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Well I was not gluten or sugar-free during the holidays and BOY did my skin break out.  I have finally gotten back on track this last week and am sticking to it.  I played with the idea of doing a full yeast-free diet but chickened out.  Maybe someday but being gluten and sugar-free is enough hassle for me right now.

About 4 weeks ago I accidentally ate sugar a few times (wasn’t using my brain) and broke out.  It took me a bit to realize what I had done.

Since then, I have had 2 weekends “off” (one nongluten-free and this past weekend I also allowed sugar on a trip).  My face has EXPLODED with adult acne.  Sigh.

I have come to accept that this is most likely a candida issue.  After the holidays, I will be going on an anti-candida diet.  Blerg.  Not looking forward to it.  I am reading The Yeast Connection and so much speaks to me.  Along with that diet I plan to also be gluten-free (his diet isn’t) since gluten can feed the yeasties.  After Thanksgiving I am going to start taking Candex (and after Christmas I will change my diet).

I really, really hope this works.  My face hurts. 😦

How dare it!

Still gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free.  I have had wine a few times and totally broke out from it.  So no vino until our wedding anniversary and Thanksgiving.  Not worth it.

I miss cheese and half-n-half in my coffee.

I can’t say I have any more energy from any of this, though.  Sigh.  I’m not getting in any extra exercise like yoga or anything.  That’s my next step but it is the hardest.  It’s hard to be so busy plus have low energy plus make oneself exercise.  I know others have achieved this so somehow I will to.  When, we will see….

I’m just putting this out there.

I am thinking of also trying to be dairy-free.

My skin is pretty good – occasional flare ups and they seem hormone-related.  But I am thinking of dropping dairy to see if it helps with energy levels (still low – is it me or just normal f/t working mommyhood??) and to see if it helps clear up my sinuses a bit.

This is a big change for me.  I love brie, my yogurt, cream in my coffee, and good butter.  I also LOVE ice cream but since discovering agave syrup sweetened coconut ice cream I am very much fine in that department.

Anyway, it’s a thought.  A slightly scary thought.  But the holidays are soon and I see that as a stopping point for the gluten-free experiment so it will be that for the dairy-free one as well (not the sugar-free one – that’s staying put).**

Tonight, though, brie cheese will be eaten.

**I will be eating what I want on Thanksgiving and also Christmas day.  After that I will decide if the gluten (and possibly dairy, now) is a real issue for me or not.

I used to loooooove Magic Shell.  I haven’t had it too much in recent years and, when I did, it made me feel yucky (gee, wonder why).  But I still held it on this yummy pedestal (I am very bad at remembering that things I used to enjoy that I stop enjoying means I don’t actually enjoy them any more – sigh).

So last night I had some Purely Decadent vanilla bean ice cream and decided to drizzle on some pure cocoa (just a block of Trader Joe’s baker’s chocolate melted in the microwave).  Voila – gluten-free, sugar-free “magic shell” that was SO GOOD and did not make me feel nasty!

I know I said I was writing a gluten-free Disneyland post.  I still plan to.  I hope to get it done before next week since I go back to work then (grumble – stressing about that).

I’m still here and I still plan to write a gf DL post, I promise.

Things are going well on the gf and sf front.  I start back to work next week so that will be an interesting challenge.

Starting tomorrow I will be waking up at the butt crack of dawn to do some yoga.  I’ll likely get a fee more practices from Yoga Download.

Today’s yoga involved doing 11 (!) loads of laundry.  Jealous?

We’re taking a 3 day family vacation to Disneyland to celebrate Z’s 4th birthday.  I will be heading to Town Hall to get my list of gluten-free foods at the park and doing my best.  I won’t be so concerned about sugar on this trip.  Obviously, no blatant sweet stuff like ice cream but my focus will be on gluten-free (since they make it so easy there) and if there’s some hidden sugar in a food I won’t sweat it.

I am slightly broken out right now and my lovely ladyhood started this morning (just in time for DL – woohoo!).

When we’re back I plan to do a post on gluten-free choices at Disneyland.

Courtesy of kookiekarma.com

Courtesy of kookiekarma.com

Just a quick pot about how much I love these.  I never considered myself a fan of carob but the Holistic Carob Chip cookie is sooooo good.  Tastes like firm cookie dough to me.  It’s gluten and sugar free (plus vegan).

Delicious.

After my tea and scones treat where I felt like my body was going to lift out of my chair because I was so fricken high, I broke out a couple of days later. Not as bad as in the past but definitely the worst break out since dropping sugar.

It’s been 2 1/2 weeks since then and my skin is blemish-free (minus one small one at my nose where my glasses rest).  I am not wearing any cover up on my chin r around my mouth – this used to never happen!

I’ve been gluten-free for almost 2 weeks now.  It’s been easy enough.  No idea if it is affecting my face but I’ll keep at it for a few months just to see.

…a brand new yoga mat.

…a Forrest Yoga practice on the new mat.

…figuring out future “what to do with my life” plans (near future, want to be a stay at home mother, but “future future” have decided to first become a La Leche League Leader and then a Doula.)  I am so excited!  (I am burnt out in my current career, which I just entered the 12th year, so hence the future thoughts post-SAHMness)

…ending the day curled up on the couch watching The Daily Show, sipping some kefir, and enjoying gluten-free, sugar-free truffles.

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