In grieving, you feel down and lost. Depression and sadness sink in. You either forgot your urge to eat, or you binge-eat just anything, not taking into consideration the food you choose. Mind you, some foods can worsen your depression, and there are also some that will help improve it.
Plan your meal.
Thinking of what to can be stressing, what more when you are facing grief. To do this every day could pose an additional problem. One solution is to plan. Make a list of food and recipes that can help boost your mood. There are various useful meal planner sites (myfoodmyhealth.com, mentalhealthfood.net, etc.) that can be of great help to you. Knowing your food gives you an edge in fighting your depression and eventually lessening the degree of your grief until you finally stabilize and cope up.
Foods to improve your mood.
Nuts and seeds contain good fats and vitamin D that are useful in boosting one’s mood. These brain-boosting monosaturated fats in nuts fight depression, alleviating mood instability experienced when grieving.
There are many different types of legumes. Some who are commonly seen in the market are kidney beans, soybeans, peas, chickpeas, lentils, and alfalfa. Legumes are rich in plant-based protein. The micronutrients in pods lower the glycemic load in your diet, thus, making the blood sugar level more stable. Stable blood sugar level could mean calm mood.
Dark green leafy vegetables.
One reason to have servings on Romaine and spinach on your table is the omega-3 fatty acids that they give. A study shows that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are essential in our mental health.
Drink lots of water.
Less fluid intake results in dehydration which in turn induces feeling fatigued and agitated. To avoid dehydration, one must drink eight glasses of water a day. Having enough fluid intake does not only satisfy your thirst but more importantly quench your sadness.
Have your daily dose of probiotics. The digestive system is susceptible when it comes to your emotions. Negative emotions trigger a negative response from your gut. Probiotics are helpful bacteria that serve as antioxidants to ensures a healthy gut.
When it’s time to seek help
Sometimes, it is tough to eat when you’re grieving. If this is the case for you, at least try having your comfort foods. It may be your favorite soup, mashed potatoes with kale combined with either meatloaf or chicken, smoothies, pasta, puddings, or any food that your taste buds are longing for. Have even just a bite, and it may eventually help get back your appetite.
Never fail to call to mind to take vitamins as this will supplement the nutrients your current food intake cannot provide you.
It is essential that even though you are grieving and feeling lost, never forget to care for yourself. Getting yourself physically sick will just aggravate the situation. Don’t make it worse. If you feel that your appetite is not coming back, it’s a sign that it’s time to seek the help of an expert. See a therapist that can help you get back on your feet.