Taste Fatigue

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Because of a long term low grade depression, which I did not know I had, my family doctor and my wife recommended I see a psychiatrist to see if anti-depression medicine was appropriate for me. I did so and was diagnosed with the low grade depression. Since I have to see the psychiatrist anyway because of the medicine, we have talked about a number of issues I've had over my life. During my last visit, we decided that my obesity might be a good topic to explore. She asked me about what worked and what didn't. Then she wanted to know what would cause me to go off my diet when I had a successful run going, like being good for several months, losing anywhere from 20 to 50 pounds, and then going off the diet. I thought about that for a moment and I realized that something would always come up where I couldn't get my regular diet food, and I would eat something unhealthy. Then, because I had such a narrow range of foods I used to lose weight, I just couldn't stand the thought of going back to them. She called this situation "taste fatigue" and I thought this described it very well. I told her I knew I needed more variety, but didn't want to spend a lot of time fixing food from scratch. She then gave me a most wonderful tip. She says that when she's had a long day and doesn't feel like cooking when she gets home, she stops by Wegman's Supermarket and gets one of their $6 dinners, which has an entrée and two sides. The entrées and sides have the calorie count listed so you can figure out the count for your whole meal. They have a good selection to choose from also. I wish the other grocery stores would do this also. I buy three or four meals at a time and put them in the refrigerator. They are as convenient as frozen TV dinners and taste a lot better. I hopeful that this idea and similar ones will help me combat getting taste fatigue.
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    yum I love good food. I like your idea and I think it'd be a good idea of supermarkets did that type of thing too. I only see fried foods and fatty salads mostly at the supermarket. I have tips of quick cooking that could be helpful like the one I'm about to make:

    precook some steak that will last 3 or so days. when ready, boil water, put in some asian noodles, brocolli, mushrooms and the precooked steak. Cook for 10 minutes.. take out and add necessary spices! very easy. Or cook fore more than one day at a time. I can only stand serious cooking about once a week :)
    3595 days ago
    I have have sever Fybromiagia which in turn makes me hurt 100% of the time I stayed in bed and Hospitals for most of last year....I was a mess, I do believe I gained a quite a few lbs I didn't want! although over the 2-3 years before that being in depression myself didn't truly care about much of anything..after being in bed for so long and seeing my children scared to death that mommy wasn't going to be ok and my husband was getting himself sick over the thought of losing me....I had to fight back and make myself get out of bed and do my best to move, eat right, or eat at all for that matter, and NOW I am exercising at least 5 x's a week even though it hurts I can no longer allow this to control me! I choose things and at times because it hurts so bad I want to quit but I wont this time!!! there is too much at stake! I think you are doing a great Job!!! You are taking your life to the next step! and CONGRATS to your for that..and TY for sharing your story!!! It takes a lot of courage to tell things like this to anyone! Keep up the great work in eating habits and sticking to your guns! Be happy and never let anything take that away from you! and I would like to say thank you for commenting on my blog! I will be posting my story the whole story soon! Again ty for your kind words!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3769 days ago
  • FLGIRL1234
    Sounds like a great solution! I struggle with making the same foods over and over myself.
    3809 days ago
    The words "taste fatigue" make perfect sense to me. I'm glad you've found some dinners to help you overcome the situation! Thanks for the idea!
    3817 days ago
    Congratulations on making the "big" step to see a psychiatrist and treating your depression. Many men would try to "be a man" and not take that big step. Glad to see you learned about taste fatigue and passed the information to the rest of us. I've never heard it called that before but I certainly have had it happen to me. Now I eat all foods in moderation unless I don't like it! emoticon
    3817 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/1/2010 7:41:22 PM
    I hope things go better for you from now on.
    3817 days ago
    I've been diagnosed with depression in the past and it's not an easy situation. BUT, the more you exercise and give your body the nutrition it needs, the better you will feel. I'm off my medication 6 months now, and I can tell by my mood if I'm not eating right or being active enough. I'm glad you found some solutions that work for you!
    3818 days ago
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