RADiant Life Rocks is in it’s second week of a series looking at adrenal dysfunction. If you missed it, take a peek right here:
And today, we have Julia’s story. Julia is a Holistic Health Coach like myself, and a friend of mine. She was MY health coach and warned me about adrenal fatigue two years ago. I should’ve listened! *wink*
Here is Julia Sarver from Glow Health Coaching.
First and foremost, you need to know I’m a foodie at heart. I just love food, I love eating, and I love all the social connections that can be made over the dinner table. I’m also lucky enough to live in Portland, Oregon – the new food Eden according to national experts. I’ve always loved cooking, and over the past few years I’ve developed a treasure trove of recipes made with health-promoting ingredients that taste amazing and make me feel great, too.
A few years ago, it became abundantly clear that what and how I eat play a huge role in how I feel, how I’m able to handle all the things life throws at me, and how my body functions.
So how did I get here? When I was in my late 20s, I thought I was finally in control of my life. I had a job I loved, I was training for a marathon, and would soon meet the man who became my husband a few years later. Sounds like a pretty great life, right? Because I was running so much, I paid a lot of attention to what I was eating. I made sure I ate only whole grains, learned how to properly carb load, and kept an eye on my caloric intake. In October 2006, I finished the Portland marathon, feeling a mixture of emotions, excitement and exhaustion that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to describe in words.
A week later, my very persistent running partner suggested we hit the road again, and I agreed. My spirit was willing, but my body was not. A mile into our first post-marathon run, I realized I was simply drained. I didn’t have any energy, and I was having a hard time putting one foot in front of the other, and this was after I had just run 26 miles in a row!
For the next week, I kept trying to run, but I just didn’t have enough energy to run 2 or 3 miles.
I was exhausted all the time, and fell asleep on the couch at 8:30 every night, only to still be so tired in the morning that I was late for work every day because I simply couldn’t wake up.
After several months of being simply miserable, I found a practitioner who suspected that I had some food allergies that had gone undiagnosed, plus a compromised endocrine system. Lo and behold, my body can’t tolerate wheat or dairy – 2 foods I had pumped into my body in abundance during my marathon training. Further, my adrenal glands were totally exhausted, which explained why I was so dang tired all the time.
This is why I like 5K and 10K races…marathons are for the truly crazy! *wink*
Thank you Julia for your story. We will hear how she has changed her diet and has found her way back to adrenal health in a few days!
Please share this story with someone you know who may be wondering why that run is.just.so.hard….
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