Has anyone who takes Adderall found a way to get around the extreme appetite loss? Does it get better eventually? I've been taking it for about two and a half weeks now, and I find eating to be SUCH a challenge. I have to be super careful about scheduling my meals for when the dose has worn off, but then I'm too sleepy to bother making something for myself and end up drinking a protein shake. This is the first time in my entire life that I've felt somewhat "normal," all other unpleasant side effects disappeared by day 5, but I only weigh 100 lbs and can't afford to lose much more. I don't want to sacrifice this medication after how much it has changed my life for the better, but obviously there are severe health consequences of malnutrition also.
I have to set reminder alarms. A lot of them. I still don't get hungry, but I can eat fine, so long as I eat 4-5 smaller meals (and I actually EAT them instead of skipping them, which I still sometimes do, hence the large number of very annoying alarms to remind me). There are still days that I subsist off of spoonfuls of peanut butter and pomegranates...
Also, prep meals for when the med wears off. I used to find that I'd get hungry after meds worse off, but was too tired to cook something healthy andfull of nutrients and fat (needed of npt eating enough during the day). I also would eat breakfast at same time as taking stim, right when i woke up . If you wait too long after taking it won't be hungry
I used to get up early, eat oatmeal, go back to bed for an hour (because it felt to good to finally eat, and i find its a low nausea food so i would eat A LOT of it, i liked to rest after) tuen have another alarm for wake up time and meds
Also - i would be ravenous when meds wore off, but would crash and be too tired to prepare food. Have fully cooked meals in fridge prepped so you can just throw it on a pan to warm up. Breads are good for calories and filling you up, but don't offer much nutrition. Focus on nutrient dense foods (veggies), proteins and fats . Add olive oil (after food is cooked, since raw olive oil has many health benefits ) and coconut oil to your cooking.
For carbs potatoes, squash, and tunip are great - and have more nutrients than bread. Not that bread is bad. It's just important to get more of the other stuff. I was bad for eating easy grain based foods and cereal at night. I wasn't eating during the day, so this was my main source of food. I became very weak and malnourished and with that and the n i burned out really badly.
Oh, and you can fry any veggie in coconut oil (and garlic if you like it) and it tastes bloody amazing. Sorry for all the comments lol. I've been focusing on increasing fats and veggies this year, so lots of tips I'm learning! And if you like pasta, the tube noodles (i don't remember what they are called) are AWESOME fried in coconut oil and garlic with salt and pepper, then drizzled after cooking with olive oil. You can add salmon or chicken and veggies like broccoli, zucchini, asparagus (it's great with all this and sundried tomatoes for a kick) . Ok, I've learned pretty much EVERYTHING is good with this oil. And it's so easy to make large batches of food, so you cook maybe 2-3 different things a week then just warm them up when meds wear off!