THE IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY DIET
I am not a certified nutritionist, but as a Personal Trainer have taken numerous courses on this subject. Choosing to eat healthy is important during times of high stress. Many of us will do the opposite and turn to comfort foods (high in sodium, sugar and fat) or not eat at all. Both scenarios are destructive over time. For the first few months after disclosure I definitely struggled to eat.
The basics of good nutrition include eating at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Choose whole grains over processed food and sugars. (To qualify as a whole grain product, whole wheat or a whole grain should be the first ingredient on the list.) Get rid of unhealthy fats and substitute them with healthier choices. (Olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil and avocado.) Avoid all trans fats. Limit your intake of saturated fats and cholesterol found in meats and dairy products and control portion size. Most of us eat too much. When in distress, it is easy to forget there is no nutritional value in processed foods because they bring temporary comfort. (Check out http://www.everydaychoices.org/eat.html
for added information and portion size.)
Make no mistake, you are in the battle of your life. You need every advantage available to elevate the production of serotonin, boost your immune system, increase your energy and help you sleep. Good nutrition helps. There is nothing more depressing than to add extra pounds to an already struggling self-esteem. Comfort food will no longer be such a comfort when you are forced to buy bigger clothes. Anorexic or bulimic problems are just as devastating. Balance is the key.
There is a Heavenly Father who will help you find that balance. He is just a prayer away.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.