I am not sure how much carbs I am getting per day actually, but it might not be enough. I have been so determined to avoid them and I can see now that this is not working. Finding a healthy balance as you said is what I probably need. I am eating a lot of fat (coconut oil), at least a lot more than before. But I have also been reading about the importance of consuming enough starches for increasing the cellular metabolism. Considering that my body temperatures and heart rate started dropping after I went low carb, that might make sense.
I was on Iodine supplementation a year ago and got worse. Apparently in some cases too much Iodine can make thyroid issues worse (I read about why this happens in a book by Dr. Barry Peatfield, but that was a year ago so can’t remember enough to explain it). Again it seems balance is what is needed: Too little Iodine = thyroid problems; too much iodine = thyroid problems. My doctor stopped the Iodine and put me on thyroid supplementation. I got a lot better, almost normal temperatures (though my heart rate stays low no matter what) and was fine until I started my very restricted diet. I may need to look into supplementing selenium though (seem to remember Dr. Peatfield mentioning that too).
I need to find the right balance of getting everythign I need to function. In a way it was starting to get mentally very easy for me to follow the strict diet; I felt like it was totally worth it if that could solve my digestive problems and Candida. I am also very used to living in a disciplined way; I was a dancer before and have been dieting since I was 12. Now it is starting to occur to me that all the years of restricted eating, trying to lose fat and constantly exercising might be actually the cause of my health problems.
I am not going to just completely break my Candida diet and lose all the benefits I have gained so far. But I will need to experiment with introducing more carbs into my regime and see how that goes.