August 23, 2013 § Leave a comment
Time to try a change in calorie distribution. And a change in food type. Just time for some changes.
I want to get 1000 calories per day from green/non-starchy vegetables. I want to continue eating vegan, but since my system is pretty weak right now, cooked vegetables might be a good start, to ease myself into it. Plus, the green vegetables that are highest in calories (brussels and broccs, for instance) are better to eat cooked, anyway.
So. I did some research on the foods that are most readily available to me (and cheapest, because I’m freaking broke):
Frozen Brussel Sprouts
2 bags = 360 (48cal protein)
2 bags = 300 (56cal protein)
2 onions = 90 (8cal protein)
2 bell peppers = 50 (8cal protein)
1 summer squash = 40
1 eggplant = 120
Raw salad with 1 onion, 1 pepper, 1/2 cuke, 1 tomato: 140
add 1/2 avocado with 125 cal (90 from fat) to get 265.
Between the first 3 on the list alone, that’s 750 = two 325 calorie meals.
There- If I make 2 sautee pans of brussels, broccs, and onions every day, and 1 big raw salad, that’s 1000 calories of veggies per day. I’ll sautee the veggies in coconut oil, using 1 tsp per sautee pan, 40 calories each (from fat). Now we’re at 1100 calories. I can then make up the remaining 500-800 in fruits.
Here are the low sugar fruits I’m going to focus on. I also included mango and pineapple, mango because I freaking love them, and pineapple because it’s good against H. Pylori.
1cup blueberries = 85 (5cal protein)
1cup strawberries = 50 (4cal protein)
1 apple = 80 (4 cal from protein)
1 pear = 50 (8 cal protein)
4 apples = 360 (16prot)
1c blue, 2c straw = 180 (18prot)
1 mango = 200
1/2 pineapple = 225
9am – apples (that way they’ll fully digest by night time, and they’ll kickstart my morning with a cleanse)
12pm – cooked veg (midday, big lunch)
2pm – berries
3pm – raw veg (big salad, lots of time to walk at work and keep my system going strong)
10pm – cooked veg (easier on my system before bed.)
Sweet. This is the new plan! I have a really good feeling about this, because it combines the principles of the 80/10/10 diet (decreasing fat intake) and the Candida Diet (decreasing sugar).
Oh and regarding percents (assuming I eat 1700 calories per day for the next few days):
[1000 – 112 (vegprotein) -90 (avocadofat)]/1700 = 800/1700 = 47% Vegetable Carbs
[540 – 34 (fruitprotein)]/1700 = 500/1700 = 30% Fruit Carbs
Total Carbohydrate Per Day: 77%
[112 (vegprotein) + 34 (fruit protein)]/1700 = 150/1700 = 9% Protein
Total Protein Per Day: 9%
[90 (avocadofat) + 80 (coconutoilfat)]/1700 = 170/1700 = 10% Fat
Total Fat Per Day: 10%
August 23, 2013 § Leave a comment
– 1/8 cantaloupe
– 1 mango
– 2 plums (BM after plums; very loose, pieces of undigested fruit. Saw this a bit yesterday, but not as much; makes sense, since it takes about 24-36 hours to completely digest food, and I only started the fruit diet 3 days ago, so yesterday would have been the first time I’d see ‘fruit movements’. I was a bit worried at first because I’m supposed to be avoiding fruit fermentation in my intestines, but I have to keep reminding myself that eating fruits and vegetables is HEALTHY, and it’s the only way I’m going to get better! Gotta be steadfast! Plus, I have definitely seen noticeable improvements in my yeast infection symptoms. Slow and steady wins the race.)
– 2 bananas
– 2 apples
200+60+180+160 = 600
– 2/3 pineapple
(Pineapple made me super sick. First, I burned my mouth and lips from the high acidity, and then I got an intense stomach ache (gas pains and cramping) that lasted about 30 minutes. I then drove to work, and got a second stomach ache that lasted another 30 minutes. I’m hoping it’s from the Bromelain working to kill H Pylori… but I have honestly no idea. I know it’s not a pineapple allergy because I had the canned pineapple before and had no problems.)
1st course: 3 cups of grapes, 180cal, and 1can pears, 210cal
2nd course: big salad full of veggies, 250 cal
Total: 1540 (Not enough calories, again)
I was happy at the end of the night because I ate my big salad and got no bloating or pain at all.
However, the next morning, I woke up super early (6am) to work on my art commission, had some green tea to wake myself up, and ended up puking within 1/2 hour. I haven’t vomited in years. It was awful.
I’m getting the feeling that, yes, all these fruits are cleansing; but something’s not right. My yeast infection is not improving; it’s gotten worse the past few days. I want to get some serious die-off, and I’ve got a new strategy in mind. See my next post to find out what it is.
August 22, 2013 § Leave a comment
– Mastic gum
– Almost a whole cantaloupe (lots of fullness, bloating, BMs all day, loose/detoxy. cantaloupe is a melon, which are great cleansers. Watermelon is second only to lemon for best detoxifying and most alkaline food)
– 2 apples
– 2 bananas
– 1 mango
160+180+200 = 540
– 1cup strawberries, 1/2cup blueberries
– 1/2 cucumber with hummus
50+40+40 = 130
– 3 bananas (LOTS of bloating/gas pain; took ACV and lots of water, then had a Type 6 and felt better)
Dinner (at work, 10pm)
– Big salad with strawberries, blueberries, pineapple (fruits eaten first), lettuce greens, celery, tomato, onion, blue cheese crumbles (TINY bit instead of oil), southwest vinaigrette (TINY bit again), and a few glazed pecans (TINY bit again for a treat)
Bloating and gas pain at night after the salad. A bit itchy at night. Exhausted and slept heavily; difficult to wake up in the morning. Probably because my calories were too low today.
Total Cal: 1340
– Mastic gum 1g
– Cran juice
– 3mi run, followed by soak in Epsom Salt bath
– 1st RAW Probiotic, 2 cups of warm/hot water
– 1 mango
– 1 apple
– 2 bananas
– 1 banana/apple smoothie (blended 1 apple and 1 banana with water)
Total cal: 640
– 1 plum
– 3cups grapes
30 + 210 = 240
– 2nd ProB
– 1cup blueberries
– 2cups strawberries
– 4 clementines
– 2 plums
85 + 100 + 140 + 60 = 385
– 5 bananas
– 3rd ProB
– Extra large salad with ACV, 1/2 avocado, cucumber, red pepper, onion, spring mix and hummus
August 20, 2013 § Leave a comment
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of this past week, I continued to eat fruit and keep my fat intake below 200 calories per day. However, my yeast infection was still cropping up – I was having spotting and got my period for all of one day (2 weeks early) – and I wasn’t sticking strictly to the 80/10/10 diet.
I still had eggs each day (replaced them for haddock one of the days), oat bran maybe 2 of the 3 days, and worst of all – red wine and 2 pieces of cake on saturday. (At the time, I knew it wouldn’t help my progress, but I was so excited at the prospect of healing that I allowed myself the indulgence, knowing I’d go full throttle when the weekend was over.)
The main focus of those days was Food Combining. As you can see in my earlier posts, I did a lot of research on food combining and how to avoid fermenting food in the intestines. I made sure to always eat my fruit in the morning/afternoon, never at night, and always without any other food. Whenever I had starch, protein, or fat, I only combined them with leafy greens- never taking starch/protein or starch/fat combinations. It definitely made a huge difference; I was rarely ever bloated, and my system just felt a little inexplicably ‘better’. Even on Saturday, when I had 3 glasses of red wine, I didn’t get any digestive distress that night or in the morning. I processed the alcohol efficiently and healthily, and didn’t get sick at all. This is something I was never able to do a few months ago.
The persistence of the yeast infection has an incredibly strong effect on my mood. I become so immensely depressed when I wake up in the morning and it’s still there. I try so hard to be calm and collected and just stay focused on my regimens, but most of the time, I can’t help it. I am so very sick, mentally and physically, and I just can’t escape it. It makes me hate my body, it makes me want to rip myself to shreds and break out of it. It’s the most trapped feeling I’ve ever experienced in my life.
On Sunday night, I had an insane mental breakdown. My brother picked a fight with me, and though it shouldn’t have been a big deal, I went over the edge. I was consumed with the need to scream, or hit something, or run away from myself, or get the fuck away from everything. I left the dinner table and went to my room, crying hysterically; I had to scream into a pillow maybe 20 times to try and release the pent up depression I’d been locking away and determinedly avoiding for months and months, the depression that only came out in occasional crazy moments of weakness, when my despair overrode my resolve to be strong and beat the crap out of this disease. I am not a pillow screamer, nor am I a ‘hitter’ of any kind; but Sunday night, my pillow became a microphone and a weapon. My curtains did not stand a chance.
The screaming and anger went on for awhile, and the crying aftermath was another good hour or so. At the end of it all, my eyelids and the area below my eyes were swollen and covered with red dots, burst blood vessels from the emotion pouring out of them. I was weak and starving, I’d hardly eaten anything all day, afraid of fruit and afraid of fat and afraid of starch and afraid of meat. When I was calm, I went back downstairs and finished my haddock and zucchini pasta, and then I went back to my art commission that is still months overdue, and another source of extreme stress in my life.
I had resolved earlier that day to try the 80/10/10 diet completely and fully, employing the rules of Food Combining, and remaining entirely Raw Vegan, with no exceptions. At least for a week, to see what happens.
Well, it’s Tuesday morning. Yesterday was painful, emotional, full of die-off symptoms, full of fear and anxiety that everything would just get worse, full of financial stress and art stress and relationship stress; at every moment of the day, I could have begun to cry and probably never stopped. Thankfully, Monday is over; and though this morning started out similarly, with a lot of barely restrained depression, I am feeling a little better and more positive now.
I’m going to give this a real shot.
Here’s how yesterday went:
Food Log, 8/19/13:
1 can pineapples
Total calories: 1050
Smoothie with: 2 bananas, 1cup blueberries, 1cup spinach, 1cup almondmilk
Total calories: 470
Total calories: 250
Massive salad with ACV, 1/2 avocado, tomato, cucumber, onion, and green onion
Total calories: 200 (or less)
Hot almond milk with stevia
Total calories: 40
Probiotics RAW for Women, 1 afternoon, 1 evening
Mastic gum 1g, morning and evening
Bloating, gas/flatulence (with odor), headache, nausea, fever, depression/anxiety
1 or 2 throughout day, slight constipation
August 16, 2013 § Leave a comment
Thurs, Aug 15
– 2 bananas
– 1 green apple
– 2 scrambled eggs with green onions
– Sauteed red onions in EVOO (1/2 tbsp – 60cal – only between the eggs and onions)
– Glass of almondmilk
– Full can of unsweetened pineapple (no added sugar)
– Bowl of cabbage soup
– 1 cup chia seed pudding (almondmilk, chia seeds, stevia)
– 1 baked potato
– bowl of oat bran
In 5 months, I have never felt better. I didn’t even have kefir today.
August 15, 2013 § Leave a comment
I read a little more this morning and found this good info about food combining:
Here’s an excerpt I found particularly fitting to my experience, after eating a whole bunch of fruit for dessert the other day:
Fresh fruit is best eaten in the mornings, on an empty stomach. This is because fruit digests so quickly! (typically within 30 minutes of eating) If you eat fruit after a meal, it will sit in your stomach fermenting, causing gas and bloating, and promoting bacterial overgrowth in the body. You could also eat fruit as an afternoon snack or post-workout, as long as it’s been 3-4 hours since your last meal.
See the end of this post for a really pretty chart that makes this all visual and nice and easy to understand.
Other information about digestion
(from this blog)
Time Required For Digestion
Fruits 20 -30 minutes on average. Quicker for things like berries and liquid, slower for things like apples and pears
Vegetables 30 – 40 minutes. Quicker for things like cucumbers, peppers, steamed or cooked veggies. Slower for root vegetables.
Grains, beans and lentils 90 – 120 minutes. Quicker if cooked, slower if raw. It’s important to keep note though some things have more nutrients when raw then cooked, or the other way around.
Dairy 90 – 120 minutes. Extremely slow for cheese, upwards of 4 – 5 hours.
Meat is varied:
Eggs 30 minutes
Fish 30 – 60 minutes
Chicken 90 – 120 minutes
Turkey 120 – 145 minutes
Beef & Lamb 3 – 4 hours
Pork 4 1/2 – 5 hours
Fats will always slow digestion. Nuts for example can take up 2 1/2 – 3 hours to digest. Plan these right, never load up on fats around the workout time.
1) If you must have dessert or fruit with your meal, eat it first. Yes, ignore what your mother said, scientifically it makes more sense, mentally you just need to have some control. You don’t want food sitting around on top of a big meal waiting hours to be digested. Eat it first and it won’t cause you to feel like your about to explode.
2) With a full course meal – eat your greens first, then your more fibrous vegetables like broccoli, moving on to your root vetables, and finally your meats. I know ifs fun to mix and match, however this habit can sometimes prevent you from over eating.
3) Never drink liquids with your food, as it will dilute your digestive juices. Have your water or liquid before a meal then wait slightly after before you have some more. Most importantly drink your water at room temperature as cool water can harden fats in your stomach making it harder to digest.
4) When snacking always eat the vegetables and fruits first, then add the protein on top.
5) Eat fats last, or separately.
6) If you close to a workout or just finishing up, only allow yourself easily digestible nutrients such as liquids, fruit, cooked vegetables, and lighter cooked meats.
And, if all of this has been too stressful for you, here’s a particularly calming post by a dude called Bonamon on CureZone that really set my mind at ease:
I wouldn’t worry so much about percentages of fats/proteins/ carbs… Instead, I would focus intensely on food combining and making sure that any fruit sugar you eat is able to be quickly processed through your body so that it doesn’t cause fermentation and bring on all the bad stuff.
The best way to do this is only to have fruit (low GI preferably) in the morning by itself, have a salad or veggies for lunch, and save [any] dense proteins and fats for dinner, so you have a good 8 hours of sleeping to digest them alone.
August 15, 2013 § Leave a comment
Thurs Aug 14
– Mastic gum
– Chia seed pudding with blueberries
– Nonfat yogurt with green apple, cinnamon, and stevia (tastes like APPLE PIE!)
– (spent the day driving for 5 hours today, during which time, I ate:)
– a banana
– a green apple
– a plum
– celery and cucumber slices
– Super green drink
– Steamed broccoli
– Spirulina tablets
– 1 cup Kefir
– Garden salad with light olive oil
– 1 cup nonfat yogurt
Type 6 at noon
*** When I got home from my drive, I had a yeast infection again.
Now, this sent me spiraling into more panic. I wasn’t exactly super bummed about it, because I mean before I had one chronically, so it’s not that big a deal… but it got me freaking out about what to do now. I was thinking that maybe I overdosed on fruit, and that candida feeds on excess fruit sugar, as well as excess fat. Then I also thought that I had eaten a ton of fruit right before bed last night, giving it plenty of time to sit and ferment in my weakened digestive system, and I did NOT check in the morning to see if I had a yeast infection – I just got up and packed, ate breakfast and left.
I spent the whole night at work worrying about how to get all of my caloric needs met through something other than fat or sugar. Protein, then? That can’t be right, that’s so not good for digestion… What the hell do I do? Just maintain a good balance, then? Try and find exactly the number of fruits I can have per day without getting a reaction, and the same with fats and proteins? Maybe do some more research on food combining, and make sure I eat only certain foods at certain times of the day? Maybe I need to memorize the calorie content of all the foods I’m eating, so that I know how to plan my calorie intake from each food group?
Well, all of that is well and good, and I did do all of that research for about an hour after work last night. However, my yeast infection was nonexistent again last night, and still remains nonexistent this morning. Continued research this morning brought me to a few more “High fruit consumption cures Candida” blogs, such as:
http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/blog/?p=173 (this one did ALL the convincing I needed this morning)
After reading all of these this morning, I have decided that I overreacted, and haven’t given the low-fat, raw vegan fruit diet a proper chance yet. Sure, I’m scared as all hell that I’m just worsening my Candida problem, because this is EXACTLY what all the forums tell me NOT to do – absolutely do NOT give in and feed it sugar, I’ll only make it a million times worse because of how fast candida multiplies, etc etc. Yup, scared to death. But you know what? I’ve been suffering for 5 months, and the fatty proteiny protocol didn’t work in all of that time. I plateaued. I have not gotten better.
So I’m doing this to prove it to myself once and for all, and for the benefit of whoever’s reading this. I have faith, I’m sticking the course. Here’s to another fruity day.
ONE minor change though: Like yesterday, I’m going to keep fruit consumption to the morning and afternoon. No fruit before bed like that other night- not until my blood sugar is stable, anyway.
Off I go!