Many years back, when I was experiencing low cortisol levels, I used to believe in the adrenal fatigue quackery. What it is really is, is some symptoms of the body that is – thyroid issues, B12, lack of certain macro+micro nutritents, lack of adequate sleep, too many carbs, temporary intolerance to – lactose, gluten, too many processed carbs, and a sedentary lifestyle.
Four years after I published this post, I experience no such “adrenal fatigue”. At one point, I was seriously contemplating if I had “adrenal insufficiency”, and got myself tested twice. Both times tests were negative. Either you’re moving in the direction of adrenal insufficiency or you’re not. And Addison’s disease is rare. Less than 1 million cases per year in India (wikipedia), and that’s in a population of 1300 million.
I walked 5 miles today. It took me 1.5 hours. No Crashes! I feel Amazing. I am loosing weight. My skin is great, My mood is stable. I think I am over
adrenal fatigue. My shift hit when I became in Ketosis on a Ketogenic Diet. I am SOOOOO HAPPY!
I trusted Stephanie Persons, she told me it would take up to 4 months to Keto Adapt, depending on how metabolically deranged I was, and I might initially gain weight (I gained 8 lbs at first…so don’t freak if you gain weight, gauge your progress on how your feeling energy and crash wise at first). At first I went through a funk at day 5 (just one day), but every day had been a funk, so that was no big deal. Things she said I must do: Be asleep no later than 10pm, start winding down, by never eating past 6pm- it raises Cortisol, wind down by no electronics or reading. Our Circadian rhythm is off (we need to fix it, so proper hormones can start working again naturally) NO caffeine, NO Alcohol, NO artificial anything. Stevia is ok. No chewing gum (its in there too). No working out after 1pm, it elevates cortisol. She told me the problem was in my head…meaning, I had to slow down and take time for myself and don’t allow drama (So I had to stay away from my boyfriend and kids at times, boy did they learn quick! ) And it is imperative you check your blood glucose and get a Blood Ketone Monitor (ebay), It cost me 12$ for monitor and about $3 for each blood ketone test strip. I bought Xtra Precision made by abbot. It took me 3 weeks to get into Ketosis, but I gradually was feeling better. If you mess up, you start over, so don’t cheat. I will post diet here in 1 min.
2 eggs (cage free)
2 bacon (uncured- really critical)
2 cups of spinach (organic) – 1.5 tbsp butter (kerrygold/grass fed butter)
Fatty tea w/ breakfast
1 tbsp coconut milk
1 tbsp mct oil
dash of Himalayan salt
LUNCH: 12noon – suggested time
3-4 oz of any protein – cooked in 1 tbsp coconut oil
3 cups of any low glycemic veggie – salad (mixed greens)at lunch preferred
Dressing: bragg dressing or homemade
1 tbp mct oil, 1 tbsp olive oil, apple cider vinegar or lemon
spices, 1-2 tbsp fermented veggies
Lemonade (homemade/ fresh lemon squeezed (lemons don’t effect blood sugar levels) – stevia
AFTERNOON MEAL: 3;30pm
1-2 tbsp coconut butter (mana)
sprinkle a dash of ceylon cinnamon
dash of him salt
DINNER: 5- 6pm – Latest!
3 oz of any protein cooked in 1 tbsp coconut oil – or duck fat!
2-3 cups of veggies ( broccoli / spinach) cooked in 1 tsp butter 1 tsp coconut oil
1 tbsp fermented sauerkraut
Fatty drink w/ dinner
1 tsp coconut milk
1 tbsp mct
pinch of himalayan salt
READING: reading/computer/ tv – cut off time should be no later than 30 min before bed!
It’s really more if a high fat. That is the focus. I eat low glycemic foods, it ends up being lower carbs than someone who can eat rice or fruit. But I eat 9 cups of veggies a day. 11 tablespoons of fat, 1 avocado and I’ll post it tomorrow. I’m never hungry and no cravings. It’s hard to eat actually at times.
This post was on a closed group on facebook.