Late morning, but I did go on a run today. I’m not much of a runner but I know it is
suppose to help (I guess any exercise for that matter) with overcoming
candida. When I run it is usually very
easy for me to get distracted—usually watching all the cars that go by and am
very observant. But, today I wanted to
try to keep a good time (todays average time was 9:37 pace over 3.51 miles)
which I know isn’t great but it is pretty good for me.
I walked up our hill to the street where I run and took a
few minutes to stretch—it was a pretty cold day and the whole walk up I thought
about turning around and going home but I made it to the corner did my
stretches and then hit the trail hard. I
listened to Pandora Classic Rock Power workout to get pumped up, but I also did
something I have never really done before running. I look as far ahead as I could and still have
a focus on an object—any object that would give me good distance and something
to focus on.
As I ran I focused on the object and decided not to take my
eye off it. As I thought about quitting
I would just think: “I only have to make it to the light post” and then as soon
as I would pass the marker I would look forward to the next—even rarely looking
down at my watch to see what my average pace was. Now I know this is not rocket science and
most of you reading this are probably thinking… “yeah… Duh!” But understand that this is not me, I usually
just run with my end goal of getting home and usually let the speed and cards
fall where they may and more often than not it feels like they fall to the
leisurely run—maybe I’m turning over a new leaf in running?
Nothing real special about our breakfast and lunch but we
did have an interesting dinner—before I get to that though I have to tell you
about todays garlic experience. This
mornings dose went down without a hitch… OK, a slight hitch, it did burn going
down and it did hit my stomach and give me a nice nauseous feeling but I held
it down. Well… after lunch was a different story.
My wife has been better with the garlic than I have been
today so we prepared (minced) her “dose” first.
She chased it down with water and seemed to do OK—I use OK lightly
because it did make her nauseous and feel very sick but she held it down. I, on the other hand, was not so lucky. No sooner did I swallow the garlic and chase
it with what felt like a load of water when I started feeling very nauseous and
getting the shakes so bad it hurt but this time it didn’t stop there. My mouth started to water and I kept having
to spit into the sink (a trick I use—and I think most people use—to keep from
throwing up) but it didn’t work.
As my wife left the room she heard the effects of the garlic
but didn’t stick around or come back for the show. Thank goodness I didn’t totally lose lunch
and it seemed my stomach just expelled the garlic I had just swallowed—almost
as if to say: “Yeah… not this time buddy—take that!” I was still hunched over the sink for another
5 minutes waiting for my body to calm itself down until I felt well enough to
walk away, which I did. I decided that I
had had enough for the day after that dose!
OK, so dinner was an interesting dinner—we decided to go to
a steak house and try some tenderloin steak cooked rare. I have always been a medium rare fan but
never have tried the rare, but since my cousin told of the benefits she felt
somebody can get by eating their “ancestral diet” we thought: “What the
heck!” Our waitress happened to be an
old childhood friend who gave us the most classic look when we told her how we
wanted our steaks cooked.
To make it even better we had to have a word with the
kitchen manager to ensure there would be no “illegal” stuff on our steaks. He was very good about it and my old friend
insisted there were people who come in that are much worse than us at what the
demand but I wasn’t totally convinced.
Anyway… it was a pretty good steak, not the best I’ve ever had but good.
Nothing new or earth shattering to report on the progress
front—overall I do feel like my well-being is getting better every day but it
is hard to measure unless I look back at my blog posts to see where I was. Definitely not as ornery as last weekend but
still not as good as I’d like to be.
My mom-in-law came over tonight and we gave her some of our
cacao pow as well as a slice of our almond flour brown bread—both Excellent!...
I think she likes coming over for those reasons.
In our quest to find out the very best for our bodies my
wife and I have both decided to start mincing cloves of garlic every day and
swallowing them. I’ve done it before but
have been out of the habit for a few weeks, but my wife has never consistently
done it. She is still having a pretty
big issue with bloating—we’ve decided that the amount of food we’re eating is
probably not the issue so it must be something else. I guess there is flora (or something like that)
and some on the internet—there we go again asking for trouble—say when ridding
your body of candida it often opens up other imbalances, one of which is a
flora imbalance in your small intestine and evidently garlic is key to treating
So for the next few days or weeks we will be mincing 2
cloves of garlic 3 times per day and chasing it with a big drink of water. This mornings dose was not too bad for me—a
few chills and some pretty bad stomach pains for a few minutes and that was
it. Afternoon it was slight worse, but
tonight… OH TONIGHT’S was AWFUL! After
swallowing the garlic it took about 30 seconds and then it just hit me like a
bad sickness. I started to get the chills
and shake a little while I had some cold sweats and had that funny taste in
your mouth that you get right before you throw-up—you know the taste I’m
talking about! Needless to say I hope it
doesn’t continue to get worse!
Breakfast today was easy—steel cut oats and our favorite
green drink (some things almost always stay the same). Lunch was quinoa with lemon juice, and green
onions topped over salad mixed with our favorite green salsa (still needing to
be added to a list of foods we find ourselves eating a lot of! Had a snack this afternoon before taking my
son to karate—some toast (from bread I made today—which needs to be added to
recipes (basically 1 cup almond flour, 1 cup brown rice flour, 1 cup arrow root
powder, 8 eggs, 1 avocado, 2 droppers of stevia, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ¾
teaspoon salt and then mixed together (liquid separate from dry—blended) then
mixed together placed in a bread pan and baked at 350 degrees for about 45-50
Dinner was a medley of leftover vegetables (the ones we
hadn’t used all week). Including
asparagus, onions (yellow and green), peppers (yellow, red, orange), broccoli,
lemon juice, sea salt, basil and coconut oil.
I’m not sure what it is (I think the 6 cloves of raw garlic I swallowed
whole throughout the day) but I’m feeling very queasy and downright sick
tonight—hopefully I’ll feel better for a nice Saturday!
We found out today just how difficult it is to try to eat
out—and it was a stark contrast to how we felt a few months ago. It used to be that eating out was a lot
easier than eating at home. Much
faster—you could just pull up to the window, order and go, or sit down, order
and eat. But… tonight there was a
scavenger hunt run at the Salt Lake Running Company that they put on once a month. It’s a great idea, you go to the store and
then pick up a map and start to run—getting to as many checkpoints as possible
to pick up a ticket (local restaurants and businesses set up before hand) and
then back to the store.
Well… we knew we would be running late so we decided that
tonight would be a little “cheat night.”
Sounded great in theory until we started to look at where to eat and
looking at the ingredients. We couldn’t
eat at McDonald’s for a myriad of reasons that should be quite obvious (but
beyond the obvious there were added things we are staying away from that we
couldn’t eat like wheat and sugar… in chicken salad…). We couldn’t eat at Chick-Fil-A since they too
add things to their food we are staying away from, again wheat in chicken???
Whatever happened to beef just containing beef and no colors or additives or
salad just having salad? Or chicken just
We let our boys eat and play at a restaurant and then we
headed to the local Harmon’s (a local chain grocery store) where we found a
vegetable medley and some sushi that we ended up eating. We pretty much knew the ingredients, but we
did cheat a little since the sushi had vinegar (although we are not sure on
what kind so we are not positive that was a cheat). However, even the vegetable medley ended up
being a cheat because they cooked it in Canola Oil??? The funny thing was every other ingredient
(spices and all) were very healthy and very good so why do they add canola oil
instead of olive oil??? Where were you on that one Harmon’s!? Oh the joys of sticking to a Candida Friendly (or not so friendly for the yeast I guess) diet.
Breakfast today was Cacao Pow (using steel cut oats as the
base—our favorite kind of cacao pow).
Also had our green drink. For
lunch I had a huge salad topped with lentils and some quinoa. Dinner was our great grocery store haul
mentioned above we had before running in our fun run. The best part of the run was when our 8 year
old was upset for not winning any prices in the raffles. We had 3 people and so could get 3 tickets at
each stop so we ended up with like 21 tickets (probably more than most people
there). My son said: “We ran all that
way for nothing!” I guess we got him a
little too excited about the raffle and not excited enough about the run.
We had a great run though, running down some busy streets
and even jay-walked across one that freaked our son out to which we stressed:
“you should NEVER do that when you are alone, only when you are with mom and
dad!” That makes it all OK right? We also found a short-cut on a light rail
track the state is putting in that won’t be up and running for a few months
yet, but was smooth enough and finished enough to cut about ¼ mile from one
area to another! Thank goodness the only
goal was to get the tickets and not to follow a specific route otherwise we
would have been cheating and being AWESOME examples to our boys yet again!