Hi there! After realizing the damage that has been done to my body from consuming sugar for so long and knowing that my body is amazing, it has given me new hope for recovery. I have realized that it’s not just about the insulin and diabetes that I was worried about originally. It’s so much more that is affected by the consumption of sugar in our bodies. The video I posted yesterday on Facebook blew my mind! What impacts me even more is that for big sugar and the food industry, it’s all about money. THAT’S IT!
Recovery sounds a little dramatic, however, it is the reality of the consequences from consuming sugar so hard and fast. I kept thinking a little bit more won’t hurt. It’s just one more day I am eating it. The cravings aren’t so bad anymore, and if you watched the video I believe it’s from the fact that I don’t have the high amount of candida in my digestive track anymore. I have been religious about taking my vitamins and my pro-biotics during this process. The cravings are in my head now, if that makes sense. It’s the habit that is kicking in every once in awhile. It’s the obsession, but truthfully, as said in the video about what the candida does when it’s overpopulated in your body, it hijacks your brain! It makes you feel like your crazy! Check it out:
According to Websters Dictionary, candida is a parasitic fungi that resembles yeast, occurs especially in the mouth, vagina, and intestinal tract where they are usually benign but can become pathogenic, and have been grouped with the imperfect fungi but are now often placed with the ascomycetes; it causes thrush. Ascomycetes is a fungus that causes mold! It that isn’t gross enough, it LOVES SUGAR! Yeast feeds on sugar. So, the consumption of sugar is actually creating this overgrowth of yeast/candida in our intestines. Once it’s done, it basically takes over our whole entire bodies. Here are some symptoms that you might have an overgrowth of this parasite:
- skin & nail fungal infections
- feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
- digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
- autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, scleroderma, or MS
- difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD, and/or brain fog (hijacking the brain!)
- irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression
- vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, rectal itching, or vaginal itching
- seasonal allergies or itchy ears
- STRONG SUGAR AND REFINED CARBOHYDRATE CRAVINGS
I was suffering from at least 5 of these symptoms before stopping the sugar and refined carb intake 28 days ago. You can have a test done to find out if you do, or you can just cut out the sugar and refined carbs (IT’S GOING TO SUCK FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS) and if your symptoms go away that COULD be the problem. I am no doctor, however, I know my body. I suffered for years from these symptoms. Kept feeding that damn parasite and trying to move on. I was so irritable and pissed off all the time, my PMS was so bad that I had to board myself in my house for at least 2 days out of the month because I just couldn’t stand being around people in general. My poor husband, thank God he has a great attitude and kept me in check!
Over the past month (almost) I have noticed a significant difference in my body, my focus, the cravings, the irritability/mood swings as well as the bloating and gas! I would feel so bloated that I would feel like I was pregnant. I also started getting cysts on my ovaries and THAT is painful! It is almost non-existent now! Coincidence? I think not! I am not sure what other damage, if any, has been done at this point. I do know that it took a long time on the road to recovery from drugs and alcohol and I still display symptoms when I sleep. I have to have a night guard because I still clinch my teeth at night, almost 8 years later! I do know that I am on the road to recovery, because I feel so different now! I love that our bodies have the ability to heal themselves so quickly if we simply give them the tools to do so. Healthy diet, healthy relationships for a sound mental health as well as exercise. It’s all tied together.
There are lots of diets and plans out there, here is the deal: it’s a lifestyle change, plain and simple. Not a diet, not a plan, but a lifestyle change. It’s putting a “plan in place” to make the lifestyle change that will be conducive to a healthy body. Lifestyle and diet are two completely different things and if you choose lifestyle over diet you will win at this game of “living a healthy” life. There are lots of people out there that can help you make this change. My advice would be to take it slow. LOTS of changes over a short period of time will almost insure that you will not be successful for the long haul. If you make small changes over a long period of time and ease into a new lifestyle you will be successful.
I have been at this for about 8 years. I am not saying it’s going to take you that long, I am a slow learner! I am stubborn, and didn’t want to do what it took for a long time. I stopped drinking sodas about 5 years ago, which was a huge change, I lost 10lbs in one month! I only drink water and coffee now. Boring, I know, but nonetheless, I am not doing this to be exciting. I am doing it to be healthy. I still consumed candy like it was going out of style. Ice cream, cookies, cakes etc. Whatever was available. Bread and butter was my best friend! Then, I turned 40 and things changed. I noticed that it didn’t matter what I ate, I was getting sick to my stomach and so I just attributed it to hormone change. Yeah, it was hormone changes alright. That’s what the candida was doing to me! All the while driving my motivation to continue consuming sugar and refined carbs. Yeast infections, nail fungus and antibiotics were part of my quarterly routine every single year.
I know the road to recovery probably will not be as long as the drug and alcohol one was, however it doesn’t make it any less difficult. Drugs are illegal and you can’t just drink alcohol anywhere. This is FOOD, the very thing that keeps us alive, or should I say, is slowly making us very ill. It’s something we NEED. It’s become so mainstream to go to the grocery store, buy the processed food, fill up our cabinets with it and then wonder why the fuck we are getting so sick! Why do I feel so tired all the time? Why am I crop dusting all the time? Sorry, I am laughing out loud right now! That whole thing cracks me up, but the truth is, it’s not funny. It’s ridiculous. Our bodies shouldn’t be reacting that way, and we think it’s normal because every commercial is about all these ailments that the consumption of sugar is doing to us and they have a cure! So, we buy it, and throw our bodies off kilter once again. It’s a vicious cycle, and the food industry, big sugar, and big pharma are making a FORTUNE off of us!
When will you stop? I am now, no more! It’s not going to be easy, but it will be easy, because I GET it now. I GET what is causing my problem, it’s my choices to continue consuming the sugar and refined carbs. Amanda Kunard will be our Featured Guest next month and I am really looking forward to her insights to help us. We met on Friday and she has some juicy tid bits to contribute!
I hope you feel you can join me in this journey. It’s easier when you have a whole community of people doing it together, supporting each other and giving each other ideas and suggestions. Spread the word, tell your friends what you have found! LET’S DO THIS! Here is to SACRED SELF CARE, and loving ourselves enough to do what needs to be done.