There's a thread here about cooking, but, I've been coping with more severe illness lately so I wanted to talk about how to try to eat well when you can't do much in the way of preparation. I was moderately ill for a long time and able to shop and cook a few meals a week with no problems. But last summer my health took a turn for the worse and I lost my appetite for a few months, and could barely walk to the bathroom much less prepare food. I ate whatever didn't turn my stomach which was usually bland and had little nutritional value. Thankfully my appetite is back but my energy lags behind; I'm still struggling with what to eat. I miss cooking so much! A friend who had gone through a severe ME/CFS period of many years suggested hiring someone to cook, but, I'm not even sure how to go about finding someone. My pantry is stocked right now with canned and dehydrated soups, and I have a lot of frozen meals. Amy's is a good brand that has decent ingredients. These alternate with takeout or takeout leftovers, and are supplemented with fruit, green salads (when I can make them), and sometimes deli salads. Instead of three meals, I have two and one filling snack. It usually involves nuts or nut butter, or hummus, and fresh or dried fruit and pretzels, olives, nothing I have to cut or heat. Thankfully I have help with shopping, otherwise I would use netgrocer.com. Lately I've been able to make simple concotions in stages: I made egg salad by boiling the eggs one day, making the salad the next, and rinsing the dishes and leaving them for a few hours until I could sort them into the dishwasher. It was tough, though, and doesn't happen often. Sometimes though I just do not have the resources to open the fridge and end up eating a luna bar or protein drink as a meal in bed. I don't like it but that's how it goes. I know a lot of you are struggling with the same issue. If you don't have someone to cook for you, how do you manage your meals?