Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Black Dress & Green Accessories

Not long ago, this dress fit me better, so I feel a little sad that the top looks and feels looser than it has in the past. Since I began a pretty restrictive diet as a countermeasure to two solid months of antibiotics and steroids, I have lost probably 8 pounds that I didn't need or want to lose. (Honestly, I just want to feel better, and I'd rather change my diet than take more pills. After all, medication is what landed me here in the first place.) I am even trying to eat more often. Luckily, my doctor approves of the diet and even gave me a blog to visit for tips on gaining back some weight while cutting out foods that could cause me harm right now. In fact, he printed out the main page from the blog and handed it to me. The solution? Eat more fat (coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, eggs, etc.) to replace the lack of sugar and carbs.

Quick recap of what I'm not eating in an attempt to kill an overgrowth of yeast in my body: sugar of all kinds (even fruit, except for lemons and limes, for a short while), processed foods, peanuts, most dairy (except yogurt), rice, corn, pork, potatoes, beans, fermented foods, and pretty much anything starchy/high in sugar. (Essentially, all "trigger" foods are out of my diet.)

Quick recap of what I am eating: almonds, walnuts, buckwheat, quinoa, vegetables (and lots of them), fish, chicken, eggs, turkey, beef, coconut oil, avocados, lots of spices on foods, lemons, limes, plain yogurt high in live cultures, olives (in water, not vinegar), and oat bran. (It's amazing how many recipes I've found to match up with these ingredients.)

By the end of August, I will reintroduce some foods in small doses like some vegetables that are more starchy (ex: sweet potatoes), low-sugar fruits (ex: blueberries, strawberries, and green apples), and beans.

The diet has been manageable for the past month until Mother Nature and all of her cravings hit me today. I think I hallucinated pizza at one point. Know that this cute outfit and I hung out on Monday. Today, it was all about the sweatpants, ugly hair, and an HGTV marathon when I wasn't napping. At least I know I possess a willpower something fierce. I need to channel that same willpower when I'm shopping.

A big shout out goes to my husband who has tirelessly researched foods to eat and ways to help me through this journey. In fact, he's eating all of the same meals with me and offered no complaints when I asked him to go grocery shopping today and buy feminine products for me. (He even knows exactly which kind to get.) What a man, what a man, what a mighty good man. Yes, he is.

The Look:
Dress: Target (similar, inexpensive option)
Sandals: Franco Sarto via TJ Maxx (exact)
Belt: Target (similar)
Necklace (with a little cut out shaped like Maryland): Lou Lou in Georgetown (lots of options at this Etsy shop)


  1. It sounds like you're doing a great job of trying to feel better and so glad your husband is so supportive. You look beautiful here too.

  2. Your husband seems like a great guy! I'm glad he's helping you out in so many ways. I'm sure that eventually you'll get your body back on track and be feeling better.

  3. You are doing so well! I have absolutely zero willpower - which is probably why I'm not losing the weight that I actually need to lose.

    It's so awesome that your husband is so supportive! I hope you continue to feel better! Whatever happens, you look great! :-)

  4. I admire your ... what's the word for when you stick with something? Discipline? Perseverance? whatever it is, you've got it. I wish I could do something to lose 8 lbs that did not involve giving up potatoes or carbs.

  5. Boo for having to be so restrictive, but yay for it making you feel so much better! It sounds like you are eating stuff that is so good for you, which is awesome. And your husband is awesome!

  6. That is a mighty good man indeed. I love that he's doing research on it too. You've got a good man there Danielle. How did you keep the cravings at bay? Mornings were the hardest for me when all I wanted was coffee and a bread product.

    I love your outfit with the pops of green. I realize that I don't have enough black or white in my wardrobe since I've been focusing too much on color. You can't go wrong with a simple black dress.

  7. Wow - on the one hand, it sounds like your diet would be super restrictive and limiting (but mainly that's because I'm addicted to sugar - seriously...I need to get that under control), but on the other hand, I can imagine you have quite the range of options of what you can eat! And hopefully it's all helping you to feel better, which is the whole point, right? I love that Jeff is doing it alongside you - what a supportive husband! (Also, Kevin knows the kind of tampons I use as well...and even knows what colors match with certain absorbencies...I can't tell if I'm impressed or weirded out by that...)

  8. You look gorgeous, loose dress or not! And at least avocados and olive oil are delicious! I also think that you maybe just need to eat at Pinstripes more frequently...


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