Friday, November 01, 2013
I will have NO sugar today and no wheat. I will get 10,000 steps in. I will take my vitamins, drink my water and take my CandaClear 4.
I will do this every day this month until Thanksgiving day (when I will have both wheat and sugar, planned now, but not very much of either). I'm starting at 179.6 pounds. Let's see how much weight I can lose in 27 days. :D
Monday, October 21, 2013
Well, my measurements are better but my weight has been up and down and up and down this month with a net gain of 1 pound.
I've eaten just like my previous "normal" which isn't particularly healthy. Wheat far too frequently and so many sugar binges that I don't think I've had no sugar more than one or two days this entire month. I haven't walked enough (only 12 days over 5000 steps and none over 10k) and I haven't done any cardio.
Life has been extremely busy and too stressful and I've responded with my usually unhealthy eating habits. Most of the worst of that is all done now, so I'm getting back on track sometime this week and starting the 4th month Yeast Cleanse. On the plus side, despite the terrible eating, my Osteopath said the body-wide inflamation she'd felt before is still gone. So taking the CandaClear even though I'm not eating well is still a benefit to me. She also wants me to stop taking it after the 4th month and see how I feel after a week. I'm not sure if this is a good idea or a bad idea, but I have a month to get to that point, so we'll see.
And, either in response to all the stress of the past month, or the terrible eating, or both, I'm coming down with a cold. *sigh* serves me right. I do always seem to get sick when I'm not eating well.
Monday, September 23, 2013
I haven't taken my measurements again, but I can at least report my weight change and how I feel.
I've stopped tracking my food, and am getting much better at listening to my body and not over-eating. I'm still working on the only eating when I'm hungry thing, but I've definitely improved. Not having wheat or sugar seems to have helped a LOT with being able to listen to my body - like when I have those things they mess up the communication between my brain and my stomach. And now that I'm not having too much of those (for the most part) I'm better able to really have just a little bit of something - which I couldn't do before.
Anyway, I started month 2 of the CandaClear4 at 177.1 and today I weighed in at 173.1 - 4 pounds in 30 days is pretty good! I ate a lot more wheat this month, but still not as much as I used to. I'm finding that safe and healthy balance between depriving myself and having too much. :) I also had a planned splurge last week for my birthday and am now back to what I should be eating. Overall, I'm feeling better and seem to be finding that healthy balance, and more importantly, finding things I can keep doing with less effort - a healthystyle I can maintain! I still need to walk more, but I have pulled my average daily steps up from 3000 to 4000. And on days when I'm actually working on it, I'm even getting in 5000. It's not the 10000 it should be, but it's still improvement so I'll go with it. I got over 5000 18 out of the last 30 days (which is up by 7 days from last month) and two of those were over 10000.
My osteopath wants me to keep taking the CandaClear4 (and stay with the no sugar/low wheat eating plan) for another 2 months and see if my system will regulate at this new healthy and balanced place. Since this is all working for me, I'm fine with that and have started Month 3 today and aim to be down to 168 by the end of it. I also aim to have even more days above 5000 steps and above 10000 steps.
Progress feels good!
Thursday, August 22, 2013
I cut out wheat (mostly) and sugar (almost completely) for the past 30 days and took the Candaclear 4 herbal/probiotic supplements every day (missed one so this is actually 31 days).
I did have a flour tortilla twice, sushi with battered shrimp in the middle 3 times, and one or two other small instances of wheat. I had fresh fruit but no refined sugar until last weekend at my Aunt's 70th birthday party (I had a little of the frosting off the cake and about a cup of orange fluff).
I started at 187.0 and finished at 177.1
Even considering that ~3 of those pounds were bloat from the weekend before I started, that's still net of 6.5 or 7 pounds lost in 30 days. And I'm under 180 again, finally, which is awesome! My clothes fit better, I have a couple of skirts I couldn't wear for the last year that I can again. And my ankles! Instead of being puffy by the end of basically every day, are only puffy once in awhile, usually after I've had a little wheat or a drink that day or the day before, or didn't get enough water.
My measurements are a little better overall as well (as evidenced by being able to wear those skirts again). I've lost 1.75" at my waist, 1.25" off hips, 1.25" off butt, and about a half inch off each of upper arms, thighs and calves.
My Osteopath said that the inflammation she could feel in my whole body when working on me was gone after the first week and a half.
I've been reading a lot on the SummerTomato website, and about Darya's Foodist philosophy and it makes the most sense to me out of everything I've ever read or heard or tried. M and I have been shifting our eating habits that direction and I'm sure that's helping as well. Basically, it's a whole food philosopy. Eat local and seasonal and fresh, make it yourself, only eat intact grains (if it doesn't look like a grain any more, it doesn't count). Other foods like bread and dessert are treats to be had in small quantities once a week or twice a month or less.
Since this has worked so well for me, and I do feel better and am finally losing weight again (and haven't had cravings for sugar OR wheat hardly at all in the last month), I'm going to do another 30 days. This was my osteopath's suggestion. But even without her suggestion and the Candaclear 4 I would keep this up. I'm going to spend the next 30 days allowing myself bread or tortilla or something like that once a week or so and keep with the staying off sugar thing (though I will make an allowance for my birthday and have a cupcake or ice cream or something). Since the weather is likely to get cooler from here, I'm also going to try walking. I haven't been doing that, only got my 5000 steps in 11 out of the last 30 days. But I need to move more to be healthy and walking is a good place to start.
Onward and Downward!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
I didn't start the yeast cleanse until this past Monday cuz we were down in Southern CA visiting friends this past weekend and I didn't want to be off sugar and wheat for that particular visit (friends' baby boy turned 1 and there was a great party) and I generally have a hard time eating very well when traveling and relying on others for food. SO I started Monday. So today is my third day off wheat and sugar and my third day taking the supplements. So there's supposedly 8 active ingredients in these supplements, which you take 4 pills at once, one time a day for 30 days. It's called Candaclear 4. One pill is basically garlic, another is cinnamon, and the others are probiotics. Well, if anyone else ever tries these, take them at the BEGINNING of a largish meal (not just with a snack) and not at the end. I learned yesterday that the concentrated garlic and cinnamon are the dominant flavors of your burps for the next 4 hours if you take them at the end of your meal. (probably TMI for some)
I don't feel any different yet, and even if I would have noticed any improvement by day 2, I'm also in my period week and having my usual migraines so that's distracting from everything else. My sugar cravings aren't noticeable yet, but then they usually aren't for the first 3 or so days I'm off sugar. The only noticeable change is my weight. Monday morning I weighed 187.0. I know quite a bit of that was bloat from eating too much sugar and salt over the weekend and also period week bloat. Tuesday I was down to 186.0 and this morning I was down to 184.3. So the bloat is gone now, both from the weekend and probably mostly from the period even though it won't start til later tonight or tomorrow.
I'm trying to keep up all my other healthy habits. I'm eating within or at the low end my calorie range (obviously having no sugar) and that's easier to do when I've removed most of my snack options (crackers or toast). I got my 5000 steps in yesterday and the day before, today will be harder but I'll try. I haven't done any cardio this week but I usually can't on the period week cuz of how it aggravates the migraines. Hopefully a month of really closely sticking to my healthy habits (more so because I'm trying to do the yeast cleanse) will actually get me below 180 again.
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