Healing Adrenal Fatigue With Food
I had always heard that you could heal the body with food. Did I believe it? Maybe for somebody else, but not for me. (Stinking thinking again.)
When I had tackled adrenal fatigue 5 years earlier, I did rest, which helped. And I took the very expensive supplements to help me recover.
And I did for awhile. But then the symptoms returned. When I got off of hormones, I felt so much better. I was sure I had slayed the adrenal beast. But as I outlined in my earlier post, my nutritionist told me that was far from the case.
My biggest problem was my digestive system. It just didn’t function. In fact, it was the chronic constipation that forced to seek out–yet again–someone to help me. After 10 years of trying, I really didn’t have much hope.
Holly’s goal was to get me off of supplements and to heal my body with food. I was in. Nothing else worked, why not?
Her first recommendation was to quit drinking white tea. “But it doesn’t have much caffeine,” I protested. “That’s why I chose it.”
But Holly was firm. No caffeine.
Imagine my surprise, when 24 hours later, I was exhausted. Talk about shock! I stayed tired for about 3 days. Now, I feel “normal.” Like maybe I have a half a tank of gas.
That’s a step up for me.
I have to have a very soft diet. However, Holly wanted me to eat salads. “Consume 50% of your vegetables raw.” Well, that didn’t work out so well.
Prior to eating a salad, my colon began to wake up. I was thrilled! Then I ordered a salmon salad at a restaurant and had a salad at home the next day. My colon shut down.
“Your system is very decompensated,” Holly told me. “No more salads. From now on, juice your vegetables, but start slowly. Only 1/2 cup a day.”
Can You Imagine That?
Salads stop me up. Can you believe it? It seems unreal to me, but that’s the way my life has been life. At least now, I have someone who understands what’s going on with my body. I don’t feel like a weirdo any more.
But here’s what else is interesting. My view of myself is changing. All this time, my body has been trying to tell me what to eat but I ignored it. Why? Because it meant I was weird. And I didn’t want to be weird.
I wanted to eat pizza, chug colas, and eat ice cream at midnight.
Just because the whole world has declared that colas and pizza are normal, doesn’t make it so. And that’s what I’m learning.
Eating very clean and very healthy is also about staking a claim. It says very clearly, “This is who I am and I’m proud of it.”
It takes a lot of courage to stand in your own truth. And I think the first step to healing adrenal fatigue is for me to declare that this is who I am. And right now I am a person who cannot eat salads.
Adrenal fatigue has left me vulnerable, open to the hurts of others because I am so different. And that is also a gift.
In the video below, Brene Brown talks about this from the perspective of courage and vulnerability on Oprah’s show, SuperSoulSunday.