This was a great read because it helped me to understand why whole grain carbohydrates like oat bran and buckwheat are important to this diet. I recently “restarted” the diet with the veggie-only cleanse recommended by Able, and this week I’ve been on the fence about introducing oat bran again – not because I ever had reactions to it, but because in my mind, CARBS always translated to SUGAR, regardless of their nutritional benefit. In my mind, I figured the longer I could stick to veggies and proteins only, the better.
Perhaps in a sense that is still correct; however, I have noticed that since I started adding organic chicken back into my diet (<2x/week), my digestion slows dramatically after the high-protein meal, and it can cause me lower back pain in the mornings if I go to bed before having a BM.
It also attests to the advantage of not eating too close to bedtime. You don’t want any low-carb, high-protein foods fermenting in your gut while you sleep. Better to move it all through quick like a bunny 😉
I think now, I’m going to focus on finishing my food intake for the day no later than 7 or 8pm, and always make sure I finish up with a serving or two of high fiber food (veggies or bran) – and leave the chicken or other protein for the morning/afternoon, whenever possible. That way, the fiber will kickstart my system at the time of the day that it’s at its slowest, hopefully empty me out before bed, and then allow my body to sleep without providing 8 hours of happy fermentation for the candida to thrive on.
Just think- if your gut is free of fermented candidafood every time you sleep, that’s countless hours you’re adding to your recovery! Sleep makes up approximately 1/3 of your life, after all 🙂
I’ll also relax my mind about carb intake, and not worry restricting it as much. 100g of carbs per day, as long as they’re good, healthy prebiotics, are advantageous to improvement rather than detrimental.