In the last month I've written about adrenal fatigue from all different angles - what it feels like, what makes it worse and how to feel better. The last year has been incredible stressful for the whole world. With nutrition, we have the power to focus internally; to heal our own bodies while the world continues to struggle. Now let's get deep into Food Therapy for Adrenals - which scrumptious satisfying foods can help you feel better?
Timing and Cortisol
For adrenal fatigue, when you eat can be more important than what you eat. Cortisol, an adrenal hormone, is supposed to be higher in the morning to help you get going in your day then lower at night to allow you to sleep. Meal timing can be changed to support healthy cortisol levels. Avoiding carbohydrates and focusing on protein, good fat and vegetables at breakfast allows the natural cortisol to stay high in the morning. Adding extra healthy carbs and vegetables in the evening helps to lower cortisol for a better nights sleep. Try Spinach Shakshuka for a cortisol promoting breakfast. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes until soft. Next, add the... Make adjustments to an Asian Stir-fry so it can fit any meal of the day. Turkey and broccoli for breakfast? Turkey, broccoli and noodles for lunch? Extra vegetables and noodles for dinner? In a wok or deep pan, heat the olive oil and fry the turkey for about 3-4 minutes. Add in the broccoli floret... Fish is a traditional breakfast in other parts of the world. How will your adrenals respond to a salmon fillet for breakfast? How about spiralized squash and quinoa for dinner to help sleep? Mix together the ingredients of the marinade and cover the salmon to marinate for about 1 hour. Place dry quinoa.... Protein for breakfast stabilizes blood sugar to prevent cortisol from being suppressed. A balanced lunch with protein and some carbs can help to balance cortisol in the middle of the day. Dinner, with plenty of healthy carbs can help to lower cortisol and support sleep. Adding fresh vegetables and healthy oils to each of these meals will help you digest and absorb your healthy meal.
Food therapy for adrenal fatigue is about the timing of a meal to support healthy cortisol production to get you going in the morning and lowering cortisol in the evening to help you sleep.