What does an adrenal fatigue diet look like?
An adrenal fatigue diet should be not be a diet, it’s a lifestyle. The fastest way to burning out your adrenal glands is through crappy eating habits! No pills, meditation, affirmation, super juice, voo-doo healer, or essential oils can fix your body if there is junk on your fork & spoon.
Your adrenals go kaput because of blood sugar swings and nutritional deficiencies. Add stress and poor sleep to that situation and you’re on the fast track to BURN OUT.
The adrenals love a few things: protein, fat, vitamins, and sodium. Did you notice SUGAR and STARCH wasn’t listed there?!?!?!?!
Your body wants a diet that is packed with whole foods that didn’t come out of some convoluted package with an ingredient list you can’t pronounce.
Include some combo of these in EVERY MEAL:
PROTEIN: High quality eggs, organic dairy, meat & poultry. Wild game is fantastic. Some people cannot tolerate dairy very well, so know you body. Non-animal products high in protein are: legumes (bean family), quinoa, teff, nuts, seeds, and dark green veggies. Soy products don’t count as a quality protein, for many reasons (which I don’t want to get into here) it is not good for your body.
FATS: Coconut oil, butter, ghee, avocado, sesame oil, egg yolks, flax oil, fish / cod liver oil, etc. It’s very important your fats are organic and processed minimally. Fats hold toxins BIG TIME! Organic products from this group is critical for keeping you healthy. No hydrogenated or chemicalized fats!
SODIUM: YES, sodium! If you crave salt you need it. But you need good salt and minerals. One of my favorite ways to get sodium is via juicing celery, cucumber, and zucchini. Your body absorbs the minerals easily when you juice, and if you’re adrenals are fatigued you will probably notice a lift in energy pretty dang quick. For seasoning foods, have fun with exotic sea or mined salts. I love Redmond Real Salt for my everyday cooking; it’s readily available and budget friendly. There are fancy sea and other exotic salts available from Spice & Tea Exchange. My faves from them are the truffle salt, Himalayan, India black salt, Florida Sunshine, and Parfume Del Sel.
Now lets talk about what your dinner plate should look like!
Food combining for an adrenal fatigue diet should be 4 to 6 oz of protein, about 1/2 cup of starch, and unlimited veggies. If you want seconds of starch, you must eat more protein and veggies! By the way, corn and potatoes are NOT veggies.
STARCHES: You need them for your immediate fuel for body & brain yet you need fiber to balance your blood sugar. No white rice, pasta, breads, or refined anything. Leave the skins on and the grains / seeds whole! Fiber paces the time it takes for you digest your food and is imperative for balancing your blood sugar and keeping you from feeling hungry all the time. You might even think about adding more fiber through chia or flax seeds, psyllium husks, oat bran, etc. Drink lots of water!
Remember, here’s your sum up:
- Every meal and snack needs a fat and protein.
- Follow the proportions 4 to 6 oz of protein, about 1/2 cup of starch, and unlimited veggies.
- Eat fresh foods that you can pronounce the ingredients.
- Shop the periphery of the store.
- Get good salt from freshly juiced veggies and mineral salts.
These guidelines should be enough to get your started on your adrenal fatigue diet. Well, it’s really not a diet. It’s your the way you should eat every day of your life!
When you eat in balance, you will feel balanced and your body can heal.
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