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Thanks, y’all!!! I have actually made this recipe even BETTER than before!!
If you add a few big spoons of coconut manna to it, they clump up some and make “granola” chunks that are deelish. I also have stared adding a couple of spoons of hemp protein powder to it, which sweetens it a touch and gives it a new flavor that is less oat-y.
I use Bob’s Red Mill oat bran, I don’t soak before eating (although a lot of people think that all grains should be soaked and that might be better…but I am lazy and this diet stresses me out enough as it is so I don’t :p But if you have trouble, you could try soaking first.)
I think it would be safe to eat this probably a couple of months in, once you’ve slowly added all of the ingredients into your diet.
It’s also quite good with coconut or hemp milk added, like “real” cereal 😀
Finally got around to making these – they taste like matzoh balls! MMM! Thanks!
You shouldn’t be taking any kind of molasses or syrup. Also, candida is not a bacteria, it is a fungus. There are many different anti-fungals that you can use, which are listed as a part of the whole diet and protocol – http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postst1334_From-Able-and-Raster-The-Protocol.aspx
Basically, what Sue said. You can take like 4000mg of Vitamin C a day without problems – I highly recommend it! Get lots of rest, drink tons and tons of water, take hot baths, eat nourishing foods (check out my Bieler broth recipe – it’s easy to make and really healing!)
Thanks y’all! I’m doing a little better today…two days ago, I did a lot of meditating and woo-woo hippie talking with my spirit guides. I’m trying to get back in a better mindset. I got a part in my dream musical (I play a genderqueer unicorn with a magical dance sequence!), so I’m trying to rest up as much as I can before rehearsals start for that. It’s a pretty casual show – tiny production company, new playwright – so I think it will be as mellow as a production can be. I haven’t seen the script yet, but I’m kind of hoping my part isn’t too big, LOL!
I also did a dance class yesterday that kind of kicked my ass, but I felt really good for awhile after…until last night, when I had some random bladder pains that came out of nowhere. Luckily, they only lasted about 45 minutes. Usually, I only get them when I accidentally eat too much sugar, but yesterday I didn’t have anything that would even be close to questionable :/
I’m just going to keep praying for a miracle and eating my greens :/
Congrats on the improvements – you are on the way! Definitely just keep sticking with the plan and the results will keep coming 🙂
On the note about socializing without booze – I have been sober for going on 7 years, and honestly, the hardest part about going through that whole process was not stopping drinking, but re-learning how to interact. I went through 12-step recovery for a couple of addictions (alcohol goes hand in hand with another of mine), so I basically had to switch, as they say in AA, my “people, places, and playthings” and start hanging out with folks that didn’t just party all the time. It took me about a year to really learn how to talk to people and feel okay at bars without a drink in my hand (to this day, I still have to carry around a glass of water or I feel really itchy), but I found that the more time I spent sober around drunk folks, the more I really didn’t miss it that much, and the more I valued time spent with friends doing things outside of bars and parties. Obviously, I’m an alcoholic/addict so I probably drink a little differently than y’all, but regardless, it was a nice change of pace once I got through the growing pains of it.
Take it from someone who has been at this for almost a year – the diet works if you stick with it! DO NOT CHEAT, DO NOT STRAY!! That’s the whole protocol, not just the diet – so probiotics, supplements, etc.
Also, as far as the social stuff goes, it is definitely a struggle. I have had to find new ways to socialize with people that don’t revolve around food, like game nights. however, it’s actually opened up a whole new social circle for me, which has been pretty cool. Candida definitely helps you see who your real friends are :p
With weight, you are just going to lose some. However, the good news is, it will come back! Just make sure you eat a lot of the fats on the diet – they are all good ones, like coconut oil, olive oil, and avocados. When you go through the first phase and detox though, a ton of weight will probably drop off. Just try to think about health and not weight, and think about balance…you were holding on to a bunch of toxins and crap, now you’re flushing it out, so the scale is tipped, and then you’ll replenish with health to come to where you naturally should be. I would not recommend doing a ton of exercise as your body heals, but definitely do some light and relaxing exercise like walking or yoga.
I would also be careful on things like brazil nuts and prunes (you don’t really want to be eating nuts and fruit at this point), and too much raw food can be hard on your digestion. (I know this is directly contradicting what raster says – sorry raster, definitely don’t agree with you there!) I would also opt for eating a lot of smaller meals instead of stuffing yourself at meals. That definitely makes me feel sluggish and terrible, and exacerbates all of my candida symptoms.
Feel free to message me if you have questions – I’ve been at this for about 9 months and I’m going through some struggles right now after a busy, crazy summer, but I was doing well until I blew myself out and tested foods too soon, LOL :p
msmofish;47329 wrote: aw shucks thanks !
btw at times I wonder if our predicament led to candida, we sure did drink a lot of yeast 😉
Seriously I wonder if it’s a part of our genetic predisposition that went extra out of whack from antibiotics & diet
Either way I’m very grateful to have found this forum !!
I feel like it’s definitely related. I think a lot friends of mine (and Bill) also have it but are in denial :p
msmofish;47325 wrote: yup I know, saw in a previous post
I’ll have 25 years (gulp) in Sept !!
Celebrating in NYC, my old stomping grounds, sure do wish I could enjoy the cake.
Thank god for coconut manna !!
Oh, I forgot I said it before, LOL…blame the brain fog!
YAY 25 YEARS!! That is amazing!!!!!!!
msmofish;47319 wrote: Okay thanks sharing for your experience strength & hope !
(and yes I’m a friend of Bill’s)
The only antifungal for me is coconut oil & same foods as you.
Every day is a new day with this fungus among us !
I’m SO glad to be in the solution !!!
I’ve also been friends with Bill for about 6 years 😉
raster;47317 wrote: One of the reasons you might react to coconut milk is that it is highly inflammatory and when your gut gets inflamed, you will react more.
Yeah, I am good with it now, though! Yay, progress!
msmofish;47310 wrote: Hi Alex
Welcome back & thank you for your update !
I always enjoy & learn from your posts so thank you !!
I have a few questions:
– what happened when you overdid it on carrots, tahini etc ? How did you know you overdid it ?
– what antifungals do you use & how much when you say maintenance ?
– and what supplements do you think you are lacking in ?
Right now I’m taking probiotics, Vit C & ashwaghanda only. I did over 3 months of all the supplements & figured that was enough. I’m open to suggestion on this
Again thank you for your inspiration
1. I got some itchy butthole, and just felt general ickiness. I think if I were in better shape overall (ie sleeping and not running myself ragged scrambling across the country and after teenagers for the whole summer), then it wouldn’t have been as big of a deal and I could tolerate more.
2. I have a backup supply of “yeast free” I think it’s called? It’s got some berberine stuff in it, which i know kills all bacteria, but it’s the only anti-fungal that I actually feel like it works…I did a few bottles of SF722 and it just felt a little more weak compared to this stuff. The yeast free stuff is kind of for “emergencies” I guess? Like when I accidentally ate something with sugar in it, or ate too many carrots or just started getting itchy butthole…that’s when I’m like OKAY PILL TIME! Otherwise, I just cook everything in coconut oil and eat rutabagas and brussels sprouts pretty much daily.
3. I don’t think I’m lacking in anything supplement wise, I think? Mostly I’m just lacking in sleep and calmness. I am really looking forward to an empty house.
I’m so thankful for this forum and this diet!!
I’m a week shy of 8 mos and I cannot tell you the difference that going through all of this has made. I was literally going to die – either from malnutrition (I couldn’t digest anything) or suicide (why live if you can’t feed yourself?) until I got on track with the strict diet and protocol.
I am not all the way better yet, but I’m almost there. I was able to go on tour this summer, work with teenagers all day at a sleepaway summer camp for over a week, I am not grumpy all the time, I’m not anxious or depressed all the time, and I can actually eat food again! Life is worth living!
You can also make sauerkraut with jalapenos if you want something really spicy! Farm Culture makes one you can get at Whole Foods, but I think they only sell it on the west coast. Just know if you make your own that fermenting things really brings out the flavor so don’t overdo it with peppers on your first go!