Posts Tagged Candida

Soup Success

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Well, I was pretty pleased with myself tonight. I made a turkey/chicken soup for Meghan that was totally Candida friendly and it was sooooo tasty! We had some leftover turkey and I found some unseasoned frozen chicken in the freezer so I decided to throw them in a pot and try my hand at homemade soup. The “unseasoned” part of the chicken was important since so many of those frozen Purdue chickens have some kind of ingredient that Meghan can’t eat on her diet. I found one with vinegar in it, which is a big No-No when it comes to fighting Candida.
So, the rest of the soup had carrots, celery, and onion. I had some bottled chicken stock on hand, just in case, but I really didn’t need it. The soup flavored itself quite nicely (with a bit of salt, pepper, parsley and celery salt.) She had some Wasa rye crisps on the side and a few peach slices, too. (I am known for trying to hit all the food groups at every meal.)

I’m just glad I found a recipe that I can give her and not feel like I’m forcing her to eat it because she has no choice.

This week is going to be a busy one for me. I have Physical Therapy for my back on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Tomorrow is Meg’s dentist appointment. Tuesday is a doctor’s appointment for me and Thursday is parent/teacher conferences.

The best news of all, though, is that I start my temp job next Tuesday for the Census Bureau. The money I make from that will be enough to pay for one of my college courses.
After that, I’ll be on the lookout for a job in one of the area medical/health offices. I don’t care if I’m filing paperwork – I just want to work in some kind of job environment that relates to the health profession in some way. I only need to do it for a few months in order to get the money to complete the final classes for my degree.
I’m getting there…

Welcome To The New Year!

Posted by Jen in Health Nuts, Parenting |
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Yep – I’m back…for today, at least.

It has been a BUSY couple of months – the holidays always take up so much time, but things are slowing down a bit.  Or rather, I am learning to slow down a bit.  I have been doing so much reading about mindfulness and meditation and living in the moment…it sounds hokey, I guess, but it has made such a difference in my life.  I never realized how much time I actually spent thinking about the future or reviewing the past…and how much that actually affected my daily mood.

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.”

I have learned so much that I actually don’t know where to start, but one of my biggest changes is to no longer be bothered when someone “innocently inconveniences” me.  This includes the slow driver in front of me, the new checkout girl who is taking too long, the guy who connects me to the wrong number when I call for technical support, etc.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s not like I threw a hissy fit when that happened, but it would definitely cause some irritation and I was tired of feeling irritated.  Acceptance and peacefulness sure feels a lot better and definitely feels a lot more natural to me.  I used to be such a tolerant person,  but found that I have become impatient and ill-at-ease over the past few years.  It was definitely time for a different outlook.  :)

So, everything else is going fairly well in my life. Here’s the quick summary:

1 – I have my temporary job starting in 2 weeks.  The money from that should pay for at least one of my college courses.  I’ll only have 2 more classes to go after that.

2 – I started physical therapy last week for my neck and back.  They haven’t been feeling right since the mono last year.  I had some x-rays done and they showed a compression fracture in the middle of my back. I actually have no idea where that came from actually…the middle back only started hurting about a month ago.  I fell on my stairs about 4 years ago, so maybe it finally started hurting now?  I don’t know.  I also have muscle spasms in my neck and some osteoarthritis in my lower back and neck.  Ack!  I feel old.

3 – Meghan was taken to a natural homeopath last week.  She was still struggling with severe, but intermittent stomach pains.  It was determined that she is dealing with systemic yeast (Candida) overgrowth.  Normally the body can keep the yeast levels under control, but Meg was on birth control last year for a few months for her ovarian cyst and then she was put on 3 rounds of antibiotics for her sinus infection this fall.  That pretty much killed all the good bacteria in her system.  She also eats a lot of simple carbs and sugars, which is what the yeast feeds on.

So, how is it being treated?

Well, she’s been put on a yeast-free/sugar-free diet for the next 6 weeks.  Sugar-free also includes artificial sweeteners.  The only sweetener she can have is Stevia or xylitol.  I haven’t tried the xylitol, but Stevia can be a little bitter.  She’s having a rough time getting used to it.  Unfortunately for her I am quite a lousy cook and haven’t had a lot of luck making her meals for her.  My veggie soup came out way too salty.  My french toast tasted like cardboard and my spaghetti squash meal was gooey and gross.  :-(

At the rate we’re going, she’s going to starve before these 6 weeks are finally over.  LOL