There is a whole range of cremation services offered in Shaker Heights, OH. While feeding you after the death of a loved one is not one of them, friends, neighbors, and family members will make sure to bring plenty of food designed to bring you and your family comfort in your loss.
Comfort food looks different in different parts of the country. In the South, comfort food includes things like fried chicken, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, green beans, biscuits, gravy, and pies and cakes. In the North, comfort food is often based on the family’s country of origin, so it will look different from country to country.
In the Midwest, comfort food is often based around meat and potato dishes, with cakes (not pies) being the staple for dessert. And, in the West, the kind of comfort food that is delivered is, like the North, based on countries of origin.
But there is a commonality about comfort food: it is often laden with fat, salt, and sugar. These three basic food ingredients give us pleasure (which is why so much of the processed and fast food in the United States contains one or more of them). And, although eating foods like this once in a while and in moderation is okay, a steady diet of it can be very damaging to our health, especially when we are going through the grieving process.
So, while you may indulge in these kinds of comfort foods in the immediate days after your loved one dies, you need to be more careful about what you consume after that.
Grief takes a lot out of you emotionally, physically, and mentally. It brings an emptiness that accompanies loss and a craving for something that will never be again. We often fill these kinds of emotions with food, and the most satisfying foods for these kinds of emotions are comfort foods.
However good comfort food may taste, it is not particularly good for getting us healthily through grief. The energy boost, for example, of lots of sugar and caffeine feels really good while it lasts, but when it wears off, the crash is very damaging to your body.
So, what is the food of grief? What works best?
The general recommendation about the best food of grief is that it is fresh and based on whole grains, vegetables, fruit, nuts, good fats (like avocados and olive oil, among others), and protein.
If for example, you’re trying to stick to a diet that contains low net carbohydrates (to control diabetes), then you’ll want to look for grains or nuts that don’t elevate your glycemic index.
If you are hypertensive, then you’ll want to look for ways to give your food lots of flavor without a high sodium content. A great alternative to using salt, especially when preparing vegetables or salads, is lemon juice. The acidity of lemon juice gives it almost the same taste profile of salt, so you can have the flavor without the sodium.
While you may not feel like cooking immediately after your loved one dies, consider trying new cuisines when you are ready. Some of the most delicious food in the world is also very good for grief. Consider the cuisines of India, Morocco, Turkey, and Greece for starters. All of these cuisines use a lot of spices to create their signature flavors, but they use healthy and fresh ingredients as their foundation.