Reached another Milestone: 100% Symptom Free!
Well, to be perfectly clear — I’ve been symptom free before, but generally relapsed just a few days afterwards.
This time seems to be different. Even when I take olive leaf capsules or Oil of Oregano I have no reaction. And even when I eat choc ice cream, a sweet fruit like a peach (yes! I ate my first peach again after years of candida dieting – and it was epic!) or drink two cocktails in a row (yes, I did that last Saturday — boy was that heavenly!
– me and my passion fruit mojito. Goodness you’ve got to drink one if you can. Put it on your bucket list!)
Even eating curry didn’t cause me symptoms. Result!
I am however cautious as after my festival indulgence last month when I was symptom free temporarily and then relapsed. That said, I did live much more un-healthily that month, and now I have been symptom free for almost two weeks and eating fairly normal.
Just to recap: This is what was going on last month:
Trying hard to get back on track after festival overindulgence with mini relapse – mood swings in the aftermath
Quite literally it felt impossible for me to get back onto the diet after giving into temptation onto a regular basis (think fruit, white bread, white pasta…) My attempt at fasting failed miserably — I didn’t even manage to eat less, let alone stay away from fruit.
What I typically ate this month:
Generally a clean stage 3 type diet high in vitamins and minerals. Only difference that I started eating tons of white rice. At first because my partner ate it, so I had a little bit, then I succumbed and made it myself because it was so quick to make… And now I’m resorting to white rice all the time. Not happy about that.
Apparently though, I have been told, white rice has plus points, too. It’s easier to digest, and if you make sure that you get your nutrients from the other foods you’re eating, that’s ok. You must have got your candida levels down to normal levels before doing that. White rice gets broken down into sugar quite quickly by your body and would feed the yeast.
What also helped I guess was that I joined Vegan Mofo – which kept me busily cooking and sharing healthy plant based recipes. You can check out my “Best of Recipes and musings” here if you’re interested.
I feel more light-hearted, happy and less achy then I did last month. I guess NOT having yeast infections is making ALL the difference to how I feel. Ok, I pretty much had got used to the horror, but it still prevented me from being fully relaxed.
I also swapped the high probiotics for a less strong version.
During the week sesame soda bread with sweet potato spread or leek and sesame spread. At the weekend Ground Rice Pudding with Apple Slices or Gluten free Porridge Oats
Broth or veggy soup before lunch, then a veggy bean based curry
Spelt bread with sweet potato spread or leek spread and sandwich with fresh tomatoes
What I snacked on:
That’s another big difference. I really cut back on snacking. I didn’t even have that many smoothies, certainly not daily.
Sure, I had the odd piece of beetroot or carrot cake or ice cream and fruit. But not quite as excessively as last month.
What I drunk:
I discovered decaf latte – what a revelation! None of that jittery mess that “regular coffee” turns me into. Ok, I had it only twice as a treat, but it still felt amazingly indulgent. The dairy didn’t seem to have an effect on me, good!
Other than that I drunk mostly water and dandelion tea.
Lifestyle/ Activities: More Exercise!
Getting back on track always goes hand in hand with getting more active.
So I went to 1-2 fitness classes a week plus 2 yoga classes and occasional running.
Initially that nearly killed me — I was aching and my muscles started trembling – ridiculous! Not sure what that was all about, surely 1-2 months of being less active doesn’t cause that! Perhaps my thyroid is overactive again, or I lost weight. Anyway, it seems to get better, I feel lots fitter – not out of breath any more and able to sprint up hill.
Health Issues this month:
None! How cool is that?! I feel totally, utterly normal (bizzare!)
What Supplements I took:
For the first 2 weeks was rotating olive leaf capsules (twice daily), wormwood & clove drops (once a day) and oil of oregano drops (2 drops once a day).
Less strong probiotic (once or twice a day)
Magnesium (and the usual multi vit, chlorella, spirulina, linseed oil, evening primrose & fish oil)
To recap what I learned/ How this Applies to You:
Once the candida levels are down and your immune system stronger and relapses get less and less!
And as soon as you are past stage 3 of the candida diet, your immune system will get a final boost. Even when you have off days where you eat unhealthy foods you only rarely get relapses. And if so, they are gone in no time.
Mostly you’ll feel 100% well again – yay!!!
Greetings from the last days of summer here in Cornwall
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