You probably know that when you are tired, you eat foods that aren’t necessarily nourishing for your body.
Usually things like caffeine, sugar, or processed food (stuff that comes in a box).
Here’s the thing, these three things all cause you to feel fatigued. Even if you get a good night’s sleep!
Drinking caffeine causes your adrenal glands to release the stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. These are the same hormones that put you into “fight or flight” mode when you are in danger. If you are stressed in life, this is only causing more stress in your body.
The occasional cup of coffee isn’t so bad. However, when you are drinking several cups a day, it is actually weakening your adrenals and in turn, your body’s response to stress. (feel like you have a shorter fuse lately? This could be why.).
Eating sugar has a similar affect in that it puts stress on the adrenal glands. It leads to chronic fatigue, low energy, and mood issues because it is lowers your levels of key hormones and neurotransmitters.
Eating refined carbohydrates dumps glucose into your system causing the “high and crash” effect in your body rather than give you a slow release of consistent energy that real food (complex carbohydrates) will give you.
It’s easy to get into this vicious cycle and it can feel hard to change it.
You’re tired, so you reach for caffeine, which leads to a spike in energy and then a crash which leads to lack of energy, which leads you to reach for sugar or more caffeine.
This cycle eventually burns out your adrenal glands and can even lead to autoimmune disorders.
For today, here’s one simple strategy that will allow you to have more energy and enjoy your carbs too.
Eat more protein, veggies and good fats during the day and in the evening have your favorite carbs.
Think something like some grilled salmon, broccoli (or any veggie), some sweet potato fries and some quinoa or brown rice.
Maybe some whole grain pasta with a meaty marinara sauce on top and a yummy steamed veggie on the side (or chop the veggies and put them in the sauce).
This will help you feel better during the day and transition into better sleep at night too because the carbs with dinner will help you wind down by boosting your melatonin.
However, if you are still waking up feeling tired, even after getting a full nights sleep, or you often feel “wired but tired” at night, you may be dealing with Adrenal Fatigue.
This is rampant among the mom community, but we just all think that it’s a normal part of life or being a mom.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
If you are serious about breaking free from this chronic exhaustion and ready to get out of your funk, schedule a Complimentary Breakthrough Session today.
I know how hard creating new food habits can be, especially when you are feeling inexplicably anxious.
It’s like it’s just one more thing on your never-ending to-do list. But I promise you, the way I do things, it’s all about… something enticing here.
Here’s to you creating more “mom wins” throughout your day!