Angor wrote: Hi Able. I just wanted to ask, when I read this; how long can Candida lie dormant? I think I heard somewhere that it could be like — forever. Thanks and many congratulations to NewDay for coming so far in the healing process! Hooray!
I’m not sure that anyone really knows the answer to that question, Angor. And that’s exactly why I believe that a very long maintenance period is absolutely necessary to prevent a recurrence.
I’ll give you an example of my own maintenance protocol: As most of you know I’ve been symptom-free for a year now. I’ve remained on the maintenance plan during that year very gradually adding more foods that before I was symptoms free, I wouldn’t touch, and I try new foods very rarely and sometimes only when I feel it’s for a good reason. Yesterday, for example, was my nephew’s birthday; my sister had used a new recipe to make a red velvet cake with cream cheese icing. Both she and my nephew insisted that I was “well” now (as they phrase it) and that I should try this wonderful cake. There were other goodies there as well that I would normally avoid. But since this was a very special day, I ate a small piece of the cake made with ‘real sugar’ and also two handfuls of a delicious party mix made with honey graham cereal, cinnamon graham cookies, sliced almonds, golden raisins, butter, honey, and orange juice. Needless to say, these were two of the tastiest foods I’ve had in a long time.
Since the party was also a cookout, I also ate one hamburger for the first time since my cure. So far today I’ve had zero results from the food. Eating red meat is a very rare occurence for me since I always have either fish or chicken. I attribute the fact that none of this food has caused a problem (not even indigestion) to staying on the maintenance plan for one solid year.
My intentions are to continue the maintenance plan indefinitely. This does not mean that I am on a Candida diet as you’ll see below; but rather it means that on rare occasions, I can eat as I did yesterday; and since today I will remain on the regular maintenance diet, I don’t have to worry about causing a recurrence of the infestation even if there are some of the Candida remaining dormant in my body. My diet today is.
• Breakfast: three eggs, 1 glass of kefir, three slices of oat bran bread, 1 cup of regular coffee
• Morning snack: 1 Granny Smith apple
• Lunch: We’re at the lake this weekend, so naturally it’ll be something from the grill. Today it’s grilled chicken breast, grilled sweet potatoes, and a large salad with iced tea to drink.
• Afternoon snack: A bag of Millet and Flax Chips, unsweetened ice tea
• Dinner tonight: We’re planning on going out to a seafood restaurant here on the lake, so I’ll probably have a seafood platter with the main catch being Cajun white fish; this dish is white fish with a highly seasoned Cajun breading and deep fried, with fried oysters and scallops. The other foods will be coleslaw and baked beans; I’ll also have a couple of hushpuppies just because they have a way of making a seafood meal perfect.
• Tonight’s snack: Either a cup of organic Greek yogurt with Stevia and coconut manna blended in making a delicious cold dessert, or about eight jalapeño poppers, depending on which I want most at the time.
This is a typical day’s meal plan for me while on the maintenance plan. This maintenance means no white potatoes, and no rice or pasta, and even though the breading on the white fish contains wheat, I’m still not eating any bread at all made with wheat flour. Needless to say, I still try to avoid any sugar at all, unless a special occasion occurs like yesterday.