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Day 6: Chia Catastrophe: The Little Seed That Destroyed Me

That awkward freeze frame smile. I need to do better at figuring out a freeze image for these… but we’re just gonna keep going for now. Pretty standard day except for the pain-inducing CHIA SEEDS.

Oh man. I was so tired yesterday all day, pushed myself a little to go hiking, and came home to a house full of people. Was NOT in any mood to make a video or a blog post, so here I am, a day late, playing catch up. Well, I’m a work in progress πŸ™‚

Honestly, nothing much to note around Day 6 except that I didn’t eat my first meal until quite late since I dawdled (it being a Sunday) and felt quite tired and unmotivated all day.

Breakfast

This was a pretty typical candida diet brekkie. I added some coriander seeds and cumin to mix it up in terms of spices, but otherwise, really standard. Garlic and onions in ghee, with kale, zucchini, and eggs. I’m really quite OK with being a creature of habit πŸ™‚

Eggs cooked in ghee with onions, garlic, zukes, kale, and seasoned with S&P, cumin, coriander seeds, some red pepper. Yummers.

Snack (pt. 1)

Yeah there was no lunch in this day… I had (what I thought was) an inspired idea: make chia seed pudding! Chia seeds and coconuts are both compliant, so why not put them together? I soon found out…. well, at least for me, this experiment ended in digestive catastrophe. I’ve always had some trouble digesting chia seeds, and I think I’m super extra sensitive to them now. My takeaway here is that in small quantities (think 1 tbsp or so), they’re OK for me, but more than that is a no-no. Soothed my angry stomach with some turmeric tea + ACV (this is just ground turmeric powder, ground black pepper, and a splash of ACV btw).

Chia seed pudding made with chia seeds, coconut milk, vanilla extract, a dash of pink Himalayan sea salt, and topped with hemp seeds and cinnamon to try to make the bowl prettier. I enjoyed eating this so much at the time that I went back for seconds (probably therein lay my downfall. Dammit, gluttony).

Snack (pt. 2)

Was running out the door to go hiking and knew that since I really hadn’t eaten much that there was a greater-than-zero chance that I would be STARVING by the end of the hike. In a moment of impulse and desperation, I grabbed an Appleton’s Market Power Veggie Bite from the freezer and stuck it in the microwave for a minute. On a normal day, I would have considered this a very clean snack. That being said, there were a few ingredients that were NOT candida approved: chickpeas (beans not OK), olive oil (not an approved oil), and tomatoes (hello, hightshade). I felt fine after eating it though, honestly. Much better outcome than the aforementioned chia catastrophe.

Appleton's Market Power Veggie Bites Sun Dried Tomato Basil fresh vegetables greens kale chard chickpea flour quinoa delicious frozen snack and mini meal microwaves in 60 seconds keto and paleo friendly grain free gluten free dairy free
I grabbed this directly from the Appleton’s Market site, because I got too lazy to go back to the freezer to take another picture. This photo is eons nicer than what I would have taken though, so there’s that.

Dinner

Came back from hiking around 8:30 PM and was STARVING. Cooked some quinoa in chicken broth (ya I know, same issue with the animal protein + seed thing that I have a feeling is still OK because broth, you know) and roasted some frozen brussels sprouts and butternut squash. Both cooked in ghee with the usual S&P, coconut amino, nutritional yeast, red pepper deal but I got fancy with the brussels sprouts and seasoned with tarragon, and put some cumin on the butternut squash. Roasted at 350ΒΊF for a while. This was an excellent success except for the fact that at one point checking on the squash I did drop most of them on the floor….and then quickly shook them off, 5 second rule’d it and stuck it back in the oven. Oops? Heat kills bacteria, right? My excuse is that I was too hungry for logic… (hanger strikes again).

How’d I Do?

Rating: 7/10

Aside from the egg bite flub, I did pretty well today. My main takeaway is that I need to get better at planning ahead and try to make some food ahead of time so I’m not scrambling and starving last min. Especially on the weekends, it’s easy for time to get away from me β€” I get excited about being out of the house (that feels like a sad sentence to re-read, but it’s true), seeing friends, and not having to work and forget about things like eating until my stomach starts screaming at me to listen. I think I need to lean into doing a little less to give myself some wiggle room, vs. saying yes to every social thing that comes my way (easier said than done, though. Trying to let go of my FOMO, day by day).