For many individuals, food can serve as a source of comfort and solace during challenging times, particularly when grappling with mental health issues. While food cannot cure depression, a nutritious and balanced diet can positively impact mood and overall well-being.

A user asked the forum, “What’s your go-to depression meal?”. Let’s look at the top replies.


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“Entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream. You need to eat the entire pint in one go, or else it doesn’t work. Trust the process.”


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“Burrito or fried chicken from KFC or Popeyes when I’m feeling up to leaving the house.

Otherwise, Pizza because it’s so deliverable and often with zero human contact required.”


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“My meal is Tostadas de carne molida. Ground beef tostadas.”


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“Corn dogs or like chimichangas. Something easy to do that takes less than 10 minutes.”


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“Hamburger Helper. The Tomato Basil Penne flavor. It’s getting hard to find, which may be for the best.”


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“Anything potato…mashed potatoes, potato chips, french fries.”


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“The best answer I can give is probably breakfast foods. Eggs are super good for you nutrient-wise, and they say omega-3 is good for mental health. It is also really easy to make ‘real food’ that looks good and makes you feel more like a Real Person with breakfast food, like putting some spinach and avocado on toast and topping it with an egg. No mixing, cutting, or seasoning. Just frying an egg and putting it on a plate.

The realistic answer is a family bag size of chips; WARNING: you feel a zillion times worse afterward.”


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“Tuna salad sandwich.

I make a really good tuna salad if I do say so myself, and it is just so comforting without being too much effort or money.”


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“Cheap Chinese food. Most everyone gets depressed and doesn’t want to eat; I’m the exact opposite. I eat when I’m not even hungry. Food becomes a comfort. You can always tell when I’m having a bad spell; I’ll gain weight fast.”


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“A whole pack of Oreos with milk.”


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“A cheap can of vegetable soup, but I’ll put a little bit of cream, butter, and some frozen veg mix in it.”


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“A filthy burger and fries followed by cheesecake. Three thousand calories in a sitting, or you’re not trying.”


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“Tomato juice pasta. It’s just pasta dumped into tomato juice. Instead of salt and pepper, I use Montreal steak spices. If you really want to make it fancy, cook a bit of ground beef with onions in a pan and dump that in, too. It’s my depression meal and my comfort food, depending on how I feel.”


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“A fluffernutter. Marshmallow fluff on one slice of bread, peanut butter on the other. Somehow way tastier than the sum of its parts.”


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“Flavour blasted goldfish. I’ll get that massive $8 carton and sustain myself on that in bed for like two days.”

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