I'm on a journey to find health and happiness through a more holistic and green lifestyle.

I find the world to be abrasive. =) That is to say, I feel the need to armor myself, physically and emotionally, in order to face life. Don't we all? Maybe. For whatever reason, it has become a priority in my life to rid my immediate environment of irritating things. And I'm sensitive! So there is much work to be done. But. I have thought for a long time that the things I come in contact with every day, and the stuff used to clean and maintain these things, need to be gentle and non-toxic. I have had eczema my entire life. For a long time I just dealt with it, and accepted that sometimes it's bad, and sometimes it's not, and that it will fluctuate a lot. Gradually over time I have come to find that certain things, fabrics, cleansers, materials, are more irritating to my skin than others. Stress can exacerbate it. In more recent times, I have realized that every aspect of my life improves when I improve conditions for my skin. Hah! What a concept! Thus my (long time) interest in going green, and my more recent desire to live a more holistic lifestyle. (I think I've felt a desire for a long time to live in a harmonious way with myself, my surroundings, and nature, but didn't have a name for it.) Anyhow, this blog is a journal of my trials and errors, and basic crooked path to find a balanced and peaceful existence for myself and my family. Thanks for your interest! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Candida Diet - Middle of Week 3

Here I am in the middle of my third week on this "diet" and I'm..... really liking it? Yes, I really am! That doesn't mean that I don't want what others are eating once in a while, but as a general rule, I am completely satisfied with what I am eating, and am very, very proud of myself for doing it! I do still have my coffee in the morning, but I went from 2 mugs of coffee with creamer and sugar or honey every morning to one mug of coffee (half-caff., as before) with a little bit of rice milk (or half and half or creamer if I'm out) with no sweetener. When I first cut back on amount, I immediately made myself a cup of tea to follow the mug of coffee so that I wouldn't "miss" the second cup, but after two days of that I realized I really didn't miss that second cup. I drank it because it was there. And now it's not...and that's ok. Yay, me. And hubby is not complaining about having to cook around my restrictions. He is making fantastic meals, as usual, that are ok for me to eat. Lucky, lucky me!!

I have had only one episode of funny belly since the first few days of the diet, and that was yesterday. A little bloating, just a little. I don't know what caused it. I can't think of anything from my diet that would have done it.... I dunno. Could be anything. But I think that's a good record anyhow. I have been getting a little indigestion, but that could be the fish oil. I dunno. I cleared that up today with peppermint oil. (LOVE peppermint oil)

So my plan is to wait until I've completed three weeks on the diet (this Friday) and will then reintroduce a food to see how it goes. (Much to my husband's joy - lol) I think the first will be potatoes.

Symptoms cleared? Well, my belly bloating, for the most part. My sinus pressure issues have pretty much gone away completely, thought I have sneezing and runny nose in the house, most likely due to the cats/dust. I'm still fuzzy headed, alas. I feel a little less down, but I think that's due to getting out of the house for a few minutes every day in the sunshine. Anyhow, progress. =)

Bonuses: I like what I'm eating, for the most part. LOVE my salads with lemon juice. I can't see going back to vinegar. I much prefer the lemon juice dressings. Another bonus, my kids eat better because I am buying healthy stuff. That makes me very happy. =)

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