Re-learning how to eat.

Weekly SaladFor quite a while, I’ve had an itchy, scaly patch in my ear, which got worse after I had a course of antibiotics for a bad tooth. I suspect I have a systemic candida infestation, so on March 1st, 2016, I started a candida cleanse and diet, hoping to heal the cause of my ear trouble rather than just treating the symptoms.

The first day was broth only. Days two through six – only vegetables. On day seven, I’ll start the diet, which is consuming absolutely NO sugar, grains, yeast, or alcohol. I’m going to do it for at least the month of March, and longer if I feel I’m not healed of the infection.

I’ve been logging my food intake for the last three days, and I see how this way of eating can greatly contribute to health. Plenty of fiber, not too many calories, and the veggies are packed with nutrition. If I can keep eating like this and add in protein, I should be all set. I’m hoping to make this a permanent change to my eating habits – mostly things on the shopping list linked below, with occasional stuff that isn’t on the list.

Here are the pages I’ve found most useful when planning this diet:

Sometime I’ll write more about why I’m doing this.

In the meantime, below is my three day food log. This is during step 2 of the cleanse – and if you looked at the Dr. Axe page, you might notice I’m not following it strictly. I’m adding a little fat and nuts because I can’t seem to eat enough vegetables to prevent being hungry and headachy, and that has been a good solution. I figure as long as I don’t consume any sugar, I’m OK, right? 🙂

March 3, 2016

FOODS Cal Carb Fat Prot Sodm Sugr Fbr
Breakfast
Zucchini – Steamed, 1 cup 18 4g 0g 1g 6mg 1g 1g
Okra, 0.75 cup 30 6g 0g 1g 20mg 2g 2g
Coconut Oil, 0.5 Thsp 60 0g 7g 0g 0mg 0g 0g
Lunch
Baby Arugala; Fresh, 2 cup (20g) 8 6g 0g 0g 12mg 0g 2g
Organic Kale – Steamed, 2 cup 72 16g 0g 4g 0mg 4g 6g
Oil – Olive, 1 tsp(s) 40 0g 5g 0g 0mg 0g 0g
Dinner
Sicilian Eggplant, 3 oz 21 5g 0g 1g 2mg 3g 3g
Bok Choy – Raw, 100 g 12 2g 0g 2g 34mg 1g 1g
Coconut Oil, 1 Thsp 120 0g 14g 0g 0mg 0g 0g
Snacks
Broccoli, 1.5 cup 38 6g 0g 3g 30mg 2g 3g
Celery, raw, 2 stalks, medium 13 2g 0g 1g 64mg 1g 1g
Organic Swiss Chard, 100 grams 19 4g 0g 2g 0mg 1g 2g
Now – Glucosamine & Chondroitin, 2 tablets 10 2g 0g 0g 110mg 0g 0g
Carlson Gems 1250mg – Fish Oil, 1 each 12 0g 1g 0g 0mg 0g 0g
TOTAL 473 53g 27g 15g 278mg 15g 21g

March 4, 2016

FOODS Cal Carb Fat Prot Sodm Sugr Fbr
Breakfast
Brussels sprouts, raw, 6 sprouts 49 10g 0g 4g 29mg 3g 4g
Weekly Salad, 2 serving(s) 44 7g 0g 2g 77mg 4g 4g
Coconut Oil, 1 Thsp 120 0g 14g 0g 0mg 0g 0g
Lunch
Cucumber, peeled, raw, 0.5 cup 8 1g 0g 0g 1mg 1g 0g
Coconut Cider Vinegar, 1 tbsp 3 1g 0g 0g 0mg 1g 0g
Okra, 1 cup 40 8g 0g 1g 27mg 3g 3g
Dinner
Coconut Oil, 1 Thsp 120 0g 14g 0g 0mg 0g 0g
Weekly Salad, 2 serving(s) 44 7g 0g 2g 77mg 4g 4g
Sicilian Eggplant, 6 oz 43 10g 0g 2g 3mg 6g 5g
Organic Kale – Steamed, 2 cups 72 16g 0g 4g 0mg 4g 6g
Snacks
Almonds – Raw, 6 almonds 42 2g 4g 2g 0mg 0g 1g
Carlson Gems 1250mg – Fish Oil, 1 each 12 0g 1g 0g 0mg 0g 0g
Now – Glucosamine & Chondroitin, 2 tablets 10 2g 0g 0g 110mg 0g 0g
TOTAL 607 64g 33g 17g 324mg 26g 27g

March 5, 2016

FOODS Cal Carb Fat Prot Sodm Sugr Fbr
Breakfast
Okra, 0.5 cup 20 4g 0g 1g 13mg 1g 1g
Brussels Sprouts – Steamed, 6 sprouts 49 10g 0g 4g 29mg 3g 4g
Raw Organic Swiss Chard, 100 grams 19 4g 0g 2g 0mg 1g 2g
Hass – Avocado, 0.5 fruit 125 7g 12g 2g 0mg 0g 5g
Zucchini – Steamed, 0.5 cup 9 2g 0g 0g 3mg 1g 1g
Coconut Oil, 0.33 Thsp 40 0g 5g 0g 0mg 0g 0g
Lunch
Broccoli, 1 cup 25 4g 0g 2g 20mg 1g 2g
Green Beans, 1 cp 45 7g 0g 1g 0mg 3g 3g
Oil – Olive, 1 tsp(s) 40 0g 5g 0g 0mg 0g 0g
Dinner
Broccoli, 1.5 cup 38 6g 0g 3g 30mg 2g 3g
Steamed Chicken Breast, 3 oz 143 0g 5g 22g 34mg 0g 0g
Snacks
Almonds – Raw, 14 almonds 98 4g 1g 4g 0mg 1g 3g
Now – Glucosamine & Chondroitin, 2 tablets 10 2g 0g 0g 110mg 0g 0g
Carlson Gems 1250mg – Fish Oil, 1 each 12 0g 1g 0g 0mg 0g 0g
TOTAL 673 50g 30g 40g 239mg 12g 24g

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