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.
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!