I do not know about where you live but it is freezing here in NC! We got our fireplace on, still trying to hold off on putting the heat on.
Here is a quick recap of what we enjoyed yesterday, our 3rd day of candida cleanse:
Breakfast – green smoothie – bok choy, raspberries, ginger, chia seeds, lemon zest
Post-workout meal – hemp protein shake with fresh coconut water
Lunch – homemade raw coconut yogurt
Snack – a small cup of homemade Kombucha
Dinner – Avocado cilantro salad with sea salt, garlic, and a drop of apple cider vinegar
Dessert – a cup of warm homemade hemp milk with vanilla and coconut oil
We both very satisfied all day. No complaints…yet ; )
6 mile run
It was one of our fastest 6 mile run : ) Not bad for running in the cold!Then plan was to run another 11 or 12 miles today, but we ran out of time. We were very busy yesterday and time just flew by, so we decided we needed to get outside for a little bit (the sun was out). And we are still loving our Under Armour Cold Gear outfits!!
We received a comment/question from this amazing lady in regards to us eating fermented foods while on this candida cleanse. This really got our thinking caps on and made us do some reflecting!!
We started to incorporate fermented foods ever since Michelle got back from school at 105 degrees where she learned more about them. And Michelle was immediately hooked, and so was I. Yes there are many health benefits around fermented foods, but we also loved the taste of them, which we were surprised by. Although Kombucha tea I loved immediately as Michelle had to work her way there Now we actually crave them and for us that means our bodies need them due to lacking the good bacteria in us, which we trying to rebuild! This is important for us especially due to getting regular colonics, which strips both the good and bad bacteria.
So when we began this candida cleanse journey just a few days ago, we never thought twice about eating fermented foods (which we have been enjoying them for the past 2 months). Although now we are re-thinking this because we are realizing maybe we were overdoing them, or then again maybe not! Yes there are a lot of positive health benefits around fermented foods (good bacteria – help digestion) but we are realizing we need to find our balance.
I cannot say how much I would recommend a person eat, all I can say is try them and see how you body likes them. From our research, one needs to slowly add fermented foods into your diet and over time you can increase the consumption. For us we somewhat started slowly, mainly drinking Kombucha tea (everyday) and our homemade yogurt (twice a week), but lately we have added raw saukerkraut (2-3 times a week) and water kefir (was about every other day) into our diet….in addition taking a probiotic supplement.
This made me think maybe we have been over doing fermented foods at the beginning stages of our healing. I came across this and sparked major discussing between Michelle and I.
I quote: “You may experience symptoms of “die off,” as the “bad guys” (candida, pathogenic bacteria and parasites) die and leave your body. These symptoms can include digestive pain like gas and bloating, headaches, flu-like symptoms and skin eruptions.
Please note: Bloating and gas our common when you first introduce the good bacteria and will go away.
Now I am not saying this is the reason why I broke out, I still think it was due to getting off birth control and detoxing into a high raw diet. But this might have caused it to continue longer than I expected. I know my body will get used to the fermented foods! As of now I am going to cut back just a little on my fermented food intake and see how that goes.* Side note we do feel better though after we do eat or drink something fermented? So?
So I am going to do a better job of rotating my fermented foods and just have 1-2 meals a day be a fermented food/beverage. I am still going to take my probiotic twice day, because I do feel my body desperately needs good bacteria due to my issues of stomach and constipation problems. I just need to build it slowly!!
Thank you Earth Mother for bringing this to our attention : ) We have some of the best bloggy friends!!!
Again we hope others are learning from our journey! We are actually not surprised about our somewhat over-consumption of fermented foods, because we have always been that way about things. Whenever we heard about something being healthy or would help make us feel better we were all about it. This too happened when we heard about raw foods and all the health benefits. Lesson Learned!! Start slow on anything and let you body tell you to increase it.
Twins Reasons we eat fermented foods:
- natural source of good bacteria – do not always like to take supplements
- improves digestion – contain lactobacilli and bifidobacteria (which helps constipation, a major health issue of ours)
- helps maintain a proper balance of bacteria in the gut
- increases vitamin content – fermentation increases vitamins and makes ones present more bio-available.
- helps absorbs nutrient being consumed
- rich in enzymes (the bases around raw foods)
- Inexpensive, especially if you do it yourself
And to end our lovely discussion today we came accross ths quote and wanted to share it with you all.
“In the normal scheme of things, we’d never have to think twice about replenishing the bacteria that allow us to digest food. But since we’re living with antibiotic drugs and chlorinated water and antibacterial soap and all these factors in our contemporary lives that I’d group together as a ‘war on bacteria,’ if we fail to replenish [good bacteria], we won’t effectively get nutrients out of the food we’re eating.” – Sandor Katz
Till next time,