- April 19, 2013 at 8:04 pm #103147
mtgirl99MemberTopics: 2Replies: 1
I’m a 30-something mother of 4 who was in denial about my candida overgrowth for a while. I honestly don’t know how long it’s been a problem, but I knew a couple of years ago that sugar (particularly chocolate) was something I knew I was having too much of, but was afraid to quit.
I’m allergic to homogenized cow’s milk – have been since I was very small, but could tolerate it in small amounts as I got older.
I’ve had hayfever since I was about 10. I went through the scratch testing when I was 12, and it confirmed my allergies to things like grass, various weeds, and dogs (though we had dogs growing up and they never seemed to bother me – just the cats after they came in from outside). I was on allergy shots for a while, but haven’t had them since I was a teenager. I’ve had some bad side effects from allergy medications in recent years and the general feeling that they weren’t doing any good anyway, so haven’t had any in a couple of years.
I have irregular, heavy periods and had a problem with secondary infertility (trying to conceive my 2nd child). That prompted me to change my diet (away from refined sugar & flour), but the lack of sleep and exhaustion from taking care of babies always seemed to drive me to more sugar & caffeine.
I’ve been on antibiotics following all 4 of my pregnancies due to some sort of weird tissue retention (possibly placenta?). Other than that, antibiotics have been rare for me, and I’ve been generally healthy.
My biggest issues now:
1) Brain fog
2) Lack of energy
3) Constant swelling of my tongue & mouth tissues (neither my doctor nor dentist have any clue why, but that is what lead my doctor to diagnose me with oral thrush in February)
What I’ve done so far:
I’ve gradually cut out yeast, all forms of sugar, wheat/gluten, dairy, most fruit, and most caffeine (I still have coffee once or twice a week). Just doing this, I have lost 10 lbs. My one stronghold to still conquer is tortilla (corn) chips. I know if I plan ahead more, I can have other snacks on hand to help me stay away from those types of food.
My biggest complaint is that I’m allergic to stevia (according to my reseach, if you have an allergy to rag weed, you have a good chance of being allergic to stevia). It’s frustrating when I want a little bit of sweetness, and can’t have anything! Two newer sweeteners I’d like to find out more about are tagatose and Luo Han extract.
That’s my story in a nutshell!
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