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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. 😦

…is hunting down gluten-free blogs.  I am still on the hunt for more sugar-free ones as well but I am seriously thinking about dropping gluten come August so I am surrounding myself with the idea.

I took a Celiac Disease quiz and was given this result:

6 points. Medium risk for celiac disease. Yet one-third of CD patients have no symptoms. Consult your family and your clinician.

I don’t know about that.  I feel like a lot of what I read about Celiac Disease doesn’t sound like me at all.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to try and axe the gluten.  A. For better skin and B. because all of these gluten-free bloggers keep posting about how they’ve gained so much more energy after killing the gluten in their diets.

I. Want. That.

I was actually hoping for a bigger energy boost from cutting out sugar.  There has been a bit – I am definitely not as sluggish and feel better when waking in the morning.  But nothing HUGE.  I want huge.  Please?

I’m sure doing an anti-candida diet would do that for me.  But, like I said, feeling a bit wimpish in that area right now.

Alas, my vacation is over.  The good news is that I only work in July for the summer and the days are short (I work at a school).  The bad news is that I am not in love with my job and want to be a SAHM (stay at home mom).  That’s in the works and I’m just sucking it up in the mean time.  But I’m still a tad cranky, heh.

It’s been one week since going sugar-free.  I feel good – not fabulous or anything but good and fine.  The only cravings I have now are occasional ones for a nice glass of wine.

Like I said yesterday, I suspect I have a problem with excess candida.  But, also like I said, the idea of the candida diet intimidates the shit out of me.  I’ve been off and on thinking about it all day today.  It’s so restrictive and that’s a trigger for me due to my disordered eating issues.  The idea of cutting out mushrooms, one of my favoritest favorite foods in the whole world makes my head spin.  And gets the Head Crazies chattering away which is something I’d like to avoid.

So, what does this mean?  Would I never try an anti-candida diet just because of food issues and body image problems?  Nah.  I would.  I would just work on getting over myself.  But I don’t think I am quite there yet and also I’m not quite convinced that such a restrictive diet is necessary (I may eat my words someday, pun intended, I know…).

I am thinking that in August if my skin issues are still bad I will cut out gluten.  And if I am still struggling with adult acne in mid-September then dairy will be next on the chopping block.  And that’s it, for a while.  I think.  I may have a totally different opinion by Fall.  I may be ready to do more, who knows.  But that’s what’s making me comfortable in my noggin at this point in the journey and that’s good enough for me.

The husband and I are also trying for #2 come the new year as well so that’s been another factor.  Do I really want to deal with the anti-candida diet when pregnant?  I’m betting no.

I still, however, totally reserve the right to change my mind at any given point during this journey.  I’m good at that.

What I’m not good at is cooking.  I have no feel for it.  It’s an art I don’t get.  I must have a recipe.  I do not know how to whip together things.  My brain is not wired in this way.  But I did decide to go all wild and crazy (yes, what I am about to share is wild for me in the kitchen creation area.  Feel free to point and laugh) and make up a sugar-free chocolate goody.

Banachoconuts
2T coconut oil
56 grams 100% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate (mine was baking chocolate from Trader Joe’s)
3T shredded Coconut
1 banana

Slice banana and place on wax paper in one layer (inside something with edges – I used a plastic container).  I made sure the slices had a bit of space in between each one.

Melt oil and chocolate together over medium-low heat, stirring frequently.  Then add the shredded coconut and mix well together.  Pour mixture evenly over the banana slices.  Make sure to spread out chocolate and coconut over each slice.  Chill in the fridge to harden.

Then break off a pieces or two and enjoy!

I just made these today so I am clueless on how they will keep in the fridge.

Banachoconuts

Banachoconuts

I thought they were tasty – I think next time I will either do bigger pieces of banana or try it with a different fruit all together.  The 100% cacao is so intense and really kills my chocolate cravings.  I am loving it more and more each day.

Well I just took this test and here’s the death sentence score and description I received:

Your Score Is 56
In today’s world, Candida often accumulates in the body much faster than it can be eliminated. A score between 55-64 indicates moderate to advanced yeast connected health problems. A Candida cleanse is needed, both to rid your body of the unpleasant symptoms you are experiencing and to finally achieve the lasting health results you want.

Oh joy.

Well, I plan to be in the denial phase for a while.  Heh.

Even though I am currently only avoiding sugar I am reading a lot about the anti-Candida Diet.  I am reallllly hoping cutting out sugar miraculously kills my adult acne but my gut instinct is telling me I will have to do more.  So I am reading up on it and want to save blogs I like in my links.  I plan to also include a Gluten-free blog list as well since if I do decide that an anti-candida diet is the answer I may slowly get there by first cutting gluten (and, obviously, still the sugar).  I dunno.  The idea of the anti-candida diet intimidates me, honestly.

But so did cutting out sugar and I finally managed to do it.  Not that the “battle” is over but I’m feeling good.  I reminded myself today about how when I quit smoking (pack – pack 1/2 day habit, has been 14 years) that I finally just did it.  This sugar thing feels like that I realized.

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