Yvette wrote: I suspect I have had candida for about 6 years since I was 22 years old; I am now 28. I have tried to do various candida diets over this period and cut out sugar but I never have been able to stick to them because it is so difficult and I have cravings for sugar and carbohydrates, and because of the cost issue, the confusion of which diet to follow, and the social aspect of following the diet.
Anyway, recently something strange has been happening to my skin in the last 2 months or so. My hands have aged quite dramatically. Lots of lines on my kunckles and on my hands and despite moisturising them well it still continues. The same has occured with my feet. Is this skin problem a symptom of candida? It is making me very depressed, and I am so paranoid about my hands. I try to hide them all the time, every time I look at them I just want to cry. I don’t understand why this is happening to me.
I have recently completed a stool test and I am waiting on the results to confirm if I have candida or various parasites. hopefully alongside that they can give me some advice but all this is costing me a lot of money that I do not have. I am only a student trying to finish my degree and I am being supported for cost of these things by my dad, but I feel very guilty about this. I feel bad for spending money on various things and getting nowwhere. All these candida issues have been getting so bad recently, I was even considering giving up university because I felt so depressed about the state of my skin. My dad though really would be disappointed if i gave up.
I just don’t know what to do anymore to help myself, does anyone have any advice? The only thing I can consider now is cosmetic treatments that may cost about £350 and I don’t know how successful that will be. I’ve begun to cut all sources of sugar out from my diet this week and hope to continue, but it is so frustrating to not know how to eliminate this problem. It’s making me feel suicidal.
If aged hands are your worst sympotm concider yourself very lucky :). When I was growing up I worked on a farm and weeded strawberries endlessly for hours. My hands were always dirty and and dried out. Kids at school would make fun of me and say I had 100 year old hands. I couldn’t figure out why they would look at my hands and why they cared. It did make me self conscious about my hands and I too would hide them. I just turned 47 and my hands are still “aged” looking but in the end who really cares. I have a wonderful husband and great kids…after going through the “hell” I have with this Candida that is very small in the big picture.
I a can tell you the positives of sticking to this diet.
1. I lost 50 lbs. Something I have been trying to do for years since I had my children and was “too busy” to get it off.
2. I am healthier now than I have ever been in my life.
3. I no longer crave junk food, no pasta, no snacks, no sugar treats…NOTHING.
4. I love the taste and flavor of my food.
5. My skin looks healthier than it ever has. (Mind you still have aged hands)
6. My teeth are whiter and healthier than ever (due to oil pulling and stellar oral hygiene.
7. I have tons more energy and am able to have a normal life “except eating crap”
8. I’m soooooo less stressed out. I’m certain I would eat to deal with stress (foods filled with starch and sugar). Change in diet took away so much of the stress. I couldn’t turn to food to deal with stress. So I learned to deal with it and with life instead of using food as my crutch.
9. Sleep better. Part of that is taking the Coffee out of diet and wine 🙂
10. Wake up everyday thinking about life and NOT what am I going to eat!!!
The down side of the diet
I went through tons of withdrawls, die off, brain fog, aches and pains in my legs, very tired, couldn’t sleep, constipation, and the drain of always finding the “right and SAFE” foods to eat.
I was mentally exhausted. Like you if I ate I had a reaction but mine was not in my hands it was on the inside of my mouth. I would and still do get an immediate reaction of THRUSH so I knew I was going to pay for what I tried. I think having that trigger makes you work that much harder and stay that much more faithful to the diet that Able and Raster provide for you. You will be so much happier and healthier if you dig deep and get some self control and will power. There are sooo many positive sides to this lifestyle. I wish you well…my suggestion for your hands and feet…rub them in coconut oil. I did that in Florida after walking the beach and my feet were so dry from the sand. It was a miracle cure. I just laughed and said to myself. Of course it works. Coconut oil takes care of everything.
I wish you well. Listen to Able and Raster. Be strong. Nothing is better than the finish line. I wish you all the luck getting there. And really who is looking at your hands….your life and mental well being is what will be soooooo much better. Hang in there. It does get better.