In order to lower excess adrenaline in the body, it is important to treat the underlying reason why the body is producing it. For the most part, the body will be producing extra adrenaline in times of stress – being attacked by an animal, being mugged, participating in a sport, going on stage, in a battle, etc. Unfortunately, we live in a world where people constantly have to deal with other types of stress. This includes time urgency situations, financial problems, interpersonal family strife, and sickness in the family. These daily stressors are interpreted by the body as threats that need to be addressed. As a result, the body can continually put out adrenaline to insure that the brain and muscles are getting enough sugar to deal with the stressors.
It is important to understand that everyone’s metabolism is different. There is no one size-fits-all meal plan. For example, low-carb diets do not work for the “creative” type ADHD person. One needs to assess what the particular requirements are on an individual basis. This assessment has to include the metabolic needs of not only the body, but the brain as well. The brain utilizes more sugar than any other tissue of the body. If the brain is deprived of sugar for any reason, i.e. too much insulin production or not enough carbohydrates, the brain will shut down. This is known as hypoglycemia, also as ADD. Commonly, the body will react to this situation by pouring out adrenaline to raise sugar levels (via a process called gluconeogenesis or glycogenolysis) which can lead to health issues such as depression, nervousness, insomnia, anger, alcohol or drug abuse, etc. There are people who are referred to as “right-brained”. These are creative-type people. Their brains require more sugar than “left-brained” people, and thereby need a different approach to weight loss than most other people. Here one has to ensure a proper amount of sugar for the brain and, at the same time, limit the amount of insulin being produced to prevent fat production. The following guidelines have been written by Marilyn Miller, one of my nutritionists that I worked with.
Meal Plan Guidelines
Water If there is a magic bullet for weight loss and improved health it is pure clean water, and a lot of it. The body holds water in and around fat. If you are on a diet and dehydrated you will burn muscle before you burn fat. This is your bodies self defense mechanism. To determine how much water you need to drink, take your body weight, divide it in half, this equals the minimum ounces of water you need to drink daily to burn more fat.
Sugar You will be eliminating processed sugar and anything with sugar in it.
Dairy You will be eliminating milk, ice cream and flavored/sweetened yogurt. The more dairy products you eliminate will speed up your weight loss. Use almond, rice or coconut milk instead. We prefer almond milk over the others.
Grains For weight loss: eliminate grains and all foods made with grain such as pasta, chips, breads, pastries, cereal, especially flour. For health conscience choices (label should read): whole grain (sprouted is even better), very easily digested (Ezekiel makes a bread and tortilla), high fiber cereal, vegetable pasta, and flax/rice crackers are good alternatives.
Alcohol Eliminate alcohol and wine to achieve optimal weight loss results.
Vegetables You will be eating as many fresh, raw, organic (as much as possible) vegetables as you can and some fruit and berries. Green vegetables, also known as fibrous carbs, hardly contain any calories. It is virtually impossible to over eat green vegetables. Eat them liberally and eat more of them late in the day. A diet of green vegetables combined with lean proteins is one of the best methods of getting lean as quickly as possible.
Protein You may have raw nuts and seeds, sprouts, beans and lentils, brown rice, eggs, and lean meats. If you are vegetarian or vegan or you don’t care to eat much meat, be assured you will be getting plenty amino acids from your vegetables, nuts and legumes to build your body’s protein.
Fats Essential fats from plant sources are essential for weight loss, hormonal balance and proper brain function. (Olives, olive oil, coconuts, coconut butter, avocados, nuts, fish, fish oil, etc.)
Green Smoothies You will drink 1 green smoothie daily. You will find recipes at the end of this booklet to get you started.
Calories and Exercise All those little extras have a way of compounding over time. The tally at end of day can be pretty sobering. So if we are targeting weight loss a suggestion is to count your calories each day for a week to get an idea of your current calorie intake. The key to losing weight is burning more calories than you consume; this means cutting calories and doing physical and strength training. If you are in a rush to lose weight, add 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise program (both aerobic as well as resistive) at least 6 days a week. Then on the diet side of the equation, watch portion amounts, eat a high volume of more filling foods (such as fiber and vegetables) and decrease calorie intake.