Being sugar free has become the easy part of my new lifestyle! The conviction God has given me and knowing all the bad things sugars and artificial sweeteners do has totally removed the temptation from my life.
On the other hand, staying totally grain free is not so easy. The yeast fungus diet instructions actually say you can add back whole grains sparingly after you have completed the maintenance time. Even so, for the most part, I have stayed off grains and kept my diet VERY low carb. I eat chipless nachos and crustless pizza. I eat romaine wrapped hamburgers and skip bread of any kind, even homemade sourdough, 99% of the time.
Between Christmas and New Year’s life was hectic. We got together with friends and I ate crustless pizza and felt great. However, I gave in and ate some cheese nachos with 100% stone ground corn chips and New Year’s Eve, I ate popcorn covered in real butter. My family wanted air popped popcorn for New Year’s Eve. I LOVE buttered popcorn and I decided it surely couldn’t hurt me to eat it just one time.
I haven’t felt “bad”, but I craved carbs for THREE full days after I ate the nachos and the popcorn on New Year’s weekend! Three days of feeling unsatisfied and pondering all day long, “What can I eat?”
I haven’t had cravings like that for months and months! I thought I was just restless and maybe it was just because I was busy and hadn’t eaten regular meals, but I spoke to a friend today who is also sugar free and low carb and she said that she ate nachos this past week and it made her crave carbs, too!
(FYI – I drank Young Living’s Slique Tea consistently during those three days and it usually makes me feel full and satisfied, but not so after indulging in corn chips and popcorn!)
So, my conclusion is this: maybe some people can throw in grains occasionally after being on the yeast fungal diet and not be harmed, but after all these months, the grains still affect me negatively. They make me lethargic and they make me crave foods that I KNOW intellectually that I do NOT want.
Next time my family wants popcorn, I will eat salted nuts as a substitute. Next time they want nachos, I will stick to my chipless nachos or just eat cheese and apples or apples and almond butter.
Grains are still affecting me and maybe they always will. I would be sad, but I know that the LORD has given me wonderful alternatives. I don’t have to have grains now that I have learned to cook with almond flour and coconut flour.
I do miss chips and one day, I am sure the LORD will show me a good substitute or take away the desire. For now, I can eat carrot sticks, celery sticks and apples for crunch!
I do KNOW that I do not want to be lethargic or waste my energy craving bad foods. I want to be focused on giving the LORD glory through ALL I do, even what I eat!
I am working on the story of my life’s diet and how I ended up here. Pray for me that I will finish it, so I can share it with you and so I can continue to be accountable to stay the course. In the meantime, I hope the fact that I have had struggles will help someone to overcome their own difficulties in changing their eating lifestyle.
The key to success is that I listen to my body and STOP eating things that affect me negatively. By God’s grace, I have learned a lesson and pray He will remind me and keep me on the path to health and wellness!
To God be the glory!
Jesus Christ is the LORD of my life and even my eating!