I usually start off posts by saying, “I’m excited to share ______ or _______ with you.” And I am – I mean who doesn’t get excited about edible weeds in your back yard, sourdough bread that actually works, and brand new candida cookbooks? Really?
But today, I’m even more excited than normal. (Yes, that is possible.) I’m not sharing a recipe, information, or a rant about GMO’s.
Today I’m sharing my friend, Sarah.
Sarah and I chat nearly everyday. . .and quite often several times a day. We chat about Lilla Rose, homeschool, the LORD, candida, food, exercise, and the list goes on. But you know what? Our husbands have never met. Our children have never met. And (shhhh) we’ve never met! But because technology is what it is, we’ve become fast friends.
I’m introducing Sarah to you because you’re going to be seeing her around here on a regular basis. Well, as regular as a homeschooling mother of three will allow. She’s got a great sense of humor, a gift for cooking, and a strong desire to be used of God. What more can I say? She’s a great match for Whole Intentions and I know you’re going to enjoy her like the breath of fresh air she is.
So, without further ado, meet Sarah. . .
I am so thrilled to be teaming up with Paula in her journey here at Whole Intentions. I’ve been a reader, like you, for quite some time and have learned so much from her well-researched, inspirational posts.
Probably the biggest thing that I learned from Paula though is that I have candida. Badly. So, one of the things that I’m hoping to share with you here is my journey to health and fitness. I’m sure some of you can totally relate to the daily battle I face to get well, to get fit, and to get HEALTHY!
Not only do I have candida, but also I’ve struggled with my weight and sin issues around food for as long as I can remember. As a child, I was on a tremendous amount of antibiotics, so I’m pretty sure the candida and the weight issues started close to the same time – around age 6 (and now I know you’re dying to know – I’m 34 – yup, probably 28 years of this crazy stuff).
Anyone with candida knows it’s HUNGRY!!! It must be fed to thrive and grow and yes, that means too much food, which often leads to excess fat.
Shortly after getting married 8 years ago, I reached the highest weight of my life at 215 lbs. I seriously can’t believe how sad I look. I was so sick and had no idea what was ailing me.
I’m just about 5’5”, and well, at 215 I was really big, miserable, and sick as a dog. I gave up wheat, sugar, and dairy shortly after this photo was taken and lost 30 lbs in about 6 months.
Not too long after that I got pregnant with my first child. Once he was born, I joined one of the most popular diets in the country and lost another 25 lbs (from the 30 lbs. before), but honestly I was starving. I don’t know how anyone can live on so little food (especially when it’s all low fat – I mean seriously, pass me the grass fed butter!).
Luckily, I got pregnant and got off that crazy train. When baby #2 came along the weight didn’t come off quite so quickly and with baby #3 it was even worse (it wasn’t budging at all). I found myself at about 30 lbs. over a healthy weight for my body.
During all these years, I struggled with yeast infections, sinus infections, bladder infections, digestive issues, and on and on. I had no idea that what I was actually dealing with was candida.
But God knew just whom I needed to meet to get headed in the direction to a healthy life. I met Paula over a year ago and, as she said, we became fast friends. She’s like the long lost twin sister I’ve never met (and anyone who knows more about her knows she actually has a twin, so yeah, I guess that position is already filled. Too bad for me, huh?). Anyway, I started to read her blog posts about candida and thought, hmmm, maybe that’s what I’ve got, but I was too worried about losing weight to worry much about it.
About 3 months ago, after watching me struggle to lose weight for months and months, Paula asked me to take Dr. Bakkers’ Candida quiz and I scored well over 200!! With much love, Paula suggested I get serious about finally kicking my candida to the curb. So, since the end of June I’ve been starving my candida. It’s been quite a journey!
I can’t recommend Paula’s candida cookbook enough, by the way, it’s really made this whole experience so much easier. I’ve also had a ton of fun playing with a bunch of new recipes, which I’m hoping to share with you at some point.
Maybe, just maybe, there are plans brewing (which may or may not have to do with the photos of crazy concoctions I like to text Paula at random hours of the day. What? Doesn’t everyone photograph the things that come out of their oven and send them to people?). I digress.
You may ask, so, where are you in this journey to beat candida right now?
I still have it. I’m fighting the battle – but don’t worry it’ll end with a big knock out! It’s a day-by-day journey to make the right food choices and to do my workout (more on that awesomeness in another post).
Today, I am about 15 lbs from my healthy goal weight. I’ll never be an itty-bitty thing and I’m at the stage in my life where I’m good with that. I’m learning to embrace the long journey to health and to be focused more on wellness and glorifying God with my eating than on a number.
I hope that some of you will join me in my journey! Paula and I started a Facebook group where you can ask both of us questions about beating candida’s heiny and get support in your journey.
We’re both super busy homeschooling Mamas, so it might take us a bit to get back to you, but we definitely will. Join our group, Kicking Candida (with Sarah & Paula).
I look forward to getting to know you!!
Paula: See, I told ya you would love her! Feel free to join our group to ask questions or leave a comment below!