I’ve been struggling with adrenal fatigue for a few years, and then just about complete adrenal depletion to the point of my cortisol dropping for the last year. It’s been hard. Vomiting in the mornings and any time I get stressed hard. MRI’s because my hormones are so messed up that we needed to check for a pituitary tumor hard. Rashes because my kidneys don’t always filter my toxins hard. Diagnosed with sleep deprivation hard. Brain so foggy I couldn’t drive most of the time hard.
You get it. Hard.
So I’ve worked just as hard to get my body working again. Improving my sleep patterns. Using pressure points to reduce stress by physiological stimulation. Nourishing my adrenals with adaptogen herbs. Combining the right herbs with the right vitamins to increase my body’s metabolism of estrogen and to stimulate production of glutathione (Your mother antioxidant. Look it up.). Being gentle on myself. Cutting back on my responsibilities in life. Changing how I eat to avoid sugar, refined carbs, and increasing healthy fats to nourish my nervous system. Using essential oils to support my body and mind. Using supplements to boost my antioxidant levels.
And it’s working!
I still have days when I’m not feeling well, and I still have to be very conscious about my stress levels…but I’m not vomiting, I’m not tremoring, I’m not stuttering, and I’ve began losing weight instead of gaining weight.
Serious, late stage adrenal insufficiency can be so tough. Not just to function, but to figure out how to treat and to follow through in doing it when you are THAT sick!
One of the simple things I’ve done is change my breakfast habits. I used to eat a “healthy” dry boxed cereal (I know, I know…and if you don’t know, dry cereal is pretty much not something that’s actually nourishing or sustaining your body when you eat it.), almond milk, and [natural but still contained sugar] chai tea concentrate mixed with almond milk. I loved that breakfast.
But. Alas, I love being alive more than I love cereal and chai lattes, so I broke up with my beloved breakfast and invented this following drink instead. It’s now my breakfast every single day. It’s fast and easy to make, AND you can even premix the dry ingredients to save yourself time every morning! My kids enjoy it, and it is packed full of real ingredients that are nourishing, healing, hormone balancing, inflammation reducing, immune boosting, and energy giving. It’s also full of fat, thanks to the raw coconut oil, so it keeps you full longer, and provides fatty acids that are essential to brain function!
Keto friendly. Low carb friendly. Real food friendly. Adrenal fatigue friendly. Tastebud friendly. Budget friendly. Mom-schedule friendly.
Meet my new beloved breakfast: Bulletproof Turmeric Hot Chocolate!
Do you see that goodness in there? The creaminess? The rich chocolate? The yellow specks of turmeric?! Yeah, goodness.
So here is the recipe:
- 1 Cup Milk (I use almond)
- 1 TBS chia seeds
- 1 TBS raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp raw maca powder
- 1 TBS of raw coconut oil
- Non sugar sweetener to taste (I use 1 tsp of a Stevia powder blend–see below)
- Pinch of Himalayan salt (there’s like 82 minerals in here, folks!)
- Dash or two of Turmeric
- Pinch of black pepper
- Two dashes of cinnamon
Whisk everything together in small saucepan and heat over medium heat until warm. The chia seeds expand as they heat and sit in the liquid, so the longer you allow to sit, the thicker it will get. If you are like my husband and don’t care for the chia “beads” as they expand, just throw them in a blender to make them into a powder before making the recipe!
Let me know how you liked this drink, and also how your health is after you’ve been drinking it for a while! The ingredients are awesome for anyone with adrenal issues, low energy, who need a stable blood sugar (if you use a non glycemic spiking sweetener), and anyone who just wants to increase and invest in their health.