Sorry, this is very long but I am very passionate on this topic… if you areinterested in a different approach, read on. If not, please ignore 🙂
Last summer, I decided I was tired of feeling like crap all the time, of using sugar as a crutch in my life, and of being addicted to food (cheese, potatoes, sugars etc). I have always felt that sugar had a strong hold on my life, and started doing some research.
Since 2008, I have struggled with IBS and dairy allergies, and yet I still resort to a cycle of binging on high sugar, starchy foods and then punishing myself for this bad behavior. I looked into a Yeast Free diet, which looked a lot like Paleo. I bought a Paleo recipe book because it has lots of recipe ideas. I never followed Paleo tho because it felt too strict to me.
But basically, the idea with the Yeast diet is to rid your body of harmful yeasts that build up in your system from eating too much sugar. Symptoms of this are various digestive problems, excess mucus in your system, fatigue, sleep problems… the list goes on. In this “diet” you have to cut AS MUCH SUGAR as you can from your diet, including the hidden ones in your sauces, all white and starchy foods, certain fruits and the obvious ones in desserts. For 2 weeks to a month you have to eat very rigidly, but after a month, the yeasts in your body will have subsided. The first 2 weeks are a bit brutal, especially if you have an unbalanced sugar relationship to start. Headaches, cravings, emotional outbursts… But after that, you won’t even want sugar. Eventually you can start adding those normal things back in, once you get your sugar cravings under control.
**Yeasts in your body wants to live. They feed on sugar, and so when you cut the supply, the yeast will release toxins into your body enticing you into eating sugar to stay alive, hence cravings**
I ate this way for 45 days, and I have to say I started sleeping fantastic, I started feeling amazing, my skin cleared up, and I felt like I found balance in my life. The North American diet is so full of sugar, I wouldn’t be suprised if a ton of people were addicted to sugar and feeding a yeast imbalance in their bodies. I would highly recommend doing this, if you have the will power. It’s not about cutting food groups, it’s about cutting excess sugars. Balance!
Hope that was helpful, sorry for the novel!