Dealing with Grief and Staying on Track
September 3, 2021
Dealing with Grief and staying on track
How can we possibly think about our diet and our health happiness when we are dealing with the grief from the loss of our beloved pet?
They are our family members, and the grief we feel is so real and painful, all we want to do is just eat away our pain we are feeling from the loss.
Today was a very sad day for me and my family. Our beloved sweet mini-American Eskimo whom we affectionately named “Snowflake” has crossed over the rainbow bridge to Heaven.
All I wanted to do today was just gorge myself with sweets and carbs to ease my pain.
On hard days like this we don’t even want to focus on our own well-being but the well-being of our beloved pet.
We all want to not see our pets suffer or go through any pain in their last moments on earth. So why do we feel the need to sabotage our own well-being on hard days like this with bad food choices? To make us feel better? To sooth the pain we are feeling? To help us get through the day? These are all just excuses we tell ourselves to justify gorging unnecessarily on bad food choices.
When the truth is, that dozen double-stuffed Oreos we just ate will only make us feel better in that moment. But the feeling we suffer through later in the day or the next day will make us feel even worse. Not just mentally, but our bodies will tell us physically that we just don’t feel well.
Focusing on making ourselves feeling better through any grief with better choices will not only benefit us in our time of need but will make us feel better both mentally and physically.
Going for a nice walk, going to the gym, calling a friend, or even just having a cup of coffee or tea outside will do wonders for your emotional well-being.
Lean on your family members. Communicate your feelings and bawl your eyes out. Just let it all go outside instead of turning all your feelings inside and sabotaging your diet and how far you have come on your health happiness journey.
If you need to have that sweet or carb, limit how much you have. Don’t leave that whole package of Oreos on your counter. Take out your 2 cookies and put the rest away hidden out of sight, give them away or throw them in the garbage where you cannot retrieve them. (I did this, and yes it works!) Yes, I did have a couple of those Oreos and yes it did make me feel better in the moment. But I am so thankful that I did not eat the whole package. All that sugar rush would have made me feel ten times worse than I already did at the loss of our beloved pet Sweet Snowflake.
May you Rest in Peace – you were loved…
July 18, 2006 – September 3, 2021