The Candida Diaries

A little over two years ago, had someone told me I was going to go on a candida cleanse, I would have laughed at them and made a snarky comment about hippies and you cannot forget the beloved #YOLO.

Now two years after being diagnosed with celiac disease and I am open to more dietary change, at first cutting out gluten was hard enough and it was probably not until 6 months after my diagnoses that I finally cut out gluten for good. The thought of being further restricted scared me to death, and therefor I ignored my gut pains and pushed through enjoying everything (except gluten) that my heart desired.

However I finally threw my hands up, exasperated by my bloating amongst other “plumbing” issues and with the inspiration of a knowledgable friend I took the second leap in my journey to better health and decided to get myself tested for food sensitivities and candida. And while I am still awaiting the results, i have been cutting out foods that feed candida (under the care of my Holistic Nutritionist) and it has not been easy.

So I have decided to make a record of my experiences over the next few months, after all it is not an easy thing cutting out sugar (and that includes natural, unrefined sugars), anything leavened (no yeast=no bread), cutting back on my fruit intake and cutting out alcohol and coffee. Hopefully by venting here, I might actually buckle down and stick this out the for the long run.

It has been two weeks and my die off symptoms have been brutal, and that is without the anti-fungals.I have been experiencing headaches, and just a general feeling of dis-ease. However this is normal and will hopefully not last too much longer…or so I hope. My key is to remember why I am doing this and why it is important to me. Hopefully with a healthy gut, I will have improved quality of life (it sucks always feeling gassy and bloated), it may help level out my hormones (this cortisol belly is killing me) and perhaps will help me with my overall physical fitness (healthy inside, healthy outside.)

Anyways, should you have any questions regarding my experience, please feel free to contact me. Over the course of this diet I will try and post my own candida “friendly” recipes and insights. Cheers and thank you for reading.

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