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Eating with Adrenal Fatigue


June 26, 2009 | Published by

If you are experiencing adrenal fatigue, you will probably notice that you do best if you combine some protein (meat, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, seed, legumes, etc.), complex carbohydrates (whole grains, root vegetables, etc.) and a small amount of healthy fat (preferably fresh vegetable oils) at every meal and snack. Eating this way helps sustain steady energy throughout the day because your body converts protein, complex carbohydrates and fats into energy at different rates – prolonging the flow of energy fuel. It is important to remember that foods that are converted too quickly into energy (like sugary snacks or highly processed foods) will quickly let you down after the initial rush.

One of the major dietary mistakes made by people with low adrenal output is not eating soon enough after waking. If you are experiencing adrenal fatigue, it is very important to eat (protein + complex carbohydrates + healthy fat) before 10:00 am – even if you do not feel very hungry. This is vital to replenishing your waning stored blood sugar supply after the nighttime’s energy needs.

An early lunch, preferably before noon, is better than a late lunch because your body quickly uses up the morning nourishment and is ready for more. Between 11 and 11:30 am is usually the best time for lunch. It also helps to eat a nutritious snack between 2 and 3 pm to sustain you through the cortisol dip that typically occurs between 3 and 4 pm.

Eating dinner between 5 and 6 pm supports adrenal function and blood sugar levels through the evening. A few bites of a high quality snack (protein + complex carbohydrates + healthy fat) before bed can help sustain blood sugar levels at night for sound sleep. More information on diet for adrenal fatigue can be found on our website here.

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  • Sheree Crotty says:

    I am almost positive that I have adneral fatoque. I have several of the symptoms, with the biggest one- not waking up feeling re-fresehed. I feel like I have a hang over, and do not begin to feel “normal” til about 3-4:00 in the afternoon. I have gained 45 pinds, crave salt and sugar, and I have psoriasis, spondylosis, psoriatic arthritis, acid reflux, allergies, EBV, fibromyalgia, and have had H-pylor as well. I am extremely frustrated.
    I end up eating foods that I shouldn’t because I am so frustrated which in turn hurts my skin, makes me itch or hurts my joints. What can I do?

    • adrenalfatigue says:

      Hi Sheree,

      Dealing with adrenal fatigue is a multifaceted approach. Diet and lifestyle are two big factors. Eating foods that work against against adrenal performance is not worth the short instant gratification and comfort they may offer. For guidelines on a diet for adrenal fatigue, check out this section on our website: http://www.adrenalfatigue.org/adrenal-fatigue-diet
      If you are not already, you may want to find a healthcare provider who deals with adrenal fatigue and related conditions. You may be able to find someone in our healthcare provider database here: http://www.adrenalfatigue.org/find-a-healthcare-provider
      Hope this helps, and best of luck!

      Dr. Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue Team

    • G Simpson says:

      One word: Earthing! You need to get grounded to the earth. Think about it, when is the last time most people actually touched the soil or grass with their barefoot like our ancestors did before Nike? Go to http://www.earthing.com to buy a grounded pad or bed sheet. Also, go to Youtube and look up the earthing documentary and see all the many people have reversed all kinds of diseases.

  • Kate says:

    Hi, Dr. Wilson, I had adrenal fatigue for a long time and now i feel more energy but I have another problem. long term low borderline blood sugar tern to be diabetes. Now I can`t tolerate even small quatity of carbs like grains only low carb vegetables and meat. I have adrenal hypoglycemia attacks at night but can`t tolerate any food even a little to help with it. Can`t sleep for many years.
    Both high and low blood sugar destructive for me even with blood sugar supplements and adrenals weakening again. Thyroid too low and body temperature is the proof. What I can do about that? Should I eat only protein and vegetables whole life? I can`t tolerate even supplements to support adrenals not to say cortisol.

    • Hi Kate,

      Those are tough questions! As fas as diet goes: it’s always best to avoid foods that you have an intolerance or sensitivity to. it sounds like you may benefit from seeing a healthcare practitioner who can help. For some tips on dealing with yeast, including diet info, check out Dr. Eric Bakker’s site: http://www.yeastinfection.org/. Are you currently seeing a practitioner? It sounds like you may benefit from working with someone who can provide some specialized attention. You can search through our practitioner database here (just enter state and click search): http://www.adrenalfatigue.org/find-a-healthcare-provider
      I hope this helps–best of health to you, and let us know if we can assist with anything else.
      Dr. Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue Team

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