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Dietary Changes and the Five Stages of Grief (Part 2)

Dietary Changes and the Five Stages of Grief (Part 2)

Following on from Part One where I talked about feelings of denial and anger in making major changes to diet and lifestyle, I wanted to continue in Part Two by discussing the final stages of grief – bargaining, depression and acceptance. We tend to associate grief only with really traumatic events like deaths, relationship breakups, or rehabilitating from serious addictions; however, when we have to eliminate certain foods or behaviours from our daily lives we can go through a similar, albeit less marked, grieving process. Hopefully this two part blog post will help to prepare those of you in the early stages of making changes for any negative emotions you may experience en route to acceptance! BargainingFor me this was easily the phase that lasted the longest! To an extent I still do it, but in a much less dramatic fashion! When I realised I was stuck in this phase, it marked a…

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Dietary Changes and the Five Stages of Grief (Part 1)

Dietary Changes and the Five Stages of Grief (Part 1)

If you are affected by a chronic health problem, sooner or later you are probably going to need to make some fairly major, permanent changes to your diet and lifestyle in order to improve your condition. Reading around nutrition books and blogs, you may get the impression that with a bit of grocery and kitchen organising, this should be a quick and easy process. Tales abound of people drastically changing their lifestyles overnight and turning their health around as a result. However, people tend not to write about the emotional impact of making such changes, leaving us to conclude that any setbacks they experience are due to lack of knowledge rather than lack of willpower.In reality, making significant and lasting changes to eating habits can be difficult, because for most of us, eating is not something we do simply to obtain nourishment. We eat for pleasure, we eat to socialise,…

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