It just really seems like the only thing to truly be focusing on is healing. That “well, I feel bad anyway, so f— it,” attitude is no good for anyone. You have to suck it up and get through the crappy parts to feel better. It’s stupid, but that’s how this thing works. My bloating is nearly gone and I’ve only been doing this for 43 days and have not cheated since I got everything figured out around week 2 or so.
I am not worrying about my weight, working out, or what anyone else thinks of me. Literally my only concern right now is healing my insides and finding a manageable lifestyle so that I never have to go through this again, because this last year has been the worst of my entire life. I spent most of it suicidal over this because nobody could diagnose me and I would only get worse, cheat on gluten and sugar (had been advised against that for years), feel better for a little while, then get way worse, lather, rinse, repeat. I mean I literally had a plan to kill myself and was about ready to go through with it if my last doctor couldn’t diagnose me. I am so grateful every day now that I didn’t, now that I’ve found this site and the people and information on it.
I don’t mean to harp on, but it’s just frustrating because cheating and worrying about weight is so counterproductive to healing, and that’s what we are all here for…right? Like if you stop cheating and stick with the strict diet, you literally will barely even care about cheating anymore…it just takes a couple of weeks to get all the crap out of your system. Listen to all the people with months and years of experience on this one. Is a sundae or rice or whatever once a week seriously worth additional months of suffering? The “prize” is being healed, not food. Treat yourself to something else, like go get yourself a neck massage to celebrate a week of staying true to the diet, you know? You’re already doing 80% effort, it’s not that much harder to do the last 20% and that last 20% is the big push for your body to be put into healing mode.
Also, here are what some naturopaths (I’ve seen 5 in the last 2 years trying to figure this crap out) have told me about curing candida, to give you a sense of their credibility. Some of them were considered “experts” on the condition, supposedly “curing” many people:
1. “Oh, just take one bottle of caprylic acid, stay away from all refined carbs and sugar, and do no fruit for two weeks, then be sure to have at least 1-2 servings of fruit a day.”
2. “The Body Ecology Diet is the only way that you can get better. Do it for a year and use beans as your main source of protein if you refuse to eat salmon.” (I’m usually vegan, temporarily vegetarian because of the candida. The Body Ecology Diet has you eating things like potatoes, blueberries, butter, and blue corn chips.)
3. “Just keep staying away from any food that gives you a reaction. You’ll have to stay off them all for the rest of your life, except if you want to cheat once or maybe twice a year.” (At that point, I was reacting to literally every food I tried to eat, save maybe two.)
4. “I can get you better in two months.”
5. “Nobody should eat bread or sugar,” says the doctor that eats bread and sugar.
So…obviously, doctors and naturopaths don’t always have all the answers.