Adrenal Fatigue

easy weeknight dinners

How to Hack Easy Weeknight Dinners for Adrenal Fatigue

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 Wow, it’s time to make dinner… again??


If you’ve had adrenal fatigue, you can relate to the weight of this simple question. In stage 3 adrenal fatigue, there’s only a handful of hours a day that you’re able to push through.  Meal planning has you feeling defeated before before you even begin. 

Of course, you need to eat. Regular meals help stabilize your blood sugar, which keeps the adrenal glands balanced.

So what are we supposed to do?

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breakfast casserole for overwhelmed women

Overwhelmed by Adrenal Fatigue? Ask a Friend to Make this Casserole

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How long have you been feeling overwhelmed?

Living with a feeling of overwhelm, insufficient or poor quality sleep, eating a poor diet, worrying (about anything), unhappiness, or living with pain all have a negative impact on your adrenal health.  These situations create a state of stress within the cells of your body that may take time to go away. Read More

stages of adrenal fatigue

How To Know What Stage Of Adrenal Fatigue You’re In To Get Your Energy Back

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Stop and read this article before you spend any more money on adrenal fatigue treatments and supplements.

If you suspect you have adrenal fatigue and are currently seeking treatment it is imperative that you know what stage of adrenal fatigue you are in and customize your protocol to your level of adrenal fatigue.

If you take the wrong supplements or herbs it can set you back in your healing process and sometimes make you’re symptoms worse.

In this article, you will learn about the general symptoms of adrenal fatigue, how the stage of adrenal fatigue progress and how to tell what stage you are personally in so you can get on a protocol that works for you.

Adrenal fatigue is the result of long or short term of continuous stress and elevated cortisol levels (your stress hormone).

Prolonged or acute stress causes cortisol production to continuously increase and become dysregulated. This dysregulation is how the body copes with ongoing stress in order to meet the demands you set for it.

The result is symptoms such as:

o   low energy, don’t feel well-rested

o   feeling ‘wired but tired’

o   cravings, coffee and sugar addictions (especially the late-afternoon pick-me-up) Read More

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Adrenal Healing Snacks for Food Cravings

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Many people struggling with adrenal fatigue report an increased amount of food cravings; sugar and salt especially!


Low energy induces food cravings for instant forms of energy to keep you going in the absence of correct cortisol levels.

In stage 3 adrenal fatigue (low cortisol all day) or stage 2 (low cortisol in the morning) you crave more salt. Your blood pressure may be low due to the cortisol levels being low and you’ll find yourself hunting around  for salty snacks.

If you’re stressed you may be desperate for crunchy food. You crave the crunch to relieve tension in your body. Crunchy foods have a soothing effect on a body that’s stressed.

When you crave creamy taste or texture, it usually means your body needs fat. Food cravings are also hugely psychological, and creamy (and chocolaty) cravings may give you a comforting feeling of childhood that is soothing.

We’ve put together a list of our 3 favorite snacks to help satisfy these common food cravings that accompany adrenal fatigue. The ingredients satisfy the crave factor and provide the right nutrients to help your body heal.

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Iced Tea for Adrenal Support

Craft Your Own Iced Tea For Adrenal Support

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Iced tea became wildly popular at the 1904 worlds fair in St Louis. It was so hot, the fair-goers wanted nothing to do with hot drinks and went in search of cold drinks. It’s still a popular way to cool down and enjoy yourself when the temperature makes you melt! Stress is common in the summer months; there’s so much going on and adrenal support needs to be a part of your self care at this time.

Iced Tea for Adrenal Support

Drinking your usual tea over ice is a tasty way to get more fluids when the weather is warmer and you may be perspiring. Making your own tea blend with medicinal  herbs helps you get all the benefits of the herbs in a way that compliments the heat of summer days!


Herbs for Adrenal Support and Women’s Hormone Balance


Red Raspberry Leaf is an overall women’s hormone balancing tonic. Raspberry Leaf help the uterus stay ‘stretchy’ and is very beneficial when preparing for birth or reducing menstrual cramping. Read More

A Guide To Setting Self Care Rituals For Vibrant Health In 2017

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Today I want to lead you through an exercise to uncover the health practices and self care rituals that will help bring your body, mind and spirit into optimal health this year.

It’s no secret that many people have a hard time sticking to their resolutions (92% go be exact). Gyms in January are usually packed with people but when February roles around it’s back to it’s normal number. So, what is it that makes our new years resolutions and health goals really stick? And how do we set goals that are really going to get us the results we are seeking?

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7 Signs You Have Adrenal Fatigue

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7 Signs You Have Adrenal Fatigue

Have you been wondering if you have adrenal fatigue? Here are some common symptoms and experiences that may be a sign that you need to take a serious look at your adrenal health.

   1. You feel “wired but tired”. You have a hard time getting  out of bed in the morning. However, at night you get a burst of energy. You might have trouble falling asleep or maybe you feel that no matter how much sleep you get you never feel energized when you wake up.  

   2. You crave sugar, chocolate, coffee, salt and other stimulants to get through the day. You especially crave that late afternoon “pick me up” coffee or treat.

   3. No matter what you do, you can’t lose weight.. especially belly fat. It’s so frustrating! You feel like you aren’t getting any output for the amount of energy input you’re putting into your health. Calorie counting and exercises have little impact on your weight…..You’ve haven’t even seen results from that paleo or gluten free diet you’re following. It’s not as easy to lose weight like it used to be for you.

   4. You’re chronically stressed and easily overwhelmed. You know you need to get your stress levels under control but you can’t calm down. Sometimes, you have anxiety that seems to come from nowhere, heart palpitations at night and even panic attacks.

   5. You feel extremely fatigued after exercising. It takes a couple days for your body to fully recover from exercising. You can’t give it all you’ve got like you used to.

   6. Your experience signs of other hormone imbalances. Such as amplified menopause and perimenopause symptoms (hot flashes, water retention, insomnia, brain fog and mood swings), increase in menstrual problems (cramping, irregular periods, PMS) and hypothyroid symptoms (hair loss, cold hands and feet, constipation and a slow metabolism).

   7. You don’t feel like yourself anymore. This is a big one (I’ve had so many woman tell me this!). You’re wondering where your confidence and zest for life went. Your sex drive is low, you’ve got brain fog and you don’t want to leave your house as much anymore. Even accomplishing little tasks can be a challenge for you.  

Everyone is going to experience their own unique set of symptoms but I want you to know that is possible to heal your adrenal fatigue naturally.  The best results come from making targeted lifestyle changes and working with a clinician who can help you uncover to the underlying cause of your hormone imbalance and set you up with appropriate treatment protocols.

About Madeline 


Madeline MacKinnon is a Calgary based certified nutritionist and the founder of Natural Hormone Healing. She dedicates her time, energy and education to help women from around the world balance their hormones naturally without drugs. Her unique and effective system synthesizes the most cutting-edge discoveries in the field of nutritional technologies, super foods, traditional food nutrition and herbalism and combines them with the latest hormone testing, spa healing, and transformational coaching.

In addition to working with her own private clients, Madeline teaches workshops throughout western Canada and is an instructor at The Light Cellar’s teaching kitchen in Calgary AB. She teaches classes on traditional food nutrition, elixir making, food as medicine culinary arts and natural hormone healing.