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Ha ha – good for you!!! Woo hoo! 🙂
I think most people rely on slow reintroductions of food to gauge how quickly to move back to a normal diet. So, you’d try maybe half a green apple or some berries (watch for mold, though!) first and wait 3-5 days or so to check for symptoms. Then, maybe try a whole apple or a larger serving of berries and wait again. No reactions? Good! Then, maybe you try half a yellow grapefuit… wait 3-5 days. This will take a *long* time, but it’s good to remember that you’re goal in this stage is **testing** – you’re testing to see if your body really is rid of enough candida for you to be able to handle these foods. Start with the lowest sugars and least risky foods, slowly moving up. If you reintroduce too quickly, you may cross the line in a big way without realizing it until it’s too late. Lots of people keep food journals at this point – at least of the foods they’re testing, too, so they can see what may have triggered a return of symptoms if they do return. Alcohol is supposed to be one of the very last things tested, as is cane sugar. Sounds like you’re going to have to treat alcohol as your primary risk factor and something to be extremely careful testing and drinking. Sugar, I suspect, will be this way for me. I’m thinking, even after I’m well for a while and have successfully reintroduced most foods, anything with real sugar, honey, corn syrup, or maple syrup is going to be a huge splurge that I only have a handful of times a year. Maybe that’s too conservative an estimate, but it seems to make sense to me now.
I don’t know if you’re going to be ready for a beer on your birthday (mine’s November 9th, btw). That’s just too hard to say so far from now. But your best bet for making it happen is to be very, VERY good on the diet now and to make sure you handle your reintroductions in a slow, systematic way. Pay careful attention to your body’s responses. You might get there by November, but you’re still going to have to show restraint and not go wild drinking half a dozen beers 😉