I have been studying the effects of carbohydrates on those of us with Adrenal Fatigue and have learned some very important facts.
First of all, the diet of an AF patient is crucial. It has taken me about 10 years to fully understand this. For some reason, because everyone else is eating whatever they want, I thought I could to. Eating a special kind of diet seemed like "too much" and the whole concept was basically overwhelming to me. In fact, I did not really understand how it could even be possible.
So, after doing well and then crashing about a million times, my chiropractor once again told me to please stop with the carbs. "Try it," he would say, "for one month. You will be amazed at the difference." I would half-heartedly try, but I craved the donuts and sweets so much, that I would give in after a day or two.
This time, however, this are different. I am NOT eating any sweets. It has been difficult, but I have not died and my craving has drastically diminished. I do drink diet pop, which is the sweetest thing I have all day. No sugar and the only grains I eat are brown rice (very small quantities) and my Ezekiel bread, which I usually limit to two pieces a day at the most.
I found this amazing article that I want to share regarding this very subject: Adrenal Fatigue Diet. The concept is simple - the carbs really give our adrenals a work-out. The constant spikes make them work much harder and could even be the reason there is no recovery.
I implore you to give your diet a cold, hard look and see how it may be impairing your adrenals. Chances are, there is room for improvement. Diet is the one thing that we CAN control and we have no one but ourself to blame if we continue to eat poorly and suffer. The next thing I need to give up is caffeine, but I'm not there yet.
I am hoping to lose some weight and feel better by eliminating these carbs. I will continue to blog about my progress.