Thanks for the reply, Able 🙂 You’re an encouragement. And I got a good chuckle out of your bladder comment, too. lol.
I almost think reintroducing is as hard as the first 2 weeks on the diet. I keep doing well with foods and I can really see how very, very easily I could start to get too careless with the diet overall. My husband was sitting beside me as I was taking an online questionaire the other night, watching me click on a bunch of “zeros”, one after the other. He said, “This is silly. You don’t have overgrowth anymore. Look at your answers!” And, from the symptoms and the numbers, I know he’s right. BUT I also know that I want to *keep* my body this way! 🙂 It takes a lot of mental discipline to not give in and eat too many reintroduced foods in one day. To not just try out a little bite of pizza, because I’m doing so well. It could all snowball quickly, and I’m *certain* that’s why so many people get candida symptoms back so quickly after they’ve reintrouced a number of foods. I admit to nibbling a few (okay, like 6) McDonald’s french fries that were left in the bag after my kiddos took theirs out the other day. Ack! I really need to not think of myself as being cured. If I think of myself as “cured” at this point – only about 3 weeks into slowly reintroducing foods – I know I’ll do something looney like eat a bite of ice cream one day, a smidge of cheese the next, and before you know it, I’ve gone overboard.
SO, I’m reintroducing. But I’m trying to be really, really careful. I guess I’m just surprised at how “all or nothing” it’s seemed at times. It’s been easier for me to stick closely to the diet when there was clearly no wiggle room. Now, there’s a little wiggle room, and I have to be vigilant. I was fine with the dumb fries, by the way – which makes it all the more tempting to pull that stunt again! It’s good for me to be on here 🙂 Keep telling me not to be stupid, Able!!! 🙂 All of you, keep telling me how SLOW I need to go with all this, okay? 🙂 Every bite of (under-ripe) strawberry or feta cheese that doesn’t affect me in the slightest is wonderful and super freaky at the same time.
By the way, for those chomping at the bit for a little strawberry, I checked and I wanted to make it clear that I’m actually 18.5 weeks into the diet and I only started Stage 2 after 15 or so weeks and after I had been symptom free for nearly a month. I’m introducing 2, maybe 3, foods a week.
Thanks again for the encouraging words! 🙂 Now, to completely ignore the dozen perfectly ripe peaches on my countertop…