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Six Day Health Retreat - Livin' the Good Life

Sep. 15th, 2008

06:28 pm - Six Day Health Retreat

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I just completed day six of my "6 Day Health Retreat". Steve had to go to Arizona for 5 days, so I took the opportunity to spend those days pretty much in seclusion. It was wonderful! I had the same basic schedule as I did for my 1 day retreat (see post beginning Sept. 1st) and it worked beautifully. I highly recommend taking the time to do this sort of thing whenever possible. It's good for the body and soul.
Initially, the reason for the retreat was that I believed I had symptoms of candida. The most motivating symptom was that I lost my thumbnail to some kind of fingernail fungus that just lifted the nail right off the bed. Very weird experience. I got right on it on the Internet and also talked to my chiropractor about it. The anti-candida diet is a rough one. Listen to this: no sugar or sugar substitutes, no fruit, in fact NOTHING sweet, no dairy, no wheat, nothing with yeast in it, including mushrooms (technically a fungus). I have been on this diet for two months now. It's not too bad once I got used to it. The funny thing is that everything I eat now tastes sweet. If I eat a piece of celery, it tastes sweet to me. Almonds taste really sweet, like they've been soaked in sugar. I think my taste buds have become so sensitive, that the slightest bit of natural sweetness is picked up acutely. It's kind of nice. I also take some candida-killing supplements. I know it's working because my thumbnail is growing back pink and healthy. I read that I could expect to lose 5 pounds in the first week (I was 135# at the time) and that is exactly what happened. I am 130# and holding, which is my normal weight, and I have no wish to lose any more. Another part of this program is to exercise like crazy! This is a requirement that, unlike the diet, is easy for me. I love exercising! Then, of course, there is the mental part of it. Keeping a good mental attitude (stress management) is another part of the program. This program was MADE for me. Just my cup of tea. In fact, I'm thoroughly enjoying it!