I’m officially entering my second week of my personal ‘whole 30’ challenge, in which I am cutting out the crap and keeping in the good stuff. So, to make this past week’s events a little more readable, I’m going to break them down into categories.
The Whole 30 diet is ‘simple’ to follow, but not necessarily ‘easy.’ That being said, I’m trying to find balance in my carb intake. Normally, I can eat a very low carb paleo diet, and not really crave carbs at all. I don’t know if these cravings are coming from my candida infection or if I genuinely need them to detox my system. It seems like the cravings are sleeper cells where I’m fine eating low carb for a few days and then WHAM I find myself making 2 large sweet potatoes’ worth of sweet potato fries (in healthy oils, of course).
I’ve also been finding that I have an absurdly strong craving for avocados, like ALL of the time. But weirdly, avocados by themselves still don’t really appeal to me taste-wise. So, I’ve been eating a TON of guacamole, and my cravings almost always manifest as a need for a Chipotle salad with lots of guac. I know avocados are great for you, so I gave into these cravings realizing that my body must need something in the avocados. But the cravings got me curious – what is in avocados that I need so badly? Turns out, Avocados are really high in Vitamin K, which is typically found in dairy (which I don’t consume). Also, because vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin, and avocados are loaded with healthy fats, they are the perfect vessel for vitamin K assimilation! Also, avocados are rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium, and other trace minerals that I’m probably deficient in!
I have had a few cheats though, typically in the form of potato chips, as well as I am trying to figure out if I have an egg sensitivity. More experiments on myself are in order! I also spent some time to make up a whole bunch of homemade, sugar free pasta sauce that I can use to make all kinds of zoodles!
My portions are also still very wacky (sometimes okay size, sometimes waaaaay too much food), and I’m having a difficult time nailing them down. That is something I definitely want to focus on this week if I can.
Detoxing has not been easy. In fact, it has been the worst it’s been in a very long time. My skin is breaking out, I’m still bloated and inflamed, and my emotional state has been ALL OVER THE PLACE. Granted, a lot of things always seem to go wrong at once at the worst possible time (i.e. now), so I’ve had a lot of additional stresses on my plate that I’m not used to. Now that a couple of them have been taken care of, I’m hoping that I will be less of an emotional wreck this week than I was last week. Seriously, there was a lot of spiraling out of control, and I’m just grateful that I didn’t say or do anything irreversible that I regret. Fortunately, it manifested as me just being whiny and mopey for a few days – irritatingly so, but at least I didn’t hulk out!
I’ve been trying to take regular detox baths to help my skin and pull out toxins. These seem to be helping a bit, but not as much as I’d like, which leads to the next topic:
Last week, I was pretty busy running around trying to get things done, so I didn’t have time for workouts and relied mostly on baths to detox and relax some stress away. It became pretty clear this past weekend that that wasn’t going to be enough sweating to get this crap out. So, I pushed myself pretty hard and worked out last Thursday with a game of racketball, and on Sunday with the Core Speed DVD from Focus T25 (one of my favorites!). I had a great time doing the Core Speed DVD and am going to try to make sure I do something physical at least three times a week. I’m planning to do a yoga DVD tonight, since the Core Speed DVD left me pretty sore and I need to stretch!
I visited my naturopath on day 3 of my challenge and we decided to switch things up after being on the same regimen of stomach acid supplements, enzymes, and probiotics designed to fight candida for about 7 months. It became clear that my candida infection was not going away with these probiotics anymore, and since I was still on such a high level of stomach acid and not feeling any warming sensations, there was another deeper problem.
I am now taking a supplement to restore my gut lining, since that is probably contributing to my systemic candida infection. I am also taking an herbal yeast detox instead of a probiotic one, as well as the strongest enzyme formula she has to help me better digest food. I’m hoping that eating right and taking these supplements heals my gut lining and makes the candida go away!!!!
This week, I’m going to try to focus on:
- Portion control
- Determining a good carb balance
- working out 3 times and sweating
- Keep eating cleanly
- Reduce as much stress as possible
- Yoga to rein in emotional turmoil
Thank you for reading everyone! Stay healthy, friends, and good luck with your whole 30 challenges!