Hello, Merey, and welcome to the forum.
Quote: “A- were my symptoms strictly the die-off symptoms, or is it possible that I was just really really low blood sugar? If I was just low blood sugar, what are some tips on preventing this? B- is it ok to ease into the diet? Like could I start cutting back to half a piece of toast in the morning? Or is it really better to just do it all at once?”
The diet is extremely difficult to stay on in the beginning, and often for much longer. Considering your diet before you started the Candida diet, my guess is definitely the low blood sugar. That of course immediately explains the headache, nausea, and near passing out.
In your case I see nothing wrong with adapting to the diet slowly, but I would still stay off the sugar products, all of them. The coffee (caffeine) for most part is at least one of the most difficult to give up, so perhaps half a cup to get you started in the morning would suffice for now. A half piece of whole wheat toast in the morning, and even another in the afternoon is a good idea to help you through the day without the feelings you described.
The secret for sticking to the diet, for me at least, was researching all the different food items I could eat in order to keep my strength and blood sugar up enough to get through a full day of work, which for me is normally at least 9 hours. Trust me, as time goes by you’re going to become more accustomed to this type of eating. If someone had told me seven months ago that today I’d still be on the diet and actually enjoying my food during every meal with enough strength and stamina to perform my job the way I want to and still be able to exercise in a gym, play tennis, and cook all of my meals, I’d simply say “No Way.” But that’s exactly what has happened.
If you feel hungry a lot of the time, yet have no real appetite (if you experience this, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about), then that is a miserable feeling indeed. What you have to do with this is nothing less than eat as often as you need to in order to fight it. Plan ahead; come up with some quick and easy snacks to get you through a day. Cooking an extra amount of something and saving it for warming up later is of course an excellent way. Having a bowl of boiled eggs always in the fridge saved me many times. I love avocados, so this was another quick, healthy way to get some fat as well as calories into my body. You can eat organic plain Greek yogurt (be sure it’s Greek, plain, and organic) as well as kefir, so use these several times a day as well. Adding Truvia sweetener will help the taste of the plain yogurt if you’re not used to it.
You’ll find the forum very helpful. There are a lot of people here who want to help you through this. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask on the forum.
I’m sure that others on the forum will have ideas for you as well as wanting to cheer you up any time you’re feeling down. These people will become your friends, friends who care and help without expecting anything back from you. That’s pretty rare in today’s world, right?
Good luck to you.