- August 10, 2013 at 8:16 pm #108918
Hi all 🙂
I’m 16 long months into this diet and things may be finally improving? MAY be. My nails are getting longer – and they havent grown in years.
Prior to seeing a nutritionist in May, i’d become more and more intolerant to things. I couldnt have cows milk kefir, goats milk kefir, water kefir, oatbran, coconut cream, greek yoghurt. My vaginal thrush went and sex was possible again after 2 years but my white tongue was getting worse. She did a big test and I was found to be deficient in many vitamins, minerals, antioxidents etc and very deficient in essential fats. The good thing though was that the existence of yeast and fungus in my small bowel was “normal”. I hope that means my hard work wasnt wasted! Thats certainly what she told me anyway.
So she got me on supplements to boost all the things i was lacking and i’m eating lean meats for essential fats every day now. I was told to try fish and the best i can manage is mackerel and cod, as well as the turkey, chicken and salmon that i was already eating. I’ve been on these supplements almost two months. My facial dermatitis has gone, although that reappears if i try something and react to it. As i said above, my nails are growing longer and stronger. This HAS to be a good sign. I always used to have good long nails and almost overnight they stopped growing. The vaginal thrush seems to have stayed away but the white tongue is ever present. I know it is often the last thing to go but..
Two months ago my bottle of SF722 was running out and my nutritionist suggested not buying more and to see how i got on without it as i’d been taking it about 6 months. Then i got really bad hayfever symptoms after stopping about a week. I went back on and they went away. That i guess, isnt a good sign? I think i may have reacted to buckwheat during this time, which is a big blow because i relied on that. But i didnt try it again for fear of hurting my stomach further.
For two weeks now i’ve been on two cups of chicken bone broth twice a day to try to heal my leaky gut. Plus, I’ve been taking Enteroguard by Biocare for week to do the same. It has L Glutamine in which i know is well known on here and this powder, my nutritionist has had clients who have recovered from leaky gut with it. I’m hoping that these two things will heal my gut and allow me to reintroduce foods again.
Finally, we are planning on trying to get pregnant in the next 4 to 6 weeks. My nutritionist in June said that based on my test results, i shouldnt try for 3 months because i wouldnt have healthy pregancy. I didnt actually ask what it would be like. I’ve been on 40mg Notryptiline per day for fibromyalgia. Prior to that it was 20mg when i went on it last summer. Rose to 30mg and then 40mg after suffering whiplash. My GP has told me I have to come off it completely before getting pregnant. I know its not good for the diet too but the candida/leaky gut causes the fibromyalgia so its a vicious circle. Another reason why i’m hoping the bone broth and L glutamine will work. 3 weeks ago i reduced it to 30mg. Symptoms have increased but only slightly. If i stick to my GPs plan of reducing further, I should now reduce to 20mg but i feel its too soon.
My concerns with being pregnant are that
a) i’ll pass the infestation onto my child
b) cravings – i dont want to cheat and i’m concerned that i dont eat enough variety within the diet because of my intolerances.. although i hope that improves soon.
I see that members doing this diet have been pregnant at the same time, but i still worry that things will be ok. But at the same time, i’ve put it off for far too long already. I dont take it for granted that i’ll get pregnant first time and it could take years like some people I know.
I know i’ll get questioned on this so i’ll answer it now. I’m still on all the other things from the diet – coconut oil, probiotics – Infantis powder. (The plan was to be on it 3 months so next time i see her i think we may go back to Megaflora with a higher dose again), licorice, green tea and other things i’ve probably forgotten to mention..
I’d be grateful for advice, suggestions, words of encouragement. Thanks )August 11, 2013 at 12:02 am #108923
yisucksParticipantTopics: 131Replies: 331
Great news about your symptoms improving! I’m not the one to answer your questions, but maybe others would know.
A question…you mentioned a “big test” that told you what deficiencies in minerals, etc you had…do you know what this test was?August 12, 2013 at 7:06 am #108969August 12, 2013 at 9:59 am #108973
HeatherJMemberTopics: 24Replies: 34
Having children is awesome, but making them puts a huge strain on your body…I’m just a little confused as to why you are rushing it. Why don’t you let you body heal completely before putting yourself through this? No matter how joyous, pregnancy is still a stressor. What does your doctor say now, after all of this time has passed? You don’t mention if he has re-evaluated your health and given you a green light. I would think-with my non-existant medical degree-that the degree of stress you would be under, you may risk you losing all of the gains you have made-while being unchangingly pregnant.
I don’t mean to sound harsh, but your first line is that “symptoms may be improving.”
Either way, good luck to you!August 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm #108976
approximately_meMemberTopics: 28Replies: 186
I’d say if your body is having such a hard time maintaining its normal function, as you say it is, the last thing you want to do right now is get pregnant. It will not be able to provide the nourishment needed for either you or your child. Also, you can definitely pass on a candida infestation to your child. Further, because your estrogen levels will increase dramatically in pregnancy, you’ll have a much harder time fighting the candida (and it may in fact get worse). And even further, you will have to be even less aggressive fighting the candida, because as bad as the die-off toxins will be for you, they’ll be monumentally worse for a fetus.August 12, 2013 at 5:21 pm #109005
rasterParticipantTopics: 104Replies: 6828
I have also used nortryptaline in the past for insomnia, its an anti-depressent that can help you sleep. Its hard to get off some meds, but if you were to split up your pill in half then this will make it easier to get off it. I definitely would get off all prescription meds before getting pregnent.
I also would get your immune system much much stronger before you do something like this because the baby is going to further cause nutritional deficiencies, etc. You just barely got better and a pregnancy will basically suck out anything you have left. Considering how quickly your symptoms came back after stopping sf722, I don’t think you are quite there yet.
-rasterAugust 12, 2013 at 5:36 pm #109008
SueSullivanMemberTopics: 18Replies: 108
I have to second the caution on getting pregnant right now. I’ve had two kids. The changes pregnancy has wreaked on my body are profound. It is a huge stressor. The last thing you want to do is have a baby and pass candida to it right off the bat. I’m not sure how old you are and what pressures you’re feeling to get pregnant ASAP, but it’s quite doable to have later pregnancies. Mine were at 34 and 37 and I have a neighbor who just had an uncomplicated pregancy at 42. Please do not rush into a pregnancy if your body is already out of whack and struggling. I can’t stress enough how challenging it is to recover from pregancy and childbirth even without the complication of a serious candida infestation. If it were me, I would pour all of my willpower and energy into getting onto the forum’s strict diet and staying on it for as many months as it takes to become symptom free, then consider trying to get pregnant. It would only postpone your pregnancy time line by six months to a year, if you are diligent, and you will be in such a better position to nurture a new life. You’d have more foods you could eat at that point and you’d be much better able to sustain nutrition for you and your baby.
SueAugust 14, 2013 at 4:28 pm #109121
Hi everyone, thanks for your input. I guess you’re all right but this is very upsetting. I have already put it off so much because of financial reasons as well as the diet. My nutritionist said to give it at least 3 months and see how I am then. That will take me to mid september when i will see her again.
Sue, I have been dedicating my life to Able’s strict diet for the past 16 months. Anything less than dedication would have me in a much worse state.
The prospect of infertility concerns me and i dont want to put it off much longer but maybe until at least the year would be ok.
Raster, my GP told me to come off 1 at a time for 3 weeks and when i get to the final one, reduce it very gradually over 3 weeks. I think I might make the whole process take more time though. The way i was thinking was that if i could cope off meds for fibro then i must have improved a lot, diet wise, because previously (when also on the diet)I was unable to miss one day of the meds and feel like i was dying.
Heather, I dont think i’m rushing at all given my age. I know people have babies a lot older but i’m concerned about infertility as i get older. I dont want to just assume that I will be fine to conceive. I will see my nutritionist again in September so will see what she thinks then. I keep having to put everything back in my life at the moment and its very upsetting.
Sorry to sound so melodramatic about it. I guess i was thinking that this diet has been going on for so long already and i could be waiting years before i start to get somewhere.
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