I see you.
You’ve got that printout from your Naturopath (or a book you’re reading) of the food plan you are supposed to be on stuck to your refrigerator.
And, along with it, a list so long of the things you have to avoid, you wonder WTF you are supposed to eat.
And, if you are like I was, you don’t eat if it’s not on the list of ‘approved’ foods.
Because instead of veering off the ‘plan’ and God forbid, having a sandwich or a muffin while out with the kids, you decide not to eat at all. Even if you are hungry.
Or, you eat the baggie of cherry tomatoes you packed for yourself.
You say no to dinners out with friends.
You don’t go to social events in case there is nothing you are ‘allowed’ to eat.
You have to ask the waiter for a list of what’s in the salad you really don’t want to eat (and the people with you are looking at you sideways).
And, when you do have something you’re not ‘supposed’ to have, you feel sooooo guilty.
You may even overdo it, and binge on your favorite foods because you have been restricting and depriving yourself.
And, you tell yourself, ‘the diet starts again tomorrow’, and you try so hard, but you just can’t seem to stick to it perfectly.
You feel like a failure.
All those seemingly healthy people all around you that eat whatever they want, and look like they’re enjoying life, not worrying about what they’re eating, you wonder what is wrong with you.
You tell yourself you can’t have it.
But you feel out of control around the things you miss, so you have to avoid them altogether.
This is no way to live.
Let me be clear, I am not knocking the importance of nutrition and eating healthfully.
Eating more highly nutrient dense foods, and avoiding the ones that are known to cause disease is just common sense.
But when it is taken to the extreme, it can become an eating disorder in itself.
When all you allow yourself to eat is salads and green juice all day, this is not balanced nutrition.
When you feel an intense feeling of guilt and shame for eating a donut, some gluten or dairy, or (more than one cookie), this is not health.
When we are extreme in anything, we are off balance.
I am not an advocate for any ‘diet’ or way of eating that assumes one method or way of eating fits all, because it doesn’t.
If you are struggling with Adrenal Fatigue, and the strict meal plans that you’re on, I want you to know, there is another way!
The way I see it, we need to go for a personally tailored approach, and one that is sustainable as a lifestyle long term.
The bottom line is that diets don’t work.
And a diet is anything that you are doing that involves restricting, counting calories, or weighing/measuring your food.
There are some exceptions to this rule, one being if you have a food allergy or sensitivity, along with unwanted health symptoms or reactions, it is best to avoid these foods.
But even food sensitivities are linked to gut health, and gut health is directly linked to STRESS.
I’m speaking about the blanket ‘diet rules’ from experts that tried one particular way of eating, and it worked for them, and they wrote a book about it.
But what works for one doesn’t work for everyone.
Find what works for YOU. And let go go the diet drama.
Stressing over every bite you take is only going to worsen your adrenal fatigue symptoms.
Stress (fear) will shut down your digestive system.
Get out pen and paper and create your own meal plan.
Here’s how it works:
At the top of the page, write: “When I eat these foods, I feel at my best”. Write the list.
Stick to it as much as possible so you can feel amazing.
Let the rest go.
I bet you didn’t think it could be so effortless, did you?
If you’re looking for some help with reversing Adrenal Fatigue and untangling your Diet Drama, and move into Food and Fatigue Freedom, I invite you to sign up for my Free 5 Day Adrenal Kickstart Challenge.
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