Weighted Faith

Weight Loss and Faith Collide

An Addiction I was too proud to have …

“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” Proverbs 12:25

Guest Blog Today!!!

 www.devotionaldiva.com

I  struggle daily with anxiety, my confidence, and self esteem about my weight, but that is getting better every day.

I can only do this through The Lords strength and daily prayer. If you are struggling with anything, I am always here to talk. I have learned in my years that sometimes just telling someone about what you are going through is the first step to healing. Because its only then you will see that people will still love who you are with all your scars, brokenness, and baggage.

-A

My Top 5

I get questions all the time for meal and recipe ideas.

I thought I would share my top 5 websites with you:

http://www.elanaspantry.com/

I love that she has a section for different diets, whether you are on Paleo, Candida, dairy free…. she has great ideas

http://civilizedcavemancooking.com/

George has some great recipes and he is really fun to follow on Instagram

http://myhealthydish.com/

My has some great ideas with food

http://paleoparents.com/

I love Paleo Parents because they also have different diets specific to allergies. All kid friendly and fun.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com

This is more informational. I love this newsletter because its easy to read and understand. Good info

 

 

 

Sugar Detox

sugarSo I have been on a really strict diet to kill the Candida yeast in my system. I have had a diet for 10 years of “eat what ever I want” this consisted of sugar, sugar, and more sugar. I have shared how I would sit down and eat about a dozen Sprinkles Cupcakes in about 2 days. Or I would have a full breakfast and two donuts. One of the biggest habits that I had … not even realizing it, dessert after dinner. I grew up in a house where my dad had to have sweet after every dinner, he went so far one night to eat cake mix. The actual CAKE MIX POWDER!!! This was my learned behavior, that I didn’t even realized that I carried on this habit into my adulthood. Then this Candida diet happened and I realized that I carried on my dads habit and it was really hard to break.

Julianna (nutritionist) first presented the diet to me I said there are three things I will not break Coffee, Bacon, & Strawberries. She said its only six weeks and you will bend on those things for a better you. She was right. No coffee because it contains mold (all coffee naturally had mold) also the I am so resistant to caffeine it means I abuse it. No bacon, even though I eat nitrate free bacon pork contains retroviruses that survive cooking. Strawberries also contain mold and NO SUGAR.

{Sent by Julianna} The goal of this diet is to strip the yeast of the foods it uses to thrive and supplying it the foods it needs to fight the yeast off.  The primary goal is avoiding sugar and yeast.  Yeast is sneaky in lots of foods, so refer to your food list to help you. This diet in conjunction with supportive supplementation should help eradicate a yeast overgrowth.

So what can I eat???

All foods should be organic and meats are grass fed

Meat- Beef, Buffalo, Elk, Lamb, Rabbit, Venison, Chicken (white & dark meat), Duck, Goose, Quail, Turkey

Seafood- Clams, Perch, Salmon, & Whitefish

Legumes- Black Beans, Green Beans, Green Peas, Lima Beans, Mung Beans, Navy Beans, Pink Beans, Pinto Beans

Beverages- Almond Milk (unsweetened, unflavored), herbal tea, water

Dairy & Eggs- Chicken Eggs, Yogurt

Nuts- Almonds, Chestnuts, Hickory nuts, Poppy Seeds, Filberts, Sesame Seeds

Vegetables- Avocado, Artichoke, Jicama, Zucchini, Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, pumpkin, asparagus, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, celery, cucumber, daikon, fennel, garlic, ginger root, kohlrabi, leek, okra, onions, all bell peppers, all hot peppers, radish, shallot, turnip, all lettuce (no spinach), swiss chard, radicchio, kale, endive, greens, cilantro

Fruits- lemons, lime, rhubarb

Oils & Fats- Almond oil, primrose oil, fish oils, olive oil, safflower oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil

So yeah very limited. It has proven to be a very difficult to be creative with this diet because I am SO restricted. I have managed though. I am going to start week 4 and I have survived. I still want my strawberries.

-A

 

 

 

What is Candida?

candida-albicans-620x360Naturally found in the body, the fungus Candida albicans develops soon after birth in the intestinal tract of healthy babies in its yeast-like ‘friendly’ form and is normally kept under control by good bacteria that thrives in the bowel, such as the multiple strains of acidophilus.  In a healthily balanced body Candida is not able to proliferate.  However, when Candida organisms do get out of control, they convert to a more threatening form with root-like growths that penetrate into the intestinal wall.  As a by-product of their existence, they excrete much waste and as a result they increase the levels of toxicity in the body.  This often leads to toxins being absorbed from the bowel into the bloodstream resulting in food intolerances and allergies especially to dairy, yeast, grains and sugary foods.  This condition of Candida overgrowth is known as ‘candidiasis’. Once in the bloodstream, Candida can break down the immune system and also overload the liver and kidneys.  White blood cells therefore become over-burdened in their struggle to control the invasion, further weakening the immune system.  Normally the body will be able to deal with minor yeast infections; however yeast is extremely difficult to destroy, so when the yeast reaches the overwhelming stage whereby the immune system becomes severely undermined, it becomes almost impossible for the body to fight off overpowering infections as athlete’s foot, vaginal yeast infections and nail fungal infections.  Candida is a common contributor to many diseases and conditions, such as AIDS, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, colds, flu, and more – in fact almost all health problems are greatly aggravated by Candida.  Diabetics are therefore especially prone to this type of problem.  In addition, children with autism, ADHD and other developmental disorders are often found to be infected with Candida as well.

The common symptoms of Candida overgrowth might include any of the following:

  • Recurrent or persistent thrush
  • Fungal infections of the skin and nails
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Constant tiredness
  • Poor immunity
  • Food sensitivity/intolerances/allergies
  • Loss of energy
  • Decreased libido
  • Intestinal gas and/or abdominal bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual problems
  • Poor digestion and other digestion-related problems
  • Itching in the groin/anus/vagina/scrotum and/or discharge
  • Sugar cravings
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Frequent infections of the upper respiratory tract that result in coughs, colds and sinusitis
  • General irritability
  • Difficulty in losing weight

So, since Candida feeds off sugar, I have for the last 2 weeks and 4 more weeks to go, been on a very strict diet.

Monday I will blog about the Candida diet that my nutritionist has me on.

-A