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This is long! People asked me a lot of questions and trying to answer them. I ask in return that you not be judgmental or overly prescriptive.
Candida symptoms: what did you have? You go online you will find a lot of lists of symptoms of candida. The tricky thing is that I had some other health issues that can explain a lot of them already, like chronic fatigue and some other things I’d rather not go into detail about. I will say that for a very serious illness I had to go on antibiotics. Then I had a sinus infection with an even stronger dose of antibiotics. Well during that dose I felt awful and got massive digestive upset. There was a stomach bug going around but it wasn’t that. So my DIGESTIVE symptoms were: diarrhea, bloating, heartburn (could be unrelated—not sure), stomach cramping. Other symptoms were a rash on my stomach although slight (some doctors will not treat candida unless you have a large rash or yeast infection). Other pretty clear candida symptoms are craving sugars, alcohol and sweet stuff.Someone asked if I was eating tons of agave and the answer is no, I don’t even have a bottle in the house. I was only eating some dried fruit (maybe less than 1/3 cup a day) and some coconut sugar here and there. I was drinking green smoothies with home squeezed oranges, a banana, and berries. The green smoothies started to make me bloat really bad and feeling like it was sloshing in my guts for awhile.
Other candida symptoms that I have may be moodiness, depression, brain fog, sleep issues, sinusitis, anxiety, heck the list goes on but again these may overlap with other issues I have.
How were you tested? The way I was diagnosed was because of my past treatments with that doctor and a health history but I am also having a stool test. I have heard this can be inaccurate and the doctor was pretty sure it would be positive but he is running it in a few weeks. Sounds pleasant, huh? You could try to self-diagnose yourself with some of the questionnaires out there, like the one on whole approach dot com.
Resources: I have talked to friends who have had candida over the years and more recently about what they have done with candida. I trust them as they are on a similar healing journey. My friend who runs a blog Diet Dessert and Dogs used the whole approach site, and had a good experience with using that protocol. I have had other friends do the Gabriel Cousins model. However some people who do Gabriel Cousins model can get too weak feeling from not enough food.
My diet before looked like this:
Current diet is transitioning to be: (on Day 4)
I am still going by the raw-till-dinner and half-raw dinner and I think the green juice really helps me. I always eat my salad first, I prefer raw food but with this diet I want to get enough food so I chose cooked, also due to low energy cooked food is easier to prepare.
The worst is no dessert. My trade off for the lack of fruit was to add in beans and eat more at dinner so I don’t get snacky. It really helps to be more full after dinner. I don’t like going to bed hungry.
The trade off for the lack of green smoothies is green juice instead. Granted it is more work so I have to get clever because I have awful fatigue. Lie on the couch 99% of the time fatigue.
All natural? No I'm not
I don’t want to present myself inaccurately so I will be honest and say that I am also on some anti-fungal drugs for a few weeks. I was so sick I really needed this. Actually the drugs are what got me to do the diet more strictly because I was feeling ups and downs really drastically: the drug would kill it off then I would re-feed it with fruit. It was painfully clear. So I decided since I was killing off the candida with drugs I would not re-feed it. Fuzzy logic maybe but it works for me. I know it is possible to kill the candida 100% naturally with supplements but I want to give the drugs a few weeks to really speed this up. My situation was quite serious so I needed this sort of intervention. Others may not. It is mostly because of the long term antibiotic use, perhaps others who have not have will have better luck doing only a candida diet for help, depending on how severe.
I should also tell you that my GI doctor completely disagrees with this, but he only did upper GI work looking for the source of my heartburn and he is definitely more traditional. I have been told by NDs that unless I had a rash or yeast infection there was no candida.
A number of supplements have been mentioned to me and I research. The ones I am doing for candida are probiotics, psyllium husk, pau d-arco tea. Doctor also recommended magnesium.
At night I used to get a little hungry before bed and would eat an apple or banana maybe a few hours before bed (yes I know this is hard on heartburn), now I can’t but I still feel that need for the fruit sugars. Different times of the day are harder. Sometimes food just doesn’t appeal to me at all.
On fake/allowed sweeteners
I haven’t gone down the road of making sugar free snacks (with stevia or yacon syrup--allowed sweeteners) for a few reasons. One is that my sugar fix times are very in habit ingrained and I don’t want to just jump from one thing to another. Creating a new habit of tea or another ritual is my goal. I felt like a while ago I quit eating really concentrated evil sugars (like skittles, Swedish fish, hard core candy like that), then to agave sweetened things, then to date sweetened things, then to just fruit. I don’t feel fruit is bad for everyone, but it is clearly addictive to me and not feeling good to me right now. The fact that I crave it so much makes me realize something is wrong. I know this is a huge symptom of candida and die-off reaction makes one crave even more. It’s really been tough. I don’t think quitting anything else has been harder, as I said I merely traded one sort of sugar for another before. I have cried about it, although I cry a lot anyhow. Even juice fasting I am pretty sure I had some sort of fruit in my juice if not all the time, part of the time. And that was hard too. I feel for my juicing pals out there!
My goal is to go for 2 weeks total, which in the world of candida diets is pretty short, but to me it’s an eternity and I need to give it a finite time frame. That is when my meds for the fungus will be done. Then I will test with some of the lower glycemic fruits like berries just to see how I feel.
Maybe this weekend I’ll be able to get a yacon-flavored treat or a stevia drink. As a treat.
I appreciate your support!