Eating For Adrenal Fatigue

I’m not a scientist, nor am I a health care professional (Nursing degree in the works!) so I won’t weigh in on the debate around using terms like ‘adrenal fatigue’ and ‘burn out’ that are not recognized by the medical scientists.

What I can find in medical literature is ‘adrenal insufficiency’ which is when the adrenal glands do not release sufficient amounts of their hormones (cortisol and aldosterone, adrenaline and norepinephrine).

In my case, lab tests results showed insufficient cortisol production.

So here we are.

And I’m taking that cue to change a few things including the way I approach food.

In fact my meals have changed significantly…

The doc recommended removing sugar and preservatives completely, as well as removing soy, gluten, eggs, and dairy for the first 6-8 weeks. Afterwards I could reintegrate those foods if I wanted.  Plenty of greens, well sourced meats/fish, nuts, and fruits are the order of the day.

Breakfast

I’m a grab and go kind of breakfast person so smoothies are my ideal! Most mornings it will be either Vital Protein’s Collagen Peptides or Vega One Protein + Greens powder with coconut water and frozen fruits.

Eating For Adrenal Fatigue

Eating For Adrenal Fatigue

Snack

I’m in love with chia puddings. It’s easy and filling! Hooked on Salba Chia with coconut milk, carob powder, cinnamon, and topped with Bare Snacks coconut chips and cacao nibs. Really though, you can make the mix your own.

Eating For Adrenal Fatigue

Lunch

Usually lunch is one of two things; either a hearty chili packed with vegetables, beans, hot spices, and topped with Daiya vegan cheese or curry chicken with a large side of oven roasted vegetables (leeks, parsnips, squash, kale, Brussels sprouts).

Eating For Adrenal Fatigue

Snack

A blend of beets, grapefruit, apple and ginger. Seriously. This blend is bliss.

Supper

For some odd reason I tend to lose my appetite in the evenings.  Suppers are mostly fish or chicken with a side of roasted asparagus, arugula/spinach salad, or raw veggies.

Eating For Adrenal Fatigue

Optional

  • Greens+ mixed with EmergenC and water
  • matcha tea
  • hummus and olives
  • fresh fruit and nut (almonds or pecans by Central Roast)

Eating For Adrenal Fatigue

Let’s be real…

I can cut out preservatives, eggs, soy, dairy, and gluten for a while with ease…but sugar? Ppppffffffttttt.  I still haven’t had the perseverance to cut it out completely, Adrenal Fatigue or no Adrenal Fatigue.  Nanaimo bars are my biggest weakness…and I had a few of mom’s timbits the other day…oh and grandma’s cookies…ice cream on valentines day…wine with friends…Godiva chocolates while shopping… (You are talking to the girl that posted ‘Healthy Eating: My Biggest Lie‘)

Eating For Adrenal Fatigue

What IS interesting is that since going back to my naturopathic doctor in November, I am now eating the healthiest (wholesome well rounded nutrient dense foods) I’ve ever eaten and it shows in spades. Many of the symptoms that I went to the doctors for over the last two years have disappeared in the last few months alone.

Of course learning to better manage stress with a steady sleep schedule, meditation, and massage/acupuncture helps as well. 😉

Next on the agenda?

  1. Surviving the rest of this university semester, and
  2. Fitness (because I’ve become a champion sloth!)

Cheers to eat well, living well!

 

Victoria xo

 

 

P.S. Are you living with an abundance of stress? Stress related symptoms? How are you managing? What lifestyle changes have you made?  What are your thoughts or experience with the term ‘Adrenal Fatigue’? I’m curious!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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