Grief Reset Part 2: In the trenches

Kate finally arrived in Ireland just in time for St. Paddy's Day!

Kate finally arrived in Ireland just in time for St. Paddy’s Day!

To recap: Kelly here. 28 years old. Living in Ireland. Have lost two parents in 5 years, most recently my Dad unexpectedly four months ago. This is my journey on the Peacemeals Grief Reset. (Part 1 here).

Day 1: Started the day with porridge, flax, and an egg on top (sounds weird but don’t knock it ‘til you try it – whole grains and protein keep you full for hours). Forgot to write down my gratitudes. Oops. Made a resolution to get out for a walk at lunch every day if I can. Bought moroccan mint green tea…green tea tastes manky, so I scoured the shelves until I found something that successfully masked it.

Day 2: I buy my first probiotic! (recommended on this Reset) Popping the proverbial probiotic cherry!

Day 4: Traveling up on the early train to Dublin for work. Breakfast is cup of coffee and two sausage muffins. Since hydration is a key part of the reset, I am making a conscious effort to drink more. Buy a bottle of water on the train, and really have to pee by the time the two hour journey is over.

Cooking up a storm, following the PeaceMeals Grief Reset Meal Plan

Cooking up a storm, following the PeaceMeals Grief Reset Meal Plan

Day 5: It’s been a rough week. I broke and had a half glass of wine tonight, the boyfriend learned he needed emergency eye surgery, so just needed something to take the edge off. Still ate healthy and gluten free, just a little somethin’ on the side.

Day 6: The one store that sells cornmeal is closed today, and I can’t find purple cabbage at the store for this week’s slaw. So savoy cabbage it is, and a slice of gluten free toast instead of corn muffins will have to do.

Day 7: Talk with a gut doctor about stomach pains I have been having for the past year and a half. She makes some great recommendations on supplements and suggests a number of steps to help repair my gut (many already recommended by PeaceMeals!), including drinking loads of bone broth, going gluten free for a three month trial, upping my fat intake, and getting more probiotics in my diet.

Day 10: No sugar at all this week! I find I’m craving processed sugar a lot less but there is an open box of candy on the counter taunting me and I would KILL for a piece. I have some strawberries and boiled granny smith apple for dessert. I do miss honey and dried fruit, and I am looking forward to being able to try some gluten free baking. In the meantime, rice cakes and peanut butter will have to do.

Day 13: Daily self reflection has been falling by the wayside, but I am trying to make a bit of a routine: gym 3 mornings a week, quiet walk one morning, and final morning a bit of extra sleep and a time to do my Grief Reset worksheets. I find that creating these little routines and patterns help because then don’t have to make any extra decisions in my day.

Day 16: Week two has has featured a rough week at work, trying to refinance a house with my sister across two time zones, researching the legal means and tax implications of house ownership transfer, and trying to ship my dog and my Grandmother’s china to my home in Ireland. Healthy eating is happening, but not on the exact schedule in the PeaceMeals Reset. That’s ok though, all about the flexibility.

One of the Grief Reset Meals - full of fish rich in Omega-3s and veggies to get the full range of mood- and energy-supportive nutrients.

One of the Grief Reset Meals – full of fish rich in Omega-3s and veggies to get the full range of mood- and energy-supportive nutrients.

Overall I am finding the structure of the Grief Rest is great – gives tips, ideas, inspiration and healthy building blocks without feeling overly dictative.

Day 19: Heading into my last week, I decided to make a stop at the farmers market on Saturday, to be quickly reminded that it is February in Ireland. The luscious, colorful, bountiful produce (of US farmers market promotional brochure fame) is replaced with a few turnips, spuds, and some greens. It’s all about working with what you’ve got. Namely, five varieties of root vegetables and a token beet for color. Seasonal recipes aren’t a fad, they’re a necessity. But to be honest, that’s fine. I follow Cath’s recipes the best I can, but when cornmeal is impossible to find, the only place to buy quinoa isn’t open on Sunday, and avocados are only at the “posh” grocery shop for €2.50 a pop, you make some omissions and substitutions (and no one knows any different!).

To be continued…

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