Hope, thank you for the explanation and for sharing your experience of Candida.
Well, it seems you’ve made some fantastic headway on your journey to cure Candida. I understand your caution since you are pregnant, a very wise decision no doubt, and I completely understand that the baby’s health and growth are of utmost importance.
I was in stage 1 of the diet for just about two months when I started introducing new foods. The “bigger badder” Candida made me feel horrible. I had next to no energy compared to what I had before, and even though I was experiencing the constant hunger, I had no appetite at all and it was a chore just to eat a meal. I lost over 20 pounds during that fairly short period, and really did not need to. I’ve managed to gain 15 of those pounds back, and I’m satisfied with my present weight. But at that time, nothing tasted good, nothing at all. Plus I was experiencing the die-off symptoms almost every day, no doubt because of the strong and numerous antifungals I was taking. Fortunately, I have my own business, so I was able to take advantage of this when I needed some time off. I only mentioned the Candida to my doctor one time during a regular checkup, and I knew right away that I was wasting my time, so of course I never depended on a doctor for advice.
What I’ve reintroduced so far to my diet this time is a short list indeed, namely blueberries three times a week, dried beans once or twice a week, and drinking a little almond milk occasionally as well as using it in cooking. Instead of reintroducing the ‘old’ food products, I’ve decided to stay on this healthier diet for as long as I can, hopefully forever in other words. I know that I feel a lot better eating the way I now do, and I’ve overcome the most difficult part for me. That was allowing my body to become accustomed to virtually no carbohydrates without giving out or giving up, but once I was over the Candida enough to feel a lot better and stop the enormous hunger feeling, the almost- carbohydrate-free diet became a lot easier.
Fortunately I’ve discovered several products which allow me to still enjoy eating and a good meal. The coconut flour is just one example. I can eat ‘bread’ three times a day if I choose without worrying about what I’m putting into my body. Lots of people do not like the taste of this bread, but I doctor it up by brushing it with olive oil and sprinkling sea salt, garlic, and mixed herbs on it and then toasting it in the oven. To me, it’s just as enjoyable as the garlic bread I used to have. I can now enjoy egg salad sandwiches (which I really did miss in the beginning). Of course I don’t use mayonnaise, but I found the Yellow Organic Mustard which is made with apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar, and I use this to make egg salad and deviled eggs as well as coleslaw, which is another item that I missed terribly for a long time. I also purchased some of the organic condensed coconut cream and even made some coconut cookies using it and the coconut flour; which by the way I won’t be doing again, much too sweet for my taste. But I do enjoy the condensed cream mixed in Greek yogurt as a snack as well as part of my breakfast. The yogurt and thick cream together give a nice sweet/sour flavor that I’ve not found in other foods on this diet, a welcome changed.
I didn’t entertain guests, other than my girlfriend, for a long time, but a week ago I invited two other couples for a late dinner. I only prepared the food that I eat, with the main dish being stove-top baked herb Danish hens, which they couldn’t brag enough about, several steamed vegetables, a salad, and the coconut-flour bread the way I make it. I mixed the condensed coconut cream with Greek yogurt and added blueberries and a little Truvia to it for dessert, and you would have thought that I spent hours in the kitchen preparing this dish considering the way everyone wanted seconds … and thirds.
I’m curious about the antibiotic you had to take five weeks into the diet. Was it very apparent as far as the Candida was concerned that you were taking it?
When you start reintroducing foods such as the fruits you named, I’m sure you’re aware that you need to start only one fruit at a time and in a single week. After the second outbreak, I literally stopped eating everything but eggs and green vegetables. That’s how bad I felt and I was determined to ‘do it right’ this time. Gradually, I began slowly trying other things, even foods that were ‘allowed’ on the stage one diet such as coconut, chicken and meat. While doing this, I would go without food (which I know you probably can’t do) for at least five or six hours, then eat only a little of the food I was testing. If I received any type of reaction, there was no doubt about what caused it. This is how I discovered that I had to leave red meat alone. For protein I eat only organic chicken, eggs, and sardines. I eat sardines because, being young fish, they’re one of the lowest-mercury-containing fish we can eat.
Hope, when reading your posts I can feel the energy of wisdom that you share with others. Your children are very fortunate to have you as their mom. I wish only the very best for you and your family.