Okay, so far I have covered when and what to eat and this blog is all about how to eat to support your adrenal glands. How you view food makes a big difference to how well you will succeed in making healthy food choices to support your adrenal glands
Do you eat to live or live to eat? If you are like me and live to eat, you are already thinking about what you want to eat for dinner before you are finished eating lunch! If you eat to live, like many of my clients, food is primarily a fuel source and something you eat because you have to. Either way it is important to build a healthy relationship with food.
If you eat to live, remember that choosing nutrient filled food and eating it regularly is the most effective way to refill your tank (with the best fuel possible) and will give you the energy to get through your busy day. Take the focus away from eating by thinking of meal times as a time to sit down at the dinner table and have some precious family bonding time.
If you live to eat, remember that healthy food can be tasty and exciting too. A few fresh herbs in a salad or a spice rub on a piece of steak or fish will liven up any meal. Remember that you can eat plenty of food as long as you balance your meals and snacks with a small amount of protein and complex carbohydrate and lots of vegetables. If you are a foodie, get inspired with healthy recipe books – my cupboard is bulging with them. I can highly recommend “I Quit Sugar” by Sarah Wilson and “80/20” Diet by Teresa Cutter – both have tasty, easy to prepare and healthy recipes.
One common hurdle that many of my clients who are mums face when trying to prepare healthy meals for themselves and the family, is that their children are fussy eaters. Many of my clients tell me in their initial consultation that they are cooking 3 or 4 different dinners each evening – one for each of their children, sometimes their husband, and finally one for them (often, they miss out as they are too tired to be bothered making their own). Whilst, in my humble opinion, husbands that won’t eat what is prepared need to be told where the frying pan is (!), children’s eating preferences can be difficult to manage.
One great resource I have found is a book called “Don’t Tell Them It’s Healthy” by Karen Fischer. Karen is a nutritionist and mother of two who found that despite her training in nutrition, she still had a daily battle to get her kids to eat healthy foods like vegetables. She began to research child psychology and “junk” or, as without putting positive or negative connotations on them, “low nutrient” food advertising, and came up with a novel and successful way to get kids to eat healthy foods and shun low nutrient foods. Her belief is that the way low nutrient food advertisers market to kids is highly effective because they convince a child that their food product will make them happy, popular or stronger. She started to “market” healthy foods to her kids in exactly the same way and no longer needed to bribe or nag her kids to eat veggies.
Here are some key points to remember when marketing healthy foods to your kids:
- Link your child’s favourite interests (being good at sports, getting good grades, having clear skin) with healthy food and their dislikes, such as getting pimples or losing a game of football, with eating low nutrient foods.
- Don’t put a lifetime ban on low nutrient foods, instead make them a food they can have “sometimes”.
- Get your kids involved in setting the rules of when “sometimes” is – i.e. I can have an icecream on Sundays after my football game.
- Be consistent with sticking to the rules, get your kids to help making new rules if old ones no longer apply, and give them a reasonable time limit (a few days) to adjust to any new rules that are set.
hat concludes my series of blogs on Adrenal Fatigue. I hope I have provided you with some helpful tips that you can incorporate into your everyday life. Please feel free to contact me direct or via Mama Pyjama if there's any topic that you'd like me to address in future blogs, or if there's anything relating to Adrenal Fatigue that you'd like me to cover in more detail. In the meantime, stay tuned for future blogs on health issues commonly affecting parents.