In the past 8 weeks I have had no...
coffee or alcohol
I've been pretty much living off of
quinoa and brown rice
and almond butter.
My nutritionist has diagnosed me with Candida so I've been doing this cleanse to kill it. Candida is a yeast we naturally have but it can have an overgrowth causing nasty symptoms. The biggest ones I experienced were bad skin, intense sugar cravings and weight gain. The month before I started I gained 5 lbs because my cravings were so strong and I was eating so badly.
The first week I ate anything I was allowed without counting calories then I decided that while I was making such a huge sacrifice I might as well lose some weight. So far I've lost 18 lbs and I'm so happy on the cleanse.
Candida is very sensitive to sugar so it has to be starved so there is no cheating on this cleanse. It's been a huge adjustment and sacrifice, I even brought my own food to a bachelorette party and a wedding reception. This is the reason for very limited fruit on the first step of the cleanse, even the good sugar from fruit feeds it.
I've had a few unhappy moments when I realize that I can eat about .1% of the items at the store but my symptoms have cleared up and my sugar cravings are gone. I've even found two places I can eat out at!
*Please remember that I have done all of this under the supervision of a nutritionist. Symptoms do not mean you have and overgrowth of Candida.