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Candida Diaries: The Kill Phase

So some food for thought, its not just about getting back on the horse so much as it is about making the effort to not fall off again. We are human and somedays life is not perfect and we slip…for myself I was having a terrible headache (die off symptom no. 1) and I had some bread, now this is not the worst thing I could have done however afterwards I felt flushed, and uncomfortable both emotionally and physically. I felt badly as I let my body down but I know better than to dwell on the past so I picked myself back up and trudged along on my candida diet.

This week was considerably better, after eliminating for the last two weeks I finally begun to ditch my headache and the nausea that went along with it, and being on the diet became a tad more natural. In my day to day life I am refined sugar free and mostly dairy free but cutting out ALL of it, was something my body noticed almost immediately. My gut punished me for depriving it of the things it craves the most, sugar, dairy, and corn.

The past two weeks I have been taking a probiotic and a magnesium supplement as well as a active B vitamin complex to help support my systems while they are adapting and healing. This week I got the results back from my food sensitivity testing and I am also cutting out eggs…this was moderate to high and this will last for around 90 days. And I will also continue to live dairy free for at least the next two months. However despite their dominance in my current diet, like gluten-free it will soon become second nature to not eat, or want these things and eliminating these will help my bloating, gas and nausea that I frequently feel.

My energy was so-so last week, but I am beginning to notice an improvement…my body is in a state of healing and is still under siege so I am not entirely surprised that I am still tired as my resources are going to war in my gut where a lot of my energy and happy hormones are produced.

I have set goals with my nutritionist to stay motivated and remember why I am doing this: to be the best possible version of myself, to  not just feel good but to feel amazing, to be able to get off my anti-depressants and feel human again. These will be at the forefront of our sessions, motivation is key.

We also discussed things i would like to celebrate and I chose the accomplishment of staying away from sugars and dairy, as well as alcohol…these are not easy when your favourite restaurant serves both. This week I will begin the kill phase, and will be taking a series of natural anti-fungals (garlic, cinnamon etc.) and we shall see how my body tolerates these. I began taking them today, this will help to kill off the candida from my gut and will help to promote healthy gut flora. I am taking two probiotics now, which will hopefully begin to help outnumber the candida.

I will be sure to update you on my life sans eggs…this one will be more difficult than dairy as all my pancakes etc. require them. It is time for myself to play around with substitutes. Remember if you have any questions regarding my candida cleanse or who to consult here in Calgary, feel free to give me a shout.

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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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