What’s Eating You: Eating Right During Grief

Your eating habits can become very unstable during grief. You may have little appetite, depleting your body of the vitamins and nutrients it needs.
On the other hand, you may find yourself eating more to comfort yourself. This can lead to unwanted weight gain, which can make you feel sluggish or even angry with yourself. You may also find yourself eating sugar and fatty foods that can drain your body of energy.
While dealing with my loss, food was my consolation and drug of choice. Although I tried to make healthy eating choices, I struggled to lose the weight I had gained during my pregnancy. The unwanted pounds seemed to remind me of my loss.
Maintaining healthy eating habits will help your mind and body feel better and give you the energy you need to heal.
Here are some simple suggestions:
·         Eat plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains.
·         Cut down on sweets and junk foods.
·         Add vitamins and minerals if your diet is not well balanced.
·         Find healthy foods you like that are easy to fix.
·         Try eating smaller meals several times a day rather than three big ones.
·         Drink lots of water. Try to drink eight 8-ounce glasses every day.
Grief inhibits the trigger for thirst, so you may forget to drink, which can lead to dehydration. You will need to focus on drinking the water your body needs, even when you do not feel thirsty.
Adapted from the book Hope is Like the Sun: Finding Hope and Healing After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death.