I’m 26 and have had conflict between the diet and my social life. You can read a bunch of us, myself included, discussing this phenomenon in these two threads:
“Alcohol and the Diet” http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postst6859_Alcohol-and-the-Diet.aspx
“Social Relationships” http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postst6577_Social-relationships.aspx
Something I don’t think I mentioned in any of my responses in those threads is that honestly, I want to get this taken care of NOW. While I’m still 26, and before it gets any worse. I probably could have “gotten away with” continuing to drink (I love wine, and I’m a bourbon snob, true story) and eat non-beneficial foods for a few more years, and continued feeling terrible instead of addressing the candida, but eventually, I would have ended up much worse off, and then it would take even longer to heal the damage. There are people on this forum in their 30s, 40s, or 50s who are SO much sicker than I was, and it’s taking them a very long time to make any tangible progress. I’ve been on the forum’s strict diet for slightly over three months now (it’s different than the website, message user Able900 if you’re interested), and adhering very carefully to it (no cheating), and I’ve had really incredible success in that short period of time. I really think I’ll be symptom-free in another three months or less if I continue in a similar fashion. There are plenty of people who require 12-18 months to beat candida. We have a lot of factors in our favor to help us beat it — younger people usually have more resilient bodies, we’re generally not as set in our ways, and our overgrowth hasn’t had as many years/decades to damage us.
I hope you get this figured out. Good luck!