It is important to feed your body the right nutrients, especially when it’s tired and run down, with no reserve.
1. Cut out white sugar and flour: They both need more insulin for the body to break them down, making extra work for the adrenal glands.
2. Cut out caffeine, alcohol and energy drinks: Any drinks that contain caffeine drain the adrenal glands of energy, as does alcohol.
3. Cut out PROCESSED foods: These foods are particularly bad if you suffer from adrenal fatigue.
4. Eat a high PROTEIN diet: Nuts, legumes and lentils, sustainable fish, quinoa, spirulina, goats products, hemp, organic chicken and eggs are all great sources of protein, which is an indispensable part of a diet for those with adrenal fatigue.
5. Keep ‘good’ SALT in your diet: Celtic, Himalayan, Murray River. No table salt!
6. Eat VEGETABLES: Vegetables are a crucial part of a healthy diet. We’re meant to be eating around .5kg a day of veggies.
*Remember when cooking broccoli, cauliflower or other crucifierous veggies, it is necessary to cook them as the goitrogenic compounds in these vegetables act as thyroid suppressants (thyroid and adrenal conditions are linked. Other kinds of vegetables may be eaten raw or cooked slightly.
7. Limit FRUIT: Because fruits contain both fructose and potassium – which should be avoided if you suffer from adrenal fatigue – it is best to limit your intake of fruit. Some fruits are better to eat than others though. Check out my fructose chart on my website.
8. Eat BREAKFAST: It is best to eat within an hour of waking up, and this should be before 10 am. This will help to restore your body’s blood sugar levels after the hours of sleeping.
Lunch – at around 11:30 am, as the body is quick to use up the energy gained from breakfast.
Snack: between 2 pm and 3 pm, as there is a dip in cortisol levels at 3 or 4 pm – hummus and sed crackers; 4 brazil nuts; green smoothie.
Dinner – between 5 pm and 6 pm, and it should be the lightest meal of the day. You can eat another healthy snack before bed if you need to.
9. Don’t go for instant energy: Often when we feel fatigued or stressed, we look for foods that will give us a fast burst of energy and make us feel good, short term. Usually the culprits are biscuits, white carbohydrates, cakes, caffeine and carbonated drinks. Instead, have a green smoothie using coconut water, or clean water, Lifestream ‘Essential Greens’, and perhaps #maca powder.
10. Don’t cut out FATS: They’re needed to create hormones. The right kinds of fat that is. Good fats can be found in grapeseed, olive, chia, hemp. flax and coconut oil, as well as in nuts and avocado, and their oil. Only grape seed, avocado and coconut oil are suitable for frying at high temperatures.