In my early 30s, my fat hormones started acting up.
I constantly felt tired and depressed. I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning and I would hit a slump in the afternoon, ravenous for food (mostly carbs and sugar). Although I continued to work out almost every day — and ate what I thought was a sensible diet — I just couldn’t shake the weight gain associated with getting older.
I tried every diet out there: Atkins, South Beach, Herbal Magic, The G.I. Diet … the list goes on. I would lose five pounds and put 10 back on. It was a really difficult time for me, because I just couldn’t understand what was happening to my body. It didn’t make sense given the fact I often felt like the most hard-working woman at the gym.
An appointment with a naturopath set me straight on a few things. I had candida albicans, meaning yeast was accumulating in my gut. All of us have it (even men!) and it feeds on sugar, yeast, vinegar, sulphites and processed wheat products. Another contributing factor to my mysterious weight gain was undiscovered food sensitivities. A test revealed that I needed to eliminate wheat, dairy, corn, oats and barley from my diet. I followed a very strict anti-candida cleanse while eliminating all my food triggers for the good part of a year.
At first it was very difficult to remove the most common ingredients found in readily available foods. Not only that, but I also had to start cooking meals from scratch, and learn to read labels in a whole new way. Who knew spices and soy sauce had wheat in them? I also had to limit social functions and/or stick to safe foods like salads and grilled meat when I did go out.