Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Eggs and Yeast-Free Living

Happy Easter, Everyone!

When I think of Easter, I think of eggs.  Thank goodness I can still eat eggs.  I feel so thankful that I can use them in baking and in salads as a protien source.  However, my favorite way of eating eggs lately is with liquid egg whites.

The current liquid egg whites I'm using are "All Whites".  They are endorsed by Weight Watchers and are only 1 point on the Points Plus Plan for 1/3 cup.  You can find them in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores.

Sometimes I melt vegan cheese on my egg whites.  Cheese, you say?  Yes, vegan cheese, but more about that next time.

Have a wonderful day with family and friends!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Continuing on the Journey to Becoming Yeast-Free

Beautiful day here in Orlando, FL.  Just took a walk to the mailbox with my collie, Abbey.  She is nine years-old now.  Seems like yesterday she was a puppy!

I was also able to attend my Weight Watchers meeting this morning. I lost 0.4 of a pound!  Yippee!  So far I have lost 17.6 pounds since I began WW on December 29th.  I've lost a total of 22.9 pounds since my leg massages began.  Yeast-free living is really working for me!

Getting back to my journey....the literature my ENT gave me concerning "mold"containing foods was the beginning of my quest to find out more about Candida allergy.  If you are like me and you read that you can no longer have "cheese of any kind, including cottage cheese"' that is a hard pill to swallow.  Then I read further and saw the line, "no sour cream, sour milk, buttermilk, and yogurt". Being on Weight Watchers, I had already begun to make life changes with food, such as low-fat sour cream, skim milk, low-fat cheese, and low-fat yogurt, but to see "no cheese or milk" written was shocking.  My first concern was how to fulfill my calcium needs.

So, with a little bit of research, I found I could have soy, almond, rice, and coconut milk.  Thank goodness!  This is my "go to" almond milk now:

It has more calcium than skim milk!  It tastes great, too!  I have tried the original unsweetened, but I really like the vanilla unsweetened almond milk.  Don't be afraid to try new things.  Just go for it, and you will feel better, too!

Have a Super Saturday!

My Journey to Yeast-Free Living

Today I'm writing the first entry in my new blog, "Loving Life and Living Yeast-Free".  I find it fitting that the "Inspirational Quote of the Day" I received this morning via e-mail was:
      "Our most significant opportunities will be found in times of greatest difficulty."
                                                                                         Thomas S. Monson
Thank you, Mr. Monson. That is what I have learned and keep learning every day.  Without difficulties I would not be where I am today and I certainly would not be writing this blog.  Now I have a passion and here is how it came to be.

(Note:  This blog will not be about my health issues.  It will be about yeast-free living.  However, I will tell you about my journey in this first entry in hopes that if you are going through some of the same things, just know, it will get better!)

After hammertoe surgery in June of 2012, my surgeon noticed that I had a lot of swelling in both of my legs.  I had always had swollen ankles and had been taking a water pill for years, but this swelling was uncomfortable and was not going away.  He sent me to a local vascular center and I was eventually diagnosed with a combination of lipedema and lymphedema. I began wearing compression hose daily and went for numerous sessions of massage therapy.  I also began to have laser treatments on some veins in both of my legs.  All of this really helped with the swelling and I lost over 5 pounds of fluid in my legs.  It was then that I decided to try to lose weight to help with the healing process of my toe. I joined Weight Watchers on December 29, 2012.  I was really excited to try to get back to my goal weight. Weight Watchers had worked for me in the past, and I was encouraged by the recent 5 pound loss.

For years I have kept the Kleenex company in business.  I won't go into details, but I learned the hard way about chronic allergies and nasal polyps.  In January, I was referred to a wonderful ENT. Medication shrunk the polyps.  After a CT scan a few weeks later I got the best news ever!  I did not need surgery to remove the polyps.  But, I did need to have some allergy testing.  A few weeks later I went back for testing and an hour later I received my results.

I was allergic to a couple types of dust mites, a couple of weeds (Nettle, E. Plantain, and Pigweed), and three types of mold (Alternaria, Hormodendrum, and Candida).  I had never heard of any of those things before.  I added Hepa air purifiers to my home (one upstairs and one downstairs) and covered my mattress and box spring with casings.  I bought new pillows and covered them, too.  But, when I read the page about Candida allergy, I just couldn't believe what I was reading!!  What do you mean I can't have any dairy? beer or wine? bread?  I was starting to comprehend that Candida was an allergy to yeast.  What??  Yeast is in more than just bread?

I just kept calm and started researching.  And researching.   And researching.

Stay tuned...............

Here are the links to some things I have mentioned in this entry that you may find helpful:

Daily Inspiration

Weight Watchers