Two months ago - I wrote this
- I was turning 43. I was tired, sick all the time, depressed. I decided to make some changes in my lifestyle - diet, exercise, brain power!
Two weeks later - it stalled
. I screwed my neck up really badly. Guys - it was AWFUL. I couldn't move. Physio, massage, chiro...finally two weeks or so later...we were ready to go!
And I've been going ever since! It's awesome! I'm not going to lie and say I jump out of bed and say 'wahoo I get to go exercise for an hour!!!' but I know now how good I'm going to feel when I get to the office. I feel like I've accomplished something and it's all before 8am.
My naturopath was really convinced my issue was adrenal exhaustion. I think she was right on. Read this - can you relate?? (from womantowoman.ca)
Most of us put enormous demands on our bodies -- much more stress than they were designed to handle -- and we don't give them adequate support.
Chronic stress is especially harmful. Most women have demanding jobs, run households, and are parents and caregivers, often for aging parents. Many of these relationships are themselves stressful.
The demands of an always-on-the-go lifestyle fall most heavily on the adrenals which were not designed to sustain this constant toll. The cumulative effect over many years is enormous -- and it tends to peak between the ages of 35 and 55. If left unchecked, these stresses can create serious problems including fatigue, insomnia, sleep disturbances, digestive problems, loss of libido, and stubborn weight gain.
Considering that most of us can't substantially reduce the level of stress in our lives, it is critical that we give our bodies the support that they need. What we've found over the past 25 years is that once you address your underlying adrenal imbalance, you'll return to your natural state of equilibrium.
I've actually stuck to the naturopath's plans for me. They are quick and easy changes.
1. Start the morning with a tumeric, lemon juice and immune boosting drops, tea. Cap it off with a massive probiotic.
2. Ditch the morning bagel that I've been addicted to and replace it with fruit, granola and greek yogurt. Drop one of my three coffees a day (I've dropped two and haven't had a bagel in a month).
3. Drink 4l of water a day. (I"m good at this except on weekends)
4. Slow down on the fried foods. (I can report I have NOT been to a McDonalds for a month...this is pretty massive for me).
5. Finish the day with magnesium supplements.
That's it. She's not cutting out a ton of stuff, she just wants me to make smart choices which I should be doing anyway. I'm biking to work 3-4 times a week so far (come on weather!!) and went to my first boxing class this week.
I feel great. I haven't been sick in two months. My skin and hair are better than they've been in years. I haven't lost 'pounds' yet but I just feel so much more comfortable in my body than I did two months ago. I sleep. I have more patience with Will. I'm more focused at work. I'm happier.....I'm substantially happier.
Life is too short not to be. Have you made any changes lately? What do you make of this adrenal exhaustion thing?!
p.s. lest you think I've fully changed...I'm still totally going to eat this if and when I want!!!!