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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. 😦

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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.

This was my first week back to work after going gluten-free.  It went well (well, not really the annoying work part but the food part).  Next week will be the real trial, though, since then I will be seeing my students.  I am really going to have to be on top of snacks and making sure I have easy to bring lunches, etc…

Tonight we’re eating Indian food (my favorite) and I’m skipping the naan.  Maybe I’ll change my mind once it’s in front of me but, right now, I am actually OK with it.  That’s pretty wild since naan was one of my favorite parts of the meal.  But, at least in this moment, I don’t really have a desire to eat the heavy, bready food.

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?

I am planning on a Disneyland post about their gluten-free options (which were many).  I was very impressed with them and the care they took to make sure I was able to eat something gluten-free and delicious.

I am thinking of putting Couch to 5k on hold for now and concentrating on doing  some heart pounding yoga in the morning instead.  DH has some needs outside the home that early in the morning so one of us needs to be home while Z is sleeping.  I want to support him getting up early and working early because I think it would help him A LOT (and getting up early is not a strength of his).  Without getting in to specifics, this support from me is leading us down the road to me eventually becoming a SAHM.  So I happily support!

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.

Today I cooked up some of Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Pasta for the first time (spaghetti).  It was good!  The consistency was slightly different but not by a lot.  I cooked it in water with olive oil and salt for just under 10 minutes.  Z ate her serving up as well.

It’s a keeper.

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