This issue has been at the forefront of our lives for the past three months. In some way, it will affect every person on the planet. How do you keep to a diet under extreme emotional times? It isn’t going to be easy.
A Touch of Wine: A small amount of wine right before a meal could help you develop an appetite to actually eat it. Do bear in mind that wine has calories which can add up, and a lot of it could start the tears flowing.
Comfort Food in Moderation: A few years ago, some of these suggestions would be highly frowned on, but in moderation they can help. Omega-3 eggs taste real because they are real. They also have the much needed fatty acids. Due to an improvement of feed, some agencies are even saying that the health benefits have improved.
While browsing the meat counter, have a look at the beef section. Some ground beef actually has the American Heart Association seal of approval on it, meaning it’s safe to eat in moderation. Grass fed beef also has Omega-3s, and can be another comfort food that’s safe to eat.
Make Yourself: There are a lot of things you may have to make yourself do. Eating is usually top on the list. For some, it’s overeating but most of the people I’ve seen, especially in these circumstances simply can’t or won’t. There are many things you can do to stimulate your appetite, such as the one at the top of the list.
Exercise is another thing you’ll probably have to force yourself to do. It will feel, when you start, like the last thing on your list, but it is actually close to the top. It will help you keep in shape, help burn off extra calories and release endorphins to help your mind cope.
Talk: First, talk to your doctor. He or she can tell you if you are handling your situation appropriately. If the situation warrants, the doctor can also prescribe anti-anxiety drugs to help you cope.
Second, talk to a counselor. There are things you can’t say to your friends and family, as they are coping with the same situation. There are emotions you can’t express, also. A counselor will get you to talk about what happened, what you actually think is going on and how you feel about it.
The counselor will also talk to you about things like eating. If you’re having difficulties, the counselor can help you find coping mechanisms. Perhaps you need to be distracted while you’re eating. If overeating is the problem, talking it out with him or her could ease the situation.
Lastly, cry. God gave us tears for a reason. My favorite example is that of a pressure cooker. When the food inside is done, steam has to be let out before you can use the contents. Crying is your body’s pressure valve.