I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Part of my journey with taking back my health has led me to reading lots of books. Not necessarily looking for answers, but to arm myself with as much information as possible to help me make more knowledgeable decisions. It also allows me to ask the “right” questions if and when I go to the doctor.
I jumped on the chance to read and review this book because when I went to my naturalist/nutritionist she mentioned that my adrenal glands may be all out of whack. She felt that my adrenals would be the answer to my extreme “I’m falling asleep while typing this” fatigue.
I’m not interested in diets, per se, but I am interested in the adrenal glands and I will entertain the possibility that what I eat could be affecting my adrenals.
This is a good book. It is very dense and full of big words and science-y speak. If you look past that, there are lots of nuggets of information that may be helpful to you if you too struggle with your adrenal glands. It starts off with the history of food in this country, how it has evolved and why we are gaining weight. Okay. Interesting, but not necessarily what I was looking for.
The meat in this book, for me, came from learning about the adrenal glands, what they control and how issues with the adrenal gland can be easily mistaken for other things. FYI- The adrenals:
- regulate hormones
- balance electrolytes
- signal when to turn off inflammation
- control your sleep & wake cycles
- body weight
- blood sugar
- and lots of other things
The author gets into how stress (which I have a lot of), lack of sleep (hello! my biggest problem) and your diet affects the adrenal glands. The overall theory of the adrenal reset diet is that if you cycle your proteins and carbs in a strategic manner that you can help get your adrenal glands in check. There is a helpful adrenal level quiz to determine where you fall- there are 4 levels:
- Thriving (not me)
- Stressed (not me)
- Wired & Tired (nope)
- Crashed (hi, friend)
Crashed, by the way, is not good.
There is a chapter dedicated to each level on the quiz with helpful tips for you including- exercise that is good, supplements and good foods to eat. The author includes a bunch of “must-haves” for your pantry, sample menus and a good deal of recipes for each meal of the day.
I haven’t tried cycling my carbs and proteins yet as I just finished the book, but I say hey- it’s worth a shot (as I sit here drinking coffee at 5 pm).
I thought this book was a good read and I recommend it for anyone looking for insight into their adrenal gland function.