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Update Just about 7 months
I just wanted to keep everyone updated on my progress. I have alot to write about so lets get started. First of all Im feeling great. I know I am not cured yet but I feel like its happening day by day. The reason being is that my digestion has been awesome lately. If you read my other posts then you would know about my digestive complaints but now Im doing great. Its not perfect but I no longer have bloating, no diarrhia, some gas still but I figure thats normal as I continue to re-establish my gut flora. I have regular clean bowel movements a couple times a day. I used to have really bad diarrhia, loose stool or I would just be constipated. This has improved ten fold which makes me very happy and grateful. I no longer feel like a victim or like things are out of my control. I am able to move freely and accomplish so much during my day as I work part time and go to school full time. A year ago I couldn’t do either and now I am doing both. I know I still have candida but in a much smaller amount because I still have a little bit of fatigue(which could be a mix of going to school, standing up for hours at work, candida and the strict diet) the white coating on tongue and low sex drive. I know these will improve with time and when I am able to expand my diet. Other than that I am symptom free and die off free. I would like to let everyone know that I have slacked off big time on the anti-fungals and molybdenum because I ran out and I rather spend my money on probiotic foods. I feel like its more important for my to continuously repopulate my body with probiotics(supplements, kefir, cultured vegetables). I should note that I took 8-9 tablespoons of coconut oil and 30 drops of grapefruit seed extract in about an hour time frame and felt absolutely no die off. That says alot to me considering that I slacked on them, I stopped taking molybdenum and I used to get really bad diarriha and nausea from them. I have been taking liver supplements though such as Livercare and I just started using milk thistle. I also ordered molybdenum just to make sure I dont run out off supplements that protect my liver. I also had a colonic about a month or so ago. I felt like I needed it. I know its not for everyone but ever since I did it I started to see a huge improvement in my digestion along with eating smaller and more frequent portions. I think that is key to avoiding gas and bloating. Just eat small meals!!!!!!!!!!!!! I havent been eating much meat. There are weeks where I have chicken or fish for 4 days(only recently due to my improvements) but then there are weeks where I only eat 1-2 eggs a day. I also eat less oat bran and buckwheat. They are beneficial but I was eating too much in my opinion. I keep it to 1-2 servings a day and 1 serving per meal which is about 1/3 of a cup. Thats plenty in my opinion. I feel like I have made great progress and Im extremely happy. I could have made more progress if I would of understood the importance of eating small meals. Eating large meals makes you bloated, slows down digestion, allows any organism in your body the opportunity to have a feast on the food thats just sitting there and eventually causes really bad gas.
At this stage in my treatment I am focusing on probiotic foods. I drink tons of kefir, particularly before bed and eat cultured green cabbage with my meals whenever I have an opportunity. I see and feel the improvements from doing this. I still put coconut oil in my oat bran and buckwheat very liberally but I plan to use anti-fungals when I can to see if I get a reaction. I do not plan on introducing foods now. I tried coconut milk and hemp seeds and I am not sure if I got a reaction from them or if it was die off at the time but I rather not take any chances. I am happy with my eating plan. I will wait till I am confident that my gut flora is repopulated before I introduce something new. I currently eat eggs, avocadoes, extra virgin olive oil(liberally), raw spinach salad everyday, cooked kale, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens, coconut oil, oat bran, buckwheat, brussels sprouts, kefir, cultured vegetables, wild caught sockeye salmon, chicken, lemons, licorice tea, marshmallow root tea, slippery elm powder, colostrum powder, chicory root inulin powder.
I am also taking other supplements that are listed in able’s post for vitamins and minerals.
I hope to be cured within time. I will be patient because I have made great progress and there are days where I feel perfect. I hope you all remain patient. I have never cheated on the diet and I hope non of you do. It is not worth it. Feeling free and empowered is such a great reward. Dont let yourself become the victim of candida. Its hard and it takes time. I first thought I could beat it in 3 months then maybe 6 but after reading Donna Gates Body Ecology book and doing a little bit of research I realized it takes time if you want to re-establish your gut flora naturally. This is the only real option for me. Probiotics provide us with enormous benefits and I definitely feel and see the difference in my stool and digestion overall. A balanced gut flora will also reduce the chances of having another candida overgrowth in the future which is something I look forward to. This has been a great journey and I know that I will never go back to eating junk foods or living an unhealthy lifestyle. I might want to cheat once in a while in the future when I am cured but I do not have too much of a problem with the diet I am on now so I cant imagine eating poor quality foods on a regualr basis. I wish everyone good health and please be patient and stay positive. You will start to feel better. It takes time and its different for everyone. Goodluck