6.27.2014

Oh Sugar



Very badly wishing I could have a glass of one of these lemonades I made for the Freeps blog yesterday. But, alas, I have put myself on a pretty strict, almost entirely no-carb diet for the time being. 

Why, you ask? Well, I recently developed a pretty strong suspicion about the madness that has been going on in my stomach for the past two and a half years. What I once thought could be parasites, Celiac Disease, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, I'm now thinking might be candida overgrowth. It would explain so much. The ridiculous havoc of stomach issues, the sugar cravings (duh, it's what yeast EAT), the anxiety, the lack of energy, the brain fogginess and inability to concentrate, the dry mouth, the sudden onset of sensitivity to gluten and almost anything else I eat. Yup, those would all be symptoms of candida.

Plus, my life has been a perfect storm for developing it -- in my 26 years of existence, I've probably consumed more carbohydrates than most 50-year-olds. No joke. That would up the yeast existence within me for sure. Plus, I've been on antibiotics countless times -- including strong dosages for acne. That wipes out all the bacteria -- good and bad -- which would normally thrive in the body, making ample room for yeast to do it's thing. And by "do it's thing" I mean multiply and multiply and multiply. Gross.

Am I sure that it's candida that is the issue? Nah. But I'm not going to see a doctor. Most of them don't even believe that candida overgrowth is even a thing, which... what the fuck? Why wouldn't it be? Even if I were to see a naturopath who does believe in this, the diagnosis usually just comes after hearing me describe my symptoms. I know my body pretty well by now... I'm pretty sure any naturopath would agree that candida may be to blame.

So I'm taking olive leaf extract and caprylic acid to wipe out the ish in my stomach, and then probiotics to help restore all of the good guys. I'm avoiding all types of sugar, but allowing myself just one fruit a day, if that. No alcohol, no rice, no gluten-free waffles. Wahhh. (This will, of course, be lessened for 4th of July weekend, because...)

I started yesterday, and woke up in the middle of the night feeling like absolute shit! I think this is a good thing, because it's likely that the yeast is already dying off and causing me to feel ill. Unfortunately that's what happens. But that means I might just finally be on the road to recovery. We shall see.

So for the time being... no sugar for me. Hmph.

I hope you all enjoyed this unexpected in-depth description of my internal issues. My sincerest apologies if I made any of you feel ill. If anyone has ever had a candida problem, though, I'd love to hear about your experience!!

15 comments :

  1. Good luck with the diet! I am forever not strong enough to cut our sugar, although I know it would do me good. Hope you'll be able to better your stomach issues.

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  2. aw good luck with your stomach issues! this lemonade looks amazing.

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  3. Hey sweets, "The Candida Cleanse" and "I Quit Sugar" are fantastic books to assist you too! Also read the blog post by Lou Androlia (a bad ass tarot card reader in the UK) about her experience with kicking Candida's booty: http://louiseandrolia.com/category/the-louniverse/my-experience-with/ ...Sending a ton of aloha and light your way today ladybird, xx

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    1. Thank you thank you thank you, my love!!! xoxox

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  4. Hey Lady,
    Try Diatomaceous Earth, its a Powder. Take it with Food with every meal for Two Weeks. The Candida Eat it thinking its Food, and get Sliced Up and Carried out of your System after Death. Drink Plenty of Water, and you must remain STRICT with Abstaining from Alcohol and Sugary Substances even on July 4th. Your Body will thank you. I think you will find afterwards that you crave Sugar Way Less and have much more Energy in the End.

    Lots of Love,
    Lilly

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  5. I am finishing a year long detox for parasites, candida overgrowth, and inflammation. I have been making all my food from scratch for the last 4 years. I tried the Candida cleanse on my own by following Donna Gates' Body Ecology diet. When you cleanse from candida, you can only eat berries and kiwi half hour before breakfast and you have to rotate your anti - fungals daily, caprylic acid, berberine, olive leaf extract, bear paw garlic, and oregano oil. I wasn't able to heal from the Candida overgrowth because of the parasites. As mentioned above, I found a TCM doc who has healed most of my issues. I am almost 100% healed. If you are in the LA area, I could give you his info. He is absolutely amazing and a blessing. Hope you find this info helpful.

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    1. Ahh, I'm so happy to hear you're almost totally healed! I'm not in the LA area but thank you so much for the info!!

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  6. Hey girl, sound like you know what you are doing by going after the carbs but just be careful as total sugar elimination can actually make the candida problem worse. we are inundated with sugar and sugar substitutes these days and everyone should cut back but restricting all intake causes a lot of damage as well. here is a really insightful blog you should check out if you haven't already!

    http://empoweredsustenance.com/busted-candida-myths/

    http://empoweredsustenance.com/is-stevia-bad-for-you/

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  7. Brigette,
    There is a really great candida cleanse that I swear by available at any Vitamin Shoppe (CandiGone). It consists of drops and capsules along with a diet that limits the amount of food that can, in essence, grow mold. I normally never sleep through the night, and when I do this cleanse, I sleep like a baby and wake up energized. I highly recommend it. If you try it, let me know what you think!

    Michele

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    1. That sounds excellent! Thank you thank you :)

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  8. I just stumbled across your blog on Bloglovin through someone's 'likes' and clicked over here. Funny that the first post I see is about something I've been dealing with lately! Actually I think one of the candida-friendly recipes I'd scheduled would have just been posted.
    I'm a total carboholic. Seriously, love me some carbs - but I've been having gut issues on and off (but mostly on) for at least 2 years now. I started seeing a naturopath a year ago and was tested for food intolerances, of which I had quite a few suprisingly, but after nearly a year of avoiding those foods and still having recurring issues, I was tested for candida. I got a positive, though not 'off the charts', so I've been doing a slightly modified version of the strict diet. Into my 7th week now, and looking to start introducing some more carbs back in in a couple of weeks. I've been on all sorts of supplements which I am pretty sure have been helping - different herbal varieties, probiotics, natural anti-fungals etc... If you've not been to a naturopath before, I would suggest visiting one to see if you can get something tailored for you, even if just the once! Good luck :-)

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    1. I'm so glad you were finally able to pinpoint the problem! How've you been feeling?? I've been looking into seeing a naturopath for sure -- thanks so much for the push to do it, haha! :)

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  9. Can it be over growth of small intestinal bacteria, known as SIBO? Small bacteria also lives on carbohydrates, gluten and sugar. I was also suffering from similar problems and then I found a great doctor. He ordered a hydrogen breath test and I was diagnosed with SIBO. I used an antibiotic (which is not harmful for the rest of your body as it is only absorbed by the intestines) for 15 days. After the antibiotics I was healed: no more cravings for sugar or carbs, no bloating and digestive discomfort.

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  10. This is the first time i read such type of blogs,Its really useful for the users.Keep updated This type of blogs provide information to the users..

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