I was going to start out saying I wanted to make my own Soylent Green but between the sci-fi movie and the fake food, I knew that would give you the wrong idea. But, yeah, that's kinda what I want.
Help me out if you're inspired!
Here's the deal:
I'm in an "interesting" time in my life (will elaborate briefly if asked) and challenged with getting enough of the basics [nutrients/calories, restorative sleep, movement]. I'm losing too much weight and my body is stressed, to say the least.
I'm a 50 yo female, 5'5", ~ 115 lbs by the feel of it. This is too low for me.
When I'm able to eat a full real meal, I try to get the most variety and bang for my calorie but am not orthorexic about it.
I eat real whole delicious food and mostly cook for myself. No issues with dairy or animal protein except for eggs. I eat all manner of vegetable and fruit. Rice, potatoes, corn. Fats are typically from the grass-fed ruminant I'm eating, butter and occasionally coconut oil. Olive oil in home-made salad dressing.
A typical day's meals these days:
Breakfast: Black tea with whole milk and honey or sugar. Cottage cheese and melon.
Lunch and Dinner: Meat / vegetable / starch / fat based on the "real whole delicious food" described above
So, all sounds good, ya?
The problem is that due to lack of sleep and stress levels I'm having a hard time eating more than, I'm guessing, 200 calories at a sitting. Small meals. Too small. Sometimes I skip entire meals. Bad. Sometimes I force something down.
It's the vicious cycle of
high stress = no sleep + no food
no food + no sleep = higher stress
Stress-reducing strategies include spending time with close friends walking/hiking, talking about stuff, laughing.
What say ye, good people?