- July 15, 2013 at 1:59 am #107643
Today is seven months! Hooray. If you want to get a little more context, you can read about my progress at six months, five months, and four months. If you love a little scandal and woe, there was also this incident between the five- and six-month mark, which developed into a lingering problem for a while, as detailed here.
This month has been really great, overall. In addition to my previously noted addition of smallish amounts of tomatoes to my diet, I’ve also successfully reintroduced almonds, cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds (and tahini). This may not sound particularly exciting in the grand scheme of things, but I find it to be nearly cartwheel-worthy. I tried peanuts once a few weeks ago, and they’ve been my one reintroduction failure so far. A grand total of 9 peanuts gave me diarrhea that day and acne within two days. Sort of a bummer, since peanuts and peanut butter are a lifelong favorite of mine, but feeling terrible isn’t a reasonable trade-off for comfort foods. I’ll try them again at some point and accept defeat if my body still isn’t into it.
I’m sort of idling on introducing legumes for the time being until the last impossibly tiny, impossibly persistent bit of oral thrush subsides (my final symptom). I think they’ll be my next move, though I’m pretty honestly content to keep myself busy with new seeds and nuts every week or so. I just ate a salad the size of a terrier topped with sunflowers seeds and homemade tahini dressing, and it was so good I could cry. Don’t roll your eyes, SOMEDAY YOU’LL BECOME THIS. I mean that as both the hope and the threat that it sounds like :p
I was incredibly tired for a lot of last week, but I think it had more to do with stress than anything directly candida-related. I was also eating less because I was freaking out about some things and not in possession of much food (one of the things), and I assume I can attribute some of my low energy to that, too. I’m feeling way less stressed this week, and my finance/grocery situation has been remedied for the time being, and I feel fine. Last week aside, one of the big improvements I’ve noticed in the past month or two is that I have a lot more focus. I’m an activist and community organizer, and I’ve been able to get a lot more involved in things than I ever have been — and without feeling overwhelmed, which I sort of thought was inevitable before.
Being incredibly broke has led me to switch from coconut milk kefir to goat milk kefir. It’s approximately a third of the price per day. I feel like a shitty vegan, but I really can’t afford quality coconut milk right now. Barnmouse, don’t judge me 🙁 The other supplement-y protocol-y things I’m still doing are eating coconut oil like a fiend, taking vitamin C when I remember, taking 85bil Garden of Life Raw Probiotics 3x/day, eating brussels sprouts a lot (rutabagas are getting harder to find out of season), and eating a lot of homemade sauerkraut. I took biotin for a while after I first got thrush, but I don’t think I have in a few weeks because I’ve been eating pro-level quantities of brussels sprouts. I never took bitters or HCL or enzymes because I’m a broke fool, but my digestion is fine now anyway, so whatever. Don’t tell Able, guys.
Just to continue with tradition, here are a few more things I’ve learned:
-soaked almonds are most delicious if you don’t dry them back out
-people get off your back eventually, at least in my experience. a lot of folks here mention that their families/friends/significant others aren’t supporting them, but I’ve discovered that the longer I eat and live this way, the more supportive everyone has been.
-coconut oil is kinda gross when it’s not a) cooked into food, or b) very solid. it’s a creepy mucus texture in this weather.
-to just eat coconut oil anyway. I’m not a toddler.
-being healthy is worth it. seriously. it is. no fruit? WORTH IT. not eating at restaurants? WORTH IT. no bourbon? WORTH IT. These things will probably all be part of my life again at some point, in well-considered moderation, but I’m in no hurry. I might not get to eat peanuts EVER, and that’ll also be totally worth it. I feel healthy, and it’s fucking great, and I find self-sabotaging, short-term instant gratification pretty unappealing these days.
-it gets even better, even after you think it’s already better 🙂
Questions/critiques/comments/accolades welcome.July 15, 2013 at 2:19 am #107645
Able900SpectatorTopics: 92Replies: 4812
Great job, Shay.
For the record, I think being where you are in just seven months is quite amazing. Here’s to one tough broad.
AbleJuly 15, 2013 at 7:45 am #107651
PrizmaMemberTopics: 7Replies: 28
It was great to read this story again, and again, and again …
I don’t have Able’s diet so far. Are olives allowed by it ?July 15, 2013 at 8:44 am #107652
stovaristeMemberTopics: 12Replies: 116
must say, but little bit disappointed with your progress past month :(… its not your fault, its just you had such an amazing progress from beginning and give me prediction that you will at least be consuming like 20 new items from last stage of diet :). Furthermore I am really near you, regarding recovery and when I read your posts I see my self like in month or two in that position 🙂
but, this is actually proof that recovery is slow… and like you said its worth it…
thanks for update though, great really!!
not eating at restaurants? WORTH IT.
I am eating outside for months already… I have nice place near my workplace where they know me well since I am here for years already. They make me some chicken or scrambled eggs with ton of salad and some toasted vegetables (zucchini, green peppers, eggplant)… that’s mu lunch usually 🙂
when I am somewhere else, I get robbed by paying 100% of price and eating like 20% (choosing whats allowed and what’s not)July 15, 2013 at 3:38 pm #107669
Prizma, olives that are brined only in salt water or olive oil are fine. Most have other additives, so check labels carefully.
Stovariste, honestly, I laughed out loud when I read your response. I feel like my progress has been absolutely stellar! I’m eating new things, feeling really great, and practicing moderation and patience about food for possibly the first time in my life. I feel good about my decision to introduce things slowly, because I’m getting a lot more useful information this way. Imagine if I’d bought a can of mixed nuts, since nuts are acceptable at this stage. After eating a couple of handfuls, I’d probably get sick from the peanuts, but I wouldn’t know if it was them or the hazelnuts, brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, or pecans that made me feel sick. I’d probably assume that I just couldn’t eat nuts at all, which would be shitty :p
I’ve eaten at restaurants twice during the diet. Once, I got an omelette when an out-of-town friend really wanted to go out for breakfast, but I generally don’t buy eggs anywhere but at the farmers market (both because the restaurant obviously wasn’t organic, and also because I was vegan before the diet and don’t like to support commercial animal agriculture). Also, I was paying for toast that I didn’t get, and for cheese that I didn’t get, and that’s pretty silly. Not to mention that they probably cooked it in shitty soy or canola oil. The other time, I got a salad with another out-of-town friend when we were doing touristy things, but it was an $8 salad and I ordered $3 guacamole to use as dressing. An $11 plate of lettuce and cucumber and avocado is sort of a huge waste of money, at least to me. Overall, though, there’s basically nothing vegan and candida-friendly on any menu anywhere, so I don’t go to restaurants. Last time I had a run-in with it, my gluten allergy was still extremely sensitive, so I also generally avoid restaurants for this reason. Just because I don’t order bread doesn’t mean someone in the kitchen isn’t making my salad with their sandwichy hands. Cross-contamination has repeatedly proven to be a concern.July 16, 2013 at 1:37 am #107693
barnmouseMemberTopics: 3Replies: 53
Being incredibly broke has led me to switch from coconut milk kefir to goat milk kefir. It’s approximately a third of the price per day. I feel like a shitty vegan, but I really can’t afford quality coconut milk right now. Barnmouse, don’t judge me 🙁
I would never judge you Shayfo. You have to do what’s right for you. Your updates are always an inspiration. And humorous. But I have to disagree with you on the coconut oil. I love the way it tastes, especially straight from the spoon. Mmmm!
I only wish I were seeing the results you are. But I’m going to keep soldiering on. I’ve learned to become very creative with the diet. Yesterday I made a dip from buckwheat sprouts and hemp seeds that tasted sort of like tahini sauce. I was in heaven!July 16, 2013 at 2:25 am #107696
msmofishMemberTopics: 18Replies: 96
kudos to you !!
This is a challenging road that each person has to navigate on our own. Yes we have this forum, most importantly Able & Raster’s selfless wisdom imparted on us but it’s still our own personal trial & error decisions to make since each person is different.
I applaud you for sticking with this for 7 months !! Your story is inspiring me to continue. As a caterer it is SO hard to serve food I can’t eat & cut birthday or wedding cake that I can’t eat. It is SO worth it to walk away from the event & be healthy !!
I wish you continued success on this path to healthy wholesome happy living and above all enjoy laughing at the naysayers !!
All the best
MoJuly 16, 2013 at 7:55 am #107700
stovaristeMemberTopics: 12Replies: 116
shayfo;46190 wrote: Stovariste, honestly, I laughed out loud when I read your response. I feel like my progress has been absolutely stellar! I’m eating new things, feeling really great, and practicing moderation and patience about food for possibly the first time in my life. I feel good about my decision to introduce things slowly, because I’m getting a lot more useful information this way. Imagine if I’d bought a can of mixed nuts, since nuts are acceptable at this stage. After eating a couple of handfuls, I’d probably get sick from the peanuts, but I wouldn’t know if it was them or the hazelnuts, brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, or pecans that made me feel sick. I’d probably assume that I just couldn’t eat nuts at all, which would be shitty :p
I was honest as well :P… I am aware off your great success, but as I said reason why I am looking forward for your final success is (also!) because I see my self in your shoes few months later 😉
Indeed it makes sense to go slowly one food after another… and you are absolutely right 🙂July 17, 2013 at 12:16 am #107722
Barnmouse, I always feel the need to apologize to other vegans when I’m being a shitty vegan. It’s like a vegan confessional :p And I like coconut oil, too…but only when it’s really solid. The squishy, half-melted state mine is in lately is crazy.
Mo, I work with a group that makes meals for hungry folks every Friday, and I end up in charge of cooking every other month…it’s been a huge adjustment to do that while not eating any of it :p Same sorta deal as your catering thing, I guess. Fortunately, I’ve gotten really good at seasoning “blind,” according to other people who I have check the flavor. I guess that’s a good skill to have?July 17, 2013 at 1:34 am #107725
CypherMemberTopics: 0Replies: 7
yes, friends and families understand eventually. It is so hard to explain ALL THESE COMPLEX MATTERS to them. Its like they seem to think you have brought this on yourself on purpose, or are making yourself sickerJuly 17, 2013 at 11:22 am #107732
barnmouseMemberTopics: 3Replies: 53
I understand Shayfo, but I am in no way affiliated with the vegan police, nor am I by any means a perfect vegan. 🙂 Sometimes we have to make comprises, and it’s perfectly understandable and okay. I’m just glad to hear that you’re doing so well. I can’t wait to read your eight month update!July 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm #107748
I’ve been flying under the radar to avoid the VePo o.O
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