Able, you don’t need to apologize. I wasn’t clear on what you were saying, and now I am. Thank you for taking the time to post all of that 🙂
My candida is mild. On questionaires right now, I’m actually below “mild” symptomatically. *But*, I know I had clear cut candida issues at the onset – thrush, skin rashes. The thrush was in conjunction with an antibiotic, but still. I want to see this thing through, not just jump for a piece of fruit immediately because nearly all of my symptoms seem resolved.
I agree with you that going w/o grains would be ideal for most people in terms of how long it might take to get rid of the yeast. However, I’m pregnant and I already have 4 children at home to care for – without grains my energy levels were too low. With 1-2 small servings a day, I’m much better off and my baby’s weight gain is better. I’m careful now (although I wasn’t at the beginning) to not include too many servings of brown rice. I lean toward a millet/raw buckwheat combo more.
I also agree that it will take longer to get rid of this candida with some grains in my diet than it would without them. My die-off symptoms have been very light – fatigue, mostly – and I’m trying to keep it that way to avoid exposing the baby to high levels of toxic by-products. It will take longer, I know. But it seems to me that my pregnancy kind of demands the slow & gradual path. I began Stage 1 on April 2nd, and I’m still there. Haven’t reintroduced a thing. No potatos, no sweet potatos. I had to have another antibiotic 5 weeks in, though, so I consider that to be pretty much starting all over again. So, although I’ve been on the diet for over 10 weeks, I feel like that antibiotic set me back to square one and I’m really only on about Week 4 or so.
I’m curious for a few more details of this Bigger Badder Candida that came about for you in Stage 2 the first time around How long had you been in Stage 1 before you started trying to reintroduce foods and had the reactions? I’d rather stay in Stage 1 for the rest of my pregnancy (12-15 more weeks) than have a huge wave of candida hit me like that. My intention had been to reintroduce a few of the lowest sugar fruits 3x/week or so in a month or so. Blueberries, raspberries, rhubarb. I’ll look forward to hearing a little more about your experience with reintroducing.