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Friday, September 4, 2015

a sad.... sad short story.

So last night The Hubs & I were bad. We made popcorn. We figured, okay we're on this diet for two more weeks, & we won't eat anything sugary or gluteny or dairy-y, but surely popcorn is okay just this once! The Hubs makes organic popcorn in the air popper then tops it with olive oil & salt. Healthy right?! We ate our popcorn while we watched a movie.

And then... the gut pain. OH THE GUT PAIN!

Sharp pains! Hunching over pains! WHAT THE HECK PAINS!

Popcorn! Say it isn't so! Do you contribute to my leaky gut?! Does leaky gut even feel? I don't know! But I do know that one of the top three things I have missed during this diet now wants to kill me!

Oh it was very sad. I popped a couple probiotics & supplements & that helped. But should I really be eating something that makes me feel so very, very bad?!

*sad face emoticon*

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Just Back From the Doc... How's That Diet Going?!

This morning I had a quick live blood test to see how the antifungal, anti-yeast diet was going. I also have been taking a supplement to kill fungus, & a probiotic from the doctor to help flood my gut with good bacteria which helps kill the yeast (I always take a probiotic but have switched to what he uses).

So what did my blood show? He didn't see any fungus, or the parasite which showed up last time. He didn't see any new yeast, but some adult yeast that still need to die off. One of the yeast looked like a butterfly. He explained that this yeast had created a biofilm around it that makes it invisible to my immune system, & therefore really really difficult to kill off. Just like bacteria can morph & become stronger, yeast is doing the same thing as a result of antibiotics we take as well as food we eat that has been exposed to antibiotics (basically all non-grass-fed, non-organic beef, non-pastured & non-organic chicken, etc.). Which then makes the yeast incredibly hard to get rid of, especially when we continue to eat anything with sugar, which feeds yeast. Being off of any type of sugar has helped prevent my body from creating new yeast.

He said overall, my blood looked good, & I didn't need to continue on the diet for three more weeks, just two. Afterward, he would like me to go on a blood type-based diet.

He did see something that indicates that I have leaky gut syndrome. Fun stuff! He gave me a supplement to help heal my gut. He also has some recommendations for killing off the biofilm & therefore the remaining yeast, that I cannot talk about here for eff-dee-ay compliance reasons.

All of the issues I have - leaky gut, yeast, adrenal fatigue, slight anemia (oh yeah, forgot to mention that one) - only become worse if left untreated. Time + any of those issues = much bigger problems. Y'all I'm 30! I want to be healthy when I'm 40, 50, 60+! I am taking control of my health now.

I think what's been the most telling is the fact that... we already ate pretty healthy. We don't have gluten at home, very little dairy, & just make a few exceptions when outside the home - we don't gorge on anything. We like real food, very little processed, etc. And yet, the exceptions that I make still affect my body like this.

What do I really want? I want to be as healthy as possible. What if it means never eating gluten or sugar ever again? Is that likely? No. But was the old status quo enough to continue getting me by? Nope.

Lots to chew on (no pun intended)! I already know that being healthy equals sacrifice. It means not eating what I want when I want it. But it's time to tighten the reigns even more.

Lord help me (no, really!).

Friday, August 28, 2015

Get in on this deal!


The Premium Starter Kit has been on sale this month, which is something Young Living has never done, at least since I've been a part of the company the past two years. The PSK is NEW & has three new powerhouse oils in it, R.C., DiGize, & Copaiba - oils I always said people needed anyways, so now they're included which is fantastic!!

Not only do you get 11 oils, a diffuser, samples, small bottles, & cards for sharing with your friends, BUT you also join a community of people who help & support each other as we all desire to be as healthy & well as possible! I also send you a welcome package with some fun stuff in it.

You can either email me or run to my website to learn more & purchase your kit today to start your journey toward full health! Make sure you do it before the deal is over on August 31!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Susie Homemaker

Y'all, my domesticity yesterday was off the charts. I honestly felt like I needed to be wearing a dress & pearls when The Hubs came home from work. I actually IRONED. I know. For reals. And I made a stinking delicious meal!

I love to cook & I cook from scratch, & I try new recipes all the time. However, I had never made a roasted chicken. So basic, so classic, right? Also disgusting. Handling a raw chicken makes me nearly gag. But the result may have made it worth it!! Because this was one delicious chicken! Perfectly salted & with a slight butter flavor, crispy skin... mmmm. I guess it's called the Perfect Roast Chicken for a reason! Served with a side of our favorite roasted green beans.

I also found this Paleo, Candida-diet friendly zucchini bread muffin recipe that I wanted to try - & they were really good! It's nice to eat something bread-y! I'm sure I'll make them even when the cleanse is over.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Awesomely Delicious Candida Diet Recipes!

Okay, we've been on this anti fungal, anti yeast diet for 1.5 weeks, & I hate to pat myself on the back or anything - no, no I'm okay doing that, because most of my life these days is mere survival, so if I do something well, PAT PAT. We have had some really delicious dinners! I'm still severely missing my cortados, popcorn, & chocolate, but dinner leaves us feeling full & satisfied. I really should have made double batches of everything so I could eat it for lunch too (especially the roasted vegetables, because I gobble those up way too fast).

Chicken Sausage Patties with Apple & Sage - delicious flavor! I made roasted okra with it, which is one of our favorite vegetables & I can seriously eat an entire pan by myself.

Coconut Rice with Black Beans and Sausage Crumbles - this recipe was made for us by a friend, & I liked it so much I had to make it myself! I made roasted green beans as well (SO STINKING GOOD).


2 Tbsp butter
1 shallot, minced (or onion)
2 cups uncooked jasmine rice (I used brown)
1 can coconut milk
1 ½ cups water or chicken broth
pinch, salt
pinch nutmeg
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
½- ¾ bag pork or turkey sausage crumbles (I used turkey)

Cook the rice in the coconut milk & chicken broth. Cook the shallot in butter, add in the sausage & brown. Add in black beans, then mix with cooked rice.

Italian Chicken & Rice - totally made this one up. I chopped up two chicken breasts into bite sized pieces & cooked them on the skillet in olive oil. I threw a pound of medium size tomatoes, quartered, into a skillet with olive oil on medium heat, covered. It simmers & I crush the cooked tomatoes to create a sauce. Threw in some fresh chopped basil, minced garlic, salt & pepper, then throw in the cooked chicken. Plate on top of cooked brown rice.

Venison Meatballs - I made meatballs using deer meat (we have an abundance of it), no cheese, & steel cut oats instead of flour. I chopped up zucchini & squash, sauteed it on the skillet then mixed it with a store bought organic tomato sauce (make sure you check for sugar - it's in almost all pasta sauces!). I plated the meatballs over the veggies & sauce, with roasted Brussels sprouts on the side.

It's totally possible to eat really healthy & not feel deprived! Unlike some other diets, I don't feel hungry all the time, but I'm able to rid my body of sugar & other stuff that is hard on my system.

Don't get me wrong - I'm still running straight to the coffee shop as soon as it's over. :)