Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Disappointed

Oh, Plateau. But no wonder why I'm here...



So, I've been pretty disappointed lately. Not to mention stressed out. It really started from stress, which built into not-so-great food choices, which led to disappointment. This started about 2 weeks ago. Since then, although my overall eating has been very healthy and Paleo-conscious and Candida-conscious, a small percentage of my food choices were not very good. Like rice, fries, cheddar, corn chips, sugar, and wheat. Wait, did I just say that?! I did. They were not huge quantities, and they were spread out over the course of 2 weeks, but regardless, these were some BAD choices! Especially for somebody fighting Candida!

I had been doing so very well, and literally had no cravings at all... even while eating these things. I ate them because I was out, about, hungry, and stressed. There was also a point where I ran out of my food staples and had to dip into the "regular food" that my mom buys, ie: rice. They were also like bits of comfort food. Horrible bits of faux comfort food, really. Because truly comforting food is food that nourishes, cleanses, and takes care of you, not food that hurts you.

I was so ashamed of the cheats that I refrained from blogging. I didn't want to talk about all the good eating I was doing without addressing the bad, and I just didn't want to talk about the bad.

But I have no excuses for a while now! I've stocked up on some groceries that should last a while, thanks to the stores around my area as well as Amazon.com and iHerb.com. I'm especially fired up to turn this somewhat downward spiral into an upward one because I finally hit my plateau!

I lost a lot of weight in the past couple months, and my body has basically leveled off. Then, because of consuming carbs, sugar, and gluten, my belly has been having some issues. I've been bloating, feeling sluggish, and gained 4 pounds. So my goal right now is to burn those pounds back away where they came from, and then some.

I'm still on track! I just took a little detour. :) But still lighter than I was a couple months ago, and happy about that!

And now, besides the weightloss, I really need to focus on my gut health!

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Tonight's Dinner: Thai Red & Green Curry

Tonight's dinner was delicious, thanks to Everyday Paleo!

I tried out one of Sarah's curry recipes... Thai Green Curry, to be exact. Well, except mine was more Thai Green & Red Curry, since I used both green and red Thai curry pastes. And, rather than put in mushrooms (I can't eat any fungi while fighting Candida), I put in some broccoli and zucchini to substitute.

It was so good!

Check out the recipe on the original recipe page (partially shown below)


Friday, August 05, 2011

Curried Meatballs and Zuchgetti in Curry Sauce

Tonight's dinner was DEE-LISH.

I admit that shopping for the ingredients was rather frustrating, because I was hungry, tired, and just darn impatient. Apologies to my dad who followed me around as I stewed. But, hey, we're both happy now, with yummy curried meatballs and zuchgetti in our bellies. :)

For the curried meatballs and the curry sauce, I used a recipe from Everyday Paleo, and for the zuchgetti (using boiled zucchinni strips, instead of spaghetti), I used my somewhat-trustworthy own judgement. ;) I just made the zucchini strips using a mandoline, and boiled them in a pot of water with some sea salt and freshly-ground pepper.

I sort of over-boiled the zucchini, but hey--still good!

So, here's what you'll need for this recipe:

- Ground Beef
- Red Onion
- Apple
- Egg
- Curry Powder
- Sea Salt
- Black Pepper
- Coconut Oil
- Garlic
- Tomato Paste
- Chicken Broth

Honey is listed as optional, but I excluded it, and it was still fabulous. :)

For the full curried meatball and curry sauce recipes, head over to Everyday Paleo!

(Wish I had a picture, but I ate everything super fast...)

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Candida & Corn Chips?

I'm averaging anywhere from about 2-5 meals/snacks a day. The days where I only get 2 is definitely not intentional, and only happens when I wake up too late and throw off my morning eating schedule. I've definitely been increasing to a more consistent 4-5 meals/snacks a day after my near-fainting fiasco this past Saturday. But lately, my after-dinner snack seems to be blue corn chips. There are about 17 grams of carbs per 13 chips, and I eat about half the amount of chips. They're all natural and gluten-free, and only contain blue corn and salt.

However, I wonder if they're good for someone suffering from Candidiasis?

I know from various research that corn itself is not good for Candida, and neither are other foods high in carbs or sugars. But, these chips contain no added sugar, and if I only eat half a serving, that's only about 8.5 grams of carbs.

I haven't been feeling too bad after eating them, and sometimes I eat them with a stick of mozzarella cheese, since it's allowable on an Anti-Candida diet. But, I probably went a tad bit overboard this week, because I've had the same snack a few days in a row. Tonight I ate them with a bit of all natural ham lunchmeat. It was like rekindling the experience of eating a sandwich. Mmmm... And boy do I miss sandwiches.

But, alas, I need to find something else to indulge in for my last meal of the day. A meal that consists of foods that I know for SURE are allowable on an Anti-Candida diet, without any room for doubt. But, since I eat a lot of plain vegetables and protein throughout the day, I guess I just want some more flavor at night...

It looks like I'll have to get going on some more recipe-creating. :)

Donuts! Well, More Like Do-NOTs. (Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free)

I found this gluten-free, sugar-free donut recipe over at Sugar-Free Low Carb Recipes and was pretty excited to try them! I made several modifications, though... and then couldn't remember if I added the correct amount of coconut flour, so I added a bit more of it. I'm thinking maybe I really didn't add enough coconut flour, because my creation turned out a bit eggy.

Notice I said "creation" and not "donut" or "donuts." I say "creation" because what I baked is so not a donut! Haha. But it's still tasty. :)

It looks like this. The brown stuff at the top are nutmeg, allspice, & cinnamon.


Here are the differences between the original recipe and mine:

The original recipe calls for:

½ cup coconut flour
¼ cup unsweetened dried shredded coconut
¼ cup granular erythritol
¼ teaspoon stevia extract powder
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
6 eggs
½ cup coconut oil
¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

I pretty much followed the recipe, except these modifications:

- Less coconut flour (by accident)
- NO shredded coconut (makes my mouth & throat itch)
- Less stevia extract
- soymilk instead of almond milk, because we ran out of almond
- Added almond extract and lemon extract
- Added ground nutmeg, ground allspice, and ground cinnamon

After I mixed everything (dry ingredients first, then wet), I noticed that the coconut oil was super chunky and just wouldn't mix/blend into the batter. I'm thinking maybe I should have melted it a bit in the microwave, but this was my first time ever using coconut oil, and I didn't really think about it. I thought maybe it would melt after I mixed it around a bit. :( I'm thinking maybe the eggs kept it too cold?

After I "mixed" it I poured the batter into a bread pan, because I didn't have a donut pan. I was actually going to pour the batter into little muffin pans, but because there were so many chunks of coconut oil, I wanted the batter to all be in one thing, rather than have a disproportionate amount of coconut oil chunks in separate cups. So, I popped my creation into the oven (about 20~25 minutes at 350 degrees), hoping that maybe the heat would help the coconut oil melt and settle all around.

I just took it out of the oven about a half hour ago, and while it was still warm, tasted a bit of it. It was spongy and tasted eggy, but it was good! Tasty, flavorful, and not bad.

Next time I make it, though, I'm going to pay better attention to how much of what I put in. I'll also take out an egg or two, and use almond milk. I still like the added flavor of the spices and extracts, so I'll keep those in. And I'm going to use an actual donut pan!

Oh, I also omitted the homemade frosting from the original post, because I like donuts the best plain. But... I guess this is more of an All-Spice Bread? Hmm...

But really, after tasting it again, the problem seems to be exclusively egg-related. So less egg, and making sure I have the correct amount of coconut flour should lead to a better result. :) But like I said... still tasty!

Can't wait to eat it for breakfast. :3

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