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why am i so effing tired?

Why am I so effing tired?

Are you so effing tired? So is… gwyneth Founder, 44

No matter how much sleep I get, I still feel exhausted. Why am I so effing tired?

A number of us at goop (GP included) have long been searching for the answer to this question—why are we so effing tired? Not that we’re alone in the pursuit by any means. We hear this same question asked in so many ways from friends, family members, and readers: Regardless of how much sleep we get, why do we still feel so crappy? And, most importantly, what can we do about it?

This protocol has been a long time in the making, with the preeminent health advisor we’ve relied on since the beginning of goop: Dr. Alejandro Junger, founder of the detox gold standard, Clean Program. Forever ahead of the curve, Dr. Junger’s expertise on the oft-misunderstood energy drain known as adrenal fatigue was invaluable to engineering a vitamin/supplement regimen that could help to actually re-balance the pervasively, perpetually overtaxed system. (As was his keen understanding of Eastern medicine—many of the selected ingredients were sourced from ancient Ayurveda.)

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Step 1

THE WHY AM I SO EFFING TIRED FOOD PLAN

The best way for pretty much anyone to reset their system is with a detox, and if you’re looking for one in kit form, Dr. Junger’s 21-Day Clean Program is pretty incredible. Outside of a set detox, the closer we can stick to Junger’s elimination guidelines at as many meals as we can manage, the better we feel (and look). To make the Effing Tired regimen all the more potent, and to restore your adrenals, the big keys to avoid—like caffeine—might seem a little tough to swallow at first, but really worth it for most of us results-wise.

Foods to eat:

  • Plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Lean proteins such as chicken, turkey, lamb, and wild game
  • Sardines, anchovies, and cold ocean fish such as salmon, cod, halibut, and tuna
  • Legumes such as lentils, split peas, and all beans except edamame
  • Gluten-free grains such as millet, quinoa, and brown rice

Foods to avoid:

  • Processed foods
  • Dairy
  • Sugar
  • Gluten
  • Coffee
  • Alcohol

RECIPES TO ROTATE IN

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Lunch

Dinner

 

Snacks

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Why am I so effing tired?
Why am I so effing tired?

MEET DR. ALEJANDRO JUNGER

Founder of the Clean Program and bestselling author of Clean (among other essential health manuals), LA-based cardiologist Alejandro Junger, M.D. graduated from medical school in Uruguay, where he was born. He completed his postgraduate training in internal medicine at NYU Downtown Hospital and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at Lenox Hill Hospital before studying eastern medicine in India.

Why he developed the protocol

This regimen is designed for people with adrenal exhaustion, or adrenal fatigue—a term that is not commonly used or even recognized by most modern medicine doctors outside of extreme cases. It affects an epidemic-level proportion of people and is usually confused with other conditions. The most common symptoms are: physical and mental exhaustion, difficulty sleeping, weight gain and difficulty losing weight, bad digestion, constipation, irregular periods, frequent colds and other infections, and the worsening of individual underlying medical problems.

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IS THE WHY AM I SO EFFING TIRED?
PROTOCOL RIGHT FOR YOU?

If you answer yes to more than three questions, the protocol is a good choice for you—if you answer yes to three or more questions on multiple protocols, we recommend choosing the one that addresses your most acute need. (Learn more about: Balls in the Air, The Mother Load, High School Genes.)

  1. When you wake up in the morning, do you already feel tired, even if you got a fair amount of sleep? Do you feel tired all day?
  2. Do you find that you turn to caffeine, sugar, and salt to help you get through the day?
  3. Does your mind race, even when you feel tired?
  4. Are you feeling constipated, or having excessive gas or bloating?
  1. Do you feel like it’s become a struggle to lose weight, even though your routine is otherwise healthy?
  2. Are you feeling depressed, or struggling to remember things or focus?
  3. Do you feel like you get every cold that goes around?
  4. Do you have a diminished sex drive?
  5. Does your body ache, specifically in your neck and shoulders?
Why am I so effing tired?
Step 2

WAYS TO LIGHTEN THE EMOTIONAL LOAD

If you’re feeling maxed out, it could be time for an emotional detox, too—or, maybe you just need a helping hand to more efficiently (and pleasantly) deal with the ever-persistent everyday stress of life:

Step 3

TIPS FOR GETTING MORE REST

Your body’s most critical repair and refresh functions are activated when you’re sleeping. There is no magic pill to replace good, quality sleep—you need it to look and feel your best. How to get it:

Step 4

UNBURDEN YOUR SYSTEM OF TOXIC CHEMICALS

What you put on your body is nearly as important as what you put in your body—here, some cheat sheets to getting toxic chemicals out of your makeup bag, laundry room, and medicine cabinet.

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