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.


Nearing the end

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This week has been a bit unproductive for me.  Remember those immune boosters I shared with you a couple weeks ago?  Yeah, well, they work a little better if you actually use them.  For some reason I’m fairly faithful with applying them to the little guy, but it’s easy to forget about myself.  I’m so thankful for my sweet hubby & his willingness to stay home & give me a little break so I could get back on my feet.  I’ve bounced back pretty quickly, but it’s amazing how quickly those little daily tasks that you don’t really pay much attention to, pile up.

I’ve neglected my blog here for a few days in an attempt to make some headway, but I thought I’d make just a quick appearance today to share some of the last fruits from our garden this year.  We’ll have a bit more of a harvest for sure, but there’s no doubt it’s winding down as you can feel the chill of fall in the air.  No complaints here, I adore this time of year!

I’ve purposefully not shared much, if at all, about our garden this year, since there was very little to share.  I hesitantly made the decision in the spring to make major cutbacks to my normal garden plans.  With our garden space located between our garage & the alley, behind our house, I couldn’t figure out a way to tend to the garden {that I’d be comfortable with} with the little man.  We do use the stroller,  but let’s be honest, there is definitely a time limit on how long that’s fun, for him & therefore for me as well :).

So, all my hopes & dreams of a big beautiful garden dwindled to tomatoes & peppers.  It worked.  I’m glad I didn’t have more to tend to, at least for this year.  And, despite the lack of variety, there has been no lack in production.  I’m currently looking at buckets of produce in my kitchen & have a little canning party planned for myself this evening.  I’m happy.

End of Summer Harvest

End of Summer Harvest

End of Summer Harvest

End of Summer Harvest

End of Summer Harvest

End of Summer Harvest

End of Summer Harvest

End of Summer Harvest


Fall Reading

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Yesterday, a couple of books were delivered from Amazon that have been on my wishlist for a LONG time.  I am SO excited to get some time to sit down with these.

In case you can’t make out all the cover info in the picture, they are Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon & Real Food for Mother and Baby by Nina Planck.

I LOVE reading about anything natural health related & I’ve heard such great things about both of these books for the past couple of years, I’m kind of surprised I’ve waited this long to add them to my library!  Mr. Wiles is just starting to get more interested in eating actual food, so it will be fun to see what Real Food for Mother and Baby has to say about first foods.  I already know quite a bit about what Nourishing Traditions teaches, and in fact, I honestly thought I had this book for quite a while, but I realized it was just because I’ve read so much about it online.  I’m excited to have it as a resource of my own now.

I’ve also just started reading The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson.  I received this one as a gift at one of our baby showers.  I’ve just made it through the introduction so far {it’s not long, I’m just a distracted reader :)} but I already think it seems like it will be a great resource for mommyhood.  If you’ve read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

I’ve mentioned before that I tend to read multiple books at a time, so I’m trying to keep my current reads to just these three.  I could probably get through things a lot quicker if I’d just pick one, but I don’t have that kind of focus ;).  You can check out the rest of my reading list here if you’d like.

Are you reading anything great these days?

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