Morning (Ooops! Hang on, no its not! Good afternoon!)
A few months back I posted a blog-piece titled “Unbreaking my brain.” It was all about my battle with adrenal fatigue and the fact that I can’t for the life of me wrap my head around cooking when I’m that tired.
Adrenal fatigue (for the newbies) is something that sits at the subclinical level of health. It is not an autoimmune disease like Cushing’s or Addison’s, but a health issue that faces people who have been running a million miles an hour for too long, or who may have faced illness, trauma or prolonged stress, leaving their adrenals under the weather and running out of puff.
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue (though many of these can have other causes) include: tiredness that isn’t relieved by sleep, foggy brain, unusual weight gain, difficulty getting going in the morning, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, reliance on stimulants to get through the day, susceptibility to colds and flus, increased effort required for normal tasks, feeling tired and run down, and the list goes on. As it progresses, this syndrome can lead to more serious health conditions as the body loses its ability to recover from (life?) and handle inflammation.
Now, after a good stint in adrenal rehab (as I like to call it), I was feeling great. Back exercising, functioning in the mornings, still battling the afternoon energy crash and a few other symptoms, but I was out of the severe category and into the manageable category…
Until we had some mishaps with medication side effects, and few nights of missed sleep and things unraveled fast. Turns out it takes time to come out of adrenal fatigue and stay out.
I got an email this week from a lady named Fawne Hansen. She’d walked a similar path to me and had written a book with one Dr. Eric Wood on how to get out of adrenal fatigue. Just when I needed it, it popped into my inbox! So I thought I’d pop a quick shout out to my fellow AF sufferers to say this one is worth checking out.
There are two books in the adrenal fatigue solution package. While the first one has a lot of technical information in it (that a foggy brain may take a few go’s at digesting), it also has this fabulous section at the end for what to do about adrenal fatigue. Then there was my favourite bit: the recipe book. If you get to the point where you can’t think through the foggy brain, there’s nothing better than having someone spell it out for you. This is what to do. This is what to eat. This is how to cook it (Winner for a terrible domestic failure like me!)
Anyway! I’m not a blog that advertises stuff. I’m certainly not a blog that does paid reviews, nor do I intend to become one. But there was such a strong response to my adrenal fatigue posts that I felt obligated to post this. Obviously there are a lot of people out there who, like me, battle this thing.
AF sucks. So its really nice to have someone spell out the solution for you. The research has already been done for you.
Happy recovery people! It can be done 🙂