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It’s been a few days now since I got back from Hawaii. Vacation time was wonderful! It felt so great to get away for a week, explore a couple of Hawaii’s islands and spend some great quality time with my sister and mom. One of my favorite parts of a vacation is enjoying the local foods and trying new things. Hawaii was certainly no exception to this, but it definitely was both challenging and fun to try local foods that were still good choices for my new eating plan.
I told myself going into this trip that my first priority was to continue to avoid wheat. I knew it didn’t make me feel well and after learning about my sensitivity, I wanted to be careful to keep it out of my system completely if possible. I knew avoiding sugar completely would be impossible so I decided to do my best to try not to have it, but I wasn’t going to miss out on any delicious Hawaiian drinks or worry over any possible sugar in my restaurant meals. This was a vacation after all, and I wanted to enjoy myself! It’s after the vacation that the no-sugar part would start to kill off the Candida.
It took some planning for our air travel, but I made sure to come stocked with lots of good snack choices since you never know when you’re going to get a meal when you’re flying. I stocked up on some Kind bars (I chose Nuts & Spices varieties with 5 g or less sugar), carrots & celery sticks with almond butter packets, and baggies of almonds. The snacks definitely came in handy and took off the urge to snack on anything unhealthy.
Being in a hotel, most of our meals were at restaurants. With each meal, I made a conscious choice to choose dishes that gave me a protein & veggies, with little or no grains. For breakfast, our hotel had a daily buffet. I usually chose eggs with fruit (no veggies available) or a sausage & veggie omelette. A couple times I enjoyed their homemade oatmeal topped with coconut. I’m happy to say I avoided all of the pancakes, french toast, waffles, bagels and bread!
For lunch, we often stopped by a food truck while we drove about the island or found a restaurant. Again, I looked for items that were protein & veggie based. I had some great salads, Hawaiian poke (raw fish & veggies), amazing garlic shrimp, grilled fish & veggies and some sushi. Many of the food trucks didn’t include any veggies with the meat so I’d usually have rice if that was my only option.
Dinner was just like lunch. I enjoyed so much great local seafood, salads and veggies. I avoided all bread rolls and pastas and really didn’t miss them. I did enjoy a cocktail most evenings, which certainly had their share of sugar, but that’s what vacations are for, right?!
While I certainly didn’t do a perfect job of avoiding my trouble foods, I feel really great about how well I did. The hardest part for me was getting enough water. Luckily the water out of the tap was great, so that was a money saver. It was difficult though to keep enough water on hand all day when we were out doing things. I definitely felt the water retention and bloated from not drinking enough water.
Now that I’m back home, I dove right into the first step of my plan: eating a protein & veggie only diet to help kill off the Candida overgrowth. As I mentioned last week, my meal plan includes a morning shake (all made with low glycemic items), a morning snack of a protein (egg, hummus or nut butter) and a veggie, a lunch of a protein and veggies or a salad, an afternoon snack similar to the morning snack, and then a dinner of either a salad or I was given some pretty good sounding soups and crock pot meals to try. It’s been fairly easy for me surprisingly, but I think that’s because I did a practice run through the week before I left for Hawaii. I’ve been using my meal plan as a guideline, but still making up my own meals based on what I have on hand. That’s not the perfect way to do it, but hopefully it will work for me and give me the flexibility to still cook a dinner that my family and I can both enjoy and not have to create a separate meal for me each evening.
Some of my favorite meals so far that I repeat often are two whole eggs (either scrambled or over easy) over leftover roasted veggies, a salad full of any veggies I have on hand with grilled chicken or salmon on top, and I really love the protein shake I get to have each day (4 frozen organic strawberries, 1 cup of coconut or almond milk, a little coconut oil, almond butter, organic spinach, a scoop of MRM Vanilla Veggie Protein Powder, ice and a little water. A few months ago I bought a Nutri NinjaÂ blender and I’m so glad I did. It makes super quick & easy smoothies and they’re are perfectly smooth!
In addition to the foods on my meal plan, I’veÂ started taking a Probiotic (which puts healthy bacteria into my body to help combat the bad) and also a Candida CleanseÂ supplement. I’ve been told to drink half of my body weight in water each day. This is HARD, but it’s getting easier. Lastly, twice a day I’m drinking an Anti-Inflammation broth that my nutritionist gave me a recipe for. The broth is made from onions, carrots, kale, cabbage, garlic, ginger and sea salt. I also cooked mine with a few organic chicken bones, as I truly believe in the benefits that bone broth can have on your body (read more here). This likely adds calories to my broth, but it sure does make it taste so much better!
I was really curious to see how my weight had done during my trip. After being home a few days, my water retention was better and wanted to get a good feeling of how I was doing. I really should leave my weigh ins for my nutritionist visits, but I knew my clothes have felt looser so I just wanted to peek! I was done another 2 lbs from before I left for Hawaii! I felt so encouraged to know that my efforts to avoid wheat, grains and too much sugar actually paid off. I’m now at a total of 15 lbs since the start of October. Whoohoo!
Most importantly, I’m feeling great. I really don’t care what the scale says (although I’d like to be in a healthy range). But, I do care how I feel, both physically and mentally. When I feel chubby, my body image is terrible. My thoughts are negative and I don’t like who I am. But it’s been amazing to me how that has changed, even in 15 lbs. Although I don’t look that different, I can feel that I’m changing and that makes me feel better about myself.
Stay tuned next week to see how my 2nd appointment goes with my nutritionist and how I’m doing on my Candida cleanse.
Do you want to continue to follow my journey as I discover how to live with food sensitivities, see how I will adapt to this new lifestyle and how my weight loss journey goes? I hope you will! Follow my posts HERE! Stay tuned as I continue my â€œJourney to a New Meâ€ series!
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