Breakfast of Champions:
Sorry, you can't buy this in a cereal box...
The first thing to do for the adrenals in the morning actually happens before you wake up. It's a very special technique called going to bed early...like before 10pm. If you don't, there's no breakfast in the world that will make up for that lost and precious slumber, that can only be replenished while horizontal.
Still, whether you have been sleeping well or not, what you eat or do not eat in the morning sets the stage for the rest of the day, especially with regards to blood sugar. Blood sugar balance is one of the fundamental keys to restoring the adrenals, and conversely, as logic would suggest, blood sugar imbalance is one of the quickest ways to exhaust the adrenals.
With that in mind, let us return to your waking routine, and the recipe for an Adrenal Healthy Breakfast.
First Course: 8 hrs of pure, totally organic, home grown, uninterrupted sleep, ideally between the hours of 10pm to 6am. This is like a palate cleanser. You don't want to wake with the taste of yesterday still on your tongue...start fresh.
Second course: 15-20 minutes of silent seated meditation. Get comfy, wrap yourself in a blanket, go outside if it's warm enough and let the sun bathe over your closed eyes...and let your eyes look inward. Take inventory, and listen to the heart. Give thanks for another day and the miracle of life.
Third Course: Before any food, and before any coffee, if such is your predilection, there is something one must do without fail.
I'm not talking about a sip of water for your parched lips when you rouse from dreamland. I'm talking about a generous 24-32 ounces of purified, love infused, adrenal replenishing, kidney nourishing, whole body hydrating water. Visualize the flood waters pouring into your kidneys, washing away the sins of the past and bathing you in clear brilliant light. Tell the water thank you as you are glugging it down, and if you are feeling really wild, even whisper I love you...it has been scientifically proven to change the crystalline structure of the water, very cool.
If you like you can squeeze half a lemon into it, and I like to add a dash of good quality sea salt or trace minerals, especially if you are drinking reverse osmosis filtered water regularly.
Drink it down. Don't delay. Be patient if you have to. Be persistent. It may be like pouring a glass of water into that plant that you forgot to water for 3 weeks. At first it all just sits on top or runs through and pees right out. But if you pour it in slowly, steadily, a little at a time, and give it a good soak down, then the next day your work will be much easier. Every day I start with 32 oz of life giving water, and sometimes I'm still thirsty after that. This is the best way to re-hydrate after not drinking for 6-9 hrs, and to get a good portion of your day's water in before adding any food.
Be prepared to do a little flushing, and make room for breakfast ;)
Before breakfast is a great time for a little exercise. If you are in adrenal fatigue, you are going to want to keep it light most days. Start with a brisk 10-15 minute walk, some stretching, and if you are old fashioned you can add a dozen sit ups or push ups. Just get the blood moving. If you know Tai Qi, or Qi Gong, or like yoga, a 15-20 min practice will wake up the meridians, invigorate the circulation, and prime your digestion.
Ok, ok, finally let's talk about food.
The key to an Adrenal healthy breakfast is to have some protein within 1 hr of waking (15 min meditation, 15 min exercise, 5-10 min of morning self maintenance and flushing, 15 min of breakfast prep).
The easiest way to do this is the incredible edible egg, assuming that you are not allergic to eggs. (Egg allergies are fairly common, but more common is the psychological aversion to the supposedly unhealthy cholesterol found in eggs, which is actually good for you.)
Here's a breakfast I eat a few times a week, pretty simple but satisfying and delicious.
1-3 eggs, scrambled.
Kale or baby kale, stems removed, and chopped coursely.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Dress and lightly massage the kale to soften it and allow it to marinate for a few minutes while you prepare the eggs. Serve the eggs over the kale. This is not rocket science, but you'll be pleasantly surprised at the results.
Add a spoonful of raw sauerkraut for added probiotics
** I am of the persuasion that all, well, at least most food is nothing more than a delivery system for Salsa. So if you like salsa, homemade is best. I'm not referring to Pace Picante sauce, or anything that resembles it even remotely. Think fresh tomatoes, onions, peppers, and ,maybe some garlic blended. Nothing fancy, just good old fashioned salsita. If you are like me, you can add salsa liberally to this recipe. If not, or if all you have in the fridge is pace picante, you can omit.
Five course breakfast, you oughta be full, and feel like true royalty, which you are. :)
If you are a true foodie you are probably feeling like I tricked you with the recipe headline. I realize this is not much in the way of recipes, it's really more like a formula for an Adrenal Healthy Morning, but it is also a functional, delicious breakfast that will get you through good times and bad. And you can feel free to foodify it liberally. Think of it as a canvas upon which you can paint your foodiest breakfast dreams.
Breakfast is the best meal to do low to no carb, especially if you are dealing with adrenal stress or dysfunction. Pass on the toast, the waffle, the pancake, just for now. If you are still hungry after a meal like that, add an avocado next time.
If you are a die-hard coffee drinker, or if you are so fatigued that you truly can't get going without a cup of joe, here's how to make your coffee more adrenal friendly: Drink it after breakfast. NOT before. NOT on an empty stomach. Just like that. Magic.
If you and coffee are all too much like a dysfunctional teenage relationship, and you've been trying to break up for years but just can't shake the craving for what you know isn't even good for you anymore, we have a solution: try Essential Medicina's Mind's Eye.
That's it. Keep it simple, and learn to enjoy the beauty of simple flavors.
If you are someone who does not feel hungry in the morning, having a breakfast like this for a few days in a row will generally switch your body into breakfast mode and the morning queasies will disappear. Usually a lack of appetite in the morning is due to a blood sugar imbalance, which is exacerbated by drinking coffee on an empty stomach.
Ahora, tú! Let us know what is your favorite adrenal healthy breakfast in the comments below.