Back when I was deep in the depths of my adrenal/chronic fatigue days I started each morning with a sugary muffin (blueberry was my fave) and tea. This really did nothing to help my already low energy levels, and 30 minutes later I would be starving and exhausted. Getting out of bed to begin with was already a feat in and of itself.
The first change I made was to start drinking two full cups of water when I got up, and before I ate breakfast. Hydration is one of the simplest and most beneficial things you can do for your adrenals, and It's also super helpful in the morning to keep things movin' along if ya catch my drift. I had a hard time at first getting that much water down first thing. Once I adjusted, I began to crave water as soon as I woke up. If i'm feeling a bit groggy, water actually gives me the boost that I used to rely solely on caffeine to give me. Starting off with a good amount of water ensures that i'm on the right track hydration wise before I get distracted by whatever my day entails.
Next, I added in protein- two soft-boiled eggs to be exact. Soft boiling eggs makes them MUCH easier to digest. If you are struggling to make perfect creamy SBE see my previous post for a video on how I cook them. Protein fuels my metabolism and keeps me full for longer.
I began eating a full cup of veggies with breakfast. I try to get 6 cups of cooked vegetables in a day, and having them with breakfast really began as a means to an end. These days, breakfast doesn't feel complete without, at the very least, some cooked greens. Greens, in particular, are a great way to kick start digestion and increase energy levels.
*Morning is now my favorite time and breakfast is my favorite meal. I feel at my highest energy in the morning, and getting out of bed is so much easier.*
Make it easy on yourself. Plan Ahead.
I cook 6, sometimes 12 eggs at a time in my meal prep and then reheat them each morning in the toaster oven. People always look at me like i'm crazy when i say this and i'm still trying to figure out why. Its actually the most genius thing- the eggs taste exactly like they are freshly boiled, and you have a full breakfast in basically no time. I put 2 eggs in the toaster oven along with my plate of veggies for 10 minutes on "bake" at 350 degrees. For people with completely 0 time in the morning, you can just grab the cooked eggs out of the fridge on your way to work and eat them once you get to the office.
I've heard plenty of times from my health coaching clients/friends/coworkers etc. that they simply have 0 desire to eat breakfast in the morning. I get it. My advice is generally to start off slowly adding in some cooked greens or protein (whichever sounds less blegh to you.) You might be surprised by how quickly your body begins to crave a morning meal and what a jumpstart it gives you to the day. If you don't consider yourself a morning person, try this for a couple weeks and get back to me.
- 2 cups of water upon waking
- Eat within 30 minutes of waking
- Cook eggs and veggies in advance
- Heat eggs and veggies up in the toaster oven 350 degrees for 10 minutes
- Digest sitting down for 5-10 minutes after you eat