Making Healthy Choices While Grieving

By: Tom Gallagher
Friday, February 15, 2019

The death of a loved one naturally results in intense feelings of separation, loss, and grief. When you grieve the loss of your child, spouse, sibling, friend, or any family member, the intensity and expression of grief depend on personal traits like emotional quotient, your inherent nature and the intimacy of your relationship with the person.

As grief is closely linked to your emotions, it affects your body and mind. The loss of sleep and appetite, even aversion to food, are physical symptoms that can sap your energy. On the other hand, sadness too affects mood and the mental energy required to attend to the funeral matters can make you feel drained out.

A healthy diet during the grief journey helps to boost energy levels and cope with grief in a better way. Consider these tips for a healthy diet plan.

How To Manage A Healthy Diet Plan

  • Include energy boosters such as fruits, green and other vegetables in your diet. Lean proteins are another important thing to add. Their impact is felt in reducing mood fluctuations.
  • Go shopping for ingredients for a healthy diet so that you have enough stock of healthy foods like sprouts, spices, leafy vegetables, dry fruits etc. to prepare your meal. Interaction with the outside world elevates your mood to enjoy your healthy diet.
  • Prepare your food according to your choice. It helps you to focus on things other than your grief and has therapeutic value.
  • Include in your diet decaf beverages, fresh fruit and vegetable juices. Avoid feel-good fast foods as they are high in fat.

A combination of a healthy diet, sound sleep, and some exercise will slowly add to your energy levels and enable you to cope and come out of state of grief earlier than you thought.

For any information on grief support in the area, or if you want to learn about our services, don’t hesitate to contact us at Thomas M. Gallagher Funeral Home for more information.

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