There is no “normal” appetite in grief. Some people eat under stress; some people lose all interest in food.
When you stop eating because food is nauseating, or eat constantly because you need something to do, your body has to work harder to stay level and grounded. That said, I know there’s not always a lot you can do about it. Encouragement to eat well always works better than shaming or force.
You might find that small doses of healthy, nutrient-dense food are more easily tolerated by your mind and body than full-on meals.
You might give yourself alternative options (a nap, a walk, calling someone), rather than continue eating past the point of being hungry.
Your body needs fuel to survive this. Do what you can.
How has grief impacted your appetite? Let us know in the comments.
Bonus question: What do you do to help your body get the nourishment it needs right now? Other people in this community can use your ideas.
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