Why a High Protein Breakfast helps your Adrenal Health
Dr. Alan Chriastianson, author of The Adrenal Reset Diet writes:
“If you want to be energetic and mentally sharp during the day, a high protein breakfast is the key. It works well because you are allowing your cortisol to have its morning spike and your insulin to stay at its natural morning low. The same holds true and is critical for losing fat.”
A breakfast and lunch that are higher in protein can support the healthy morning spike of cortisol:
“This gives you energy for both your muscles and your brain. It allows you to burn fat for full and keep your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day.”
I have to mention too that Dr. Christianson conducted a trial of this daily macro plan, and his participants did improve their cortisol patterns and significantly lost weight, as well.
If you're starting to approach mid-life hormonal changes...or you're there or past that point…or if you’re wanting to get pregnant…or if you’re just wanting to feel less stressed and anxious…
Then I do recommend implementing this idea!
If you’re eating slightly less protein for certain health conditions—then go for the lower end of the protein recommendations.
If you are eating for building muscle & fertility—then go for the upper end of the recommendation. 🙂
25 - 35 grams of Protein for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
As I mentioned earlier—this High Protein amount—especially for BREAKFAST—helps you reset your daily cortisol rhythms.
This may be more Protein for Breakfast than you're currently eating!
The way I'm personally rocking this is that I eat 2 pastured whole eggs, 1 cup of kefir & several scoops of grass-fed whey protein for breakfast (plus 1/4 cup of oven-roasted potatoes, water-sautéed collards or salad).
You can use www.cronometer.com to count how many grams of Protein you're getting…and aim to get 25 - 35 grams at both Breakfast and Lunch to help stimulate higher Cortisol in the morning and early afternoon (when you WANT it to be naturally higher).