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 :).

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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.


Our New Year’s Sugar Fast & Weekly Meal Plan {No. 20}

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Sugar Fast

We’ve started this thing, where about once a year,  we go on a “sugar fast” of sorts.  In the past, we’ve always been a bit lenient, making such allowances as one day off each week, still eating honey or small amounts of other natural sweeteners or there’s my personal favorite, still eating, just a few, chocolate chips.  This year we decided to be all out sticklers & call it quits without any of our favorite exceptions, for a month that is {I’m not sure I’m ready to sign on to a lifetime of no sweets just yet!}.

Now granted, the majority of “sweets eating” we do in our house consists of homemade goodies that were made using more natural sweeteners such as honey or sucanat, but it is still so easy to get into a habit of overdoing it on the sweet stuff.  Our goal is to make it a month without any sweets or sugar, even in it’s natural form.  It’s been 5 days so far for us, so it’s a bit soon to predict how we’ll do, but we’re on our way!

I’ll try to post some periodic updates this month with how we’re doing & maybe even some tips for anyone who may be interested in doing their own little sugar fast.

Are you doing any diet change ups in the New Year?  I’d love to hear about it!  Please share below!

And now, on to what we’re serving up for supper this week…

weekly meal plan Suppers

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Aloha burgersAloha Burgers & salads {Yep, we grill in January!  I’ll try & pick a warmer day}

Cheesy Enchilada Casserole

Grilled Cheesy Beef & Vegetable Hash {Sometimes we move this one inside to the oven when it’s too cold to be grilling}

White Chicken Pizza

 

Snacks

Chips & homemade salsa

Soaked walnuts & almonds

Popcorn


Weekly Meal Plan {No. 19}

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If it seems like I’ve fallen off the face of the earth, I haven’t!  I’m still here!  When things start getting crazy, my blogging is definitely one of the first things to fall off the to-do list, so my apologies.  I’ve actually spent the last couple days thinking hard about my goals & plans for the New Year, & this blog is still high on my list of projects I’d like to continue!  Now my task is to do a better job scheduling my time…….still working on that ;).

One thing’s for sure though, meal planning is still a huge life-saver for our family.  Here’s what I’m planning to cook up this week…

weekly meal plan

 

Suppers

 Homemade Pizza & salads

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Carrots

BarradasBarradas & salads

Creamy Chicken with gnocchis & Broccoli

Snacks

Cheese sticks, Carrots & Dill dip, Soaked & dried Almonds & Walnuts

January 2nd begins our annual “sugar fast”.  Pray for us! :)


Weekly Meal Plan {No. 18}

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Happy Thanksgiving week!!  I really love this time of year.  I love this holiday & that the focus is that of gratitude.  It’s definitely a struggle to not get carried away in all the other things & stuff that accompanies any holiday, especially the stress, but my prayer is that my heart & my mind would stay focused on thankfulness.  

Now on to meal planning! :)  Not sure how well we’ll stay on track with our meal plan this week with our travels to visit family & being back & forth, but I’m hoping by having it in place, I at least I won’t be worried about what’s for dinner when we are home to eat.

weekly meal plan

 

Suppers

Parmesan broiled tilapia fillets, salads & sauteed cucumbers

Steak fajitas & salads

Chicken fried rice & fruit

BLT sandwiches, salads & fruit

Potato chowder & carrot sticks

Snacks

Cantaloupe & grapes

Chips & salsa

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