To be honest, I'm feeling slightly overwhelmed because the yeast free cleanse was a HUGE success for me and there is so much information I want to share with you! I've decided the simplest way for me to do this is to divide my yeast free information overload into three different posts: (1) Guidelines and example meals, (2) my experience with the 30 day cleanse, and (3) Q&A session where I answer any questions about the cleanse and/or my results that you may have for me.
So let's start with the basics.
Yeast. Yeast is a living fungus that thrives in moist, dark places where it can be provided with a constant food supply (i.e. your GI tract). Over the years, yeast cells being building up in your system and are multiplied every time you take a bite of sugary, over processed food. Luckily, we were all creatively designed with natural detoxify organs (your kidneys, mainly) that control the yeast levels by eliminating them as waste. However, some people have a hard time eliminating the yeast and it continues to build, clinging to the walls of your GI tract and making it harder for your body to absorb nutrients. Basically, you start feeling icky and you probably will begin to gain weigh. (Yeast rises, right? It makes sense a yeast filled belly will rise too.) To get rid of the yeast in your system not only do you have to eliminate yeast all together, but also you must eliminate its food source.
Yeast Free Guideline. (30 day cleanse) The following foods must be avoided during the cleanse.
For the first 2 weeks avoid:
For the entire 30 days avoid:
-vinegar (Only apple cider vinegar is allowed. I avoided all vinegars though.)
Sounds tough, huh? But the key is to focus on what you can have.
-nuts and nut butter (no sugar added)
-coconut oil & olive oil
-coffee & tea
-natural sweeteners (like Stevia)
For a more in-depth list, go here!
Example Meals. A lot of people have asked what my day-to-day eating looks like now. I think you'll be surprised at the variety available even with such a restricted diet!
-eggs with turkey bacon or sausage (& oftentimes with avocado and/or tomato slices on the side)
-chocolate protein shake: 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 2 scoops peanut butter, 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond breeze, 5-7 ice cubes. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend!
(after two weeks a side of fruit can accompany any of these)
Lunch. This meal has the least variety because usually I eat leftovers from last night's dinner.
-tuna lettuce wraps (made with veganaise)
-salad with steak or chicken
-leftover dinner from the night before
-salmon/tilapia/cod/chicken/steak/turkey patties (there are endless options for protein!!) with a sautéed vegetable melody
-eggplant stuffed with ground turkey and veggies
-apples/peanut butter (all natural)
No worries, I plan on sharing the recipes for the stuffed eggplant and lobster amandine eventually! But for the sake of your attention span, and my day job, I think it's time to wrap up this post :-) (Sorry! I tried to make it as condensed as possible!)
I'd love to hear your thoughts/concerns/questions on the yeast free cleanse, so don't be shy! Leave a comment or email me directly! (email found here)
*Please note I am not a doctor (obviously) nor do I have any medical training. I am simply sharing my personal experience with the yeast free cleanse.