Healing Adrenal Fatigue
Over 80% of us will experience adrenal fatigue multiple times over our lives. Symptoms can include weakness, lack of energy, trouble concentrating, becoming easily confused, forgetfulness, trouble completing basic tasks you could once handle easily, hoarse voice, poor digestion, constipation, depression, insomnia, not feeling rested after waking from sleep, and relying on naps during the day.
Adrenal Fatigue does not discriminate and it can affect people in a few different ways. Mine would hit, like a lead weight like clockwork at 2pm daily for years. My go-to remedy, if the couch was not an option, was chocolate or coffee. The caffeine would give my adrenals a jolt to hang on a few more hours. I was never without chocolate and would often volunteer to make a coffee run at work.
How did I get this way?
I believe it was primarily triggered from a major life event that was stressful. One of those life events that just takes you down, beats you up, and then it takes you a while to stand on your two feet again. Most likely you can identify one or more of those life events. Then it was followed by two childbirths (Note: childbirth is extremely taxing on the adrenals) and the raising of those lovely beautiful beings.
(Note: stress can come in many forms. Extreme exercise, overthinking, overeating, worrying, fear, illness, surgery, and overworking - the list is long and you do not have to look far to find perceived stress in your life.)
Add to that the Standard American Diet (SAD) that eventually morphed into an extremely high fat high protein diet (Paleo).
POOR DIET +
Then sprinkle on the day-to-day stress : my husband was working long hours, I was teaching elementary school full time, teaching yoga full time, raising two boys, cooking, farming, bills, money worries, etc.
STRESS = PERFECT STORM
The organ that takes the hit?
My liver, with all of my perceived stress and my low carb/high fat/high protein diet was taking the hit. My liver was not working as well as it needed to be to maintain optimum health and at the same time my adrenals were burning out. My body was not able to keep up with the demand and by 2pm it was shutdown mode. I would wake up the next morning as if I had not just been asleep for 8 hours.
How am I turning this around? Over the past 6 weeks I have done two very IMPORTANT CHANGES:
1. I am eating fruit again! A lot of fruit...a lot. Our organ systems need the glucose as fuel. It needs sugar. Not the white sugar found in donuts but the sugar that Mother Nature has wrapped in a perfect little package that works in your body synergistically. Apples, oranges, bananas, mangoes, berries - all of them and many throughout the day.
2. I am eating every 90-120 minutes - GRAZING. This is a huge change for me. I would go for hours without eating. I trained my body over the past 5 years to fast for long periods of time - what I was really doing was starving my adrenals and other systems of the important fuel it needed to work properly.
These two changes were revolutionary and healing for my body and energy. The healing was fast and within a week or so I noticed huge changes. I wake up feeling rested, I have balanced energy throughout the whole day and no longer crash. I no longer stash chocolate in the cupboards or brew an afternoon pot of coffee. Heck- I even gave up caffeine altogether. I feel free, balanced and on the path of healing. I am also sleeping more soundly than I have ever before.
Plain and simple - I have enough energy to nourish my organ systems ad fuel my active life.
Are you once like I was and totally afraid to eat fruit (OMG all that sugar! #fruitfear) Then please listen to the Medical Medium's show on Fruit Fear. I did have to decide to change my mind about fruit - and I am glad I did.
Enjoy these 16 easy snacks for Adrenal Fatigue (it's the combination that holds the magic!)
Sliced apples, celery, and 3 dates
Spinach topped with oranges and avocado
Handful of kale topped with roasted sweet potato and lemon juice
Cucumbers, avocado, and lime juice
Romaine lettuce topped with bananas and dates
Coconut water, dried apricots and celery
Pear, berries, and mache (or any leafy green)
Mango, figs, and celery
Oranges, cilantro, and butter lettuce
Raspberries, tangerines, and green leaf lettuce
Berries, raw honey, and cucumber
Apple, dates, and collard greens
Banana, grape, and red leaf lettuce
Apple, cauliflower, and cucumber
Watermelon with lime juice, and celery juice
Coconut water, banana, and spinach
Keep these items on hand to take the place of your usual go-to snacks.
Wash and chop produce ahead of time so it is ready to go.
Pack lots of snacks so you can graze while your out of the house.
Eat your three normal meals and have at least one snack in between.
After dinner enjoy a cup of herbal tea with a few dates or a spoonful of raw honey.
Ask your practitioner about adding B12 to your daily regime (this was a game changer!)