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    Viva
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    Hello,

    I’m brand spankin’ new here, but am so thankful for all the posts available to look at and learn from. I am particularly amazed by the amount of help and time consistently given by the “experts.” Bless your hearts!

    I am a 32 year old mom to two little kids, but I’ve been suffering for a fair amount of time from many supposedly “unrelated things.” For a long time I had accepted I was just “that person” with poor luck in health. However, now I am pretty convinced that a lot of my health issues have been caused by a systemic yeast infection.

    My “unrelated symptoms” have included (and I’ve likely forgotten a couple!):

    CURRENTLY in “REMISSION”:
    Carb/Sugar cravings (ok, I guess I still have this to a mild degree, but it’s not like a feeding frenzy I used to get)
    Acne & Cystic Acne (put on antibiotics for at least 8 years straight by dermatologist…so sad in hindsight) BTW, my acne (20 some years of having it) is directly related to refined sugar. During my elimination diet, I would actually have the pimples swell under my skin within a couple hours of eating sugar.
    Canker sores (clear for a year now, since being refined sugar free)
    Bladder infections
    Ringworm
    Plantar cluster warts (cleared after years and years of treatment through dead-yeast injection shots) bizarre
    Melanoma skin cancer (8 years remission)
    Twitching fingers (just cleared with anti-fungal diet)
    Anxiety (stopped within two days of getting rid of the last illegal foods–fruit!)
    Yellow toenails: (cleared after my first Candida diet treatment a year ago)
    Low blood sugar: Most of my life I can remember feeling this if not fed carbs/sugar, although this was happening grain and sugar free for the past 6 months while having limited fruit and honey–I had to eat every hour to keep from feeling like I was dying. It was so scary. (stopped within two days of getting rid of last illegal foods–fruit!)
    Extreme fatigue (disappeared with getting rid of the last illegal foods–fruit!)

    CURRENTLY STRUGGLING WITH:
    Cold hands and feet
    White covered tongue (getting better with diet)
    Vaginal yeast infections (clear for at least a year until I restarted anti-fungals and diet)–now coming and going a lot all of a sudden
    IBS (diarrhea & nausea)
    Many food intolerances/sensitivities (basically all grains, fruits, milk, cheese, sugar, sugar alternatives-even stevia!)
    Low blood pressure
    Low body temperature
    Mild fatigue
    Hypoprothrombinemia autoimmune blood disorder (I clot too slow and bruise very easily)
    Perioral dermatitis (appeared with first pregnancy and got worse with second pregnancy)
    Itchy scalp (appeared with first pregnancy)
    Black spots in vision upon standing

    BTW, when I get checked over for health (i.e. weight, blood pressure, blood testing) I score perfect. Something is not adding up!

    I was on the stage 1 candida diet in June 2012 and many of my symptoms reduced dramatically within a month. However, I lost 15 pounds…not having a ton to give away…and it wouldn’t stabilize (any more and I would have below BMI guidelines), so I then started adding other foods into my diet (especially gluten-free grains)–through an elimination-type diet. I then thought I just had food sensitivities and strictly eliminated all gluten, corn, nuts, dairy, and once maybe every couple months had sugar (but it was always hard to have just that ONE gluten-free cookie–the sugar/carb frenzy would come back with a vengeance). But over the year, my “cured symptoms” began to show up one by one and increase in intensity (especially if I cheated with sugar). Overall, I was VERY strict, although I was not using any antifungals and even stopped taking probiotics at one point. This spring (when it got warmer), my symptoms got downright horrible again. Over the past ten years I have seen many doctors and specialists–but no one has ever treated me for yeast. This summer I saw a holistic minded chiropractor and he gave me broad spectrum parasite/yeast/bacteria supplements, but he didn’t give me much for diet guidelines.

    I am almost ready to start. I am concerned about maintaining my weight and nutritional needs. What little weight and muscle I gained over the year has been lost since eliminating grains, honey, and fruit this summer. If I’m not on a regular multivitamin, I lose my hair…so making sure I am getting all my nutritional needs is of utmost importance to me. I also know I need to get better at handling social situations with food…they are emotional roller coasters for me.

    Of course, one of my good friends is a nutrionalist and thinks I’m being too defensive and close-minded about food. My husband who is in healthcare also thinks I need to have foods in moderation (like fruit, grains, potatoes). And my mom is always commenting about my weight and how concerned she is. So I guess I just need get over my people-pleasing ways and do what I know is right for me.

    In short, I am ready to take responsibility for my health and to become the person on paper I’m supposed to be…
    I’ll keep you updated. Thanks for listening. 🙂

    #110298

    subtlesoul
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    Few things 1 would want to suggest:

    1) Quinoa is a psudo grain. I eat that and i do not have any big reaction. Again each one is different but you could give it a try.
    2) I eat only Fresh cooked food. I tend to have reaction with cold and heavy foods.
    3) Are you drinking enough water?
    4) If you have serious yeast infection may be you should consider talking to your doctor about prescription antifungals like Diflucan.
    5) You could try topical application of antifungal cream called Clotrimazole 1% (over the counter at cvs)
    This has worked for me.
    6) You can also try deep breathing excercises and yoga. Specially “Pranayama” Which is Yogic breathing.
    7) Also you might want to include excercise into your routine.
    Most importantly “Listen to your body”

    Hope you get better soon 🙂

    #110482

    alexalgebra
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    Take it from someone who has been at this for almost a year – the diet works if you stick with it! DO NOT CHEAT, DO NOT STRAY!! That’s the whole protocol, not just the diet – so probiotics, supplements, etc.

    Also, as far as the social stuff goes, it is definitely a struggle. I have had to find new ways to socialize with people that don’t revolve around food, like game nights. however, it’s actually opened up a whole new social circle for me, which has been pretty cool. Candida definitely helps you see who your real friends are :p

    With weight, you are just going to lose some. However, the good news is, it will come back! Just make sure you eat a lot of the fats on the diet – they are all good ones, like coconut oil, olive oil, and avocados. When you go through the first phase and detox though, a ton of weight will probably drop off. Just try to think about health and not weight, and think about balance…you were holding on to a bunch of toxins and crap, now you’re flushing it out, so the scale is tipped, and then you’ll replenish with health to come to where you naturally should be. I would not recommend doing a ton of exercise as your body heals, but definitely do some light and relaxing exercise like walking or yoga.

    #110487

    raster
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    So I wouldn’t consume quinoa because its very hard to digest and benefits the yeast from my experience…

    Buckwheat groats are a great rice and quinoa replacement, similar texture, similar taste, but its a prebiotic that feeds the beneficial bacteria in the gut.

    One thing to keep in mind is that all of your health problems are likely not completely related to yeast alone. For instance the blood disorder may not be related to yeast. The dermatitis and ringworm may stick around even with an anti-candida protocol.

    For weight gain, I side with alex on it going away and then coming back. The body uses its resources to fight infection and once its under control, you will gain weight back. Also you need to increase the surface area of the gut in order to absorb more of the food you eat and this will allow you to gain weight. I started out at 135 pounds and now weigh 165 pounds. I was very very skinny starting this, went from 145 to 135 pounds and then gained it to the most I’ve ever weighed ever in my life (which is a good thing for me).

    I’d also check out teff which has great weight gain and nutritional properties:

    http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postst1477_Introducing-a-new-baking-flour-TEFF-Flour.aspx

    If you were to eat big 3-4 course meals with snacking between them you likely will get all of the food you need daily. Some people think they are eating enough when they are not. Additionally, if you were to drink smoothies with a bunch of allowed superfoods in them, then this likely will bring the nutritional benefit you are looking for. Its also easy on the digestion.

    As far as the bad items, I would cheat occasionally to develop the gut flora that can break the food down. Maybe start out eating a potato/fruit once a month and eventually work your way up to once a week (or whatever works best). Use it as a special cheat item that you really look forward to. You don’t have to be super super strict, there is some space for the “bad” foods. Just not everyday.

    I would start add foods over time as you get better. It isn’t meant to be followed super strictly for a super long period of time. Some of the non-allowed foods do bring nutritional benefit and you don’t want to work yourself into a corner if things don’t go as good as you hoped (some people worsen when they try the candida diet).

    Hope this helps.

    Be sure to detox as good as possible this time around and then you will feel better than last time.

    -raster

    #111804

    jennybear1978
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    Hi Viva,
    Just wondering how everything was going with your symptoms now? It can definitely be a rough road, and frustrating, and confusing at times.

    I’ve been on the diet for just over a month now, and have had my symptoms go down to nothing, then my bladder infection-type symptoms keep coming and going, and every time I ask myself “is it something I’m doing in my diet”? So I understand the frustration. I also had low body weight to begin with, and have had trouble keeping the weight from coming off – feeling a bit close to skeletal now. Did you find something that worked for you?

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