If it’s available & not out of your price range get groceries delivered! Grocery delivery has been a lifesaver when I’ve been too busy or stressed to deal with going to the store.
For food, one of my go-to’s when I’m busy & depressed is pasta, frozen broccoli, & Parmesan cheese. I can boil the pasta while studying (or laying on the floor having a crisis), I can throw the broccoli in the microwave & not worry about it. If I’m feeling up to it I’ll pan cook chicken to throw in too (You could sub this with fish or a meat substitute), or ill buy pre cooked shredded chicken from the grocery store deli. It’s simple but it’s healthy enough to keep me going, I like it enough to eat it over & over again, & it’s easy to keep frozen broccoli & dry pasta on hand. Other things that I like to keep on hand for when I can’t cook: frozen meals (usually the healthyish ones, but also frozen pizza lol), apples (because they keep for quite a while), peanut butter, yogurt.
Edit: also a genius thing my therapist told me, is that if you can’t bring yourself to make a sandwich, it’s ok to eat the sandwich ingredients. If you stand in front of the fridge & eat slices of cheese, or tuna straight out of the can, it’s much better than eating nothing. And you don’t have to have a “real meal”, if you eat cheese crackers that’s protein & carbs! If you eat salad straight out of the bag hey you ate a super healthy salad!
Buy frozen fish fillets and frozen veggies. You don’t have to shop as often and it’s easy to prepare them for a meal.
Do you care if there is variety in your meals? Or is a routine of something balanced okay?
When I met my husband, he was living alone, and he had a routine that worked well for him – maybe it would for you?
Breakfast: cereal and milk. (You could look for a high protein low sugar cereal, and do almond or oat milk if regular milk doesn’t sit well for you.) If you hate that, you could do bagels and cream cheese.
Lunch: A sandwich, a yogurt, a piece of fruit. He did a sandwich with deli meat, but you could buy a stack of tortillas, and just do a slather of hummus, and some tabbouleh or lettuce and tomato in there. And keep peanut butter and jelly as staples so when you run out of that, you have something to fall back on if you don’t make it to the store.
Dinner: He did a frozen tv style dinner most nights, but from healthy choice or something similar. And added a side of microwave vegetables. You could do that, and nowadays they have some good salad mixes that would work a few days a week for the vegetable.
If you did that, you’d have no prep work of cutting or pots and pans to clean. Shopping would be easy each week for that menu. You could get some extra fruit and maybe some almonds or cheese sticks for snacks – which would give you the trifecta of fiber, protein and fat to keep you from getting hungry.
I graduated from law school 15 years ago. Let me ease your mind. The first year is brutal, the second year is doable, and you’ll be on cruise control by year three. Hang in there.
I can’t offer any meal advice as I’m mainly a lurker with little knowledge hoping to score tips for myself, but I just want you to know that I am in the exact same boat as you. My 1st year law midterms are upon me, and the only food I’ve been eating for the past 2(two) days is a pizza I had delivered on Wednesday night. I’d like to offer my solidarity as a fellow 1st year law student, and if you want to talk more about this, please let me know — because I have felt nothing but overwhelmed for the past five weeks. I have developed an excellent habit of waking up an hour+ before my alarm in a cold sweat, my chest already tight from worry about the laundry list of things I’ve got on my plate. I bombed my first ever quiz, which really did a number on my confidence as well. My most prevailing thought has been: “I’m a failure, and I’m totally fucking up this opportunity I worked so hard to make for myself.”
And I think these feelings are somewhat normal. I’m not going to pretend to know what other mental / personal struggles you’re going through on top of this, but I know that law school is demanding enough on its own. **You’re not a failure.** This shit is just hard. I just want you to know that.