Chard, chicken, and chocolate are okay. Butter, cheese, fruit, sugar, and gluten are not. No cereal. No grains. No rice. No corn. This is my diet of choice – vegetables, free-range poultry, and fish for 60 days. Pray for a sistah. I’m on day six. Research and experts say this yeast-free or what is called a Candida diet will give my digestive system a break and help the healing.
My journey back to homeostasis started a little over a year ago when I couldn’t tolerate raw food and was experiencing debilitating drop-to-the-knees, lie-on-the-floor stomach pain (see previous blog). I stopped eating gluten, and hallelujah, the pain went away.
An occasional fried hush puppy cooked with corn meal is heavenly. I don’t even think about eating a fried piece of anything unless it’s oven fried with rice flour. I have faith that this year, I’ll be able to enjoy my favorite foods such as key lime pie with graham cracker crust, gumbo, bignettes, and elephant ears.
For now, the picky palate is trying new foods, such as kale, quinoa, and chard, and it likes them.
But I get hungry a lot because I’m not eating sugar, and research says that may not be good for an extended period of time. Sugar really is addictive – like a first love. That’s all I think about when I’m not busy. Now, I can relate to those who constantly fight the urge to eat sweets. My favs are pound cake, croissants, glazed donuts, and other stuff that clogs the arteries, raises blood pressure, or causes cancer. Take it from me. Drink more water than anything else. Enjoy sinful delights once a week, and get up and MOVE while you can. I only got better after I got off the couch or should I say floor and took my doctor’s advice: work out four to five days a week. Bon appetite.