A Sugar Fast Update: Why

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I don’t have a meal plan to share with you all this week as our plans have us all over the place this week & there just wouldn’t be much to share.  Instead, I thought I’d share a little more about our month long, New Year’s Sugar Fast.

Sugar Fast


Some of you may wonder WHY we’d be doing such a thing.  Well, if I’m being completely honest, I too ask myself this question, like…. everyday {ok fine, so I ask myself this several times a day}.  First & foremost, is probably just because we are so addicted to sugar & we’d like not to be.  I mentioned last week that we really don’t eat a lot of processed sugars.  A couple years ago we made the switch to only having sweeteners like honey & sucanat in our kitchen rather than the typical white or brown sugar & we also don’t buy any processed sweets like cookies, crackers, candy etc.  However, even with eating only the more natural forms of sugar, we still become so accustomed to having that in our diet that we crave it daily & can easily overindulge.  

Our second reason for our Sugar Fast is that we are trying to bring our candida levels back into check.  Candida is a form of yeast that everyone has & should have.  But, candida can become overpopulated due to things like antibiotic use, high-stress, consuming alcohol, taking oral contraceptives, or in our case, eating too much sugar.

Candida overgrowth has been linked to many issues such as digestive disorders, chronic fatigue, mood swings, seasonal allergies, ADD/ADHD, skin issues, fertility & on & on.  Since sugar feeds candida, it has to go, at least for a time.

Trying to bring candida in check by starving it alone can take some time, some say many months or even years.  I’m not that patient & I want to get things taken care of as quickly as possible.  I’m not saying I’ve got this all figured out, but this is what we’ve chosen to do.  We’ve decided, in addition to our Sugar Fast, to also use essential oils to help kill off the extra candida living in our systems.  We use only therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living & take them internally using empty veg-capsules.  So far, these are the oils we’ve been taking daily, based on my research for oils that are antifungal & help kill off candida:

  • Oregano
  • Melaleuca Alternifolia
  • Lemongrass
  • Mountain Savory
  • Ocotea

Again, I’m not an expert, but this is what my reading & research has led us to doing.  We also take high quality probiotics, again from Young Living {we take their Life 5}, daily to help populate the good bacteria internally which also helps to bring balance back to the system.

I won’t lie & say eliminating sugar from our diets has been easy & I know we haven’t been perfect either, but the farther we get into it, it does get “easier”.  The Ocotea I mentioned above also helps with sugar cravings & that has been a huge help for me.  We’re 12 days in & I’m feeling slightly more confident that we can make it through this :).

For more information on Young Living Essential Oils, see here.  You can also contact me for more information on ordering or to become a wholesale member & save 24% off retail.

Disclaimer: Comments made on this blog are solely my opinion & are not meant to be used as medical advice, prescription, diagnosis or so on.  Please consult your medical doctor for questions you have about you or your families health care needs.

Safe, Non-Toxic Anti-Spider Spray

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With a little one in the house, finding a way to control insects {spiders especially!} without using toxic sprays is even more important to me than before.  After looking around & finding lots of different recipes, I concocted this little batch & gave it a try.  Not only has it drastically helped with spiders & other bugs, it smells great!  I just spray it along our doors & windows, anywhere those little guys have a tendency to sneak in through.

Here’s how you put it together:

In a spray bottle {I bought a 5-pack of basic spray bottles from Sam’s a while back that work great!}, simply add together:

1 1/2 c. water

1 T dish soap {any kind will do, Biokleen just happens to be the kind we have right now}

7 drops Peppermint essential oil

7 drops Lavender essential oil

7 drops Grapefruit essential oil

Shake a bit & start spraying!  I’ve noticed a huge difference on our back patio where I used to have to knock down webs continuously!

I used all Young Living Essential Oils.  If you’d like more info on Young Living, click here, or more info on becoming a member & ordering at wholesale prices, click here.