Week 4!!!!


What day is it?  What time is it?  Where am I?
So….. candida diet, medical conference, and family vacation creates the perfect storm when it comes to an elimination type diet.  I did fairly well for the first several days then little by little things started sneaking back on to my plate that should not be there.  And guess what?  It just like I tell all of my clients.  If you dont give this diet 100% things wont get better.  I have noticed the following since cheating on the protocol.  I’m hungry in the morning.  Like freaking starving which makes staying true so hard.  When I started the protocol I noticed that I was thirsty all of the time and my water intake went from adequate at best to optimal. Since falling off the wagon I have to think about drinking enough water.  I don’t have that thirst drive anymore.  Back to barely adequate water intake again.   And I’m cranky, I ache, and constipated (TMI I know).
This medical conference is about Cardiometabolic and Immune health.  I’m learning tons and have decided to try a different food protocol.  It fits the parameters of the candida protocol but it will decrease inflammation.  Improved inflammation is always a goal for me with my rheumatoid arthritis.  So medical food for 2-3wks which means I’ll me having just smoothies.  This allows my gut to just chill for a bit.  Then a vegetarian diet for 2-3wks which allows the gut to be reintroduced to foods slowly.  Then back to the candida food list with a Paleo emphasis.  I’ll keep you all posted.


Still plugging away… Tammy is out of the office for a few weeks and we have time to do things that we DON’T have time for! 🙂  Alycia and I made a mistake on Monday… we were both craving tacos and so we figured, how bad can a taco salad be for us?  Should be fine… We ordered from El Rodeo and it was delicious!!  It has been so long since we have had rice and beans (not on our diet, but how bad can it be.. it’s not a candy bar)!  It was a BAAAAADDDD IDEA!!!  We both ate like we hadn’t in a while and we paid!  I can’t quite describe how I felt afterwards, but it’s some combination of bloated, heavy, dizzy and just plain out of sorts.  We both regretted it.  But here, we were hating ourselves.. we really don’t know what it was that made us feel bad–rice, beans, fried flour tortilla (ugh, so dumb)?  So, stick to the diet dummy (I’m the dummy) and introduce foods back one at a time to see what it is that my system doesn’t like.


Don’t cheat!!! I know it’s hard but Mandy and I cheated on Monday and man did I regret it! The worst part is we cheated with beans, rice, and a fried flour tortilla. So now I know I definitely react poorly to one of those things but which one… It did give me motivation to get back on the straight and narrow. I did not want a repeat of the tired gross feeling I had after cheating. Plus the stomach issues after were NOT fun!! I won’t give you the details, lets just say it was bad! Eating good all week felt much better. My mom mentioned that I am definitely acting a lot more awake and energetic. Which is funny because I have had little to no caffeine. A few Zip Fizz’s here and there. I gained back two pounds but I’m not discouraged. Overall I’m still feeling pretty good!

Walnut-Crusted Fish

4 (4oz) Flounder Fillets (Sole works as well)

1/4 C Almond Milk

1 C Finely Chopped Walnuts

1/4 tea Salt

1/4 tea Ground Black Pepper

1 1/2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice

1/4 C Chopped Fresh Parsley for Garnish

  1. Rinse Fish in cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Place the almond milk in a shallow bowl.
  3. Spread the chopped walnuts, salt, and pepper on a plate.
  4. Dip the fish in the almond milk and then dredge in the walnut mixture, gently pressing the walnuts onto the fish to form the crust.
  5. Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Add olive oil, and then the fish. Cook for 3-4 minutes each side, until the fish Is cooked through.
  6. Squeeze lemon juice over the top, then sprinkle with parsley.