March has been about fierce motivation. Michael and I started the Candida diet on the first, and with ten days in, we already feel and look much healthier! It has a very strict DO NOT EAT & DRINK list, though. We'll be on it for two months, then celebrate our accomplishment by me eating a Big Mac. Then we'll resume a much more health-conscious way of eating.
The Candida diet kills off yeast in your body that some believe is responsible for a number of ailments, including chronic pain and Fibromyalgia. I have seen first-hand how beneficial the diet is for someone close to us and it was enough for me to grumble, "we'll do it" when Mike starting singing its praises one morning when I was barely awake enough to think of how that would mean no Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs.
The Candida cleanse and diet is not for everybody and can be a real challenge, including purchasing a few pricey supplements — to needing to cook and prepare just about everything you eat or else you don't eat — to giving up the nectar of life: coffee. Between being on a waiting list for weeks to make an appointment with my doctor for a Vicodin renewal (way to treat chronic pain patients Alta-Med!) and another pain pill that did absolutely nothing, I gave up popping prescription pills. The good news is I have not been in pain since starting the diet. In fact, some symptoms disappeared within days.
Meals aren't the only things I've been making square. I am down to adding the white rounds to the last dozen granny squares (of the one-hundred eight, six round squares) needed for the All Wrapped Up Crochet Afghan! I am hoping by the weekend I will have decided the layout and which method to join 'em together. This is, in case you missed it, an attempt to meet my own April Fool-ish Challenge. It'll probably take me right up until the last few minutes of April 30th to finish — which means the next day I can bake a chocolate cake to celebrate — gluten-free, of course! And what better recipe for this happy hooker to try than one from a blog titled, A Girl...Defloured.
For more information on a similar Candida Diet, click here. We did not do the hardcore cleanse and have mostly followed the guidelines and recipes found in The Ultimate Candida Guide and Cookbook. The dinner in photo: kale, lettuce, carrot, tomato, avocado, pine nut salad / spaghetti squash / lean ground turkey meatballs - both with Mike's altered spaghetti sauce. Delicious!
EDIT: After seeing and feeling amazing results, we decided to backtrack on March 19th and go with the hardcore cleanse and purchase The Candida Diet program (only $37!). Much more comprehensive and easier to follow than the book we first used.