What should you be eating when you have adrenal fatigue? And what foods are doing you more harm than good? Here are some adrenal fatigue diet do's and don'ts for adrenal support.
The basic diet for adrenal fatigue is similar to any diet for a healthy lifestyle. Regular meals consisting of high-quality nutritious foods are important to maintaining adrenal function and keeping blood sugar levels stable.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation that has worked its way into our thinking, and many of us are unknowingly hindering our own recovery by following erroneous eating patterns. Coffee to get going, a muffin and more coffee mid-morning, avoiding salt, fat, and real sugar and replacing them with artificial substitutes, skipping meals and eating on the run are all habits that directly (and adversely!) affect your adrenal glands.
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Palm sugar is a great natural sweetener that has a carmelly flavor and texture similar to brown sugar, but half the glycemic index of common table sugar (GI 35 vs. GI 64) PLUS lots of B vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and iron.
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Afraid to try coconut oil because you don't like the taste of coconut? Good news! There are two kinds of coconut oil, Extra Virgin, which DOES have a coconut flavor to it, and the "not extra-virgin" kind that doesn't taste like anything! Look for keywords on the label such as "neutral flavor". Once you switch to using coconut oil, you will never go back to heavy, sticky, yellow vegetable oils--coconut oil is crystal clear when liquid (it's melting point is 76 degrees, so expect yours to be solid in the winter, and soft to liquid in the summertime) and very lightweight--you will be surprised at how light and not oily your fried and baked foods will taste!
Also, it is important to identify and eliminate foods that you are allergic or sensitive to. Delayed food allergies, or food sensitivities, are more common than you may realize, and the most common offenders are the foods that you are using in some form every day (milk, wheat, eggs, soy, corn, and many others). They may not be causing dramatic reactions like hives or anaphylaxis, but they are contributing to your general feeling of malaise, as well as seriously stressing your adrenals.
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