Devastated Mum Grainne Gault Reveals How A Healthy Diet Helped Grief

Devastated mum Grainne Gault has opened up about how food is playing an important healing role in her grief.

Her 14-year-old daughter Elisha went missing from her home in Tipperary on St Patrick’s Day this year after being a victim of cyber bullying and sexual abuse.

The Tipperary schoolgirl’s body was recovered from the River Suir on March 25, near her home of Carrick-on-Suir, after she had been missing for eight days.

Devastated Mum Grainne Gault Reveals How A Healthy Diet Helped Grief
Devastated mum Grainne Gault has opened up about how food is playing an important healing role in her grief after the death of her 14-year-old daughter Elisha in March. Pic: Facebook

Posting on Instagram, her mother said that eating health can have restorative powers for those grieving, once the initial pain is overcome.

Focusing on her own journey, Grainne said that the loss of her daughter pulled her back into old habits, which is acceptable and understandable when getting to grips with her loss.

However, she added that she knew that she would eventually have to pull back and focus on self-care and living a more healthy lifestyle.

In life we regularly face challenges, My most recent was the loss of my daughter at the age of 14 through suicide. Grief pulled me back into old habits, which is acceptable and understandable when getting to grips with cold harsh reality. Eventually you have to pull back and stick on the breaks, to stop yourself falling into the depths of despair. I’m Day 9 of going back to Keto and easing back into training. Sunday evening I decided to challenge myself in memory of my larger than life dare devil #elishagault and fully climbed Manon falls, last year we all came up here, where herself and her sister B made it about 90% up, I chickened out at about 60% and wished I had the liathróidis to go further, which I didn’t then. I’ve reflected and took so many learnings from this horrible experience and have decided to live life to the fullest, challenge myself constantly and do the best I can to be happy, healthy and hopefully a positive influence for those around me. The journey to the top of a mountain in memory of Elisha was really challenging in parts but to date my most exhilarating workouts to date, what a view!! Be happy, be kind to yourself and never give up, even if the pace is sometimes slow 💪👌👊👍✌ #fitfam #irishfitfam #thoughtoftheday #motivation #lifeafterloss #outsideexercise #mahonfalls #comeraghmountains #hillclimbing #waterfalls #nevergiveup #challengeyourself #embracethepain

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Ms Gault said eating healthily will not take away her feeling of loss and grief but ‘eating crap will make the grieving process 10 times harder’.

‘It’s a struggle. When you lose a child it’s an extremely tough mental battle to find any light.

‘I have detoxed myself of carbohydrates and my sugar addiction again. I am focused on my food preparation and meals that are going to work with my mood, give me more energy and help me reduce the symptoms of depression.’

Posting a picture of her new exercise routine, she said: ‘I’m Day 9 of going back to Keto and easing back into training. Sunday evening I decided to challenge myself in memory of my larger than life dare devil Elisha Gault and fully climbed Manon Falls, last year we all came up here, where herself and her sister B made it about 90% up, I chickened out at about 60% and wished I had the liathroidi to go further, which I didn’t then.

‘I’ve reflected and took so many learnings from this horrible experience and have decided to live life to the fullest, challenge myself constantly and do the best I can to be happy, healthy and hopefully a positive influence for those around me.

‘The journey to the top of a mountain in memory of Elisha was really challenging in parts but to date my most exhilarating workouts to date.’

If you or anyone you know has been affected, you can contact:

The Rape Crisis Centre online HERE

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre: 1800 77 8888

Women’s Aid: 1800 341 900

Samaritans: 116 123/Text: 087 2609090/email: jo@samaritans.ie

Pieta House: 1800 247 247



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