View Full Version : new to adderall - can't make myself eat

09-11-06, 12:33 AM
(First, please let me say - I'm new here ... I did see that there are similar threads to what i'm about to post, but it's slightly different. but if there is some kind of etiquette about not being too redundant, I do apologize!)

I was just wondering: do you have to force yourself to eat? Do you actually do it?

I've only been taking adderall for 3.5 days, but have already lost between 5-6 pounds (fluctuates when I drink). I'm not ever the slightest bit hungry. I've made myself eat 1 thing each day (protein bar most days - I'm vegetarian), but it's so unpleasant. i literally do not want to eat anything at all - i can't imagine eating a "normal" amount on this. My mouth is so dry that everything tastes horrible. But otherwise, I'm very "with it" and productive and happy. I just don't like eating. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't mind losing a few more pounds - I actually am quite happy about it - just a little worried I guess. Ambivalent perhaps. Just wondering if anyone else is having motivational issues with regard to eating? (incidentally, I don't like drinking either, but I have been good about forcing myself to do that).

09-11-06, 09:24 AM
Adderall definately supresses my appetite. Especially in the first few weeks. Slowly things start to normalize a bit, but I don't have the cravings for carbs and sweets that I used to have (which can be a good thing, because I know I over ate before this). I do keep track of the amount of water I drink, and generally bring a few bottles of water with me to work, and I sip them throughout the day, and I force myself to drink a bottle when I wake up and at lunch. I generally only eat dinner.

To maintain nutrition I try to drink Ensure or a Carnation Instant breakfast in the morning before taking my first dose (sometimes I don't finish it all, but it's better than nothing). It seems to help. Lunch time - I generally force myself to eat fresh vegeatables, like carrots, cellery etc..

I'm new here, but I think there is a nutritional board here. Perhaps they can recommend something, or you might find some other diet related threads there. I plan to look at it myself to find a vitamin supplement that works well with ADD and Adderall.

09-11-06, 12:15 PM
I know how you feel. There are days it is really hard to force myself to eat (although that has leveled off a whole lot since I started). I think that a lot of the good Adderall does is hampered by improper nutrition, though. I know on days I don't eat much, I get really low energy and a little muddle-headed in the afternoon. It really seems counterproductive not to eat enough when I'm taking meds to stay focused and motivated. School started a few weeks ago, and it really became clear how much I was screwing myself over by not eating right some days- grabbing some chips and a soda at 2 pm did not help at all. I like the weight loss, but not the energy loss.

Have you tried eating in the morning before taking your meds? I'm vegetarian, too, and I try to make a smoothie with a couple of scoops of protein powder thrown in most mornings. I find a lot of protein bars pretty challenging (they're so dense- blech), but I like Clif bars. I also make the world's easiest meal of peas or baked potato with a scoop of cottage cheese thrown on (high in protein). I think the important thing is to plan meals in advance and then stick to your schedule, because nothing is going to sound good to you. The Ensure suggestion above is also good- you can just do it like a shot of whiskey and chase it with water.

I hope your appetite starts to come back soon!

09-11-06, 09:25 PM
Thanks for the replies - I will look into the nutrition thread too ... I think it's just mostly a motivational thing, so I just need to figure out a way to suck it up and just follow a schedule.

And yes - the morning before taking one is the only time I've managed to make myself eat something. But i'll have to change that beginning tomorrow -I lost another pound bringing the total to 7 in under a week (iIm a runner so I'm active too - it's not just adderall) But I guess the rate is probably unhealthily high ... is that rate normal for people on the Rx? Just wondering how much I should worry about it.

In any case, tomorrow I will try the meal planning and such (do you just eat more frequently and less at a time? or eat at normal times until you are "full"? It's just really odd to not sense hunger/fullness and thus hard to gauge intake accordingly)

Panthoot, what kind of protein powder do you use? I haven't been able to find any I like ... though I do buy the EAS myoplex lite or carb coundown shakes (which have vitamins too) and they are tolerable.

thanks again!

09-11-06, 10:15 PM
I buy the Trader Joe's soy protein. It's pretty plain (and comparatively cheap), and mixes well with frozen fruit and juice. I tend not to like the ones with lots of fake flavor.

09-16-06, 04:38 AM
Niente, I've been that way my whole life. I just don't have the desire to eat. I start to get cranky and feel shaky and that's when I know I have to eat something and even then I'll only eat crackers or pretzels. There isn't much I like. I'm very picky and I have strange food aversions. My husband makes me eat. Sometimes he comes home from work just to make me eat. It's not that I'm starving myself, I just don't feel like eating. My doctor moniters my weight monthly when I go back for my refill. He thinks I was to thin to begin with so If I lose more than 5 lbs he will take me off Adderall because he said the risks will have outweighed the benefits. So I always wear my heaviest shoes and fill my pockets full of change to my appointments! I'm just kidding..I have thought about it though. Did you ever have this problem before Adderall?

09-16-06, 08:16 AM
Glad you understand (though, sorry you're sharing the experience)! I do feel a little odd complaining about it - it is a strange problem I guess, but it really is a problem.
Yes, I've always been incredibly picky with what I eat, and I would always rather skip a meal than eat something I found objectionable. And ever since starting to carefully regulate everything I eat (I've been an athlete since middle school), the habit of not eating when I'm not hungry and only eating very healthy food has just become so ingrained so it's counter to everything I've ever done to eat when I'm not hungry - and to pack in the calories like I've needed to do ... so add that to living by myself and this prescription (which has been helping so much otherwise!) and the weight is just dropping off, even though I really did start eating 3x/day ... so I don't know, I'll see what my doctor says - I see him in 4 weeks. I'm just wondering how long the weight loss can really continue, anyway. But I am concerned because ALREADY after little more than a week others have been commenting on the weight loss - 8lbs in 9 days! So I may have to stop taking it (have already cut back the running) - I'm sure I won't be allowed to continue (most likely for good reason) if I lose more than this. So now to begin another week of gluttony!
(Ahem, I once wore ankle weights under clothes to add 4 pounds so others wouldn't worry when I had incidentally dropped weight during a stressful time - I do understand! But I did stop doing that as I am now more concerned with the cause for worry rather than worry itself ... so yeah, I guess the problem is just more pronounced with adderall!)