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    benc
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    alexalgebra
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    Really interesting! I would like to point out, however, that the anti-candida diet, including the strict one a lot of forum folks follow, is not inherently LOW carb, just lowER carb. If you are eating a bunch of veggies, and esp. once you can add in buckwheat or oat bran, there are plenty of carbs available. When I was tracking my food back in my first couple of months, I was averaging about 130g-150g a day, depending on how much buckwheat etc I was having. Low carb diets, I believe, are 50g a day or less.

    The anti-candida diet is just low sugar and starch. We should definitely not be doing nasty meat-gorging, Atkins style :p Ugh.

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    benc
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    I’ve been a big meat eater in the past, and prob still am compared to most. But when I look back on how much I was eating it shocks me. Some days I would consume more than 200g of protein for meat, & an extra 100g from other sources – a lot of that would have just turned over & been stored as fat. Dropping back really helped, and I prob still eat more than considered necessary on here.

    I agree with what you say about this diet not being super low carb, I was defiantly a lot lower carb before I started. I eat swede, buckwheat & others (once in a while now i’m off the strict diet).

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    This was a great read because it helped me to understand why whole grain carbohydrates like oat bran and buckwheat are important to this diet. I recently “restarted” the diet with the veggie-only cleanse recommended by Able, and this week I’ve been on the fence about introducing oat bran again – not because I ever had reactions to it, but because in my mind, CARBS always translated to SUGAR, regardless of their nutritional benefit. In my mind, I figured the longer I could stick to veggies and proteins only, the better.

    Perhaps in a sense that is still correct; however, I have noticed that since I started adding organic chicken back into my diet (<2x/week), my digestion slows dramatically after the high-protein meal, and it can cause me lower back pain in the mornings if I go to bed before having a BM.

    It also attests to the advantage of not eating too close to bedtime. You don’t want any low-carb, high-protein foods fermenting in your gut while you sleep. Better to move it all through quick like a bunny 😉

    I think now, I’m going to focus on finishing my food intake for the day no later than 7 or 8pm, and always make sure I finish up with a serving or two of high fiber food (veggies or bran) – and leave the chicken or other protein for the morning/afternoon, whenever possible. That way, the fiber will kickstart my system at the time of the day that it’s at its slowest, hopefully empty me out before bed, and then allow my body to sleep without providing 8 hours of happy fermentation for the candida to thrive on.

    Just think- if your gut is free of fermented candidafood every time you sleep, that’s countless hours you’re adding to your recovery! Sleep makes up approximately 1/3 of your life, after all 🙂

    I’ll also relax my mind about carb intake, and not worry restricting it as much. 100g of carbs per day, as long as they’re good, healthy prebiotics, are advantageous to improvement rather than detrimental.

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