Before I go off on one, I’ll start by saying that I think I have a candida issue but have not managed to complete the diet yet as it’s do darn hard and the last time I got the most terrible die off symptoms which left me only just able to go to work everyday!
From what I have read (which is loads now), I think you are doing tremendously well and well done for finding a solution so soon. When I first started feeling ill I turned to sugar to perk me up so I made it a million times worse for myself!
I agree with all of the information about the dairy, equally caffeine is generally a no no. Anything with sugar replacements is also a no go so the 2 above pretty much rule out that dark chocolate. The way I think of it is that if you are substituting a normal food with something else, usually you still can’t have it. Stick to the things that are definitely fine in terms of your salad, etc. Some people suggest garlic tablets…have you tried these instead of so much raw garlic? Might slow you down a bit but is more socially acceptable and might make it easier to stick to.
You are doing so well so make sure you do push on and get all the way back to better, it’s very easy to think you will never feel well again but I have read loads of accounts of full recoveries now so it is definitely possible.
Check out my blog, it will show you how well you are doing compared to a lot of us out there: http://candidafree.wordpress.com/ (if this blocks the link, it’s called Candida Free and is on WordPress).