I finished Whole30 last week. No biggie. I planned on posting about it but work got busy and I got stressed. It must have slipped my mind. Oh, that and I have been in a sugar coma since last Monday.
You read that right. Sugar coma. Don’t be dumb. Don’t finish Whole30 and dive headfirst into a chocolate bar. Or 2. I really love chocolate, but now I’m seeing that it might not be so great after all. At least it was this chocolate and not some soy lecithin filled Hershey’s crap bar. Special dark…there is nothing special about it.
I didn’t stop at chocolate. I gave myself a free-for-all day last Monday and had Jamba Juice. I forgot how much those things cost. $4.15 for a 16 oz. sugar bomb. Never again! It had probably been over 2 years since my last Jamba Juice trip so I forgot that I probably said “Never again!” last time I went there. Anyways, that Aloha Pineapple was more like a NO-loha Pineapple. It wasn’t worth the headache.
You know what else wasn’t worth the headache? All the Valentine’s Day candy I got from my students. Actually, most of it was low-quality milk chocolate. But I quickly found out that there are a lot of teachers who don’t like dark chocolate. So we swapped. Or they left their unwanted candy on the table in the teacher’s lounge and I ate it. I ate a lot of it.
So, friends, I have decided that I am going to do a 6 week candida cleanse starting today and ending on Easter. It’s like my version of Lent. Sugar and chocolate irritate my guts so they’ve got to go for awhile. I noticed this more than ever after eliminating them for 30 days and then diving headfirst into a pile of Valentine’s Day candy.
I’ve had some very successful Lents in the past. When I was 15 I gave up drinking soda. I haven’t had one since, and I have no desire to have one. When I was 26, I gave up caffeine. This wasn’t hard for me but I know people who absolutely would go insane if they tried this. Lucky for me, I never liked coffee. The switch to herbal tea was easy and that’s pretty much all I drink.
I gave up animal products when I was 22. Worst idea ever. Don’t be vegan. It’s truly not healthy like animal rights activists tell you. It nearly killed me and left me with a whole handful of problems that I’m still trying to remedy. Candida overgrowth is one of those problems. That’s why, starting today (I know, Lent started on Wednesday), you will not see me consuming sugar of any form. I proved to myself that I could do it for 30 days. So 6 weeks should be a piece of cake. Sugar free cake. Except I won’t be eating any sugar free cake. Just real foods with real ingredients.