Adrenal fatigue detox challenge
DAY 1 - detox your food fixation
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Welcome to Day 1 of the Adrenal Fatigue Detox Challenge!
This challenge is all about detoxing from the stressors that could be causing your adrenal fatigue - and as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, I know that the food you put into your body can either be a huge stressor, or a vital part of your healing. (although it's only a piece of the puzzle...)
That’s why step 1 of the #AFDetoxChallenge is to remove THE MOST COMMON inflammatory foods from your diet.
- Wheat + gluten containing grains
- Refined sugars
- Trans fats
- Soy products
(Get your downloadable food list at the top of this page)
Removing foods that are man-made, inflammatory, and void of important nutrients means that the body is able to prioritize things like digestive function, hormone balance, energy and healing. This also means more opportunity to fill your plate with nutrient dense foods, which should be priority numero uno.
Hopefully at this point it is clear that the adrenal fatigue detox challenge is not a traditional detox. This is not about starving, or living off of green juice for the next week...
It’s about providing your body with the MOST nutrient dense foods possible and lessening the inflammatory burden caused by certain foods - so that you are able to begin healing yourself.
When your plate is full of actual nutrients you can rest easy knowing that you're taking care of yourself, and that's when it's time to take a hard look at what role food and dieting plays in your life. (Specifically how feelings of guilt contribute to hormone imbalances in our body.)
If all the stress we put on ourselves to eat a perfect ____ diet (insert "rules" of choice: paleo, clean, vegetarian, low fat, etc) was removed from our daily thoughts, I believe we would all find much more peace.
I can’t be the only one who once thought that coconut oil and protein shakes would be the answer to all of my health woes...right?
Watch today's video (above) to hear more about the twisted path that led me to a career teaching holistic nutrition.
This might be the first “detox” you’ve ever done where someone will encourage you to eat more rather than less.
The reason is because many people who are suffering from the symptoms of adrenal fatigue have either been purposely under-eating (lifelong dieters, calorie counters, etc) or they are so easily satisfied by nutrient-dense whole foods that they are unknowingly eating too few calories. Either way, make sure you're eating enough!
Fact: 1200 calories a day is the recommended daily intake for a moderately active 3 year old.
So if you've been getting your "diet" recommendations from women's magazines and you think that 1200 calories a day is the magic number for weight loss, this is your lucky day! Use the calorie calculator below to get a more accurate daily calorie target, but DO NOT FIXATE ON THAT NUMBER! (Less stress, remember? Your body will tell you when it's full without counting calories.)
Now I know what you're thinking: This is already super overwhelming and it's only day 1!
Don't worry...it all gets easier from here, so just stick with the challenge! If you're worried that you just can't tackle major diet AND lifestyle changes right now, then don't worry...I'll be talking more about this later in the challenge, but just keep going and do what you can. Any step towards your goal beats standing still, right?