Over the holidays I threw caution to the wind and indulged a little too much on sweets. I’m a relatively clean eater with a serious sweet tooth. So, sure, I have sugar on occasion… but it was the holidays. And we baked tins of goodies, had numerous treats delivered to my office, and the family gatherings – it was a lot of sugar.
Now rewind back to November where I came down with the terrible influenza strain making its rounds. It knocked me out for a good 6 weeks.
So add illness, stress, and BUTTLOADS of sugar: my skin broke out. And I mean, painful cystic acne all over my face, coupled with bumps on my chest/back/ears etc. My brain has been foggy. Caffeine doesn’t even touch the fatigue. I’ve been emotionally unstable (sorry fam). My tongue has these weird circle patches that burn at times, and I have lost two nails on one foot to what looks like some sort of fungus. So why not add in yeast infections to all of this? Annnnd my weight is skyrocketing out of control… like a pound every 5 days.
I googled the symptoms (I know, it’s never a good idea) but I found that nearly all of it points to this:
Candida overgrowth in my body.
What does that mean? Well my bacterial balance has been thrown off and I’m potentially being overtaken by yeast.
Here is a link to more info:
Yeast thrives on sugar. So guess how I’m going to approach this? WITH A CANDIDA DIEEEETTTT.
Basically how this works is you load up on good bacteria (probiotics and plain yogurt) and cut off all other sources of sugars for the yeast to thrive on. So no sugar, gluten, or dairy.
I’m going to slightly modify this to my lifestyle and see how my body responds (aka I need coffee… so I’m not cutting that out along with everything else).
I’m a HUGE advocate for following a diet that you can maintain for life – which is why I’ve followed an 80/20 rule. But this is more of a medically necessary meal plan and it’s not meant to be followed long term. You do this for 3 to 6 months and slowly re-introduce foods once the good bacteria has been stocked in your bod. I don’t plan on starving myself – just being aware of the choices I make. I’m still eating when I’m hungry. And I’m still listening to my body.
Today I had a salad with olive oil and balamic vinegar, some cucumber slices, a tea with almond milk (no sugar or sweetener), a cup of bone broth, sautéed veggies (peppers, zucchini, onions, garlic) with cut up avocado, and some ground turkey, and eggs. I also downed my vitamins and probiotic with my greens supplement and vegan protein. It was gross. I think I’ll stick to good, ol’ H20… Lots of foods and all pretty simple stuff. I could really go for a brownie right about now. Maybe there are some candida diet friendly recipes? Must Pinterest this.
Check back with me later this month – I’ll keep you all posted on my progress!