Sugar-Booger

Ok, so my title makes sense in that I am theorizing that my recent sugar consumption may have triggered my allergies to basically explode.¬† I wish it was just boogers.¬† No, it’s been itchy ears, sneezing, watery snot (sorry, TMI), itchy skin, and even a full-on sore throat.¬† I’ve always struggled with allergies but in recent years it has seemed to improve as my health improved.¬† Even to the point that we got a cat this summer.¬† Which never would have been possible in my not so distant past. ¬†See the source image

I’ve been ok with the cat but allergies are cumulative.¬† Meaning the cat fur, dust kicked up by vacuuming, pollen floating in through open windows- all conspire together to drive you into a state of histamine overload and sheer misery.

So how does sugar play into all of this?¬† Basically the cradle of life lies within our guts, apparently.¬† Healthy gut=happy life.¬† Sad gut=jiggly butt.¬† Lol¬† But seriously a poor microbiome can actually¬†cause obesity.¬† Our insides are host to billions of bacteria.¬† Some are highly beneficial and aid us in digesting and properly absorbing nutrients.¬† Others are parasitic little buggers that actually¬†make us eat sugar¬† Candida is kind of a buzz word right now it is basically just an overgrowth of yeast.¬† You know you have candida if you’ve struggled with yeast and fungal infections.¬† Candida is also implicated in allergies, eczema, obviously sugar cravings and even depression.

Candida wants to survive in your body at your expense.  See the source image

What causes a candida overgrowth in the first place?¬† A history of weakened immunity, antibiotic usage, poor diet, stress.¬† Basically everyone has some level of candida but a healthy immune system keeps it in check.¬† If you’re like me, and took a million rounds of antibiotics in childhood and grew up on a high sugar diet- chances are you are a candida hotel, baby.

Your poor gut health could be causing your lethargy.¬† Maybe the best thing for your hay fever is a good probiotic?¬† Maybe you’re depressed because your body is overrun with these tiny little parasites that release toxins into your system continually?

I’ve had periods where I have cut out sugar and I feel so much better.¬† But like many addicts, there have been many relapses.¬† Like yesterday when I made chocolate chip cookies “for my kids”.¬†See the source image I used almond flour, sweetened with monk fruit, but there was still sugar in the form of insanely delicious 63% dark guittard chocolate chips.¬† Omg they were so good.¬† I ate, well, a lot.

This morning I woke up with awful allergies.  Just awful.  Itchy, achy, miserable.

I was able to feel better using a recipe I found online.¬† It’s 2 parts sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to one part potassium carbonate.¬† You mix 1/2 tsp. of the mix into 8 ounces warm water and drink.¬† It’s gross but it does help.

I am excited to start my cleanse soon.¬† It should be arriving this afternoon.¬† Doing a cleanse, and combining it with proven candida obliterator- coconut oil, should make a profound difference on how I handle the onslaught of fall allergies in Minnesota.¬† I’m also hoping for less cravings and more energy. ¬†Renew Life - Flush & Be Fit - Woman's Care - supports detoxification and cleanse supplement for women - 14 day program

This is the cleanse I’m doing but you could get results just through “starving” off the bad bacteria and yeast with a very low carb (zero sugar!) approach and making sure that you are getting enough sleep.

Net Carb Revelation

I don’t know why I haven’t made the connection until now (because I was aware of how net carbs work) but up to this point I’ve been counting total carbs, and trying to stay under 40 grams or so.

The body fat has been melting off like candle wax but this is unsustainable for obvious reasons and difficult to maintain.

What is the difference between a net carb and total carbs?¬† In simple terms you subtract grams of fiber from the total carb count to get net carbs.¬† Example: a serving of avocado has 12 grams of carbs, but a whopping 10 grams of fiber, so the net total would be only 2 carbs.¬† That’s why images of avocados are so¬†ubiquitous in the keto movement!¬† I ate two last night.¬† ūüėČ

Why?¬† Because these fibrous carbs are largely indigestible.¬† We eat them, but we can’t break them down enough for them to contribute to actual carb/sugar energy for our body.¬† They do, however, have an enormously positive impact on digestion, gut health, and even¬†lowering¬†blood sugar levels.¬†¬†Total Carbs vs. Net Carbs

Some people chose to go by total carbs.¬† Some people chose to go by net carbs.¬† Some crazy-dedicated people go¬†zero¬†carb.¬†¬†Zero Carb¬† I’m all about doing what works for¬†you¬†but I wouldn’t recommend going zero carb.¬† Mainly because there are so many benefits from eating low-carb, fibrous veggies.¬† Without them it is possible to “starve” your healthy gut flora.¬†¬†Fiber and Gut Flora¬† Fiber feeds our beneficial bacteria just as much as sugar feeds parasitic bacteria.¬† We’re just beginning to understand how critically important our microbiome is for our total health and well-being.¬† But simply, if you want to be healthy, keep your gut happy!¬†¬†human-microbiome.gif

It seems for the most accelerated weight loss, you want to keep total carbs at 20 grams or lower.  That goes for people who are pre-diabetic or just very carb-sensitive.  If you want more of a maintenance program you can loosen up a lot and count net carbs.

At this point, personally, I’m thinner than I’ve been in probably 6 years, since before the pregnancy of my last baby.¬† I’m going to investigate a weight maintenance program soon.¬† Because it isn’t healthy for women to drop too much body fat.¬† We need a base line of at least 15% for healthy hormonal function.¬†¬†Women, Health, Body Fat¬† I want to stick with it as a lifestyle though.¬† My skin looks great.¬† My thinking is clearer.¬† I’m not plagued by sugar cravings.¬† My anxiety has been greatly reduced.¬† I’m still nourishing my body and eating 1,500-1,900 calories a day, depending on my activity level and hunger cues.