for a couple recipes to begin, I included a few in my Reddit post. I will be uploading one recipe a day (give or take, I do have depression after all) until I’m out of creative ways to eat as lazily as possible.
I will also be doing a lot of meta-posting about the recipes, about eating in general, food storage and food safety tips, probably some rants about how fucking stupid depression is. It’s not a very formal thing, but hopefully people will get something out of it.
I also made a Patreon, so if you really wanna get behind this and help a depressed sister out, words could not thank you enough. However, it is absolutely support enough to follow the blog, give some feedback, some suggestions. Hell, if you’re really enthusiastic, sharing this post on Facebook or Twitter would be incredible.
Love you all, and, as ever, talk to your GP if everyday life is getting difficult for you.