candidablog 4.23.13

April 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

Updates:

– ate roasted parsnip yesterday. parsnip is a no-no; it’s extremely high on the glycemic index and is worse than eating carrots. I kind of had an emotional breakdown about it and freaked out on my mom. I am just so stressed from working 24/7 on this SHS relief project and being at the 99, i’m completely overtired, most likely die-off has something to do with my fatigue/stress, and i just couldn’t handle it. And i don’t want to be on this stupid diet, not because i dislike the food, but because self-control requires a lot of energy that i just don’t have. In any case, Kelly came home and reminded me – it’s just a fucking parsnip. Chill.
I’m better now.

– had two days in a row of normal bowel movements. feels so weirdly good. i think i forgot what it was supposed to be like.

– went to the obgyn today just to check up on everything, she prescribed me a steroid cream for the external dermatitis i’m experiencing with the yeast infection. I guess that’s what the weird white dry-skin-like stuff is… dermatitis and skin inflammation as a result of yeast. makes more sense.

yesterday, mom and i made almond milk smoothies with almond milk, almond butter, vanilla extract, chia seeds, and stevia. it tastes like raw cinnamon roll dough. AMAZING, but don’t eat too much or you’ll get sick! as if it actually were cinnamon dough haha
i also had roasted edamame and zucchini, which are good choices (unlike the parsnip). I also had two spoonfuls of organic virgin coconut oil, as if it were a medicine. tastes amazing, you’d be surprised. later in the treatment i want to make popcorn with it.

“A healthy person can take a course of antibiotics, perhaps the tenth in their life, and have candida overgrowth, or dysbiosis, and never having replenished the bowel flora. What allows that person to stay healthy can be a variety of things. Probably the most important could be that they have a strong immune system, and strong organs. Others can be energy circulation, excellent command of their emotions, lifelong nutritious food intake (for example eating cruciferous veggies), adequate and regular exercise, a healthy attitude to stress, good sleep, and a balanced lifestyle. The only manifestation of candida overgrowth could be smelly bowel movements, or slightly poor sleep.” http://www.kroegerhealer.com/candidaalbicans.htm

^ yup, that’s me. and kinda makes me proud of my emotional and physical health. (she says after telling you about her parsnip breakdown)

candidablog 4.20.13

April 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

So my vaginal infection has definitely gotten worse. Late wednesday night my period had started, but by late thursday night it had completely stopped. Friday morning, my yeast infection was worse than ever. My external symptoms have always been strange- I end up with weirdly dry, white stuff around the labia that looks more like toilet paper or dry skin. This has caused me a lot of confusion in the past 4 months because most yeast infections are not described this way- they just say there’s a white, cheesy discharge, nothing about white particles on the outside. So just to be sure that those particles were symptoms of the infection and not just a separate problem (like smegma, as some websites suggest), last night before work I applied moisturizer to the area, knowing that if it were dry skin, it would get better, but if it were yeast, it would get much worse. Well, at 5pm I sent myself a text from work so I wouldn’t forget:

Fri, Apr 19, 5:00pm
Definitely yeast, not dry skin/smegma. Period stopped midway due to infection. Cheesy discharge inside vagina. Putting moisturizer on labia to cure “dry skin” just made it itchier. Stick to diet, consider miconazole.

I’m on Day 11 of this diet. Why am I getting a flare up like this? It’s worse than it’s been in years. Does die-off sometimes mean that infections get worse? I searched this online multiple times, and the best response I got was on this thread:

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/candida-yeast/590676-yeast-die-off-can-cause-infection.html
Yeast Infection Detox “why Do I Feel Worse if I Am Getting Better?”

When you begin the new diet to rid yourself of a chronic yeast infection there will be plenty of changes taking place in your body as it detoxifies.

You will begin to feel worse because unfortunately, you are living through what health care providers call the Herx reaction.

This reaction, properly called the Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction (Herx for short), is brought about by the body’s responses when the yeast and bacteria begin to die off. It really does signify that you are getting better.

As the organisms die off they release toxins into your body at a rate faster than your body can eliminate them. Remember that these poisons and wastes could have been in your body for years. This is a natural process as you begin to heal.

Some of the symptoms you may experience are pimples, nausea, headaches, loss of appetite, fatigue, swollen glands and fever.

Women may also find that their vaginal yeast infection may actually worsen during the cleansing process. The vagina is commonly the last place on the body that responds to dietary changes. In this case you must consider that you have an acute vaginal yeast infection and treat it accordingly.

So, this tells me I need some internal/external anti-fungal cream, stat. I am hesitant to use Miconazole again because I don’t know if the yeast is resistant to it or not- However, my thoughts are that if it is resistant, it’s not going to get worse, it’ll just be unchanged because the diet is already working to prevent growth, and I’ll have to use a different anti-fungal that it’s not resistant to. And if it isn’t resistant, well, then it’ll work and I’ll be happy, right? So it sounds like a win-win.

I think it’s crazy that my period was stopped short by the yeast. My guess is that the fluid from getting my period fed the yeast and caused it to flare.
Thinking retrospectively, I remember that my period used to be very different a few years ago. It was more regular, and the blood was more ‘pure’ I guess. In the past year or two (or more), it’s been oddly stringy, sometimes itchy, and sometimes off-colored. I never really thought it was a problem, because women always say their discharge can vary sometimes, and it’s not like it was white or something. But now that I think about it, I’m sure that was all the result of yeast.

God, I’m going to be so happy when this is all over. But by the way it’s looking, it’s going to take awhile before it is. I think I’m looking at another month at least. 😦

Foodblog

Today
nothing yet. just woke up haha

Yesterday
Green soup
Candidacobb salad (at work)
Curry Powder Chicken Stirfry
 (mom made this on thursday, SO GOOD. Green beans, curry powder, garlic, chicken, broccoli, chobani plain, coconut milk, onions, poultry seasoning, coriander, cumin, garam masala)
Candidatuna
Water
Almondmilk
Almondflaxbutter with brown rice cakes

(Rest of) Thursday
Eggs with spinach
Curry Chicken Stuff

idk, you get the gist. None of this stuff is really new.

candidablog 4.18.13

April 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hello! So, a few thoughts before I start:
1. I got a flare up yesterday. I was freaking out a bit because I didn’t understand why I’d be getting a vaginal yeast flare-up after being on the diet for a week, and I spent most of the day worrying about the foods I’d been eating, whether or not Truvia / quinoa / etc were safe, what I’d been doing wrong…. But then last night, Aunt Flow paid me a visit, and it all made sense. Yeast infections are common before menstruation because of the hormonal fluctuation, and hopefully this will be a last she-bang before the fluid wipes out some of the yeast, restores a balanced pH to my system, and boosts the effectiveness of this diet. I’m very curious to see how my PMS symptoms change as a result of the diet. For the past 5 months or so, every time of the month has meant INSANE cramps, to the point where once, I was at the gym and almost passed out, and ended up lying on the floor of the bathroom for an hour and a half, rolling around in agony. I trust the disgustingness of that idea is enough to emphasize how painful the cramps were, and how little anything else (specifically good hygiene habits) mattered as a result. Already though, I am proud/happy to report that I’m on day 2 of my period, and I have had NO CRAMPS AT ALL. This is the day when it’s been the worst for me, and I’m functioning at 100%, no pain. And in retrospect, my mood has been relatively stable for the past week, whereas in the months before, my PMS had my much more emotional than usual. This is the biggest sign so far that my sugar-free dieting is actually working! YAY!
2. My sinuses are clear. Anyone close to me knows that I’ve been having a problem with post-nasal, acid reflux, and tonsil stones (<– IE, the bane of my existence) ever since I went to Italy in the fall of 2010. The tonsil stones are NASTY, and eventually I attributed them to acid reflux, and began to cut the highly acidic foods out of my diet, specifically heavy white carbs and fried foods. That began my healthy eating lifestyle, and things have been relatively bearable since. However, in the past year or two, whenever allergy season comes around, my post-nasal will flare up again and I’ll start to get more tonsil stones. Now, year round, I am tooth/tongue brushing and mouthwashing nazi, and I end up spending about 20 min per day trying to ‘clean out’ my throat from potential tonsil stones, imaginary or otherwise. It’s a lot of work and it’s really gross, but that’s what I needed to do to stave off bad breath. However, in the past week, I’ve noticed that my nose is….. oddly clear. I can breathe without opening my mouth. I don’t feel/taste that nasty post-nasal that is all too familiar, and I don’t taste the metallic tonsil stones that I dread 24/7 (although yesterday I noticed a different kind of metallic taste on my tongue that I’ve never had before, and I’m thinking it’s a result of the Candida die-off, and therefore a good sign). This is SO AWESOME, because when I was younger I never had all these allergies and sinus problems, and it just makes sense now if I’ve had candida overgrowth for 2-3 years, because it can cause those things! Along with panic attacks (in the form of night terrors), indigestion, fungal infection of the nails, metallic taste in mouth, bad breath, persistent cough, chronic post nasal, flu-like symptoms, hay-fever like symptoms, sinusitis, itchy eyes, recurring yeast infections, PMS and menstrual irregularities, FREQUENT COLDS AND FLU, ALLERGIES, SENSITIVITY TO FOOD, FRAGRANCES, AND CHEMICALS, muscle aches, bloating, anal itching, diarrhea/constipation, and acid reflux. http://www.thecandidadiet.com/candidasymptoms.htm. It’s unbelievable to see all of these problems I’ve been struggling with written down as symptoms of ONE big problem: Candida Albicans (yeast) overgrowth.
Ever since the diet has started, I’m noticing an improvement in almost all of these categories. The chronic neck ache I was having for months is just gone, no questions asked. The colds/fevers/flu symptoms I had been getting after EVERY SINGLE WORKWEEK at the 99 have just inexplicably stopped. I have no allergy symptoms and it’s late April. My PMS is nonexistent, and my digestive system is regulating (I’m not sure exactly what’s happening, but every day there’s a change in my bathroom trips, and I think that it’s my body working to get back to healthy digestion. It would be amazing to not have chronic diarrhea anymore- I never really realized it was a problem, but now I understand what it might have been caused by. In the past year, it got to the point where even if I had just one beer the night before, the next morning meant diarrhea. I also noticed that drinking was affecting me differently – less positively, almost. I didn’t get sick, but my ‘drunk’ feeling just gave me bad sinus problems, made me more susceptible to colds, and I just noticed I was enjoying drinking less. I thought it might have been a yeast allergy, but I’d never had it before, and for whatever reason it didn’t seem to line up. It’s exciting to think that if this is successful, I’ll be able to have a drink that doesn’t flatten my system out! And maybe it will be a wonderful treat again like it used to be 🙂

Okay! That took forever to write out, but I’m happy to have it documented. Now I’m gonna try to remember what I’ve been eating the past week or so. Commence food journal.

Today
Green Soup that mom made – made with spinach, cabbage, parsnip, zucchini, coconut oil, seasonings, I’m not sure what else
Glass of unsweetened almond milk. It’s beginning to taste sweeter to me now, where before it seemed bland/salty. I take it as a good sign that the yeast is starving!
Lactobacillus Acidophilus Tablet – took one with the almond milk. This is the first time I’ve used the probiotic supplement… we picked it up at CVS yesterday. Hoping it helps!!
Water, water, water. It’s 10:30am and I’ve already had a full bottle!

Yesterday (Wed, 4/17)
Salted, boiled eggs (2). Mom made them to mix it up from the scrambled I’d been having so often.
Celery sticks with almond/flaxseed butter. I want to get just the pure, smooth almond butter, because that will be much more like the ants-on-a-log I used to eat all the time, but for now this is a wonderfully filling snack.
Avocado Smoothie. I finished off the one Dan made me the night before! It’s really simple- he used 1 avocado, some unsweetened coconut milk, and 2 packets of Truvia (the commercial name for a stevia/erythritol sweetener, which does not feed the yeast). It was sooooo good – I would like to have one or two of these every week 🙂
Glass of coconut milk. Yum, just a little taste. I rely on the milks in my diet to mix it up after all the protein/veggies I have to eat.
Green bean Stirfry. I made this the other night and had some leftover for lunch – it was lemon/garlic marinated chicken, broccoli, zucchini, and green beans sauteed on the stove in olive oil. DELICIOUS. can’t wait to make it again.
Chobani with Truvia. Tasted good, but not good enough to be worth it, really. I’d rather use the truvia in more limited amounts, because although most websites say the ingredients can’t feed yeast, I am still skeptical and feel like I’m cheating.
CandidaTuna. <– (I made that up.) Mom whipped up a cool, candida-friendly ‘mayo’ for me, made with olive oil, plain chobani yogurt, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar… and eggs I think? I’m not sure. And the tuna tossed in parsley, lettuce, and celery. It wasn’t the best… we should perfect it. Or I should have added salt. In any case, I wrapped it in iceberg lettuce and made myself some little green sandwiches.
Roasted Almonds. I was still hungry after the tuna, so I got some roasted salted almonds and snacked a bit on them until I felt full enough. I am always starving on this diet. I don’t know if that’s because of sugar cravings, or because I’m not eating enough, but the latter seems unreasonable, because I’m so hungry that I’m eating practically 6 servings at every meal, and I stop what I’m doing to eat something like 10x a day. On the other hand, I ate these around 3:30 and then went into work, and usually I eat at the end of my shift, but I was so busy that I forgot to order before the kitchen closed… and I was fine. I wanted food a bit, but I wasn’t hungry. Maybe that’s a sign that it is sugar cravings, and they’re lessening 🙂

Tuesday, 4/16
Greenbean Stirfry (2 separate meals, the first time without the chicken), Avocado Smoothie, Hot Almond Milk sweetened with Stevia (that’s my ‘dessert’ of choice…. sooo yummy), Multivitamin (trying to take these more often, since I’m more limited with how I get my vitamins/minerals), Lemon Ginger Herb Probiotic Tea (REALLY GOOD TEA, and really good for a yeast infection, because it contains one probiotic, and ginger/peppermint/etc are great herbs to boost digestive health), Chobani plain yogurt (the most disgusting thing you’ve ever eaten), and Quinoa with stevia and almond milk. This was my breakfast on Sunday, Monday, AND Tuesday. On sunday when mom made it, she also had chopped walnuts to put on top. It was phenomenal. I would make it again, but I got a little paranoid reading more Candida Diet sites, because there’s a lot of controversy over whether or not brown rice and quinoa are safe or not- although they are whole grains, they’re still starch, which eventually breaks down into sugar/alcohol, which feeds candida. On the other hand, I’m sure it’s been good for my digestive health, supplying some fiber to my system. And speaking of that, I’ve been taking 2 teaspoons of Benefiber powder with my water daily, if I remember, along with the multivitamin. Because water, water, water is immensely important, and it only gets better when you add nutrients!

We’re getting back a little far and I’m having trouble remembering all the meals by day, so I’ll just add the other things I’ve been eating to fill you in:
Prime Rib – we went out for my dad’s birthday on Saturday, and I got the rib with double veggies instead of mashed potato (the veggies were cauliflower and zucchini- I ate around the carrots). I don’t know if the au jus for the prime rib was acceptable – my guess is it contained yeast extract of some kind – but my options at the restaurant were limited, and it was my best bet. Plus, getting a huge prime rib meant I was able to take my time eating it, to distract myself from the Boston Cream Pie everyone else got to have for dessert…. I’m going to be so happy when this is all over. I also ordered Chamomile Tea to distract myself from the beer/wine everyone else was able to have. The trick is to treat yourself with other things when people treat themselves with sugar. Chamomile is my favorite tea, so it made me feel happy and rewarded when I got to have it with dinner!
Baked stuffed pepper with quinoa. The recipe for this is here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/guy-fieri/turkey-and-quinoa-stuffed-peppers-recipe/index.html. Dan’s mom had made these for their family, but I had the privilege of being offered one when I came over after work 🙂 Some of the ingredients were No-Nos (panko crumbs and cheese), but I scraped those off the top. Some other ingredients were questionable (white wine- though I’m hoping that all burned off in the oven so it doesn’t matter, chicken broth- probably contains yeast, I didn’t realize it was an ingredient until just now, and red pepper- pepper isn’t an allowable food on most candida diet sites) but everything else (kale, pepitas, garlic, peppers, turkey, and quinoa) was perfectly acceptable! Plus baked stuffed peppers are a weakness of mine for as long as I can remember, thanks to Nani, so I felt that it was worth the indulgence!
6oz top sirloin steak with broccoli – This is one of my favorite meals when I’m working at the 99 already, because it’s one of the cheapest and because I love steak so much. I usually don’t get double broccoli, but it’s the only side I can have now without an upcharge. Regardless of the limitations, it was fabulous- and you can’t really go wrong with a beautiful, medium rare steak.
Candidacobb salad. I made my own version of the cobb salad last Wednesday night. It contained lettuce, boiled egg, asparagus, grilled chicken, onions, and cucumbers, and I tossed it in olive oil and salt. Delicious- and the asparagus was a big plus, because it’s really good against Candida.
Which reminds me… I made another Candidasalad a few days ago with onions, peppers, cucumbers, celery, and lettuce, tossed in olive oil and a TINY BIT of apple cider vinegar. Pretty good, although I think the peppers were a little bitter.
Spooned Avocado. OMG so good. I just cut it, season it with some salt (or whatever I’m feeling at the time, basil, lemon juice, etc), and have at it with a spoon. It’s one of my favorite snacks, it fills you up so quick, it’s delicious, and it’s packed with Omega-3s. Plus, it’s one of the SUPERFOODS! http://www.drfranklipman.com/the-super-7-foods-with-benefits/
Eggs, eggs, eggs…. At the start of this diet, I was having so many eggs that I was getting seriously nauseous at the idea of them, so I cut back a little. Usually I have them scrambled, either with salt or with sauteed spinach, broccoli, onions, peppers, or celery mixed in. Delicious, but don’t make it overkill.
Water, water, water….
Brown rice cakes! These are also a questionable item, but when I was in binge mode, I opted for these cakes instead of caving to sugar/white carbs. Get the ones that are just lightly salted, and the ingredients say “100% puffed brown rice” or whatever. Still a starch, so I now avoid them as much as possible, but they held me over when I was having a weak day, so I’ll give them the street cred.
Sunflower seeds. Had some of these with a scrambled egg mixture when I was at my friend Angela’s wedding/bouquet-making party over the weekend. Everybody else got bbq chicken and pineapple pizza from Dominos, and cinnastix…. that was hard. But my health is such a concern for me that I knew caving just wasn’t an option. If I can cure myself, I’ll be able to eat these things again in no time.. but the only way to cure yourself effectively is to STARVE the yeast until it dies. If you starve it until it’s barely alive and then start feeding it again, it WILL come back. And all your hard work will be in vain. Therefore, don’t give in! Be as strict as humanly possible, and it’ll all be worth it. I really believe that.

Okay, I think that’s about all I can remember! I’ll continue to post updates as this diet runs its course, and we’ll find out if it actually works! And if it does, hopefully it will help you, too 🙂

candidablog 4.16.13

April 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Today is Tuesday, April 16, 2013, and I have been trying this diet for a week now. I’m still learning about it, so I have made a few mistakes (I was eating bacon the second day, for example, and far too many ‘brown’ carbs yesterday) but I’m determined to do this effectively and kill the yeast in as little time as possible. I refuse to be on this diet for more than 30 days. Here are some things I learned today:

1. I need to go to GNC and buy some anti-yeast supplements, as well as some Lactobacillus Sporogenes or Acidophilus tablets. If I’m going to try and kill it, I need to attack it from three directions: Antifungal, Probiotic, and Sugar-free Diet.

2. I am going to eat the rest of the quinoa today and then cut carbs entirely. Proteins and green veggies here I come. Maybe I won’t even eat the quinoa.

3. Things I want to cook with: garlic and oregano, onions, peppers, olive oil, parsley, green beans, spinach, broccoli/cauliflower, lettuce/cabbage, sprouts, asparagus, cucumber, zucchini

4. Nuts/seeds: almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds

5. Get some caprylic acid yo!

Will post more soon-

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