Hang in there!!
“Hi, I’m 30 years old and never really thought there was anything wrong with me. I thought feeling sad, suicidal, anxious, aggressive and angry was who I was.. bad. I also had gas, overeating, skin rashes.. but didn’t think much of it, thought it was normal.. I was never really bothered by it, not even when I got hemorrhoids did I take better care of myself. Until last summer, when I got more and more white spots on my chest. Discovering and reading up about Candida totally blew my mind, it made me want to cry I was so shocked.. I quit smoking, drinking, drugs, sugar, everything, from one day to another (I have always been stubborn). I read everything I came over and followed the diet completely for 3 months, I was feeling like a new person, much more stable, at peace, tolerant, relaxed, confident.. Unfortunately I fell off, but a week ago I started again! And already I feel better! (first three days I was very tired, grumpy, emotional, achy..).
I looooooove chocolate, pancakes, croissants, biscuits, pizza, pasta.. Yet the more raw, live veggies and good proteins I am eating, the more I am enjoying it, and feeling happy!! And my taste buds are waking up! To everyone out there, you can do it!! I spent years totally depressed, smoking weed, hating life and indulging on sweets, I never thought I could feel as good as on this diet! Listen to your body, love yourself, don’t cheat, you are worth it, you deserve to eat live nice lovely food. Constipation, gas, rashes, pimples, teeth sensitivity, anxiety.. its all part of the die-off, it will pass! Hang in there:)”
Shared by Ka
Encouragement for those in need of relief
“I spent the last few years struggling with recurring Yeast Infections. Then a year ago I had an abnormal PAP smear that sent me into a worried frenzy, realizing my vaginal health needed to be addressed. My PAP showed that I also had Candida, but my Doctor did nothing but prescribe me the usual anti-yeast antibiotics. The antibiotics worked for a month or so and then my yeast infections would start all over again.
I started to look into alternative healing methods and stumbled across Rosemary Gladstar’s Book Herbal Healing for Women. Rosemary’s book was the first source to address the causes of my yeast infections rather than medicating my symptoms. I started researching Candida and began a diet Dec 2010. I started off with a week of fasting, which I personally wouldn’t recommend unless you don’t have to work and can rest at home. I work at an artesian Bakery and fasting surrounded by yummy baked goods was the hardest test of will power and I was weak and exhausted after 5 days.
The Following two weeks I avoided all fruits, starchy veggies, hard cheese, mushrooms, white flour, and caffeine. The first week was hard, but my sweet cravings subsided and I felt nourished and healthier. I began eating low sugar fruits and starchy veggies as Christmas came around. It was hard not to partake in all the Christmas desserts, but I kept telling myself how far I had come and how much better I would feel if I could endure just a little longer.
Towards the end of January I began eating white flour, parmesan cheese and small amounts of caffeine. I had my first Sugar sweet Valentines Day 2011 and enjoyed it guilt-free, knowing it had been 2 1/2 months since I had any dessert! Talk about Will Power! After 2 1/2 months I’ve lost over 15 pounds, my yeast infections are gone, my last PAP came back normal and I feel better than I have in my ENTIRE life!
When I first started the cleanse I was a little discouraged by some of the testimonials I read, saying that they could never go back to certain foods without experiencing the initial issue all over again. Why do a cleanse if nothing changes when you go off? Well I’m here to say there’s Hope! I can eat all the foods I used to enjoy, but after the cleanse I rarely desire the quantity of sugar and yeast I used to consume. I do feel better when I eat whole grains, but don’t beat myself up if I want to indulge once in a while. I will admit my caffeine consumption has drastically gone down. Caffeine will leave me feeling tired and groggy for days after just one cup of coffee. So I limit myself to a SMALL cup of coffee once a week and maybe a cup of black tea once or twice a week. For those of you missing your morning pick me up there are some really nice herbal teas out there. Yogi Teas have a really nice Tahitian Vanilla Hazelnut tea that also satisfied my sweet cravings. I no longer crave sugar and chose to indulge in rich high quality desserts rather than filling up on candy and sweets that leave me craving more. For all you out there trying or thinking about starting a cleanse, GO FOR IT! It may be difficult at first, but the way you’ll feel afterwards will make it worth your while! Listen to your body, you may be ready to re-incorporate your old foods sooner or later than me, but You’ll know when your body is ready. I also recommend adding an anti-Candida herbal supplement to your daily diet. There are a lot of great options at your local health foods store. I had great success taking a liquid Pau d’Arco herbal extract.
For those of you looking for some recipes to get you through here are some of my suggestions. Hummus, Hummus, Hummus, You’d be surprised how filling and satisfying hummus is. Pork Chops were my treat when I was really struggling. If you brine your pork chops in salt water, apple cider vinegar and some herbs and spices you’ll be so satisfied with the flavor and moisture of your meat. My biggest savior on this diet was an Avocado bell pepper salad. I’ll try and get the recipe on the website, but basically add an Avocado to a mix of your favorite sweet peppers with some cilantro and apple cider vinegar and voila… you have a nourishing snack that tastes delicious and the sweetness of the bell peppers will satisfy your sweet cravings for days. Stick with your cleanse, but don’t beat yourself up.
You’ll never stick with a diet if it’s unreasonable and doesn’t make you feel good. Don’t set unrealistic goals for yourself and be sure to treat yourself when you complete a goal. I had the most success when I set dates for foods I could reincorporate and rewarded my self for completing a goal. As cheesy as it might sound all healing starts when you begin to love yourself for who you are right now. There’s hope out there and others who have been where you are and want to help you along your journey to healing.”
Shared by Sarah
Yeast infection since I was 13…
“I realized something was wrong with me after I came home from the hospital from appendicitis surgery in the 8th grade. I had a really bad yeast infection but, I took the medication and it seemed to go away. After I recovered from my surgery I realized I was in constant pain when I urinated. I tried to figure it out on my own, couldn’t really afford to go to doctor at the time. I’m an 8th grader frantically trying to figure out why I hate to go to the bathroom. I would literally despair every time I got the urge to go, because I knew it would be painful.
I tried some really weird diets trying to figure out what was wrong. The only thing that works is drinking a ton of water, so that’s what I do for about three years. Come to the last few years of high school, I go to a few doctors they all tell me I have a yeast infection. At that point I was like: “Yea I figured that much on my own…” They give me pills to kill it, something painful and burning called “acid jelly”, one doctor tells me to mix Hydrocortisone and Crisco and slather it on my junk for relief, olive oil, garlic pills… the list goes on and this is all before I graduate high school. None of it works and more often it make it worse. Meanwhile my stomach problems which have been persistent long before my female issues, are progressively getting worse. My aunt does some research and tells me I probably have Candida. We do some tests, it seems like I finally have a diagnosis! From my Auntie! She buys some books and says I need to go vegan raw food no sugar/carbs. I try it and fail miserably. I tried to quit cold turkey, the hunger pains and sugar cravings win out and I crumble pathetically under the weight of my infection. The whole experience was so miserable I told myself that their had to be a less painful way. So I forgot about the Candida and went back to my old ways. Feeling tired and miserable, in constant pain in the bathroom, persistent cold and infections, foggy brained and sleeping constantly.
So my mom goes on vacation for a week, comes back and announces she’s giving up sugar. We have both decided its time to make a diet change. I figure now that I’m older, with Gods will and holy presence at the forefront of my mind, I’m ready to start over the right way with this diet. I’ve been blessed in that I’m make this decision at 19. I’m determined to heal this one body and temple that God gave me. So that with a healthy body I can be a better servant to Him. The wrong thing is always easier, feeding your body crap is easy, filling your mind with negativity is easy. Doing good, healing your body and proper worship may be an ongoing lesson, but it’s one your heart, body and soul will thank you for. I’m praying for all of you Candida sufferers, this is a cure!”
Shared by Lailani
It’s NOT all in my head!
“If I heard one more person say “It’s all in your head, just stop concentrating on it” I was going to snap! I’m 25 years old and I feel like I’m 80. I’m tired, cranky, can’t stop coughing, constant phlegm in my throat, and I feel like I’m ready to just drop and have a nap at any time. I could sleep all day if I didn’t have to work, and it’s so hard because people who are healthy don’t understand. Yes, I’m young, and no, I SHOULDN’T feel this way, but that doesn’t change the fact that I do! I’m on day two of the Candida Diet, My naturopathic doctor feels that this will help me and so far so good. I haven’t been craving sugar at all yet, I’m sure that will change after a few days, but I’m so tired of not being able to clear my throat that I’ll do just about anything to get rid of it! It’s nice to see support instead of people waiting for you to fail and making fun of the fact that you’re cutting most foods out of your diet. My symptoms haven’t subsided by any means as yet, but she thinks in a couple of weeks I should be feeling better, so i’m staying positive.
I know it’ll be tough, but I think it will be worth it! I’m glad to have found this page (my mom sent it to me) and read all these experiences. Makes me feel like I’m doing something right for my body! Good luck to everyone else out there who is on this diet! 🙂 ”
Shared by Candice
I am cured!
“Well… I am now 20 years old, and as I know myself, I suffered from candida for about last 5 or even more years. I really had problems, but I ignored them until one day it was horrible. I couldn’t handle that any more. so I started to research and I thank God, that I found this site. So I thought to myself.. okay, I must try this, I must and I can be cured! Then, I saw list of food to avoid! It was almost everything I usually eat! I was totally shocked! But, what could I do.. I figured to do that, it make sense.
In the beginning it was little bit hard, I didnt know what to eat, what to prepare, what to avoid. I must admit, it was just seemed to be hard, but when I look at that from now, I see that it was very very good decision! I started to feel better in less that a week. I was.. wow! Felt like it is miracle! And I guess it is, because it is shared with all of us who suffered or still suffer from that… In the beginning, it was hard to look at all of those people eating ice creams, cakes and drinking and everything… but I said to myself: I can do it and I will do it! So i ignored it, ignored it, hundreds of times! And now it is normally for me not to eat all those candies. Especially when I just imagine what is in it, all of those additives and who knows what else.
I started to feel much much better! I’m sure it is because of that. and my stomach is better, and I feel good after i eat something healthy. And I didn’t know that so many types of food are sooo delicious! I was always avoiding that. But I will stick to this kind of eating for sure! It will do me only good! And I am soooo happy, I must share that with you! And thank you all you people who give us a chance to do everything we want! The power is within us!!! I’m sooo happy, and I wish to all of you, to be patient, and no cheating! Its definitely worth it :)”
Shared by HappyMe
24 years old going on 80!
“I am currently going through such stress and anxiety over my health. For months I have been sent to and from doctors telling me I have IBS or a stomach infection! I don’t understand how no doctor seems to know about this parasite but yet many of us seem to suffer. Thanks to the power of the internet I have diagnosed myself and this seems the most like me. Although due to some of my chronic pain I really want to know for sure.On and off for two years I’ve had recurring vaginal thrush infections, I never seemed able to get rid of them properly to the point I gave up trying to treat it. It was only around 6 months ago I started experiencing severe stomach pain, it felt like my organs were rearranging themselves. I became so bloated I mistook my symptoms for possible pregnancy!!!
Looking back at the past 6 months I would rather have had a baby on the way! Since then I’ve suffered extreme dry skin ( even though I’ve had psoriasis since 4) intense headaches, constipation, loose stools, itching, irritability, earaches, throat aches, severe lower back pain & severe neck pain to the point i cant move my neck. The last few weeks night time has been the worst once I get to bed my body feels so tense everything aches I’m even experiencing tingling sensation and numbness. This may sound dramatic but its got so bad I think when I drift off I may not wake up. I’ve read severe cases can shut your organs down which has left me extremely depressed, stressed, scared the whole thing as I want to beat this as quickly as possible but its hard when no one will listen to you and thinks your a hypochondriac (excuse the spelling) I’m honestly at my wits end and need to find the strength to eliminate this horrible life draining bacteria! Good luck all.”
Shared by Siobhan
A New Life
“Well, I hope this is it. I have been battling these symptoms since I was 22 years old, I am now 43. I have always been an athlete, fitness instructor, happy go lucky bubbly person. As time has gone on, my mind says one thing and my body says another. I recently went on a huge fitness plan to lose some weight. After 4 weeks of busting my butt, 6 times a week, a 1200 cal. diet that I did not cheat on, my weight stayed the same and I dropped .5 in body fat!!! What is going on? I have battled sinus infection after sinus infection, I can’t really remember when I could breath properly or when I felt good. My joints ache, I have psorisis, my hair is 1/3 of what it used to be, my eye brows are thinning, my skin is dark all year round, I feel fatigue, no energy and over all feel like crap…. So here it goes, I hope this is the answer I have been looking for. I will let you know if it works…. Wish me well. ”
Shared by Debbie
32 and not sure what to do!
“Candida is very new to me… I had never heard of it before now. However, after suffering from multiple symptoms since birth, I have reached my limit. I was tired of being, well, tired! I decided to do some research and found that the candida shoe fit everything that was going wrong with me. It seems odd to me that even though candida has been around as long as “man” has been around, doctors are so reluctant/unable to recognize the symptoms. Is it because there is no profit in band-aiding the symptoms rather than treat the source of all the trouble? I’m leaning towards that train of thought. So I get no help from my MD and he sends me to a Naturopath. Finally! Someone who knew exactly what I was blathering about! I was so excited… until I got the bill for his services… Appalled, I immediately returned all the “supplements” he had “prescribed” and went home and cried myself to sleep.. again. Finding this diet has rekindled new hope. It looks like it will be a very cost effective and worthwhile endeavor, I’m starting it tomorrow, and I can’t wait to feel better and to tell all those doctors to stuff it! ”
Shared by Erin
I’ll be saying bye bye to my SHRINK now !!
“I felt compelled to write as I have found this site awesome and inspiring ..thanks to each one of you. For nearly 3 years now I have been so depressed, suicidal, a constant nagging in my stomach or actual PAIN, difficulty breathing, heart rapidly beating like a pensioner running a marathon just getting upstairs to bed – I’ll put aside the lethargy, the catatonic states I would find myself in, joint pains, numbness in my fingers and other parts of my body, one big constant headache! I have weight loss, muscle waste, anemia, dry skin, confusion and crying almost every other day. I was told this pain was a symptom of anxiety and basically, it was in my HEAD and it was because I had suffered stress disorder. Although I knew deep down someplace in my currently unreal world this wasn’t anxiety – I had dealth with my dysfunctional childhood, I had moved on I had been successful happy, contented even after my 2 brothers both died one after the other (one murdered, one suicide), I endured all the psychobabble under the sun!!! I spilled my guts to a perfect stranger and felt stupid for it. I was given anti depressants which I threw away ( thank God) and took Diazepam for year and a half, I eventually stopped them myself.
I was in and out of the hospital, headaches vomiting, chronic pain I kept pointing to the exact place too!! Now I am not one to go complaining to my actual doctor by this time because I’m convinced by now he thinks I am a nutcase !!! So when I got the bad pains I was so fed up and so weak and dehydrated I’d have to call an ambulance… or someone else would do it. In the hospital where they all know I’m a nutcase too by now !! Usual symptoms of sweating, pain, headaches, vomiting, dark green bile like a scene from the excorcist movie. Even I would be impressed by the ability of my HEAD DOING ALL THIS. !!! I’d be given anti vomit injections and would hang out for a few hours while they administered pain medication, My pain would go, I’d stop being sick and go home next day or few day’s depending. I was always given stomach pills Omeprazole ( I never took them much).
So 4 day’s ago I finally got a camera down my throat. Result: suspected established/ systemic candidaias.. I saw the pictures SUSPECTED !!!???? I’t looks like an ALIEN IN THERE !!! It’s in my esophagus and stomach. 4 Biopsy’s were taken and I have to see my doctor in 2 days and wait to see what he will give me. Meanwhile I am following this advice almost to the T ( except for 1 peeled juicy pear yesterday morning, and a quarter of an apple squeezed into my peppermint tea as I’m writing this. Aloe Vera and Garlic is my choice of anti-fungal, Prebio7 and lots of water. Right now I feel exhausted my head is bursting, I have sweated rivers in bed, and last night I had the worst nightmare of my life. But you know what people? I actually put a little make up on today, tried to look good for the first time in a long long time, I am under no illusions this will be easy but…. I think I feel a change coming.
The nagging is just a little less already, I don’t think IT’S IN MY HEAD !!! Foods I ate so far: chicken salad with lemon, olive oil and garlic salt dressing. I made soup with the chicken added the gravy I got from roasting it, courgettes, asparagus, tender broccoli, rice pasta for substance. I had tuna steak, garlic, spinach and omelette. I ate some beef and cabbage with clarified butter and lovely gravy with rice flour and a touch of free from everything stock added. Free from everything crackers with ricotta cheese, copious green tea with jasmine, cinnamon tea. The no sugar thing is killing me but I’m waiting for 3 little Stevia plants to arrive soon 🙂 or sweet leaf to put in my herb teas and looking forward to it, ( because if George Bush has planted half of Paraguay with it for an investment I have a feeling there will be something in it !!! ?? Just Google the two together and you will see what I mean. I have not seen anyone else re-posting here for updates but I will, Love and Light Carina, Good luck too to anyone else going thought it.. BE TOUGH xxx”
Shared by Carina
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