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    mandabear
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    I’m a woman in my early 20’s, just started grad school, and I’m trying to figure out how to fit this diet into my life. I’m not 100% sure that I need it, but I’ve been suffering from chronic yeast infections (taken Diflucan 3 times this year and it always comes back) plus reoccurring athlete’s foot, eczema on my face, and a complete lack of energy. This diet sounds awful to me (I love sweet things, especially fruit) but if it helps any of those things, then I’m all in.

    Over the past week I’ve been preparing for the ACD like you might prepare for war: getting rid of all the most tempting foods (sweets, ice cream, honey), packing up stuff that I can’t eat for now (oatmeal, whole wheat pasta, beans), and eating the last of my fruit. I’m slowly cutting back on processed sugar and caffeine, down to a serving of dark chocolate and a cup of tea a day. I’m slowly adding raw coconut oil to my diet, starting with a tsp mixed into almond butter. I hope to go into the full ACD starting next week.

    Some concerns I have though:

    1) What do you do for social situations that normally require eating? As a grad student, I get invited to a lot of outings where there will be food (happy hours, dinners with other students, breakfast with the profs). They aren’t really events that I can skip, and I think if I refuse to eat the food there will be questions- I’d rather not go into this diet with people who aren’t very close to me. Would just like to know how you all have dealt with similar situations in the past.

    2) Is squash allowed? I can’t find a consensus on this. I love me some pumpkin and would be sad to be missing it during the perfect time of year.

    3) Have any of you had any luck subbing ACD-friendly grains into other recipes? I have some baking recipes that use stevia, but almost all call for oat flour. I was thinking almond flour, coconut flour, or something similar might allow me to still make those?

    4) I’m afraid I’ll become bored and slip up, because I love food and I love trying new food. Living on plain meat and vegetables for any length of time doesn’t excite me. Are there any recipes that you felt were delicious even if you weren’t on the ACD? Links would make me happy 🙂

    Anything else I need to know about making this transition? Foods to stock up on, antifungals I should definitely start on now (though I like to keep things simple, supplement-wise). I think I’m skipping the cleanse part because I honestly don’t have any downtime right now. Any diet help would be mucho appreciated though. I’m like a lost puppy without sugar, alcohol, or caffeine.

    Thanks all!
    Amanda

    #65610

    Able900
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    Hello, your concerns are addressed below.

    1) What do you do for social situations that normally require eating? As a grad student, I get invited to a lot of outings where there will be food (happy hours, dinners with other students, breakfast with the profs). They aren’t really events that I can skip, and I think if I refuse to eat the food there will be questions- I’d rather not go into this diet with people who aren’t very close to me. Would just like to know how you all have dealt with similar situations in the past.
    Reply: You just have to make the best of any situation, that’s all you can do. At a breakfast you can dine on eggs and caffeine-free coffee, and usually that’s about it. You really shouldn’t eat red meat or pork on the diet at all because of the alcohol that is released during the protein breakdown, not to mention that antibiotics that the animals are given before slaughter. (You shouldn’t have even caffeine-free coffee often as the caffeine cannot be completely removed from the coffee) For the other meals, stick with salads when possible; use lemon juice as a dressing. Get used to making the excuse that you’re just you’re not hungry.

    2) Is squash allowed? I can’t find a consensus on this. I love me some pumpkin and would be sad to be missing it during the perfect time of year.

    Reply: You’re better off not eating squash on the 1st or 2nd stage. Look over the “Recipe” section of the forum under “snacks”, there’s a pumpkin-pie muffin recipe that should be alright once you’ve completed the cleanse
    3) Have any of you had any luck subbing ACD-friendly grains into other recipes? I have some baking recipes that use stevia, but almost all call for oat flour. I was thinking almond flour, coconut flour, or something similar might allow me to still make those?

    Reply: Coconut flour is perfect for all types of baking, and it’s completely alright for the Candida treatment from beginning to end. Look for the coconut flour bread recipe in the “Recipes” section.
    4) I’m afraid I’ll become bored and slip up, because I love food and I love trying new food. Living on plain meat and vegetables for any length of time doesn’t excite me. Are there any recipes that you felt were delicious even if you weren’t on the ACD? Links would make me happy 🙂

    Reply: Check out the forum’s recipe section for different recipes.

    Quote: Anything else I need to know about making this transition? Foods to stock up on, antifungals I should definitely start on now (though I like to keep things simple, supplement-wise). I think I’m skipping the cleanse part because I honestly don’t have any downtime right now. Any diet help would be mucho appreciated though. I’m like a lost puppy without sugar, alcohol, or caffeine.

    Reply: You will benefit from reading completely through all of the following posts.

    http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postst968_THE-SITES-SUGGESTIONS.aspx

    http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postst756_Just-diagnosed–so-much-conflicting-information.aspx

    http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postst944_About-that-Hunger.aspx

    http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postst996_Day-4-of-Cleanse-lost-63kg-or-14-pounds–Is-this-normal.aspx

    http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postst1004_Are-you-Able900-to-help.aspx

    http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postsm3994_cheating.aspx#post3994

    http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postst749_questions.aspx

    http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postst769_A-Secret-Cure.aspx

    http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postst932_starting-the-cleansehave-a-question.aspx

    http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postst797_Losing-too-much-weight-if-I-cut-carbs-what-can-I-really-eat.aspx

    http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postsm2961_Symptoms-not-going-away.aspx#post2961

    http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postst816_Hey-guys-On-Week-16-or-something-like-that.aspx

    Yes, I know it’s a lot of reading, but reading the information is the only way you’ll know what to do. As you read a post, let us know if you have questions about any of the information. Someone is always willing to help on the forum.

    Able

    #65615

    raster
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    To answer question 1: You’ll have to figure something out or tough out these events without food. Salad is served almost anywhere and bring your own food to eat. I haven’t been to more than a few social dining events for over 9 months now; chicken sausage is pretty common as well.

    I can relate to your food habits but they are harming you and once you do the diet, you will not want to go back (right away) because you feel so good.

    Remember it can take as long as 6-18 months to fully recover from candida.

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