Has your appetite been robbed by a messy break-up or worse, the death of a loved one? Well, you’re not alone. Nutritionist Jane Clarke who’s armed with years of experience in nourishing the grief-stricken believes that trauma can adversely affect your sleep and metabolism levels –often beyond repair. Given how the body is bound to recuperate in due course of time, you needn’t always force yourself to eat three square meals—smart eating is key.

That said, Clarke recently drops sure-fire ways to cushion the effect of looking gaunt post a traumatic experience and eating your way through grief without force-feeding yourself.

For starters, she believes important to listen to your body. “This isn’t a time to have hard and fast food rules; you need to be kind to yourself, while also trying to find a way to give your body the nourishment it needs,” she said in a media report, adding, “Warm foods feel comforting and are easier on the gut than raw salads, while moist, soft meals seem to slip past that emotional ‘lump in the throat’ more easily than anything too heavy that you need to chop up and chew.”

 If you aren’t in the mood to eat at all, the ideal thing to do is to try a small bowl of vegetable soup— aside from being packed with vitamins and minerals, soups are a lot easier to be consumed especially when you’re not in the frame of mind to chew and put enough time into eating.

Clarke ascertained that most emotionally drained adults tend to cut some slack when it comes to putting enough thought into their protein intake. And, that spells disaster to one’s well-being in the long run. It’s crucial to strengthen your system with adequate protein, in order to equip yourself to wade through trying external conditions. The right protein intake balances blood sugar levels. And, one of the easiest ways to get your protein fix is by whipping up a piping hot chicken soup made of protein-rich stock and topping it with some Parmesan. “Or poach a chicken in stock with plenty of winter vegetables, so you have a pot of warming goodness on hand whenever you need a boost,” she said.

While it’s best recommended to avoid caffeine as much as you can, as it aggravates stress to anxiety. But, if that morning cuppa is unavoidable in order to get through the day, add some warm milk to your cup for the much-needed dose of fat and protein while softening the effect of caffeine. You can switch to chamomile tea, which is a healthier alternative.

Stock up on poached berries and stewed apples. Top it off with creamy Greek yogurt. Keep them refrigerated for consumption all through the week.

If the sight of food makes you nauseous, or dinner time triggers you, opt for healthier snacks like a banana, or a cracker with peanut butter. These are magnesium-rich options that can aid sleep. You can switch to nourishment drinks if consuming three meals a day seems uncomfortable.

You could keep jars of poached berries or stewed apples in the fridge, which need only a spoonful of creamy Greek yogurt to turn them into a gorgeous, healthy breakfast or snack. If you’re craving sweets, opt for natural unrefined sugar (dates, walnuts topped with jaggery cream) to slow down the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream.

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