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  • in reply to: My Success Story – 2 years on… #106604

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    Prizma;45121 wrote: Hi Lucylu,

    Thank you so much for sharing this information.
    Though I am a newcomer, I have had the symptoms for a long while /for approx two years/.
    Just circled through various doctors – gastroenthereologist for the IBS and loose stools, psychiatrist for the constant fear of diseases which appeared, endocrinologist /who diagnosed me with Hashimoto/, hairloss, allergies, etc. No one suspected Candida.
    So, finally, after lots of internet surfing, I did a test and it was positive.
    However, not a doctor warned me of the diet.
    So I went throught already several antifungals. Seemed there was a recovery, but in less than a month the symptoms apperade again.
    I am glad to have found this place. It is helpful and encouraging.
    I hope, even going through this two years period with no substantial recovery yet, it is not late to start and to be successful, isnt’t it?

    Prizma,

    As Shayfo says… you really have to fight this head on and stick with it. Doctors will NOT diagnose candida and many will ridicile you for mentioning it. I had a stand up argument with my brother earlier this year and he’s one of the most respected doctors in Australia, speaks at International conferences on the latest advance in medicine… yet completely poo-poo’d my symptoms, recovery & theories. Silly of me to have ever discussed it with him!

    You can do this – you said you went through several antifungals but what have you been eating? If you continously kill & feed & kill & feed the candida than you’ll get stuck in an awful cycle of die off.

    Best of luck with your recovery – if you can get your head in the right place then your body will follow.

    Lx

    P.S. I had the symptoms for about 5 years at a moderate level and had been gradually removing things from my diet that “didn’t suit me” so I think my recovery might have been faster (in that I’d already worked out a lot of it for myself. But I’d never have got to this stage without the full strict diet and gradually reintroducing.

    in reply to: My Success Story – 2 years on… #106595

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    Hey Abe!!

    Never did get the hang of multi quoting (I know, I’m such a disapointment to you) but here goes…

    A: Well, I’ll be damn. It’s really her, the woman who still haunts my dreams; Luce …
    L: Yep! It’s really me! Sorry it’s been so long…

    A: Still married I see; bleh.
    L: Hey, it’s only been 6 months, give me a chance! Although it’s nice to know I have you waiting in the wings if it all goes pear shaped!

    A: Do you know it’s been 1 year, 2 months, and 6 days since your last post back in 2012? That’s gotta be some sort of comeback record.
    L: What, no hours & minutes??? You’re slipping…

    A: And I still remember your last post addressed to my attention; “Empty your inbox Able….” You always typed such sweet words.
    L: I know how to charm a guy, you have to give me that!

    A: Me, you know me better than that.
    L: Yeh, I guess I do

    A: Believe it or not, I admitted the same thing myself a while back about having a small glass of wine occasionally.
    L: Wow! Well done… I agree, I think it’s really important to give the whole truth. It’s one of the reasons I stepped away from here. I felt I was being 2 faced advising on the uber strict and sipping on spritzer as I typed!

    A: There are people who may pop up in this tread and claim that we’re both “still on the diet” – but don’t let these naysayers dishearten you.
    L: Me, you know me better than that.

    A: You actually used the word “protocol” up there in your story. Did you type that without making a face?
    L: I know, yeh!! I actually used it a few times!! It’s a scary word but in honesty it’s how I saw it. You know how I attacked this thing will full unrelenting force… it didn’t stand a chance. I literally wrote out schedules, lists, goals… and stuck rigidly to it. I’d make a great military wife :)!!

    A: Luce, you know I’ll love you forever for “finally” doing this.
    L: Love you too, babe!

    A: Buoyantly, Sean
    L: Wow – real names too????

    A: PS: Tell the hubby that Sean continues to send his condolences.
    L: Hubby is still blissfully unaware of my long term cyber crush!

    Lx

    in reply to: My Success Story – 2 years on… #106594

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    shayfo;45091 wrote: I’ve heard of you! Only good things 🙂

    Glad to hear you’re doing so well. Much like your cheese and wine, I’ll be pleased when I get to a point where I can have prudent amounts of fruit and bourbon :p

    Hey Shayfo! You’ve heard of me?? I’m not surprised – I’m sure Able never shuts up about “the one that got away”!! He misses me dreadfully….

    Best of luck with your journey towards fruit & bourbon!

    Lx

    in reply to: My Success Story! #106593

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    msmofish;45097 wrote: THANK YOU !!
    It’s very helpful to read a great success story like yours !!

    I have 2 questions:
    1) how did you handle no caffeine ? I still find it really challenging
    2) can I get a copy of the oat bran/kefir bread ?

    Thanks for jumping back into the forum & letting us know
    best
    Mo

    Hi Mo!

    Caffeine – I just went cold turkey. To be honest it’s what I missed most and was the thing I looked forward to re-introducing. I had gone from 2 or 3 very strong pots of “real” coffee (haven’t had instant for years and it gives me a headache now so I’m the snob at a coffee morning checking if the coffee is “real” or instant!). I feel strongly with this type on elimination it completely defeats the purpose if you “just” have a half cup of coffee or “just” a little ice cream. I guess if you’re having a load of caffeine, sugar & carbs a sensible way to do it would be to cut down over a number of weeks (while starting the detox stuff like milk thistle, hot baths & molybdenum) so that your body adjusts?

    Oat Bran Bread – I don’t have an exact recipe any more because I’m so used to making it and just “bung” it all in but it’s something like…

    3 cups oat bran
    1 cup kefir
    good slug of olive oil (several large tablespoons)
    Pink/ Seasalt
    4 eggs
    gluten free baking powder (1 teaspoon?)

    It is in a sloppy (but not runny) mixture. Into an oiled bread tin. Medium/ hot (bout 180) oven for just under an hour. I let it cool then cut, wrap in pairs & freeze.

    You can use greek yoghurt instead of kefir but you’ll have to add a half cup of water to get the consistency right. You can use a mix of flours if you like – buckwheat, coconut etc as long as it’s 3 cups total but I just prefer the oatbran on it’s own. I eat it every morning toasted (can be eaten non toasted too) with coconut oil & organic eggs. Yum! My 2 year old loves it too… in fact he races through his an then starts nagging me for some of mine!

    I know coconut flour is recommended for a lot of these recipes, but I never liked the consistency, smell or flavour. Got a bit disheartened cos kept trying different combinations… so I don’t use it at all now.

    Happy baking!

    Lx

    in reply to: My Success Story! #106592

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    bouncygal;45092 wrote: Congrats on your success your post IS very uplifting for a newbie like me.

    Thanks Bouncygal (love the name!). Best of luck with your recovery. Lx

    in reply to: My Success Story! #106567

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    Hey Raster! Great to hear from you. Yep, did think about posting it on stories but this gets more traffic? Will cut n paste it now… you’re so wise!!

    in reply to: non organic eggs #78984

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    Arijana, you make me laugh!!

    No that isn’t how you say it (but I like it!)! The saying is usually not used when you say something incorrect, but when you say something you shouldn’t say – like mentioning a surprise party by accident when you shouldn’t have said anything… you would say: “Sorry, I shouldn’t have said that, I seem to have put my foot in my mouth”. Or you could “put your foot in it” if you were a bit rude to someone and they took offence.

    in reply to: am I taking too much antifungal? #78103

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    sammcl wrote: When you guys say rutabaga – do you mean this??

    http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/Details/?id=266565275

    Yes Sam, we call them Swede… took me a while to figure that one out too!

    L

    in reply to: Kudzu – reducing sugar cravings #77792

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    Hi Frank,

    You’re right, I don’t think it’s been discussed on this forum as there’s no obvious link to candida (as far as I know).

    BUT I also have a tub in my cupboard so I’ll be interested to see the responses! Before I discovered I had Candida I was getting serious alcohol cravings so used Kudzu to gaurd them off… and it worked! Needless to say as soon as I was diagnosed and started researching candida I was hugely relieved to see alcohol cravings as a candida symptom… and not that I had developed any kind of physical dependency! As soon as I started the diet I didn’t touch a drink for weeks, no problem at all.

    Lucy

    in reply to: Any candida diet safe sore throat remedies out there? #77264

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    Do you have apple cider vinegar? I suffer from regular sore throats, always have… and now at the first little twinge I put a generous splash of apple cider vinegar in my hot lemon drink (which always has at least a half squeezed lemon in it). If the throat is very sore I wash down 2 Ibuprofin with it but try no to if I can help it.

    WARNING – for those reading who have startied the diet or think their overgrowth is serious, start with very small amounts of ACV and build up. At first it may make you nauseous & light headed, and the taste is also very strong.

    Apart from that, I gargle with salt water. Also oil pulling with coconut oil – though this is to remove the toxins in the mouth (not throat) first thing in the morning, I figure it can only help, as if there’s any infection in the throat it would probably release more toxins? I’m no doctor! Also the oil pulling would ease any thrush symptoms, just i case the sore throat is the start of oral thrush… I like to cover all bases and hit things hard!

    And the obvious things – loads of liquids (esp lemon drink which with boost the vit C), take extra vit c tabs, maybe some echinacea? And get some extra sleep if you can (oh, if only I could take my own advice!!)

    Hope you feel better soon,

    Lx

    in reply to: Activia natural Yogurt feed candida? #77196

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    It’s cow’s milk yoghurt, but I didn’t try it for several months… and then introduced it in tiny bits. The brand I use is Eridanous and I get it in a large 1000g tub in Lidl (German supermarket chain).

    in reply to: Activia natural Yogurt feed candida? #77169

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    I agree, you should look for a greek yoghurt – I still react to the regular natural yoghurt which has about 6.5g sugar in it but can eat greek yoghurt (2 or 3g sugar) in it every day without a reaction.


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    Ah, thanks Orka! I enjoy reading your posts too! I try to just type like I would speak so it probably reads quite easily? And also I try to share the things that I feel & experience, not just textbook stuff. I know that’s what I prefer reading… other peoples thoughts, worries, experiences, insights… and also you may have noticed that I try not to take life too seriously! We all have challenges and stresses but we can choose how to respond to each thing… either from a positive or a negative place. If I find myself being weighed down I give myself a good “talking to” and remind myself of all the good things I have and the things I should be grateful for and before long I’m humming to myself again!

    Have a good day… are you enjoying the mini heatwave that we have here in Ireland? I was out in the garden yesterday with the children for the entire day until 7pm!! The temperature was excatly twice what it was the same day last year… incredible!

    Lx

    in reply to: Best meat/fish to reintroduce #77056

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    Or duck? I figured I’d start with the things closest to chicken first – but as you’re reacting to chicken then leave all these til after as well I’d say. Is the chicken you’re eating organic? If not, it could be loaded with antibiotics…


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    Hi Orka,

    I’m sure I’m one of those that put this thought into your mind as I’ve ceratinly mentioned it on here!

    I have no scientific evidence of this… BUT I have had 4 children, all naturally and breast fed them all. The first 3 showed no signs of any thrush etc. Number 4 was born Dec 2010 and from only a few weeks old has had oral thrush and in his nappy area too. I’m sure that at this time I was already suffering from Candida and probably throughout the pregnancy and I certainly developed it fully during the 10 months I was breast feeding him. He had very few antibiotics during that time but I’m very saddened to say he’s had 4 unavoidable antibiotics in the last 4 months. Each time his mouth and nappy area have flared up and I’ve had to use Nystatin drops, antifungal cream and double dosed of infant probiotic to shift it.

    Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    And here’s the real toughie… I think my hubby has developed it as well but he’s not open to discussing it. As far as I can see he’s in a die-off, regrowth cycle because he’s eating coconut oil, rutubaga, loads of garlic & onions with me in the evenings… but eating white bread, pizza, fries etc during the day. He has a real sweet tooth too… I mentioned it to him last week and he nearly fell off his chair and changed the subject! There’s no way he’d follow the diet & protocol as strictly as I did and the thought would just disgust him! Thinking selfishly… he can do what he likes with his own body, but I don’t want him to pass it back to me now that I’m so far down the track!

    I wish you well with your own recovery and also your children’s health… please don’t feel guilty for passing this to them. You have done everything you can and their diet is superb! My little fella loves anything with coconut oil and any of my funny bits! I’m so glad I’ve started so early giving him all these funny flavours! His favourite thing for a snack is roast Kale… and that’s a very adult flavour.

    Lx

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