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Week 2: Monday, May 5, 2014

Posted by , 05 May 2014 · 1,451 views

Okay so, where do I begin. On Tuesday, April 29, I went to see my naturopathic doctor for the first time. We talked about skin issues and food sensitivities, and he mentioned that a patient of his had rosacea and was tested for food sensitivities. After being tested positive for yeast/wheat sensitivities and giving both up..his rosacea cleared up. I didn't think too much of it at first..until after my dinner. I ate steam fresh brown rice (no additives or sauce) mixed with steam fresh vegetables (no additives or sauce) and on top I put Daiya shredded pepperjack cheese and some dairy free, gluten free Wishbone Italian salad dressing. I felt bloated, crampy and full. I blamed the rice and didn't think much of it...but then I started thinking about yeast. I checked the ingredients on the cheese and salad dressing and, sure enough, both listed yeast as an ingredient. On Wednesday morning, (April 30) I had the same meal I had the night before - the rice, vegetables, salad dressing, and cheese. I had terrible GI symptoms at work, I had to run to the bathroom and I was in there for about 20-30 minutes! I had rice/vegetables at work before and it never triggered that kind of reaction, so I figured it was time to really test the yeast.

After I got home from work, I grabbed an Ener-G gluten free English muffin and topped it with hummus (instead of mayonnaise) and a healthy helping of the daiya shredded cheese. Sure enough, in about 2 hours I again had to run to the bathroom. For me, that was enough of a test that it was the yeast...and not the rice that was causing my issues. Starting on Thursday, May 1, I have been yeast free as well.

Since going yeast free, I have noticed a small improvement in my rosacea. My skin seems a bit lighter, I haven't had any rosacea flushing, and I haven't really had any GI symptoms.

However - unfortunately I started my menstrual cycle on Saturday, May 3rd. Whenever I have my period, I break out all over my face..so it is hard to tell how much progress I am making now that i gave up yeast. I also was craving chocolate - so I grabbed gluten free, dairy free So Delicious brand coconut milk ice cream (turtle trails flavor) and had some of that..along with a piece of gluten free, vegan, yeast free cheese cake from Earth's Cafe. Neither gave me GI symptoms as far as I know, but I have noticed that the seb. dermatitis under my eye has been flaring up again. It might be because of the amount of sugar...I typically eat a more low sugar diet since I am trying not to feed my candida. I use Simple Skin Care's Revitalizing eye roll-on as a quick fix when it acts up, it seems to work well.

So to recap: I am currently on a gluten free, lactose free, yeast free diet that is low in sugar. This week it will be hard to test progress because I started my period and that always causes me to break out, and i also have a lot of GI issues when I have my period. UGH! Hopefully next week will be better. I do think I'm on the right track, I just want to know if I am missing any other foods i should be eliminating...

The So Delicious coconut milk ice cream is not something I have very often - but since I was craving something sweet/chocolatey and it didn't have gluten or lactose, I figured it would be fine. But it does have a lot of strange ingredients (pea protein? carob bean gum, guar gum)? So i will keep those in mind. However, with 19g of sugar I can pretty much figure out why my seb. dermatitis is acting up.

Any suggestions for low sugar, gluten free, dairy free, yeast free snacks to satisfy a craving during a menstrual cycle? I would appreciate it :(

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1 can coconut milk

10 strawberries

1 Tbsp raw honey


blend for a smoothie, This gives a pleasantly full feeling to me.  Omit the honey if you can!

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Thank you! That sounds great. I actually do have a can of coconut oil at home, I keep forgetting to put it in the fridge!


Some questions...do I use the entire can, or half a can, etc? And I think I will omit the honey, too much sugar even though it is natural. Could I add blueberries in too? 


Would it be better to add frozen berries, or fresh?

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I use a full can and 10 frozen berries, but I save some for later.  Oh, and frozen fruit makes it like a shake.  I say, add whatever sounds good to you.  A forth of banana may sweeten if you need it.

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**Wow, I just realized in my above post I said coconut oil, I meant coconut milk of course! Haha.


That really does sound good. I'm going to have to try it at some point. :) 

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