Taking a day off can set you back pretty considerably – if you give the candida that’s still alive in your body a great big feast of foods they love, it will take that much longer to kill them all off. If you routinely take days off, you may not be able kill them all off.
Personally, I decided just after Thanksgiving that I wanted to pursue the candida diet. And I chose to wait until after the holidays were over to start, rather than take a start-and-stop approach (or miss out on fudge at Christmas). For me, the extra time allowed me to research candida further, plan the foods I wanted to eat on the diet, and live with my miserable symptoms a while longer (which greatly strengthened my resolve heading in to this).
I definitely sympathize with struggles over weight. I’ve done some very strict, harsh, harmful diets in the past and I’ve spent most of my adult life obsessing about my weight. I knew that I didn’t want to lose focus on my health this time. I wanted to be able to pay attention to whether or not my symptoms were improving, and not just obsess about whether the scale was moving. And I didn’t want any possible discouragement at the bathroom scale to lead me to give up, when my health might actually be improving. So… a month before starting the candida diet, I threw out my scale. For the first time in a decade, I don’t know what I weigh. I suspect that I have lost weight – my face and waist both appear to have slimmed. But I don’t know how much and I’m trying not to focus on that, and instead to pay attention to my symptoms. For me, this has been a really positive, healthy decision. It’s not about reaching an arbitrary weight goal; it’s about improving my health and healing my body. I have found it really peaceful not to worry about my weight, and just to focus on taking care of myself and my body.
In terms of how strict this diet is – it is, and at the same time it isn’t. The list of foods we can eat is strict. But how much and how often we eat is entirely up to us, and that’s a beautiful thing in contrast to most weight loss plans. I am eating when I’m hungry – every time I get hungry – without worrying about counting calories or carbs or points, or weighing portions or fretting over various limits. I’m just eating. And what I’m eating are healthy, nutritious foods. I’m eating things I like (even though I’m not having *everything* I like). I’m trying new foods I hadn’t had before (turns out, I love the taste of buckwheat!) I am reminding myself that the foods I’m abstaining from were contributing to how sick I felt, and that I may be able to eat them again in the future (in moderation) once I’ve beaten the candida. And all of that is helping to keep me motivated.
I hope some of this is helpful to you. I wish you the best of success on your own journey to beat candida!