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What the heck does Yeast-Free Mean?

My friend, Abby, just finished a 30 Day Yeast-Free challenge. Since I’ve written about clean eating and gluten-free lifestyles, I asked her to share her experience during the challenge.

Hi Fitscally Responsible Followers!

I’m Abby, from This Life in Motion.

Anna was kind enough to invite me to be a guest blogger for the day! Hopefully, you’ll all enjoy the story of how I adopted a yeast-free lifestyle.

I always have the goal of living a healthier life.

Lately, my diet hasn’t exactly been healthy. When I was was keeping up with my running and weight training, I didn’t think too much about what I was eating because I was working out a lot. But, we haven’t been making it to the gym for the past few months…okay maybe 6 months or more, and now I’m really starting to see just how much what I eat affects me.

Living with someone who is an extremely picky eater (think cheeseburgers, french fries, chicken strips, etc.) can make eating healthy a challenge! It’s a lot of work to make 2 separate meals, so gradually I’ve adjusted to an unhealthy diet. Lots of fried and processed foods. Less and less fresh fruits and vegetables. And, waaaaay too many sweets and treats.

I started noticing that my energy levels were low, I would come home from work and be extremely tired, and not really want to do much of anything. I wasn’t sleeping as well as I used to, my stomach was often upset, I gained a few eight pounds, and stress was really building up.

I’ve always wanted to try a cleanse of some sort to jump start a healthy eating lifestyle, but I knew I didn’t want to do anything too crazy. You know those diets that are super restrictive, the ones where you can only eat grapefruit or soup. Not my style. I knew I wouldn’t be successful doing anything that was unrealistic.

Late last year, I stumbled upon this blog: BEAUtiful Mess and after some additional research, I learned all about a Yeast-Free diet. I thought it sounded like something I could do! And after learning all about the effects of yeast overgrowth in the body and the aftereffects of eliminating yeast from your body, I was convinced.

Here’s some of the effects of yeast overgrowth in the body:

  • Poor digestion
  • Mal-absorption of nutrients
  • Weight gain
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Gas
  • Indigestion
  • Worsening of allergies
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Body pain
  • Weakened immune system
  • Lack of mental acuity

After I did a ton of research and convinced myself to eat yeast-free for 30 days, it was time to figure out what the heck I was going to eat!

For the 30 day cleanse, there were a couple rules:

  • No fruit or butter for the first 2 weeks
  • For 30 days, no sugar, yeast, dairy, fermented or alcohol products

I knew some of the toughest things for me were going to be:

  • No cream or sugar in my coffee
  • No diet soda
  • No potatoes or pasta
  • No fruit for 2 weeks!

Yikes, it sounds intimidating, but it really wasn’t too bad. The toughest day for me was Day 3. My cravings for sugar were so intense on this day it was crazy! Additionally, the first week and a half or so were not very pleasant. I lost all energy to do anything, I was extremely fatigued! I remember one day when I had to have Aaron carry the laundry basket downstairs for me because I couldn’t come close to working up the energy to do it. I. Was. Exhausted.

And then, without warning, everything changed. I felt great! I was sleeping soundly though the night. I was waking up early with loads of energy (even before I got my morning cup of coffee). I was more focused at work. My moods were better. I stopped experiencing fluctuations in my energy levels throughout the day. In general, I felt better. Oh, and to top it off, I had lost 13 pounds. It was extremely enlightening to feel the effects that food/drink have on my body. I never really noticed it before because I never really felt great. While eating yeast-free, I was eating to fuel my body. My body learned to tell me when it was time to eat, not because I was hungry, but because I needed nutrients. This was new for me, and it felt good.

Okay, I’m guessing you’re wondering what I ate for 30 days?

Here are some of my staples:

Eggs, Turkey Bacon, Tomatoes, and Avocado

Baked Cauliflower and Avocado & Tomato Salad

Chili with Avocado

Taco Meat, Spinach, Tomatoes, Avocados, and Peppers & Onions

Mexican Spaghetti Squash and Cucumbers

Steak, Asparagus, and Pepper and Onions


Natural Peanut Butter...My Savior!!

Truvia...for my Coffee!

Obviously, I ate A LOT of avocados! They make everything better! I also survived the lack of sugar in this diet by eating natural peanut butter. I’ll admit it, I had a spoonful, everyday! Yum!

I’m sure you’re all wondering if I’m still eating yeast-free. I’m sad to say that I’m not. When I started working food back in, it would really upset my stomach and I knew I didn’t want that to happen while I’m on vacation in Las Vegas. So, I’ve decided to give myself the time off, and when I return from vacation I’m going to try to eat yeast-free during the week and allow myself some indulgences on the weekends.

Would I recommend it? Absolutely! The best part of the diet was learning how my body reacts to food and feeling better than I’ve ever felt.

Thanks for reading! I hope you’ll swing on over and follow along at This Life in Motion!

Sources for additional information: http://www.theyeastdiet.com/, http://www.candidafree.net/index.htm. Note that different websites, provide slightly different recommendations on what to eat and not to eat.