Well here we are again, Wednesday! This past week has been an interesting one that’s for sure. My eating patterns have changed quite a bit over the couple weeks, mainly the result of trying some changes to help with my energy levels, digestive issues and low iron. On the advice of a few lovely readers and bloggers (thank you everyone!) as well as some research I’ve done, I decided to test out an anti-candida diet. Basically a very low sugar diet with essentially no fruits :( I won’t get into all the details yet, mainly because I’m really stumbling through it all. One second I think a food is fine and eat it and the next I hear I should avoid it, not to mention the seriously conflicting opinions out there! But either way, I actually am feeling a bit better, probably because, despite making some errors, I have radically cut down the sugar load on my body and thus am experiencing less drastic changes in my blood sugar!
If anyone has any advice or tips, I’m all ears! Even any recipes or snack ideas are welcome! You can expect that most of the recipes I’ll be posting for the next little while will be anti-candida friendly, but still very delicious I promise you.
So now that that’s out of the way, it’s time for this week’s What I Ate Wednesday. For those of you who are new to this idea, head over to our lovely host’s blog, Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for more info and to check out everyone else’s eats!
My day was actually fairly boring. It was my day off, but a hip injury (that I have no idea how I got) kept me parked on the couch for most of the day and limping when I wasn’t. I hope this heals soon because working on it’s going to be a pain!
started with my usual lemon water. this picture is the remnants of it, but I’m sure you all know what lemon water looks like
this was actually a first in a while! A smoothie. Many believe that cranberries, along with lemons and limes are acceptable fruit to eat on an anti-candida diet and since we had a bag of frozen cranberries in the fridge, I figured, why not try a smoothie? It was so good to get to have one again!
this is more along the lines of what I’ve been eating lately so I thought I’d share it! While it looks like a smoothie, it is actually a “carrot cake” chia seed pudding. Carrots, along with vanilla and stevia have given me some sweetness that fruit usually provides.
next up there was a mug of Pau d’Arco tea, which is great for candida. I made a big batch of it up a couple days before since you are supposed to simmer it for 20 minutes, and who’s got time for that everyday? Here it is before I poured out a mug and warmed it up.
a couple of these, using-up-my-almond-pulp-bites. They aren’t really recipe worthy but they’re basically almond pulp, coconut oil, coconut flour, almond butter, protein powder and stevia. Not something I would feed to anyone else, but they sure do help with sweet cravings.
update: here's the recipe for my Protein and Fiber Bites
for lunch, I had what I like to refer to as a “Vegan Bowl”, a concept I’m sure is familiar to many of you- you just take a grain, some veggies, a protein and a sauce and BAM lunch is served. This was a particularly tasty creation with quinoa (yes it is under there!), broccoli, kale, pan-fried tofu and an avocado sauce. This was so tasty, I’m glad I made extra for leftovers!
and a couple (and then some) more! Don’t judge me, I was out of my dips that I’ve been having with veggie sticks ;)
followed by some vanilla and almond rooibos tea. As a side note, this mug is one of my favourites. I got it for my mom last Christmas and it displays the quote, “You must allow me to tell you, how ardently I admire and love you”. Any takers on what that’s from?
sorry about the terrible photo!
for dinner I wasn’t super hungry since I snacked a little too much, so I just roasted up a bunch of veggies that were in the fridge, served them over arugula with some hemp oil and lemon juice. In the mix were radishes, parsnips, carrots and the centers of a yellow zucchini (I used it to make noodles the other day, and didn’t want to waste the inside!), roasted with salt, pepper and a little cayenne.
I hope you all have a wonderful day! I’m dreading mine- a hip that’s really sore and we’re going to be understaffed :( Needless to say I can’t wait for tonight! There will be lots of sitting and tea drinking to look forward to :)