One Park at a Time: Nowhere

I’ve mentioned in past posts that I’m getting over Adrenal Fatigue. I thought this would be the summer when I got back on my bike and rode with the wind. My plan was to ride a different park each week, which would have made for some fun posts. Things have not turned out the way I hoped.

I’m still healing, still tired, and still have trouble getting a good night’s rest.

I ordered a book, Adrenal Reset Diet, from the library months ago. By the time it showed up, I’d forgotten about it. I thought another diet book? Why? I already eat well.

I figured I must have ordered it for a reason, so I kept it.

So very glad it did.

I learned I have trouble waking up in the mornings because my cortisol is too low. I can’t go to sleep at night because my cortisol is too high, which prevents my melatonin from putting me to sleep.

My out of wack cortisol causes me to be tired. I can only do light exercise for no more than a half hour.

I had been working 40 minutes at the gym and biking for 50 minutes outside. Even though I was having fun, I was tire pretty much all the time. I changed my routines and only worked for a half hour. I felt better, but was still tired.

I gave up the gym and biking and now only do 30 minutes of yoga at home. Funny thing, I’m not tried any more. Bummer.

It’s good not to be tired, but a bummer because I still have to take it easy. I’m looking forward to when I can return to the gym and get back on my bike.

No matter how healthy I ate or how much I exercised, I couldn’t lose weight. Now I know that’s because my cortisol is out of sorts, and that’s why I can’t lose weight no matter what I do.

Eating carbs, dairy, or surgery breakfasts lowers cortisol, which makes for groggy morning and day.

What all of us need is a real breakfast. No sweets, no cereals, no bread, no dairy: milk, cheese, yogurt, or cheese.

According to the book I’m to eat:

Breakfast: protein and one high fiber vegetable.

Lunch: protein, one healthy starch, and one vegetable.

Dinner: protein, one healthy carb, and two vegetables.

(For more and better detail, I suggest reading the book.)

I’ve been doing this for almost two months and I’m already feeling better. I’m starting to go to sleep before 11 PM instead of 3 AM.

My mental alertness has increased. It’s as if I’m awake for the first time in decades.

My chiropractor says it takes a very long time for cortisol to completely heal. I’ve already been at this for three years.n

But! I’m much better than when I started.

One day, when my cortisol does resets, it will be like a switch has been turned on. I’ll lose weight, my blood sugar and cholesterol will drop. I’ll sleep at night and be full of energy during the day.

The books I read that fully explained my simpletons and told me what to do were Adrenal Fatigue by Dr. James Wilson and Adrenal Reset Diet Dr. Alan Christianson.