Nothing that converts to sugar. (Simple carbs: white rice, white potatoes, etc...)
And for the first two weeks, no fruit.
Well, my friends, it's that time again and I wanted to reach out to you all and see if any of you might be interested in joining me!?
I've talked about yeast-free quite a bit on this blog for the past 4 or so years because when I did it for the first time in 2010, it really did change my life forever. Actually, this post , this post and this post has the absolute most pageviews in the history of my blog so if you have questions, I hope you find it helpful! I talk about it so much so, I even made a specific "Healthy Living" page right there underneath my header that is solely contributed to my yeast-free journey.
It changed the way I ate, the way I thought about eating and most of all, it changed my entire perception of the life I wanted to lead. I also dropped 20 pounds, which was definitely a bonus.
Left: 2007 @ 144 pounds. Right: 2010 @ 124 pounds.
I was sick of being "fluffy" and having love handles hanging over the sides of my jeans. I was tired of having to wear "flowy" tops because I knew a night of eating and/or drinking was ahead of me and I didn't want to be caught dead in a fitted top. I was over feeling "bloated" all the time. And to be quite honest, I wanted my frickin' jaw and collar bones back!
So it was January 2010 that I began my yeast-free journey and I'm so happy to say I've never been the same since. Rather than processed and packaged foods in my pantry, there's now hardly anything in in my pantry because majority of it is all fresh meat and produce in my refrigerator. No really...my pantry is empty 80% of the time. I've also learned to bake and cook things I never in a million years thought I would be making. I've come across ingredients I used to never be able to pronounce or never know what they were used for, but now they've become household staples.
Here's an example of foods you can typically find me eating when I do the yeast-free diet.
Yeast-free has become a lifestyle for me about 75% of the time, (not include the holidays...) and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Is it easy? No.
Is it worth it? Heck. Yes.
Is it maintainable? Once you've hit your goal weight, yes. For the most part, I follow an 80/20 rule... 80% yeast-free, 20% non yeast-free but still healthy.
Anyways...enough jibber jabber. Let me bring it on home...
Starting next Monday, January 13, my company is hosting our 4th annual Yeast-Free With Me challenge, where we encourage everyone from around the city, state, country and globe to join us in going 30 days of following a yeast-free diet. Literally...thousands of people every year participate so you are not alone!
If you've ever considered a yeast-free die, or even just wanted to learn more about what a yeast-free diet/lifestyle looks like, I encourage you to join me! If shedding a few pounds or getting back down to your goal weight is one of your New Year's resolutions, I definitely encourage you to join me because it WILL happen. If you need to fit into that bikini by March...hello? Yeast-free. Or, if you're just looking for a maintainable healthy eating program that fuels your body with the nutrition it needs, rather than the processed crap you find in the stores these days, join us!
And when I say "join", all I mean is you're signing up for a month-long email series providing you with yeast-free hints, tips, tricks, recipes and exclusive content that is not available to the general public.
Come on...you're not going to make me go this alone...are you?! I didn't think so. ;)
Sign up here and if you have any questions whatsoever, email me!
Like I've said before, I'm not a nutritionist or a dietitian but I've worked with several in the past who have taught me everything I could possibly need/want to know about the yeast-free diet. I've worked for an alternative healthcare company for a little over 4 years now, have read a ton of books, worked face to face with our doctors, and have even written a ton of blog posts (personally and professionally) on this topic so while I wouldn't call myself a "yeast-free expert" by any means, I definitely like to think I know the diet like the back of my hand. I also know from first hand experience that you can change your life if you simply change the way you think about food.
Once you join Yeast-Free With Me, you'll receive everything you need to get started: guidelines, food lists, grocery lists, recipes, meal plans, etc...literally...everything you need. Oh-and don't forget to hashtag it up once you register >> #YFWM <<!