Part of recovering from adrenal fatigue involves cutting sugar and simple carbs from the diet. This helps stabilize blood sugar, by preventing insulin spikes in response to sugar intake and the low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) that can follow, ultimately alleviating additional stress on the body. When hypoglycemia occurs, the adrenals must spring into action and release cortisol to then bring blood sugar back up to normal levels.
I mention simple carbs in addition to sugar, because they ultimately act like sugar in the body by creating a rapid rise in blood sugar. Simple carbs include white rice and anything made with white flour (white bread, white pasta, pretzels, crackers, cookies, pastries, cake, etc.). Fruit and milk also contain simple carbohydrates, in addition to fiber and protein, respectively, both of which lessen the rapid rise in blood sugar.
Kick start your day with these frittata egg muffins for a high-protein, make-ahead, and portable breakfast.
-They can be made in advance and refrigerated or frozen.
-If frozen, defrost in the fridge overnight.
-Eat them hot or cold; as breakfast or a snack.
-Skip the milk and cheese to make them dairy free.
-Add 1/2 cup cooked quinoa for some whole grains; vary the veggies and spices depending on what you have on hand; or try serving with avocado for added fullness.
Recipe by Lauren Larson, MS, RDN
Diet - namely sugar and too many simple carbohydrates - are one of the main reasons for developing adrenal fatigue. By cleaning up the diet, this provides a big break that allows the adrenals to recover.
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