I've been dealing with trying to fix my diet for a while now and I'm not going to sit here and talk like I'm the only one. But trying to figure out how certain foods affect my body, energy, and workouts has honestly been one of the hardest things I've dealt with each day.. I know a lot of people go through this, but right now I'm looking at it as my number one priority. It's pretty simple for me to avoid gluten, dairy, and all those foods us with Celiac know will wreck our body. But it's a lot harder when you have to experiment with foods not knowing if it's going to give you nothing but fulfillment and energy, or give you adrenal fatigue and complete chaos. This is something I'm going through right now and have been trying to manage each day.
Trying the Paleo diet:
You know that low energy feeling you get from getting glutened? That's basically the best way I can describe how I feel when eating any type of sugar, but instead it takes much longer for me to recover. It really makes me have to be on high alert for a whole new category of food even though gluten-free can be hard enough already. Even though it is a lot more difficult to manage and a little more annoying since I am already gluten-free, I always look at each day as another day to get myself better and learn from what I eat. Getting mad and upset about the food I can't eat is never really a option for me, because honestly, I don't feel like I'll gain anything from acting this way anyways.
For a while I felt helpless like there was no solution, but I always continued to have a positive outlook on everything. I never settle for something if it's just good enough. To me it has to be perfect, and my diet and how I felt was far from that. Right now I'm trying a new diet called the 80/20 diet. It's not considered a fad or really even a diet, just a rule of life being applied to it. If you haven't heard of it, it's actually pretty simple. For the food you consume each day you ask yourself with each meal, "Did this food exist 10,000 years ago?" If it did, then it falls into the 80 category. If it didn't then it falls into the 20 category. Basically what you want to do is make 80% of your diet natural, and 20% of your diet for all the other things we crave each day. This is an awesome rule that's been great for me so far and should be something you definitely look into.
I've been dealing with my Adrenal Disorder for almost 2 years now. I'd love to say I've it figured all out and by now I'm 100% better, but that's not the case. Since trying this new diet plan in April it not only has made me feel better, it's made me pretty happy too. I've finally been getting the balance of food I've really needed to get my health back on track. Even though my diet and Adrenal Disorder is something that is hardest for me to manage as a 16 year old, I always have a positive outlook and know each day is another opportunity to get better at it. This diet has luckily been the solution to a lot of my problems! But of course there were many things I learned and always will learn along the way.
If you are interested to know how Adrenal Disorders and Celiac Disease may be connected, Click Here! I also explain more about the symptoms and life I live each day with my disorder.