At first, the Candida diet can seem overwhelming. It is a different way of thinking and problem solving, especially when eating out. Planning grocery shopping is intimidating as well. Over time, I have gotten more comfortable with all that. Occasionally, I still have that moment of panic, but it is usually because I have waited too long to eat, causing my thought process to freeze. The longer I put this diet into practice, the better I feel. It does get easier. Anything worth doing is difficult at first. Practice creates the mental and physical habits that will lead to success.
We recently planned a surprise trip to Legoland for our kids. The week before we left, I found a great deal on the Legoland hotel. This was my son’s dream, but it had been too expensive for us in the past. I couldn’t believe the deal I was getting and kept thinking it was too good to be true. My husband and I were so excited. It was difficult to keep this secret from our kids. I had to sneak pack their clothes and hide them in my car. I also started a meal planning list to ensure I stay on my diet, and the kids had some good food to eat. I premade some Paleo chewy granola bars and put them in the freezer. Then I took them out of the freezer and put them in the refrigerator the night before we left. This was our breakfast in the car as we drove 2-3 hours. Otherwise, I knew I would end up in the drive-through in the morning and that would not be good for me. For lunch, we made chicken salad sandwiches with leftover chicken and took some fruit. The recipe is listed below. I packed some homemade hummus and veggies for me. The snacks we took into the park were nuts and organic dried cranberries made in apple juice. This would at least keep us going for a while and keep my wandering eye off the food stands.
We had a great day at the park. We got there early, and the kids got to ride with very little wait times. All our food worked out great. Every time I got hungry, I just reached into my bag. The kids got a special snack later in the day. My husband and I also shared something.
Finishing up our day, we stopped by the Aquarium which was really cool. There were so many wonderful exhibits. We could have spent more time in there, but it was close to closing time and we were getting tired.
The hotel surprise was killing me, but we managed to keep it from them all day. We told the kids we were going to check out the hotel lobby. We looked at some of the cool exhibits there, and then we wandered over to the counter. I pulled out my reservations and “surprise!”
Our room was adventure themed, like Indiana Jones. It was so fun. Taking the elevator was a disco party. They seemed to have thought about every detail when it comes to kids, from low peepholes on the hotel doors to dance parties. Every aspect reminded me of celebrating the moment. It was such a great reminder. Celebrate the moment right now with those you love. Leave everything else behind. All the burdens you walked in with, leave them at the hotel entrance. You can always pick them up when you leave or maybe forget to take them home altogether. Sometimes I forget how many burdens I have picked up throughout the week or months. How long had I been carrying them? It easily steals my joy or lightheartedness. Then I forget to have fun. Wow, maybe “everything is awesome” like the Lego movie says. I need to remember to be a kid sometimes.
After solving a mystery and opening up a treasure chest in the room, the kids went swimming in the heated pool. Then we ate dinner at one of the hotel restaurants. It was great to eat at the hotel because we were all getting so tired. We chose high protein meals with veggies and enjoyed everything in a family-style manner. It was better that way because the kids ate the carb portions of the meals that I shouldn’t be eating.
After dinner, we went up to our room to shower and watch tv. We knew we had another early drive in the morning to get my husband to work. I had packed our breakfast to avoid another potential drive-through temptation. Hard-boiled eggs, non-GMO bagels, gluten-free bagels, and cream cheese. We do not eat bagels often so the kids viewed this as a treat.
After dropping my husband off at work, we headed the rest of the way home. I had packed extra snacks for in-between meals, like non-GMO pretzels for the kids, Inner peas for me, nuts, and homemade popcorn from an oil popper. I pop our popcorn with coconut oil and top it with olive oil and Himalayan pink salt.
All in all, it was an amazing trip because we were together. No schedules. No interruptions. Lots of play time. I also stayed on my diet. I enjoyed a few bites of carbs here and there, but for the most part, bringing food helped me stay on track.
In closing, I want to encourage you to stay the course. It is worth doing. Celebrate your victories. It is not easy. Celebrating with the people you love is the most fun. Get-aways can give you a break from the routine and being prepared will encourage you to stay on the right path.
I’d like to share the chicken Salad Recipe from https://draxe.com/recipe/chicken-salad/
Chicken Salad Recipe
TOTAL TIME: 5 MINUTES
- 3-4 cups chopped cooked chicken
- 2-3 cups diced celery
- 1 cup sliced red grapes
- ⅔ cup paleo mayonnaise (I use Kefir. It gives a tangy taste while providing probiotics.)
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined.