“Like many others I have had health issues for years that didn’t seem to be connected. The most annoying of these being constant fatigue, inability to concentrate, constant constipation and bloating, and headaches. My fatigue caused me to become disinterested in many things, my performance at work suffered and I detached myself socially. I knew I needed to get more exercise but how could I when I felt so tired all the time?
I started the diet. I didn’t do the traditional fast because I just can’t stand to feel hungry, but I limited what I ate the first few days to just oatmeal, soup for lunch, and a small dinner of a raw salad. I drank more water than ever before and took Psyllium husk. Within days I started having regular bowel movements, so I started taking oregano oil and following the diet strictly. After a week I already had more energy, my bloating had gone away and my stomach was flatter! Co-workers noticed a change in my behavior. I stuck to this for 3 weeks. Then I fell off the wagon. I got some Diflucan from a physician and figured since I was now taking a strong antifungal that I could start reintroducing foods.
Coffee was the hardest for me to give up so I began to drink it again. Then I added back fruit, breads and pasta. Now I’m back to how I felt before the diet as the constipation, bloat and fatigue all returned. I realize now that there is no quick fix for this. It takes a lot of diligence to stay on this diet, but obviously my yeast overgrowth is severe and I need to follow it for months. The best part of this is how much more educated I am now about foods and digestion, and I now know the power of what your diet can do to your body. I am starting over and I hope that feeling good will help me overcome any cravings. Best of luck to everyone.”
Shared by Pam
47 and ready to die
“Aug. 27, 2004 I was in perfect health…or so I thought. A few years earlier I noticed that soon after eating I needed to rush to the restroom… thought I ate something that did not agree with me. Over the next few months this progressed to every meal. Keep in mind that my diet was probably the worst ever. A Coke or Dr. Pepper with every meal, donuts for breakfast and a big slice of something for desert. I was also beginning to pack on the pounds. I’m not a tall person… 5’11 but on Aug. 27, 2004 I weighed 210lbs. I worked out every morning with weights, mowed the yard 3 times a week and thought I was in the best shape of my life.
Aug. 28, 2004, out of nowhere, my sigmoid colon perforated and 2 hours later I was in the emergency room having 12 inches of my colon removed then had to wear a colostomy bag for 3 months. My health went downhill from there. Jan. 2006 I contracted a serious case of Mono and was laid up for 2 months. March 2007 had my Gall Bladder removed, Aug. 2007 had two kidney stones (those are the worst), April 2008 Appendix removed. I forgot to tell you… all this time I was experiencing severe abdominal cramps/pain that doctors could not find. During these few years I had 15 Emergency Room visits, was constantly on antibiotics and corticosteroids when doctors finally told me “it was all in my head.” This is when the depression and anxiety set it.
Now I suffer from constant brain fog, dizziness, food allergies, both hands & feet sting/burn constantly, muscle weakness, major mood swings, insomnia, severe memory problems which I diagnosed myself as CRS. (cant remember stuff), constant chest pain, eyes are red and itchy and now the sinus infections are unbearable. My next door neighbor and good friend is a doctor when I mentioned Systemic Candida to him he looked at me as if I had lost all my marbles. He said “You cannot have a systemic internal yeast infection unless your immune system has been compromised by something like AIDS.” When I asked him why I feel bad all the time he could not answer.
Anyway… I am most excited to have found this site as I am sure the cause of my physical and mental problems is Candida. While a good slice of chocolate cake is like crack cocaine to me I will be more than happy to give it up to regain my life and wellbeing. I know it will be a challenge but I’m hoping to find support and direction here.”
Shared by Dean
Wanted to Be Hooked Up to an I.V. Drip
“Now that I am learning about Candida, I think I’ve had a problem with yeast overgrowth since I was about 19 years old. Since that age, I consistently had issues with my skin, mainly breaking out in embarrassing lesions on my face and hands that would not heal. I would take antibiotics and then the lesions would reappear. I became allergic to almost everything. Allergists would give me the skin prick test, I’d light up like a Christmas tree, and they’d tell me they’d “never seen anything like it.” I was super-sensitive to beer and alcohol and would get shamefully drunk off of two beers, so I stopped drinking.
In 2006, a holistic doctor/chiropractor ($ I couldn’t afford to go to $) advised me to cut gluten for a week and see how I felt. After about a week my skin had improved and my brain fog (which I didn’t even realized I’d had) was lifted. I also suspected I was allergic to lactose, so I cut out all dairy products. Of course I would cheat, it’s easy to cheat when you can tell yourself that you are not REALLY diagnosed with these food allergies!
Then after beginning a very stressful job in 2007, I was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, a type of hyperthyroidism. I received treatment and have been pretty stable on my thyroid replacement hormone for about two years. However, my skin has consistently been a hypersensitive mess. I cannot be in direct sunlight, cannot use make-up or sun tan lotion, cannot kiss anyone who has been smoking, cannot sit next to someone on the train or bus that is wearing perfume, etc. In April of 2010, I went on a vacation and ate foods that I normally wouldn’t have, but, “Hey,” I figured, “I’m on vacation!” I wound up with an itching, tight, pus-dripping face full of burning lesions. I could not do anything but lay in bed and cry and wish to be taken to a hospital so I could be hooked up to an I.V. drip. I was of course given antibiotics and improved. That harsh lesson in self discipline made me go on the Paleolithic diet, but I have had recurring spells of skin trouble.
Today I went to an allergist/immunologist who looked me over from head to toe and analyzed my latest blood results; She strongly suspects that I have this Yeast-Gone-Wild syndrome. Now that I am learning about it, I am recognizing all of these symptoms: for example, a period of time where I got continuous yeast infections, getting a migraine from eating a deadly combination of cheese and chocolate, the extreme craving for sugar and pickles (which I can tell you I have right now!!!) I am going on the extreme elimination diet. I never want to be at the mercy of this condition again.”
Shared by Melissa
At last I find out what was wrong!!
“Since I was about 16 I have suffered from depression, constipation, bloating, wind, fatigue, headaches, irritability, stress, anxiety, feeling sick after eating very little, stomach cramps. I have seen doctor after doctor with the different symptoms and have had a variety of diagnoses ranging from IBS, depression, premenstrual tension, and a weak immune system, as I catch anything going around. When a colleague of mine asked if it could be Candidiasis like she suffers I looked it up, started immediately on the diet (as I mainly ate bread, pastas biscuits cakes chocolate, oats, potatoes etc) all the wrong foods.
3 weeks on already I have seen such a massive difference – I have loads more energy to chase my toddlers around, I’m not stressed and shouting at them anymore, I’m not obsessive, I don’t get out of breath as easily, no more stomach pains or bloating, or wind, or headaches, and I have (sorry to divulge this) been number 2 every other day so far, rather than once a week. I feel great!! Admittedly for 2 days when I started the diet I thought I had the flu coming but I pushed past it and wow do I feel great!! I even eat more than ever and finish what’s on my plate without feeling sick! Thank goodness there are sites like this to help people and let them know they are not alone.”
Shared by Gerri
Started 3 weeks ago…
“Started this diet about 3 weeks ago and am feeling better than ever. I have a toddler and a school-aged child on the autism spectrum, and was feeling burned out, fatigued, depressed for quite some time. I had problems with losing my temper too often, foggy headed, etc. I finally came across this diet after having recurrent female infections. I now have more patience to work with my children, run my oldest through his therapy exercises and cook for him as he’s on a special diet. I even started giving my oldest child some of the anti-fungals and noticed a huge decrease in his hyperactivity and mood swings (using the grapefruit extract). The die off symptoms were tough. I had a few panic attacks, lots of fatigue and rashes, itchy skin, stomach aches. But I am glad I went through it, because my children deserve a happy, healthier mother and my husband a happy, energetic wife.”
Shared by RM
“I have had terrible stomach problems for years. My doctor told me I had IBS. The medicine she gave me knocked me out, so I didn’t take it. About 5 or 6 years ago I started having headaches. Eventually I had them all the time, taking ibuprofen would get rid of it, but as soon as the medicine wore off it came back. Last year I started sneezing and had sinus congestion. I went to a chiropractor to see if he could help me with the headaches, he adjusted my neck but I still had the headache. After really listening to me he did a test for food allergies on me. I tested class 3 for baker’s and brewer’s yeast. I felt better when I did the diet, but still had the headaches and the sneezing and congestion. I just didn’t stay on the diet long enough.
Finally this year I found out that last year just before I started the sneezing and congestion I had gotten a couple of hepatitis B shots for a medical class I was taking. Turns out they have baker’s yeast in them. If you have an allergy to baker’s yeast don’t get them. Anyway I have finally decided stay on this diet as my way of eating. I have been headache free for just a week. Started diet August 1st. So sometimes it does take awhile. Good luck to all.”
Shared by Marla
Giving diet a try
“Hi, I had three surgeries back to back with little time between each. I know I took lots of antibiotics while recovering. I never thought about have problems with yeast. I was also under lots of stress from different sources. My diet consisted of lots of junk food and soft drinks, along with bread and other starchy foods. Then I started getting a rash on my neck. I suffered a few weeks and then visited my doctor who said it looked like a fungus infection. I took the topical medicine he prescribed thinking this would end it, but it never ended the reoccurring rashes I kept getting on my neck. I went to another healthcare specialist and she thought I had eczema. She gave me some advice about bathing and sun exposure, but nothing I tried stopped the rashes from returning.
I started eliminating different foods along with soft drinks and junk foods, and later breads, potatoes and lastly fruits. Finally after two years of searching, I began to read about Candida on the internet and have started adding garlic and acidophilus to my diet. I have a long way to go, but I already see a reduction of neck rashes. I know it will take some time, but it is worth it to regain my health and life. I never knew how bad sugar and a bad diet can be. Thank you for all of your letters. They have really encouraged me and I also don’t feel as alone. My very best! Jess”
Shared by Jesse
“Hi I have just been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis – I believe it is due to Candida even if my doctor hasn’t said so. It also explains why I used to get drunk so easily and why I had thrush quite a lot just before I developed symptoms. I had thrush this year quite a lot more than usual – I believe it’s always been there because of my diet. Anyway I have eliminated pretty much everything from my diet – only fruit, vegetables, rice noodles, and some fish remain. I have also had quite a lot of mucus and sinus problems – it explains it all. I still feel achy in the morning, but my fingers have gone down whereas before they stood up high. My knees were swollen – that’s gone. My feet were hard to walk on – now it only takes a few minutes and I’m exercising. Apparently if you don’t exercise, stretching and working out the stomach area can help so I’m on to that. I can see improvements – it may take a year but I don’t like being at the doctor’s. I just need to know more I will never take drugs or antibiotics, it’s just not for me but I’m still learning. I came here to perfect my diet as I’m still working out all these allergies.”
Shared by Charlotte
“I was going thru all the stories, felt like writing my own story. I am 21 years old and I am pretty sure that I have Candida overgrowth. I went to my doctor with all my symptoms and she came up with a diagnosis of IBS. She told me to change my diet and all that, but nothing was working for me. I was always tired, bloated, excessive gas all the time which was the most embarrassing symptom.. and many more. I gained so much weight so I decided to workout and I work out every day for at least 45 minutes. I feel like I am always sick, my stomach has so many problems. Now I feel like I have Candida, I should start my diet as soon as possible.”
Shared by Nancy
“I am 17 years old and a senior in high school. My entire life I’ve always had problems with horrible eczema and stomach aches from which I thought was dairy. So, I assumed I was lactose intolerant. However, for the past six months I’ve experienced symptoms I never thought I would encounter. I’ve had horrible bladder infections, a yeast infection, rashes, overloads of stress, the worst cramps of my life, depression since I can remember, and pain/discomfort below my waist that has truly made life more difficult to enjoy. Antibiotics weren’t helping anything so after feeling helpless and like I wanted to die, my mom gave me information about the anti-Candida diet. I read all the facts and felt hope. Since I’ve had these problems since I was little my mom believes that she gave it to me when she was pregnant with me. Which I found to be unbelievable, yet was so happy that this could be the answer to my prayers. I started treatment today! Though I feel worse than ever because I absolutely love food and can’t eat my favorites, I am doing my best to follow every rule… because this could be my solution that will change my life. ”
Shared by Sydney
Hang On, Everyone! It Will Get Better!
“Due to repeated infection, I have been consistently prescribed Prednisone and antibiotics for years. I did not realize it until somewhat recently, but these drugs have wreaked havoc on my system. The Candida diet, though extremely difficult, is ultimately worth it. If you hang in there, the alcohol and sugar cravings will eventually go away, along with the debilitating fatigue and myriads of other quirky symptoms. We are all different, and consequently we experience unique manifestations of Candida overgrowth, but we can all get better. It takes sacrifice and diligence, but you can do it; be encouraged! You probably felt quite alone in your suffering, but you do not need to be alone in your recovery! It doesn’t matter if your doctor thinks you’re nuts or “daft” or a hypochondriac – YOU know the truth, and the truth will set you free. I don’t always feel this way, but today I am thanking the Lord for Candida. In many ways I was a slave to food, but on this diet, although certainly a challenge, I am free. Stick with it! You will feel better! Encourage one another – we all need it! As I have learned how to nourish my particular body properly (eliminating many items), I have also learned to slow down – I do believe that God has been trying to get me to do that for years. All I really wanted to say is, “Stay the course! The rewards will be enormously worth it!” God Bless You all.”
Shared by Kathleen
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