I tried a “healthy diet” before doing the candida diet because I thought it’d be good enough to get better. I barely got like 5% better and nothing really changed. So doing a half-ass diet just won’t work.
It sounds like you never have cooked before really. Well I was once in the same boat before I started college. I didn’t even know how to make grilled cheese. But once I started making myself meals, it got me motivated to learn more. I eventually worked at the campus kitchen preparing mass quantities of food for everyone on campus from scratch. It helped me tremendously, all it takes is experience.
Relating to this, a lot of foods you can make on the diet are pretty easy and straightforward to make. I mean, if you start eating salad 2x per day, all it takes is cutting up the veggies and cleaning them and putting them in a bowl. (Chicken and lamb) sausage is a really easy food item to cook, you just boil them for 15 mins and grill them on a pan on med-low. Buckwheat is really easy as well, you just boil water, add the buckwheat, turn it on low, and stir it occasionally and it’ll be done in 15 mins. If you get a rice cooker, this is sort of a no brainer food preparation device where you just put water and rice in the cooker and let it do the work for you! Buckwheat can even be cooked in the rice cooker but it didn’t come out very good. You can steam veggies in the rice cooker as well.
The coconut/buckwheat bread is pretty easy as well. Just crack 11 eggs, add in the other ingredients, mix together with wooden spoon and put in bread pan. Bake for 45 mins at 350 degrees and test with a knife.
To make greek yogurt, you just put a bunch of spoonfuls of yogurt in bowl, stevia, and bam its done!
Cooking/baking classes can help you learn the basics, but they will be preparing foods that you cannot eat on the diet most likely. There might be some free or cheap ones that you can do at night, etc.
As far as the fatigue question is concerned, if you want to continue drinking caffeine while on the diet, it won’t set you back too much. In the long run if you can ween off coffee, go to green tea, and then an herbal tea like chamomile, you only will get better. Maybe just lower the amounts of what you consume so that you can transition easily. The 5hr energy drink probably is pretty poisonuous in general and probably drains you too much; it certainly isn’t helpful for the fatigue because all it is doing is draining your adrenals.