Food to eat for grief support is an important piece of the puzzle as you deal with grief from loss. When you lose someone you experience grief. Grief can manifest in many different ways. Some of the side effects of grief include the following; anxiety, lack of energy, mood dysregulation.
I am going to zone in on a few of the “side effects” of grief and talk about some of the food you can eat to combat the negative effects of each.
The first one is a big one. Anxiety is running rampant in many parts of the world today. A global pandemic that has impacted our health, our job stability, has overtaxed parents and teachers and other front line workers. Not to mention the general unrest politically and beyond. Throw the loss of a loved on top of that and it would be no surprise if your anxiety was climbing the meter.
The food that you eat can have a huge impact on how anxiety manifests in your body and is directly related to your mind.
An Anti- anxiety diet was originally developed by Ali Miller RD. This diet was created to reduce inflammation, repair gut and balance hormones and stress chemicals through food and nutrition.
Probiotic foods are really great to keep your gut health going strong. Things such as kombucha, miso, sauerkraut and pickles to name a few. These fermented foods help boost immunity and digestion which in turn helps to manage anxiety.
Many people would do well to add some magnesium and zinc into their diets. It can be added by taking supplements or by eating real food. Both magnesium and zinc help make serotonin which is that mood boosting neurotransmitter as well as build up your immune system. You can’t beat having a strong immune system especially in the times we are living in.
Leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, avocados and dark chocolate are all great foods to eat to manage anxiety.
Lack of Energy
To maintain energy, eat complex carbohydrates. They will raise blood sugar for a longer period of time which in turn sustains that energy. Quinoa, sweet potatoes, oats, lentils, legumes or beans are examples of complex carbs. Water, walnuts, melon, dark leafy greens, beets, apples, nuts and seeds are some more foods that can give you that energy you are lacking when you are in the midst of grief.
There is a saying about how your mood starts in the grocery store. Does your grief find your mood up and down and all around? Or maybe just down all the time?
Did you know the gut houses 90% of our serotonin receptors (make us happy) The same type of foods that manage anxiety will also help to manage your mood and keep it stable. Chickpeas and lentils are packed full of fiber and protein, vitamin b magnesium and folate.
Now there are chickpea pastas and pizza crust as well as some lentil soups that taste like chili. These are great options if you still want those nice comfort foods but a healthier more gut health friendly way to eat them.
We can certainly find healthy ways to eat desserts. Fresh fruits are a delicious way to have something sweet, another great option is dark chocolate. Although this time I am going to encourage you to indulge every once in a while. Eat something you love. If it’s a 5/10 on your scale of deliciousness it isn’t worth it. Make it a 10/10 and it will be worth it every time. Whether it is a decadent brownie or that seasonal ice cream treat. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself and fully indulge every so often.
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