Hey guys. I’m sorry in advance for how long-winded this is. I’m kind of desperate for help or advice, and this community seems very responsive and supportive.
I’m a very small woman (5’1", 98lbs) that started taking Adderall two years ago. The Adderall destroyed my appetite, which in turn has destroyed my ability to eat properly. It takes me several hours to eat a big mac, for example. I was a healthy 105lbs for most of my life, then dropped to 89(!) after the first year on Adderall, and have now stabilized at 98.
No appetite->Not eating enough->Nutrient deficiency->No energy->Repeat
I can’t work out to fix my appetite because I don’t have the energy to work out. Fun catch 22.
Not eating enough for 2 years->Stomach can’t handle normal amounts of food anymore->Can’t eat enough to gain weight->Repeat
I bought Huel because I thought it would be a good way for me to get my daily calories and just force it all down (since shakes are easier for me to eat than solid foods).The issue I’m having is how much Huel I have to eat to gain the weight I need.
I need 1,500-2,000 calories a day to gain weight, so 3-4 Huel meals. I can’t stand thick Huel, so each meal has 3 scoops and 3 cups of water in it. This is disastrous for me since I also need to drink water to wash the taste out my mouth. Each meal is 5+ cups of liquid, including regular water to drink on the side, and it’s taking me about 3 hours to get through. My stomach just can’t hold that much, and since I’m already force feeding myself when I don’t feel hungry it’s even harder to force another meal down a few hours later because I’m still so full. I haven’t been able to get more than 1 Huel meal in a day, yet. I can’t even imagine how I would get 3, let alone 4, in.
Doctor understands I can’t stop Adderall, and seems to be okay with the ‘side effects’ since my weight has stabilized. Nutritionist basically explained the importance of macros and healthy eating and exercise… which I already knew, and doesn’t actually solve my problem.
I’m not really sure what I’m looking for here. Advice, tips, a shoulder to cry on, similar stories, or a wake-up call of some sort. Anything would be appreciated, honestly.
*Semi-unrelated note, but a “Weight Gain” or “General” category would be a nice addition to the forum. I have no idea where this post belongs, or if it belongs here at all. Also going to mention anorexia, bulimia, and eating disorders down here so it shows up in search since I think this may be a similiar issue for people struggling with those. OH, and ADHD.