To Grieve: Means to feel great sorrow or to distress mentally.
Losing a loved family member, friend, pet or relationship can completely rock ones emotional stability with feelings of sadness and grief. Grief is a natural response to these tragedies we experience in life, but going through the grieving process is necessary. Grieving is not forgetting. Nor is it drowning in tears. Healthy grieving results in an ability to remember the importance of our loss—but with a newfound sense of peace, rather than searing pain. Food can easily become a way to avoid feelings we don't want to have. When it comes to food and the grieving process there are things that can help make the acceptance much easier to handle.
- Talk regularly about your grief and your memories with someone you trust.
- Accept help and support when offered.
- Be particularly attentive to maintaining healthy eating and sleeping patterns.
- Exercise moderately and regularly.
- Keep a journal; Food journal.
- Read—there are many helpful books on grief; some are listed on the back of this brochure. (If grief is understood it is easier to handle)
- Plan, and allow yourself to enjoy some GOOD TIMES without guilt. The goal is balance!
- Take a yoga class.
- Vent your anger in healthy ways, rather than holding it in. A brisk walk or a game of tennis can help.
- Speak to a spiritual leader.
- Plant yourself in nature.
- Do something to help someone else.
When it comes to grieving remember that it's okay to have some comfort food that remind you of your loved one, but in small portions. Just don't forget to include the leafy green vegetables, plenty of water and exercise.