Lately, my life has been full of apartment stuff. I feel so domestic! This is my first time in my very own apartment so I was really building my home items from the ground up. It was equal parts exciting, scary & frustrating. I can’t tell you how many times I’d go looking for something specific and find it to be sold out! Only then to see that after I bought a secondary option the first option was back in stock. Ugh! Stay tuned for a full home tour. I’m really excited to show you guys my space.
"Dealing with heartbreak all the while trying to get my feet back on the ground, I have a lot of emotions swirling around."
But, all this being said – while my life has been filled to the brim with getting into my new home I’ve had little time to focus on my nutrition. Well, let me keep it all the way real with you. I’ve MADE little time to focus on my nutrition.
Dealing with heartbreak all the while trying to get my feet back on the ground, I have a lot of emotions swirling around. A lot of my mental capacity has been taken up with just trying to get through every day. I’ve been trying to not succumb to any of the negative or sad feelings I may have been feeling that day. So, some days I couldn’t even bear the thought of standing in the kitchen to cook.
"I needed my old trusty-dusty meals & honestly, I needed someone else to help me cook them."
Thankfully, I was living with my parents for about a month or two so I definitely had their help in that department. I would do my fair share of Sunday dinners but honestly, it took a lot of energy to even do those. We all heal from tough situations differently. I tend to have very low energy to do anything. During these times my days look a lot like me taking my good ‘ol time to get out of bed. And it takes a lot of mental convincing for me to keep my plans with friends on the weekends.
When times get tough, I tend to retreat and keep everyone at arm’s length. And that’s exactly what happened this time around too. In addition to wanting a lot of alone time, I just didn’t have the creative capacity to get excited about new meals. I needed my old trusty-dusty meals & honestly, I needed someone else to help me cook them. Not because I wasn’t physically capable – I was MORE than capable of doing so. But as I mentioned above, my energy was just low. And I wasn’t afraid to call on my support group for help when I needed it.
So what have I been eating lately?
A whole lot of everything. And I do mean everything.
First off, I want to say up front that I am very aware that I have Candida Overgrowth and that to heal it properly you must keep a close eye on your nutrition for a very long time. With that being said, what that plan doesn’t account for is life happenings. So, no, I have not been keeping a close eye on my nutrition. I’ve been trying my best to not keep a tub of Halo ice cream in my freezer or Domino’s pizza on speed dial at all times.
"Instead of saying “no gluten or dairy at all” I’d say instead “hmm...maybe you should have GF oats for breakfast since you’re having pasta for dinner” or something of that nature."
But, yes I am very aware that I have a digestion issue and that certain ways of eating do not help it and can even sometimes cause it to be worse than before. Definitely clear on this.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, over the last two months I have been trying my best to do gluten free &/or dairy free when I can. Gluten free has definitely been the easier of the two for me. But sometimes a delicious ham & cheese sandwich did the trick on those very lazy days. But rather than try to stick to completely cutting them out during this time, I focused more on my intake levels. Instead of saying “no gluten or dairy at all” I’d say instead “hmm...maybe you should have GF oats for breakfast since you’re having pasta for dinner” or something of that nature.
"Now that I’m living on my own again I’m re-learning the patterns I need to be living my best each day. This means less gluten, dairy & sugar."
Dairy, on the other hand, has been a little tougher but only in the sense of cheese. I come from a family of dedicated cheese lovers so asking them to omit it from a meal is like committing a sin. While there were some things that I could do that with like a side salad or scrambled eggs, it wasn’t always an option. So I’ve been consuming more dairy than I’d like to be.
Now that I’m living on my own again I’m re-learning the patterns I need to be living my best each day. This means less gluten, dairy & sugar. As of right now, I’m not feeling the need to go cold turkey on anything right away. The last thing I need these days is to feel stressed or overwhelmed by yet another challenge. Remember, stress is what caused my Candida in the first place so more than anything I’ve even mentioned here so far, I’m trying to keep my stress levels at an absolute minimum. So, I’ve decided that now that I’m back in full control of what comes into my home and what doesn’t, this process will be a lot easier.
Before when I was living on my own, I just didn’t buy the gluten, dairy, sugar filled items. If they weren’t in the house I didn’t eat them. Unless of course, I chose to do so while out at a restaurant. But in the house, nope! So that’s where I’m beginning these days. Getting back to my nutrition roots and focusing on real, whole foods, lots of veggies, low-glycemic fruits & protein.
I’ve also really been enjoying doing Meatless Mondays every so often. Meatless Mondays are just what it sounds like. One meal each Monday (or you could go balls to the wall and go the entire day) you choose to eat a meal that doesn’t contain any animal protein. So this would look like a meatless spaghetti, black bean tacos, veggie pizza, etc. I’m playing with the levels of protein I truly need to feel great each day. I’ve been noticing that sometimes after I eat an animal protein heavy meal that I feel really sluggish and that my digestion issues flare up. So I’m having fun coming up with new vegetarian meals at least one day a week.
I know the recipe posts have been lacking on here lately but, you guys are all fully aware of why. I’m looking forward to getting back to posting more about my meals and inspiring you all with some of the things I’m eating & loving these days.