Stay Healthy While Healing Grief
When going through a grieving process we often neglect our health. We over eat or have no appetite at all, or we fall into emotional eating patterns making unhealthy choices with food.
I learned first hand about how diet affects mood while I went through my grieving process. Had I known then what I know now about how food affects mood, I could have moved through it somewhat easier. When I improved my diet, my mood and outlook on life changed drastically. As I began to feel better, my sleep and digestion improved.
Stress, anxiety, depression, fear and anger deplete nutrients and neurotransmitters in our brain that greatly contribute to our moods. Along with exercise and counseling, diet is important in mood stabilization and healing.
So, what nutrients support brain and mood health?
- Omega 3’s
- Vitamin B’s especially B 12
These nutrients are abundant in a raw and plant based diet. Even just a simple increase in nutrient dense, whole foods to your existing diet, along with ridding your diet of simple carbohydrates, sugar, alcohol and caffeine will greatly improve your mood.
Food to add:
- Fresh fruit & veggies
- Green leafy veggies
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Brazil nuts
- Nutritional yeast
- Fresh green juices
- Flax seed oil
Quick Avocado Spirulina Snack
- 1/2 avocado, chopped
- 1 tablespoon spirulina
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
- 1/4 cup spinach or favorite green, chopped
Mix it all up and enjoy!
Power Packed Green Smoothie
- 2-3 Cups of water (add more water if needed)
- 1 small handful of each: Kale, Spinach, Dandelion
- 1/2 Banana
- 1 Mango
- 1/2 Cup Papaya
- 1-2 Tablespoon Hemp Seeds
- 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
- 1 Tablespoon Lecithin (Opt but nice)
- 1 Tsp Coconut Butter or Oil
Bland all ingredients together and enjoy!
Getting through grief isn't easy. It's a time to be compassionate and patient with yourself. Try and get out for a walk in the sun, talk to supportive friends, family or a counselor. Try and eat healthy. Remember it takes time, and there is not set time line. It's your time. Remember your loved one is always near.
"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy."
Shine your love.....
In love and health,
Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC