Goalsetting, Health

Kill It With Garlic

I think most people have followed a diet of some kind in their lives. Either to lose weight of for health reasons. Well, not me. Never. At some point I started to be more careful with the bad carbs, but that was about it. I always had a pretty healthy diet and drank a lot of water, but now that I’m ill and have to look at my options for recovery, it turns out my diet can be a lot healthier still.

And I do have a confession to make: for whatever reason none of my jeans fit anymore. I don’t really get why I gained weight because I really do eat healthy and my diet hadn’t changed much before my Candida Diet started, so it can’t be the food. I guess it’s the lack of movement that comes with a chronic illness.  And my medicine too, probably. Hopefully the weekly walks through nature with my dad and the dogs will help with that.

Read my blog about the Candida Diet here.

It’s day 6 of the Candida Diet Challenge for me. I’m calling it a challenge because, well, it is. Lots of things are forbidden in the first phase of this diet, and I’m not even as strict as I probably should be. Many websites say different things and I’m relying on their information because I don’t have money to go to someone professional, so I’m just winging it, making sure that I do get everything I need. Not going to be hungry either, because I need my strength to cope with my recovering body.

But here is a little list of what life is like for me now:

  • no wine (ouch)
  • no coffee
  • no (bad) carbs (pasta, rice, etc)
  • no sugar so no sweet fruits etc
  • no yeast
  • no mushrooms
  • no milk and butter and only a teensy bit of very young cheese

What can I have? Water (I go to the bathroom a thousand times a day now). Herbal tea (dito story). Vegetables. Fish and some meat (but I’m vegetarian).  Lots of onion, yoghurt and especially garlic. I even take extra garlic supplements, because it’s supposedly great for killing candida. I’m killing it with garlic! Isn’t that awesome? I adore garlic. I must have fabulous breath by now.

It’s a new way of cooking and I’m making dishes I never made before. I’m so excited. Always been interested in nutrition because it’s just so darn interesting. There is something soothing in cooking your dinner from scratch. Nothing canned or fastfood-like. Making your own pastasauce to eat with your zucchini spaghetti is strangely meditative. Of course, you need some time and energy to do it. I noticed in my situation (I got all the time in the world), that I have to attack my fridge the second I feel energy coming up (don’t usually have energy).



So what happened this week? It was an interesting week for sure. It wasn’t as hard as I thought to not have coffee in the morning and a glass of red wine at night (until someone else did). I felt weak and shaky, but I made it! My body definitely had adjust to the fact that it didn’t get any sugar anymore. I had some detox flu for a couple of days and I have been a bit emotional as well.  I have felt like crap. But it was not too bad because it didn’t last that long. I’m okay now for the moment and I’m very curious to see how this diet will affect my energy, which is the main reason I even go through all this. I do think I have a bit more energy already. In the morning I used to be so sleepy that I had to go back to bed after an hour and a half of being awake. Now three days have gone by in which I could stay up more easily than before. #Progress!

Do you have experience with the Candida diet? What did you think? I’d love to hear your story!

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  1. Emily | Oat&Sesame

    Hi! Just wanted to give you a few words of encouragement. My husband did the candida diet for 10 weeks – very strictly – and he absolutely felt better at the 10 week point. I’m not sure what your condition is, but he was trying to heal Meniere’s Disease. He thought it might be candida and decided to give the diet a go. To sum up a long story, after finding a nutritionist who had experience with his condition, it ends up his diet needs to be an anti-inflammatory diet (which is VERY similar to the candida diet). He eats beans and nuts every day along with lean meats and vegetables. He’s absolutely symptom free now from what were debilitating symptoms in a young, trim and active person. So believe in your path to recovery through food. It works if you can stick with it. The good thing is that once you get yourself far enough from teetering on the edge of healthy/sick – you can reintroduce some things (like wine) in small amounts here and there and not relapse. Keep at it!

    1. admin

      Hi Emily, thank you so much for the encouraging message! It’s so good to hear that people can feel better with food after having had a debilitating illness. I’m so glad that yoour husband is free from symptoms, what a relief that must be! I believe in recovery through food and I’m determined to stick it out! very excited to see what it can do for me. My illness is also one of inflammmatory problems so reading your message I feel even more confident that I’m on the right track. Thank you so much!

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