I spoke with a client yesterday who was clearly over-tired and poorly nourished.
Her husband had been struggling with his health for the past 3 months and had to have emergency surgery.
The long days at the hospital spending time with her husband, and the continuous care once he returned home, left her depleted. She hadn't been eating regularly and admittedly had been consuming junk food for comfort.
She reported having put on 15 pounds that she didn't care for!
How about you? Do you struggle with stress in your life and find yourself exhausted and reaching for convenience foods that provide little nourishment?
This is a great formula for what is referred to as Adrenal Fatigue. A stressful lifestyle coupled with poor nourishment will tax your adrenal glands and quickly deplete your energy.
So how do you get back on track?
Nutrition has an important role to play. You cannot continue to eat poorly and expect your energy levels to rise.
Home-cooked meals are always a better option than eating out or reaching for a bag of chips or a package of cookies.
Here is some additional advice to help re-energize you.
Increase your intake of vitamin C foods such as bell peppers, dark leafy greens, berries, and citrus fruits. You can also take a vitamin C supplement during especially stressful times.
B Complex Vitamins
The B complex vitamins help support the proper function of the adrenal glands.
A diet of whole foods will ensure that you have an adequate intake of this group of vitamins.
Dark leafy greens, eggs, grains, salmon, chicken, beans and lentils, and nuts, are all great B complex foods.
A supplement may also be required if you struggle with adrenal fatigue. Check with your doctor.
Always begin your day with breakfast no later than one hour after rising.
Here is a yummy whole foods smoothie recipe that is sure to give you energy first thing in the morning.
Almond Green Smoothie
Makes 1 serving
1 cup spinach, raw
½ medium banana
1 tablespoon almond butter, unsweetened
1 tbsp chia seeds
1.5 cup almond milk, unsweetened
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1. Place spinach in blender first, then cover with the rest of the ingredients.
2. Process at high speed until well combined (you may need to carefully press the spinach down a bit).
3. You may want to add ice (or cold water), depending on how cold and thick you like your smoothie. Enjoy!
For more information about Adrenal Fatigue, how to test your adrenal health at home, and advice on how to restore adrenal health and regain your energy, check out Chapter 5 (Hormone Management) of my book Healthy Body for Life, available right here or from all online retailers like Amazon!
Eat well - stay active - live happy and enjoy a healthy body for life!