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  • #85893

    Loci
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    Hello! I was just diagnosed last week with candida overgrowth in my gut. I could go into a whole sob story, but basically I did this to myself. Back in my late twenties due to horrible periods, I went on birth control pills. Another reaction from my periods was having 2-3 cystic pimples before my period and because i wanted flawless skin, I ended up taking antibiotics for years! After my first born turned one about 4 years ago, I noticed many of the symptoms associated with candida, but didn’t know what was wrong with me. I was diagnosed with anemia which then I found out was due to gluten sensitivity. So I gave up gluten, but still felt horrible. After the birth of my 2nd 20 months ago, I noticed the symptoms getting worse and worse…..the headaches, the anxiety, the extreme fatigue, the moodiness/impatience, the acne/hives, the dizziness/mental fogginess, the chronic diarrhea, oh the list goes on and on. I visited several doctors and no diagnosis. One actually thought I was hypoglycemic and tried to put me on metformin without even testing my fasting glucose, which in the end turned out to be fine and ended up being a lab error. When I mentioned yeast overgrowth, he was quick to tell me that westernized medicine doesn’t really believe in such a thing. In the end, I had to self diagnose and got it down to adrenal exhaustion, PMS disorder or candida overgrowth. Went to a great doc who did a full blood panel and absolutely everything cam back normal. I was frustrated and thought “could this all be in my head for the last 4 years?” But the tests just showed that all my hormone levels were normal and that yeast was a possibility. Fortunately, this doc was my gateway to a specialist who treats the yeast/gut connection. And sure enough, after testing, it came back positive for candida albicans.

    So I didn’t save you my sob story, but I feel so happy to be finally diagnosed. I have to admit, i have not done the detox, but I have started on a VERY strict diet (day 6 today) and I am on Nystatin. I have been having MAJOR yeast die off symptoms…..headaches, dizziness, irritability, etc. Sounds like it’s normal but hard to deal with.

    I will continue to research but does anyone have any good recommendations on a good cookbook? I miss sugar and diary and such, but I think giving up coffee has been the hardest!!!! Any advice for this newbie? It’s tough going through these withdrawls, especially being a mom to two young girls who need constant attention! Also I am going out to dinner tonight for my dad’s birthday. I want to cry as I have to watch everyone else eat their meals and drink their margs, while I sit by. :*( Feeling sorry for myself for sure…..

    #85910

    Able900
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    Hello, and welcome to the forum.

    So I didn’t save you my sob story, but I feel so happy to be finally diagnosed. I have to admit, i have not done the detox, but I have started on a VERY strict diet (day 6 today) and I am on Nystatin.

    Can you list the foods and drinks you’re having on your diet?

    I have been having MAJOR yeast die off symptoms…..headaches, dizziness, irritability, etc. Sounds like it’s normal but hard to deal with.

    The post below should help you with the die-off toxins. Treating Die-Off Symptoms

    I will continue to research but does anyone have any good recommendations on a good cookbook?

    We have our own ‘recipe book’ on the forum. Check the ingredients before you try a recipe as we have no control over the ingredients that members place on the forum.
    Recipe Section

    If you haven’t already read the forum’s protocol, please use it if you’d like to. The link to the protocol is shown in my signature section below.

    There’s always someone here to talk with you or answer your questions, so please use the forum whenever you want or need to.

    Able

    #85975

    Loci
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    Thank you so much for the information. This website has been my “go to” website right before and after diagnosis. My doc is a little more lenient on what I can eat, but I am being a lot more strict. Right now I mostly cook with Ghee, olive or coconut oil for my meals and use Stevia to sweeten. I am eating lots of eggs (which I am already accustomed to eating being gluten free for almost 3 years) for breakfast and made an ok pumpkin loaf per candida free cookbook. For lunch, right now I have a vat of soup I’ve been living off of with brown rice crackers (no salt). Dinner I am a little more inventive, but includes a lot of meats and veggies and quinoa so my family can eat it as well. My problem is snacking as I can tell that I am very light headed if I don’t eat every 2-3 hours. So far, I have just snacked on veggies. Yesterday I also bought Dandy coffee (chicory and dandelion root) to hold off my coffee cravings and it has worked ok so far. I also drink peppermint tea to soothe my stomach.

    As I mentioned, I bought a cookbook and I have also used some of your recipes! The cookbook calls for a lot of vegetable glycerin in baked goods and does not mention stevia as an alternative, but then again, it was written awhile back…….

    I just don’t feel satiated and I am going through the “poor me” phase. Everyone in my family going out to celebrate my dad’s birthday and I just sat there and gnawed on some corn chips and ate a plate of veggies, while everyone enjoyed their meals and margs. It’s hard. I thought it was hard to go gluten free having kids around and now I am gluten, dairy, sugar, coffee, alcohol, etc free and it’s all having to give it up at once and I still have a family to cook for. Of course, we’re already fairly healthy as is…..I only buy grass fed meats, buy minimally processed foods and such, but it’s the severe restrictions and the symptoms that go a long with this die off that is making it very difficult. I am looking forward to the day when I feel good again and then I know it will all be worth it. 🙂

    #86016

    raster
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    Hello Loci,

    We recommend a completely different foods list than what is on the main website because many people have had major setbacks eating foods they thought were anti-candida, when they turned out to be feeding candida.

    For instance, corn is very high in natural sugars…I hate to break it to you but its just not a good thing to eat while on the diet. Also, most corn is non-organic and contains GMO’s. It’s all about eating as little sugar as possible, and this is feeding the candida…maybe as much or more than rice.

    Corn is also inflammatory:
    http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/breakfast-cereals/7283/2

    Which brings me to the rice. It tastes good, has an OK nutrition profile, but it feeds candida as well…it contains high levels of starch. Thats why potatoes aren’t on the diet and rice shouldn’t be either. Most rice also is not organic.

    Rice is also inflammatory:
    http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/breakfast-cereals/7705/2

    Quinoa is also starchy, but inflammatory neutral:
    http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/10352/2

    Buckwheat on the other hand only contains 25% starch and is less inflammatory. Same texture as rice, tastes good, but is a prebiotic while corn and rice are not prebiotics.
    http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/10352/2

    Email able900 for our forums food list.

    -raster

    #86572

    Loci
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    Hi Raster,
    Thank you so much for all the information. Being gluten free, I did eat a lot of corn products, but I do know they are inflammatory so I cut back. If I do consume corn, I always buy GMO free products. I have been eating a lot of Quinoa for my sides loaded with parsley and eat only brown rice.

    #86588

    raster
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    Try out buckwheat! It tastes good and treat rice as a cheat food item when you want to live it up. If you do eat rice, black, red, and wild rice have greater nutritional properties.

    -raster

    #86591

    Loci
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    Oooh, good to know. I bought buckwheat and have yet to cook it. I will try it out tonight. 🙂

    #86800

    Myr
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    raster wrote: Hello Loci,

    We recommend a completely different foods list than what is on the main website because many people have had major setbacks eating foods they thought were anti-candida, when they turned out to be feeding candida.

    Email able900 for our forums food list.

    -raster

    Hi Raster.

    I am new here. Can I ask how come the forum’s food list is completely different then? Or why is the website’s food list not amended appropriately? Now I am feeling rather unsure about the whole thing – if I cannot rely on the food list on the main website can I rely on anything else there?

    Another question I am hoping you can help me with…do I need to involve a doctor in this cleansing/diet process? As I am reading that during die off there is possibility of damage to liver and other organs, and that just sounds…dangerous?

    Thanks for your help

    #86861

    ashjade
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    Hi there

    I am a newbie at this and also to the Candida diet….today is day six for me too! I have been ok so far, no excruciating stomach pains anymore and my skin has cleaned up almost instantly so that is definitely a good thing! However, today has been so hard and I must admit, I just want to give up as it is so hard. The only thing I enjoy is avocado on buckwheat crackers and my morning vege omelet. I have made an ok brown fried rice but see here that people recommend avoiding brown rice? I would hate to think the 6 days of dedication I have already completed has gone to waste because I ate rice?

    Does anyone have any ideas of how to curb the sweet cravings? Or do I just ride it out and trust that it gets better? Does it get better?

    Aside from being sad and grumpy that I cannot enjoy a piece of chocolate, or anything nice, today I feel like i have been hit by a bus…no energy AT ALL and very down in the dumps. How long have other people experienced the ‘killing off’ side effects for?

    Thanks 🙂

    #86908

    Loci
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    ashjade wrote: Hi there

    I am a newbie at this and also to the Candida diet….today is day six for me too! I have been ok so far, no excruciating stomach pains anymore and my skin has cleaned up almost instantly so that is definitely a good thing! However, today has been so hard and I must admit, I just want to give up as it is so hard. The only thing I enjoy is avocado on buckwheat crackers and my morning vege omelet. I have made an ok brown fried rice but see here that people recommend avoiding brown rice? I would hate to think the 6 days of dedication I have already completed has gone to waste because I ate rice?

    Does anyone have any ideas of how to curb the sweet cravings? Or do I just ride it out and trust that it gets better? Does it get better?

    Aside from being sad and grumpy that I cannot enjoy a piece of chocolate, or anything nice, today I feel like i have been hit by a bus…no energy AT ALL and very down in the dumps. How long have other people experienced the ‘killing off’ side effects for?

    Thanks 🙂

    Hi there! I am a chocoholic and it was very hard for me to stay away. I am starting week 3 (Day 21)! Woo hoo. I have not cheated ONCE. I am proud of myself and the sugar cravings are not nearly has bad now that I am further along (the first week was the WORST). To curb my sweet tooth, I do the following:
    -1 cup plain greek yogurt – topped with coconut flakes and a little bit of xylitol (some use stevia but I don’t like the way it tastes and I had a reaction to it)
    -Make yourself some pumpkin or lemon cookies – yes, you can use brown rice flour or almond meal flour, add pecans, spices, etc and again, xylitol as a sweetner. Got these out of a candida free cookbook and made some changes and they still came out.
    -I know this site is VERY strict about no fruit whatsoever. I have twice cut up a green apple, cooked it in coconut oil and added cinnamon and xylitol. Tasty treat. But be careful though. I personally did not have a reaction, as my doc said green apples are ok once in awhile.

    Just a few suggestions to help out.

    #87547

    paulkur89234
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    Loci wrote: Oooh, good to know. I bought buckwheat and have yet to cook it. I will try it out tonight. 🙂

    Oh yes I also tried it and it’s the best. Good alternative for my usual meal.

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