After bingeing on sweets and pasta for three days – including a send-off meal of a baguette from Le Panier accompanied by triple crème brie, Gruyère, Cougar Gold and Jack William Wines Ode to Joy Cabernet Sauvignon – I started the Candida Diet. No alcohol, no yeast, no sugar for at least three weeks. Talk about taking the fun out of eating!
Day 1: I started Sunday morning off thinking about how great I would hopefully feel at the end of this regimen and how fabulous it will be to get off some of my allergy meds. With that frame of mind, I made myself a two egg omelet with onions and ham even though I was craving pancakes (and I rarely eat pancakes). I missed the toast that would normally go with the meal, but the extra egg (I usually only have one) and the ham kept me satisfied well into the day.
J was visiting family in Eastern Washington (I had to work on a project all weekend so I couldn’t go with him), so I was pretty uninspired and wasn’t very hungry when lunch rolled around. I heated up a corn tortilla in the microwave, smeared almond butter on it, cut up an apple, which I dipped in almond butter, and called it good.
As J was coming home in time for dinner I decided to get creative. I tossed brown jasmine rice in the rice cooker ( 1 1/2 c. rice, 3 c. water) with cayenne pepper (2 tsp) and browned up some grass-fed hot italian sausage from a local farm. I also added broccoli, cauliflower and parsnips to the steamer part of the rice cooker for the last 8 minutes. When the rice was finished, I threw everything into a wok with some oil and added more cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper to taste. 8 minutes later, dinner was served.
(J took this photo and most of the photos on Flickr, he is a much, much better photographer than me!)
It was . . . interesting (or maybe it had a nice personality?). The spice was good but the veggies were mushy – next time I would stir-fry them instead of steaming. J hated the brown rice, but that’s nothing new for him and white rice is forbidden for me for now. I treated myself to a no sugar added hot chocolate for dessert made with water. Probably not Kosher, but it took the dessert craving away for only 50 calories and I figure the sugar damage was minimal.
My body was adjusting to the supplements I was given over the weekend and it was not fun. I was taking two different supplements at the same time and the resultant heartburn – or whatever it was – was unable to stand up, almost crying on the floor painful. Sunday night when it was at its worst, J ran to the store to get Tagamet for me, which fortunately worked, since I couldn’t lie down either since that made me nauseas. I’ve started spacing the supplements and that seems to work, since I’ve had no problems since Sunday night.
Day 2: I woke up early to get some things done before work and was starving so I had a strawberry yogurt – not allowed because it has “evaporated cane juice” but it also has probiotics so I figured it balanced out. Breakfast was TJ’s organic oats and flax instant oatmeal with a 1/2 tsp of almond butter stirred in. It was surprisingly good!
Lunch was TJ’s again, this time 1/2 can of organic vegetarian chili with a corn tortilla. Snack was an apple with almond butter.
For dinner, I made grilled chicken with quinoa onions and red and yellow bell peppers – I got the recipe right off the TJ’s box of quinoa. Naturally, I forgot to take a picture.
Day 3: I started the day with an after morning workout snack of pomegranate Greek yogurt – much lower in sugar than normal yogurt. Breakfast, lunch and snack same as Day 2. I was exhausted all day and had trouble focusing on work, so I did a little internet research on candidas and what it can cause. Interesting – allergies, skin issues, weight gain, fatigue, the list went on and on. Definitely some motivational knowledge.
I was starving when I got home around 6:30 so I nibbled on a few cashews and a celery stick with almond butter. Since the wild copperriver salmon I had planned to cook for dinner wasn’t defrosted yet (and I was tired), J and I headed to a Thai place near our house. We ordered veggie spring rolls, chicken panang, and garlic chicken. I had brown rice (which was not good, too gritty), he had white. I don’t think there was any yeast in the meal, although there may have been some sugar in the coconut milk that made the panang and I’m not entirely sure about those spring roll wrappers. I should probably do more investigating before we eat out again. It was nice having eating out options though.
So far? Not as hard as I thought it would be, although I’m not being super strict (that no sugar added hot chocolate is my savior). But I really miss bread, sugar and the freedom to eat whatever I want! I’m hoping the payoff is worth the pain. I guess in 18 more days we’ll know . . . something.