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Somehow I manage to get really behind on sharing about my day to day life. I blame it on Instagram. I love instagram, but it can make me a really lazy blogger. If you follow me on instagram you have seen what I have been up to the last few months, but for those of you who don't here is a little flash back… I added a bunch more fabric to my Pile O' Fabric, surprise, surprise :) http://instagram.com/p/bblin0jsei/ http://instagram.com/p/bhYz2IDsRB/ http://instagram.com/p/bzEmZhjsR7/ http://instagram.com/p/bzFQ-lDsTF/ I added some notions too! http://instagram.com/p/bE9W6_DsS8/ I got an AMAZING new addition to my sewing room, but more on that later! http://instagram.com/p/b6s4WQDsXQ/ I participate in the Vitamin D Bee which is a local quilting bee part of the PHXMQG. I finished an improv Wonky Star block for Alissa, and a EPP Hexagon flower for Nancy. Both blocks were really fun to make. http://instagram.com/p/b2-q2JDse_/ http://instagram.com/p/aoX7csjsW4/ I participate in the do.Good Stitches online charity bee. For the month of June I was the "quilter" so I got to choose the block and will be responsible for putting the quilt together. I chose the Bijoux Block , all of the ladies blocks turned out so good. I was able to get the quilt top together and will be quilting it soon. I also finished my July Churn Dash blocks which were chosen by Salty Oat http://instagram.com/p/cDiJIEjsVm/ http://instagram.com/p/cDElghDsUN/ I am finishing quilting a quilt for a new Aria Lane Pattern which should be out soon. http://instagram.com/p/b-bAUPDsQb/ I have been sucking up every moment I can with my loves. Gwenyth just celebrated her 4th birthday and Everett is 1 year old. Im looking forward to doing a little "pre-school" (basically more structured play) with Gwenyth this year preparing for homeschooling next year. http://instagram.com/p/bzMvmMjsf4/ http://instagram.com/p/bNEo9HDsaX/ http://instagram.com/p/cKrUeSjsU-/ A while back I shared with you all that I have a lot of health problems that can sometimes drain the life out of me. I kind of go through ups and downs some months I feel much better, and some months (more recently) I feel miserable. A month ago I decided to go on a strict Gluten Free diet in hopes to help some of my symptoms. After further research I came across the Candida Diet. Candida is an internal yeast overgrowth and most main stream doctors don't recognize it as a legitimate illness. However every single one of my symptoms fit right in line with a Candida overgrowth. The only cure for this is an extreme change in my eating lifestyle, no Gluten, Dairy, Sugar (including fruits), Corn, and the list goes on. Let me tell you this is going to be the hardest thing I have ever done, haha. It is day two of cutting the foods out of my diet and I am not the happiest person to be around :). Those of you who know me well, know I am a serious sweet tooth so you can only imagine. Ultimately I am desperate to feel even just a little better than I have and will do anything. Yes, even avoid my addiction to Red Vines and Sour Patch Kids. So for those of you who follow me on Pinterest and wonder why in the world I went from pinning a ton of beautiful quilts to a ton of Candida Free dinner ideas thats my reason. Have any of you tried to cut Candida out of your diet? http://instagram.com/p/bHYTl-Dsay/ I hope that you all are having a fantastic Summer, here is to happy quilting and better health!
Alyssa

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  • Carol aj says...

    I sympathize with you on allergies.
    At age 37 my daughter suddenly became sick. She has always been allergic to shellfish (hard to take when you live in VA Bch).

    But now she is also allergic to
    dairy
    Gluten
    Corn
    Soy
    Tomatoes.

    She is really just eating veggies, fruit and meat and fish. She is coming this week w a new boyfriend. I am making Beef Short ribs w mashed potatoes (using coconut milk for potatoes), snap peas, salad and strawberry sorbet – sorbets are fruit and juice/water frozen.

    Good luck. Pillsbury just came out w gluten free pizza dough, biscuits etc. In the refrigerated section of the grocery store.

    Carol

    On August 20, 2014

  • Emily says...

    I just went through a whole 30 challenge in June. It was transformative for me. I had progressively worsening health issues that peaked at missing 4 weeks of work. It’s tough, but so worth it. I feel better now than i have in many years.

    Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo is a wonderful resource. Also, cook double for many meals so when your at a low you have food. Steve’s PaleoGoods also is a source for emergency snacks. Wellness Mama has a wonderful blog and some great sources for making your own water kiefer or komobucha.

    I felt like my diet changes allowed my body to heal my gut and fix my nutrition so I could heal many other areas.

    Good luck!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Bethany Martini says...

    I am quilt jealous of your Pile O’ Fabric! I wish I had that big of a stash, but since I just started quilting a few months ago, it is quite small. Thank you for sharing. I have been gluten free for 6 months, and I feel so much better! A month ago I decided to try the paleo diet and it has been going well. The paleo plan mimics the way our ancestors ate, so meat and fish is allowed as well as fruits and vegetables. No processed food, gluten, rice, corn, dairy. The first week was tough, but after that it got much better. The Candida diet sounds quite restrictive though, what foods are allowed? Good luck with everything, I hope you start feeling better!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Dianne says...

    Gluten/dairy free no sugar is a challenge for sure. There are medications that can be given to remove excessive candida from your body. you should be able to get some from a naturopath or your physician if he is willing. It is less difficult than eliminating it solely through diet.
    It is normal to feel cranky and out of sorts for the first while, your body is craving the sugar that the candida feeds on and that is true whether you use medication to help or not.
    Good luck with your quest.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Oh you totally should!! Our next meeting is on August 17th, which will be a more relaxed meeting with show and tell and such. The last few meetings have been workshops. Keep an eye on the PHXMQG blog and we will post details about the meeting soon. Id love to meet you.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Well luckily I don’t think I am allergic to any of these things maybe slightly intolerant, but primarily they feed the yeast. I can’t imagine how hard that’d be for your daughter. Isn’t weird how you can just gain an allergy one day! You dinner sounds fabulous!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Yes, they have quite a few great supplements to help kill the yeast. I read a few books and everyone suggests different brands so I am still trying to narrow it down to the one I think will work best, so many choices! Thanks for your support :)

    On August 20, 2014

  • Sarah says...

    Love your new fabrics! We’re neighbors. I live in Mesa. I’d like to check out the PHXMQG sometime.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Ramona says...

    I actually bought The Yeast Connection by Wlm Crook, md years ago. I tried to follow it but I have no self discipline. I will be watching to see of you can make a go of it. I do believe there is merit in the idea. Best of luck.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Laura Wolverton says...

    Beautiful blocks. Good luck with your diet overhaul – I’ve beentrying to cut sugar out of my diet (again). Once you get past the few weeks, you’ll feel better. Sugar is so addicting.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Penny G says...

    Good luck with your diet. Did you check online to see if there is any research funded in this area? I have what used to be an obscure problem and spent years and tens of thousands of dollars trying to figure it out. I finally found a doctor that didn’t think it was all in my head or stress related . He had done 4 years post doc research on the topic.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Sally Simmons says...

    Best wishes for success with the diet. I did an elimination diet and it was hard! And not very conclusive, unfortunately, although when I tried to start back in with dairy it was no go. Keep us posted on your quest for better health!!
    Sally in Seattle

    On August 20, 2014

  • Marti M says...

    Enjoy the start of your homeschool adventure! My kids were homeschooled K-12th and are now in college. It was well worth it.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Vera says...

    Good luck with your diet! Great fabric addition and sneak peaks.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Emily A says...

    Forgive me if this is a second post, but I didn’t see my earlier comment. I recently completed a Whole30 (no dairy, grains, sugar or legumes for 30 days) and it made a huge difference. My health had gotten so bad I missed work for 4 weeks. Doctors were no help, but the diet led to incredible healing for me. I definitely had leaky gut, which was worsened by conventional medicine. Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo is a wonderful resource of meals for specific health issues. Steve’s paleo goods are also great emegency food. The Wellness Mama blog also has great information for making probiotic drinks like water kiefer and kombucha. You may feel worse as you detox/start to heal, but after a few weeks when the benefits begin to kick in, you’ll be happy you tried. Best wishes.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Dawn Marie says...

    Alyssa,
    You should check out one of my blog buddies. Katy has been doing the diet you are trying. Has been working really well for here and I am sure she would give your tips and support.

    Trikatykid.wordpress.com

    Hope it helps. :-)
    Dawn Marie

    On August 20, 2014

  • Ramona says...

    I agree with Diane about it making you feel bad at first. I remember when I started the diet feeling tired and almost sick. It was kind of like flushing your system of toxins. Water’s always good …drink plenty.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    This is very encouraging especially to see you only did it for 30 days and felt better. I will check out these resources thank you so much!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thanks Vera :)

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    That is exactly the case with me! I got sick with UI back in 2007 and took antibiotics for almost a month to get rid of it, within a matter of days I was deathly ill with a intentional infection called c-difficle which put me in the hospital for over a week. I then battled with recurring c-diff for almost 2 years. Ever since then I have been sick, 6 years now. I am suspicious that not only did the c-diff overgrow from the antibiotics, but the yeast did as well and I could be suffering from it this whole time. Doctors also classified me with fibromyalgia and basically gave up on helping me, but I refuse to stop searching. I am only 25 years old there has to be a reason!! Let me know when you start your blog I will come check it out :)

    On August 20, 2014

  • Kay Holm says...

    I have been off and on with the Candida stuff. I had a terrible time prior to menopause so this is years we are talking about. What I have found is make sure you do the bentonite combo to clean out the system. Make sure you do the two week cleanse really well for at least a week then you can ease up a bit.

    After that, try to use sugar free sweets. I know they are down on them, particularly nutrasweet which is in everything. I am super allergic to nutrasweet and get a migraine almost instantly when I have some. Watch that because it is really in everything and you can easily be eating some without realizing it. If you have some and you feel worse after it in any way, you may be allergic. More people are than they think.

    I cannot live without sweets but I try to watch it. Sugar alcohols work better for me (more Atkinsish), but that is me and everyone is different.

    Anyway, I have had health issues for years and have tried everything. I used to think I got the flu once or twice or three times a month and would be sick as a dog for days. That is what the doctors told me. Finally I just got to the point where I went to the doctor and said, I am here for the same reason I have been here every couple of months for years. I feel awful all over and am so tired I can barely get out of bed. You do your tests and everything says I am normal but this is not normal and it is not in my head. He spents some time looking over my history, my lab results and my symptoms and gave me a thorough exam. He told me he was going to give me a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, it can’t be anything else. He referred me to the Pain Clinic for chronic pain and my life has changed. Not that I don’t still have the pain, but I have a good diagnosis (confirmed by the Pain Clinic) and some drugs to help and a plan of action.

    I don’t know what your symptoms are, but I just want you to know that it took me forty years to finally find a doctor who would do something. (I have had this since a traumatic event in my childhood). Don’t be passive in your approach to your doctor, expect that he will figure out how to help or go to a different one.

    Enough rambling. I am starting my own blog. I hope I can connect with you in some way. Kay

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thanks Penny! Yes, there is actually lots of websites and books, even some movies out on the topic. It seems to be quite common, just not accepted really in the main stream doctor world.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thanks Laura. It is definitely addicting and I think my absolute obsession with it just proves yeast is controlling my body. Can’t wait for the cravings to go away!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Yes, that is definitely already starting to happen. I read a book and a few article about it all and they said it is like being in a rehab and can get much worse before it gets better. I am trying a few things to get the toxins out as fast as possible, here is to the next few weeks :)

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    I will go check her site out now, thanks for sharing!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Barbara Konkle says...

    I am so sorry about not feeling well and the diet change! My mil has had to make some drastic changes herself. No gluten, dairy, most fruits, some veggies, whey, soy, the list goes on. It is easier to list the things she can eat. Seeing her go through this has really opened my eyes about diet and the things we take for granted! I hope you find recipes you love with this new lifestyle change.

    On August 20, 2014

  • MoeWest says...

    Try this website http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/
    Under Recipes > Detailed Search, she has a ‘candida friendly’ category with 104 recipes.

    On August 20, 2014

  • wendy says...

    yep, I was told I had a yeast intolerance which is basically the same thing. Three months I cut it all out. I was barely eating anything as there was nothing I could eat and I felt sick and ill the entire time. I kept thinking I’d get better but I got worse. I gave it up and instantly felt a lot better. I also put on half a stone on the diet, no idea how as I wasn’t eating any sugar or fat.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thanks Marti. I am nervous and very excited at the same time. I was never very good in school so I am a bit scared I will be a terrible teacher. However we have decided as a family that we will do whatever it takes. My husband works at home so we plan to work together on it as a team.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thanks Sally. So do you think you may be allergic to the dairy? Interesting.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Sondra says...

    Dear Alyssa,
    I did not realize that you had this health issue. Just wanted you to know that I am so sorry to hear that you are having to deal with this. My thoughts are with you.
    I wish you all the best.
    As a positive note, your blog is amazing, love your work, tutorials, ideas, etc. and it looks fantastic.
    You children are precious.
    XXXXXXXX Sondra

    On August 20, 2014

  • Marshall says...

    I’m sorry you’re not feeling well. I hope you find some relief on the Candida diet. I’m currently on it due to thrush issues while nursing. It’s not easy and it leaves me frustrated with the extreme limitations of the diet, especially when I want a carrot, and even that is a no-no. I think I need to check out your meal ideas. I end up living off of chicken, tabouleh, and oatmeal with flax, hemp and chia seeds. ;)

    On August 20, 2014

  • Hannah says...

    I was going to suggest some paleo resources, I went primal last year but fell off the wagon when I got pregnant. I felt the best I had for years! No grains, sugar, legumes or processed food. Paleo is no dairy either. I found marks daily apple to be a great site. Also whole 30, the paleo solution. I am easing back off the gluten again now but eating rice, oats etc as I seem to need more carbs while nursing.
    Good luck!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Oh, Maureen what a miracle website HAHA desserts that are Candida Free! AHH so excited thank you!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thank you Sondra, you are so supportive I am so blessed to have met you!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Yup, lots of Chicken. I am going to experiment with Coconut Bread, to help with my bread cravings. I read that you can eat as much of that as you want. I am also trying to gain weight which is almost impossible, haha.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Looks like Paleo is real similar I will dig into those resources for sure, Thanks Hannah!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Suzanne Beyer says...

    I can’t believe that you are a web designer, graphic designer, a quilt maker, a blogger, a mother of 2 little ones and on top of that are dealing with all of those health issues. I am amazed by how much how you can get done. I am trying to start a purse and handbag business and we have 4 boys and I have been dealing with Fibromyalgia for 2 years. I don’t feel like I get anything done. I have tried the Paleo diet before. I did see results. It definitely cleans out your system. But I found it expensive and very hard to stick to. Great for my digestive system, but didn’t change my pain. I wish you the best of luck with seeking answers for your health questions. I did find a pain clinic here in Indy that is all inclusive. They have pain Dr.’s, Psychiatrists , Physical Therapists. I hope you can find a place like that!!!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Wow that is really encouraging so glad she is feeling better!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Ivy says...

    Wow, Alyssa, I had no idea! I read an anti-candida diet book a few years ago. I don’t remember it, but it was on the bestseller list. I have a friend who has fibromyalgia. She follows a macrobiotic vegan diet and went from being in a wheelchair to being very mobile and not needing a wheelchair at all. I hope you find a diet that works for you.

    xo,

    Ivy

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Haha, I know what you me the “can eat” list is so much easier to memorize. I am thankful that all I have been through has forced me to learn more about what I put into my body and pray that I will keep learning. Thanks Barbara!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Wow, that’s a very interesting bodily reaction to the diet. Glad you are feeling better! We will see how it goes, I am pretty desperate haha

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Sometimes I think I keep myself so insanely busy so I don’t sit around and think about how bad I feel, haha. I will keep the blog posted with my progress and how well the diet works. Wow all inclusive that sounds pretty amazing.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Leisha Enslen says...

    Can anybody buy it from a bookstore?

    On August 20, 2014

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