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kirstyk4 wrote: First off, I would like to say this website has been incredibly helpful through this process. There are so many questions and uncertainties to this diet, and I need all the help I can get. Since starting the diet, I have noticed an improvement. I still have some questions as to things I can do to increase my improvement and get back to feeling better again.

Here is a little about what I have experienced in past few years. Since I was about 14, I have taken a variety of antibiotics for persistent acne. I’ve taken 4 or 5 different kinds. About 2.5 months ago, I finally stopped taking antibiotics (when I started to put all the pieces together about my symptoms).

About 3 years ago, I was slightly overweight. I had tried exercise and eating healthier, but never could get much weight off. Then in April of 2010, I became a vegetarian. In about a month, I lost 20 pounds. I thought it was because I was eating healthier, but I’m beginning to think it’s a symptom of my Candida. Seemed like no matter how much I ate, I continued to lose weight slowly. I’m now down about 50 pounds from 3 years ago. My weight is down so much, that my husband and family are concerned about how skinny I am. It makes it increasingly hard to explain to others why I am limiting my food choices because all they see are my weight. 

I have had a rash on my left ankle for about 3 to 4 years now. Finally realized that it has something to do with my Candida. Asked about 4 different doctors and they couldn’t really give me a satisfactory answer. Most said put steroids on it. Since I have started the diet, the rash has reduced by about 85%. Also have had fungus on my big toenails for about 6 years. I’ve taken 2 courses of antifungals and does not appear to have fixed them. I wish I had understood my condition while I was taking antifungals…I probably wouldn’t be in this mess still if I had.

Some other symptoms that have gotten worse in the past year are brain fog (I am in graduate school and working on my thesis…brain fog is very frustrating), chronic fatigue, severe bloating, cold hands and feet, dry skin, constipation, and weird movement in my stomach.

The symptoms that have been most upsetting to me and life altering are constipation/bloating and the movement in my stomach. In late February, I started having constipation for the first time my whole life. I was eating vegetarian, high fiber with fruits and vegetables. I exercised 2 to 4 times a week and was at a great weight (15 pounds heavier than I am now). No one could explain my constipation. I did several tests and one doctor actually told me it was either in my head or that I wasn’t eating enough (because she noticed I was losing weight). I am not anorexic…I wish people would get past the weight issues and help me get better…so that I might have a chance of gaining weight again. Everyday is a struggle with the constipation. It is keeping me from living life to my fullest and I feel like my life has begun to revolve around it. On the days when I have trouble going, I am very uncomfortable, tired, bloated, have low energy, and in serious pain by the time I eat dinner. Of all the symptoms I would like to reduce, constipation is at the top of my list!

The weird movement in my stomach is very hard to explain. Usually happens after I eat, but I do notice it throughout the day (but strongest after I eat). I know that it got its weakest while I was taking an antifungal a few months back (during that time I was eating gluten free but not the Candida diet. I’ve tried so many different things in the last 9 months it’s a mess…) It’s also weaker when I take a probiotics prior to eating a meal.

So now that you have a little of my sad history, this is what I’ve been doing lately. I started the Candidia diet in late September. I’ve made a few mistakes along the way, but since have not made them again. I have never intentionally cheated (like eating sweets or thing I knew I couldn’t have). It has been very hard, but I am determined to feel better someday.

This is what my meals usually consist of:

Breakfast: quinoa with pecans (I soak them then bake them until crispy again and keep them in the freezer) and greek yogurt.

Lunch: LARGE salad with 2 or 3 boiled eggs. Add depending on mood and what I have – broccoli, cauliflower, red peppers, cucumbers.

Dinner: steam a variety of vegetables such as squash, red peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, asparagus, green onions, and green peppers. Put egg whites in there for more protein and almonds (soaked, baked, and in freezer) for protein and fiber.

I don’t eat a lot of variety it seems but I try to eat as many veggies as possible. Some one said that variety is a must in order to keep the Candida for getting used to what you eat. That is my first question, is eating different foods every few days going to help my progress? There are certain things I feel I need to eat everyday (such as eggs and almonds/pecans) in order to keep getting fat and protein. (And in case anyone wants to suggest…I tried eating meat again…but that gave me the WORSE week of constipation. I could be due to eating meat again…or it could be due to so little fiber. I am unsure…but reluctant to feel that bad again.) 

Here are the supplements I’ve been using – all are Spring Valley brand:

Vit C 1000 mg 1 daily
Zinc 50 mg 1 daily
Magnesium 400 mg 1 daily
L-Glutamine 500 mg 4 to 6 daily
Biotin 1000 mcg 2 daily
B complex 2 daily
Fish oil 1200 mg 4 daily

Noticed that some may contain sugar…so I guess need to start looking for replacement options for those. Also saw some say to take calcium. I am holding off on that because of my severe issue of constipation. Saw some say to take vitamin D. Is that suggested as well?

Here are the antifungals I’ve been using – I switch between them:

Garlic 1000 mg 2-3
Goldenseal Extract 4 to 6
Olive Leaf 150 mg 4 to 6
Grape Seed Complex 4 to 6

Are there different antifungals that are more recommended?

Also taking Threelac. Sounds like most don’t care for this product, but noticed a huge improvement in my rash on my ankle when I started taking this. Is it suggested that I take this?

Probiotics I am taking:

Acti Flora 30 billion 4 strands plus prebiotic, 3 daily
Culturelle 10 billion 1 strand, 1 daily
Florify 5 billion 2 strands plus prebiotic, 3 daily

Also been taking Arthur Andrew Medical – Syntol AMD. It contained digestive enzymes, probiotics and prebiotics. I take it in the middle of the night on an empty somach. I read that it is not recommended because may become dependent on for digestion. Is this still an issue if I always take on an empty stomach?

Here are some more questions:

Is there anything more I can be doing in improve? I’ve been on the diet for just over 2 months and still fighting the constipation. I am noticing improvement in many of my other symptoms but not with the constipation.

Is there a certain number of carbs a day that I should try to stay under? I saw that should be under 25 of sugar a day (which I am). I am currently eating around 68-78 carbs a day. Also along with this, is it okay to eat quinoa and other items (someone suggested buckwheat) daily? Since I have such an issue with constipation, I feel like I should eat some higher fiber foods (like quinoa and almonds) in order to help me go. I’ve tried psyllium powder 3 times and each time it made me VERY constipated. I started out with a very small dose and still miserable.

Are there any other higher fiber options that are okay to eat? I am already taking magnesium and Miralax daily to help me go. I would very much like my life not to revolve around this anymore. I’m to the point where I don’t care what I have to do to feel better.

Any advice you can give me would be GREATLY appreciated! Thank you for your time and patience!

Kirsty

Hi,
If I were you, I won’t take magnesium supplements, neither B complex.
Magnesium is vital for the yeast morphogenesis to fungus, and B complex has been identified as growing media to different fungal species, including candida albicans.
Later, if you are lucky re-gaining your immunity and fungus free, you can add magnesium and B complex. I can not tell you when is prudent to add those supplements , but if you still experiment symptoms, they won’t help.
Jorge.