I have had a few people ask me about snacks, especially for those with adrenal fatigue. If you find yourself getting tired in the afternoon, you can do a lot just with food to help you out.
It's important to eat snacks throughout the day. Especially if you are fighting adrenal fatigue, you don't ever want your body to get too hungry..because then it was to work harder than it should to stay a float.
I am trying to snack on things that my body can process and use for fuel, without having to work too hard, to try to help sustain my energy better throughout the afternoon.
This info is taken from Original Fast Foods:
"Carbs, proteins and fast supple the body with 100% of its energy. CARBS are broken down into sugars, proteins into amino acids and fats into fatty acids and glycerol. Complex carbs are made up of long stings of simple sugars which much be broker down in to individual sugars before they can be utilized for energy. They take longer to digest than simple sugars found in fruit, but are still quick energy sources when compared to fats and proteins. Simple and Complex carbs from whole foods are the most ideal energy sources for the body. .........
Protein...when protein is consumed in excess, the excess is either broken down or excreted from the body through the kidneys and stored as body fat. It's better to use carbs for an energy source because carbs are the only energy source that can be stored as glycogen (which is the most ready and explosives source of energy for the body and can be rapidly converted to energy as needed.
Fat....consumed in excess of true needs are stored as body fat, which is not utilized for energy unless glycogen stores in the muscles and liver are exhausted and the only remaining fuel source is body fat."
We should try to meet our caloric needs with this ratio 80/10/10. 80% carbs, 10% fat, 10% protein.
It's amazing that we can get enough protein by eating a plant based diet, eating foods in their season.
If you are trying to lose weight, or recover from an illness try to:
Consume 8-12 fruits each day, along with all the leafy greens and raw vegetables you can eat (at least one pound). Limit your consumption of fats (nuts and seeds) to 1 ounce a day.
If you need more calories, then go to starchy vegetable, legumes and then sprouted/soaked grains.
What I snack on:
Fresh fruit, dehydrated fruit, smoothies with fruit and lots of greens, maybe a few soaked almonds. If I am really hungry, I eat carrots and hummus, home made granola (with coconut milk), tropical oat and chia bars and grain free trail mix bars...all the recipes are a few posts below this one.
You can also make your own Larabars. If you don't want to make them, you can buy them at any health food store, or even on Amazon. My favorite flavors are Key Lime Pie, Chocolate, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. These are a whole foods bar that are made from fruits and nuts. HERE is a recipe to make your own.
If you have any questions or want to know more about this, don't hesitate to ask!