KP and I don’t believe in diets as such but rather eating as a way of life, in a sustainable manner. I am going to sound a bit contradictory here but there is an actual diet called the Adrenal Diet and whilst I have said I don’t believe in diets, I do believe in eating to assist health issues. This post talks about how you can help adrenal fatigue with food.
Some people are able to go cold turkey and eat using the directions to a tee and there are others who go slow and steady. My motto has always been “One step at a time”.
So if you do have adrenal fatigue and would like to start making steps towards eating healthier for it, I will list some foods that would be beneficial for you to start consuming more of and some to start consuming less of. Just keep in mind, one step at a time is perfectly ok.
Helping adrenal fatigue with food
Limit this as much as possible! I am a coffee addict so completely understand how hard it can be. This is why I use the word limit and not remove, let’s be realistic. If you can remove it entirely, go you Little Red Fire Engine!
Yep, what a surprise that these are on the list. I don’t think there is a list that sugar and/or sweeteners aren’t on. Simply put, remove or cut out sugars as much as possible. This INCLUDES artificial sweeteners. Just because it has zero calories doesn’t mean “it’s good” for you!
They say to steer clear of starchy white carbs and gluten such as; white rice, white bread, potatoes.Gluten is always a good thing to kick to help boost our energy levels and starchy carbs for the same reason.
The ones they talk about specifically are the ones with preservatives. They’re bad, they’re not good for you, they lack nutrition and you just don’t need ém. For example; sugary drinks, sweetened breakfast cereals, UHT fruit juice, 2 minute noodles, processed meat, frozen meals etc.
Good ones, fatty ones. Avocado, coconut, nuts… you can find a whole list of good fats in this blog post we have done previously – Fats! The good, the bad and the ugly.
Now this may not make you the most kissable person around but, garlic is high in allicin which has many benefits for the body but in particular, helps with the cortisol that your adrenals produce. It’s been noted that it significantly reduces said hormones when you start supplementing it.
Now when most people hear liver they stop reading, but don’t! It is so good for you. It is jam-packed with B vitamins and B vitamins are very important when it comes to adrenal fatigue. I consume liver through liver spreads and pates. It makes it much more palatable.
The fatty kind! There it is again, fat! The right fats are so good for us and in this instance, you want to aim for sardines, anchovies and salmon. Nom nom! These fish are also beneficial due to their Omega’s.
SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
Turmeric, ginger and thyme to be more specific. These three herbs and spices have traits that benefit adrenal fatigue. Thyme- Packed with vitamin A and C and helps boost your immune system; Ginger- It helps with chronic indigestion and gas you may be experiencing due to adrenal fatigue; Turmeric- Is a powerful antioxidant, full of vitamins A, C and E. It also helps with chronic inflammation which is a key component to adrenal fatigue.
EAT THE RAINBOW
Fruit and veg are always good for us but when you have adrenal fatigue you want to try and eat as many vegetables and fruits that are naturally colourful. Spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, red cabbage, carrots, capsicums, blueberries and tomatoes to name a few key ones.
My advice, if you suffer from adrenal fatigue, would be to sneak the good foods into your diet wherever you can and say no to the bad ones (again, we all have our weak moments and thats ok!).
We’ve created a delicious smoothie recipe to help you get the right foods in , if you’re an adrenal fatigue sufferer.
Link to Adrenal Smoothie