- May 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm #104514
kerra89MemberTopics: 9Replies: 12
First of all, I just want you to know that I find you all truly inspiring, and have drawn a lot of strength from your determination to overcome this overgrowth for good. Everyone in my life that I tell about this diet thinks I’m nuts; it’s just a testament to how unhealthy the typical diet is that I have to avoid 80-90% of the foods my friends/coworkers/relatives/community are eating. This process has already taught me so much about the various nutritional properties of different foods, what’s good/bad for me, what to eat to ease what symptom, etc. At this point I’m convinced I’m only a little bit of training away from being a certified Nutritionist! 🙂
In any case, I just wanted to share my experience with everyone here. I’m still in process (I started the diet on April 9, 2013), but I’ve been meticulous about observing my symptoms, the cause and effect of everything I do, how my body is reacting and changing…. and anyway, since there’s so much discrepancy, I thought documenting the changes with as few variables as possible could help to shed light on some of the issues. As Able and Raster have mentioned countless times across this forum, everyone’s treatment must be unique and individual, catering to their specific problems and their body’s needs. At the least, I hope that there are people out there who can relate to my experience and use what I’ve learned to their benefit.
I am a 23 year old woman, and I weigh 126 pounds. I am a runner, and have competed in a half-marathon, a 10k, and multiple 5ks in the past year. I am very active, and have been trying to eat well for years, ever since I came home from a study abroad trip to Italy in 2010 that gave me inexplicable chronic acid reflux, thrush, and tonsil stones – all of which I now believe were symptoms of my candida problem. Still, I think my candida infestation began in late 2009, and though my improved diet in the past 2-3 years would be good for a healthy person (I cut back on carbs since Italy and avoided refined grains on a regular basis), I still had a large intake of fruits and starchy veggies. I also am young and fresh out of college, and enjoy nothing more than a few beers (Smithwick’s and Killian’s are favorites) with my friends after a day of ultimate frisbee. I love trying different brews, and on top of that I’m a HUGE fan of Bailey’s drinks (Toasted Almonds in particular). It has been normal for me in the past year to enjoy 1-2 drinks at least 2 or 3 times per week. Of course, now that I’m aware of my candida overgrowth problem, it’s painfully apparent that everything I’ve been drinking has been a direct food source for candida; and although fruits are very good for you, they’re packed with sugar, too. So despite my ‘eating well’, my overgrowth has been able to fester for quite some time, because I never curbed it in the first place.
I have been keeping a blog since I began the diet in April. You can find it here: http://www.wordpress.com/whilewebloom. The posts that relate to candida are all titled “candidablog” plus the date of entry. Here’s an excerpt- if you find it helpful, please feel free to go through the other posts and see if they help, too:
in the past week, I’ve noticed that my nose is….. oddly clear. I can breathe without opening my mouth. I don’t feel/taste that nasty post-nasal that is all too familiar, and I don’t taste the metallic tonsil stones that I dread 24/7. This is SO AWESOME, because when I was younger I never had all these sinus problems, and it just makes sense now if I’ve had candida overgrowth for 2-3 years, because it can cause those things! Along with panic attacks (in the form of night terrors), indigestion, fungal infection of the nails, metallic taste in mouth, bad breath, persistent cough, chronic post nasal, flu-like symptoms, hay-fever like symptoms, sinusitis, itchy eyes, recurring yeast infections, PMS and menstrual irregularities, FREQUENT COLDS AND FLU, ALLERGIES, SENSITIVITY TO FOOD, FRAGRANCES, AND CHEMICALS, muscle aches, bloating, anal itching, diarrhea/constipation, and acid reflux. https://www.thecandidadiet.com/candida-symptoms/. It’s unbelievable to see all of these problems I’ve been struggling with written down as symptoms of ONE big problem: Candida Albicans (yeast) overgrowth.
Ever since the diet has started, I’m noticing an improvement in almost all of these categories. The chronic neck ache I was having for months is just gone, no questions asked. The colds/fevers/flu symptoms I had been getting after EVERY SINGLE WORKWEEK at the 99 have just inexplicably stopped. I have no allergy symptoms and it’s late April. The horrible PMS I’ve been getting recently is nonexistent, and my digestive system is regulating (I’m not sure exactly what’s happening, but every day there’s a change in my bathroom trips, and I think that it’s my body working to get back to healthy digestion. It would be amazing to not have chronic diarrhea anymore- I never really realized it was a problem, but now I understand what it might have been caused by. In the past year, it got to the point where even if I had just one beer the night before, the next morning meant diarrhea. I also noticed that drinking was affecting me differently – less positively, almost. I didn’t get sick, but my ‘drunk’ feeling just gave me bad sinus problems, made me more susceptible to colds, and I just noticed I was enjoying drinking less. I thought it might have been a yeast allergy, but I’d never had it before, and for whatever reason it didn’t seem to line up. It’s exciting to think that if this is successful, I’ll be able to have a drink that doesn’t flatten my system out! And maybe it will be a wonderful treat again like it used to be 🙂
My blog gets into some close-and-personal details, which might be helpful to some of the women on here. In my perusing of the forum, I’ve found some information on the symptoms of yeast overgrowth in the vagina and labia areas and how they might change/react to the treatment, but not enough to really guide me thus far. So perhaps my blog can serve as a guide for others! For me personally, it was the chronic vaginal infections that prompted me to finally do research on candida, and made me realize that I’d been having other symptoms for years that I never knew I had.
There are tons of simple recipes on there for people on a budget and/or looking for some easily prepared foods. I work 50+hours/week, and don’t have much time to be spending cooking, so hopefully my solutions will be helpful to other busybodies, too.
Okay, that’s about it for now. Shout out to Able900 and raster for all of their support; it has been so valuable and enlightening for me, and I’m sure I can speak for the others on this forum. I’m grateful for the guidance during a very difficult treatment that my doctors have known little to nothing about. If nothing else, I am more grounded than ever in my belief in holistic health, and questioning every medicine/decision my current physicians recommend. Prescriptions are dangerous, and doctors who prescribe them freely are more dangerous still.
Thanks again, good luck everyone!
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