Adrenal Fatigue Diet
|1) Your first meal should be before 10:00 a.m.|
|2) Meals should be small and frequent: breakfast between 6:00-8:00 a.m., a snack at 10:00 a.m., lunch at noon, a snack at 3:00 p.m., and one more snack at bedtime.|
|3) Vegetables should make up 30-40% of your diet and half of them should be raw; 20-30% of your diet should come from animal sources; and another 20-30% from fats, like nuts and seeds; 10-20% of your diet should be whole grains; beans and legumes can make up another 10-20%, and 10-15% from whole fruits.|
|Practices to Avoid|
|Grapefruits, bananas, oranges and some dried fruits such as raisins, dates and dried figs||These fruits are high in potassium which exacerbate the sodium-potassium imbalance in adrenal fatigue and make the condition worse|
|Fruit juices, whole fruits and dried fruits in the mornings||Fruits contain a large amount of fructose, which can cause a spike and then crash in blood sugar levels, fatiguing the body in the morning. Many fruits also contain high levels of potassium which can imbalance the sodium-potassium ratio.|
|Refined carbohydrates such as white rice, pasta and baked goods such as bread or pastries||The high concentration of refined carbohydrates and sugars in these foods spike blood sugar levels and then causes a severe drop, leading to reactive hypoglycemia symptoms.|
|Sweeteners such as sugar, honey and syrups||Consuming too much sugar elicits a metabolic reaction that causes a crash in blood sugar levels. The concentration of sugar in most natural sweeteners is sufficient to cause this crash.|
|Soft drinks, candies, hot chocolate, coffee, and caffeinated teas||On top of having a large amount of sugar that can cause reactive hypoglycemia, these foods contain caffeine and other stimulants that can push your body to work harder than it can sustain, leading to an adrenal crash.|
|Alcohol, foods you have an addiction to, or foods you are allergic or sensitive to||Foods you have a particularly strong aversion or addiction to, or toxins such as alcohol, elicit stressful reactions from your body.|
|Rushing through your meals||A hectic or rushed meal means more work and stress for both your digestive system and your body as a whole.|
|Deep fried foods, foods browned by frying, hydrogenated oils||Trans fats and oils, transformed by heating, are unhealthy and stressful for the body.|
|Most Beneficial Practices|
|Have your first meal before 10:00 a.m.||Your glycogen reserves are low after a night sleep without eating. Eating early to replenish the supply keeps the body stable and healthy.|
|Multiple small snacks and meals throughout the day||Consistently providing the body with energy, over time, helps keep blood sugar stable and prevents spikes and crashes.|
|Soaked raw nuts for a bedtime snack||A light bedtime snack will help keep your body at a healthy level of nourishment while sleeping, and will help you sleep more soundly|
|A full array of whole grains, protein and fats in each meal and snack||A combination of multiple sources of energy will provide energy in the short, medium, and long term to keep your body’s energy availability stable and high.|
|Mix essential oils (1-2 tbsp. per day) into your meals and snacks, such as grains, vegetables or meats||Essential oils are a powerful source of building blocks and nutrition for your body|
|Combine multiple sources of proteins from legume, animal, fowl, fish and dairy sources||Multiple high quality sources of proteins and fats give your body more well-rounded nutrition and energy.|
|Digestive enzyme supplements and HCL||Digestive aids help break down fibrous foods and proteins your body cannot easily handle on its own. This helps reduce stress in your GI tract and improve digestive function.|
|6-8 servings of multiple kinds of brightly colored vegetables||Brightly colored vegetables are excellent sources of phytonutrients, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, some of which are unique to each vegetable or hard to find otherwise.|
|Baby vegetables and vegetable sprouts||Young and sprouted vegetables are highly concentrated with nutrients.|
|Sea vegetables and seaweed||Sea vegetables are easily digested and rich in trace minerals, nutrients and proteins that are different from those found in terrestrial food sources.|
|Monounsaturated oils and fats||Best used for low heat cooking. Adding water to the pan before the oil can keep the oil from getting too hot.|
|Fresh raw soaked nuts & seeds||Soaking raw nuts and seeds makes them easier to digest and improves the availability of their nutrients to your body. They can be soaked ahead of time and stored in the freeze.|
|Whole and unrefined grains||Unlike refined grains, whole grains do not spike your blood sugar, as quickly, and contain a much greater nutrition to calorie ratio. However, most people should not eat them with breakfast, when the body’s craving for calories is greatest.
Caution: take it easy as breakfast food. Some people may need to avoid for breakfast.
|Whole fruits: Apples, pears, plums, kiwis, mango, papaya, cherries and some grapes||Fruits are a good source of many phytonutrients, but also contain large amounts of sugar. Eat in moderation, and avoid for breakfast.|
|Polyunsaturated fats (corn, peanut, sunflower and safflower oils)||These oils contain essential fatty acids, but transform into unhealthy forms very quickly with heat. Do not cook with these oils; instead add them to food after it has been cooked.|
©2004 Michael Lam, MD.
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