As of today, I am on the 10th day of the Candida Diet. I started the Probiotics last week, and 7 days later (last night) I started taking 2 antifungals (oil of oregano and caprylic acid). Heavy doubt is starting to be cast into my mind if this Candida diet was the right thing to do. Clearly, if it in fact IS Candida, I didn’t develop it overnight, and it’s not going to clear overnight – I understand this. I also know that I need to give the antifungals a chance since I just started taking them. So, I know it’s only been 10 days, but here are some reasons:
- My skin has not gotten any better, and in fact has gotten markedly worse. For example, before I started the diet, I was able to wear short sleeves with little problem – my arms were quite free from eczema. Now I have huge rashes in the crease of each elbow, rashes on my wrists, and tiny rashes scattered on my forearms and tricep area. There is a rash stretching around my neck like two angry red hands grabbed me in a violent strangling attempt (maybe I’ll post pictures later). I look like a domestic violence victim, which is probably why people at work were giving my neck weird looks. The rashes on my legs are as persistent as ever, and the rash on my stomach and hipbone area (the one that I posted a picture of here) seems permanently here to stay. I don’t know if this is just horrible die-off reaction and I was riddled with Candida and this is a good sign, or what. I refuse to use steroids because there is also the thought in my mind that this is a ‘rebound’ reaction to having previously used steroids, or even a mild case of topical steroid withdrawal.
- I am losing weight, and I don’t NEED to lose weight. I feel completely awkward and weird saying this, since many people struggle with their weight, but at 5’9″ and being down to 130, my husband is starting to complain that I look “too thin” and “not healthy”. I have an athletic build and normally hover more around 135 to 140. The average model is 5’10” and 115 pounds, which is unbelievably thin, and inconceivable that someone like me would still be “too heavy” to walk the runway, rashes or not (Shaking my head at American media and their unrealistic ideas of beauty).
- Speaking of my husband, this diet is putting a strain on our marriage (a separate post on this to come later). My husband has expressed dozens of times that “this diet is stupid”, complains that my restrictive eating habits are affecting him as well (since I can’t eat anything from restaurants), and oh yes, constantly tells me that “I need to eat something”. He also thinks that I’m not consuming enough fat which is drying out my skin. Although I HAVE been eating foods with good fats like olive oil, plain grilled salmon, and pumpkin seeds, there could be something to this statement, I’m not sure. His statements frankly hurt my feelings and provoked me to willingly cheat on the diet last night – the first time I’ve broken it – trying to find the highest-fat, vegan food I could locate in our cupboard, which happened to be a jar of natural peanut butter. Three huge spoonfuls never tasted so good, but now I’m back on track. I was worried I might react to it, but I didn’t seem to wake up any worse.
- I am starting to crave foods that I never even craved before. This diet allows no sugar (except stevia as a natural sweetener). I’ve had a mad hankering for cupcakes the past few days, and I don’t even normally LIKE cake. I feel like when I go off this diet, I’ll turn into a binge-eating monster, which also is not healthy. I’m hungry a lot of the time, and even though I am trying to pack in as many calories as I can, they are all coming from gluten-free grains, vegetables, and proteins like seeds, chicken, and salmon – I may well not be getting enough.
I DID have the miscellaneous thought that maybe I am allergic/sensitive to eggs, as I have been eating them almost every day on this diet. However, I did a ‘trial run’ weeks earlier where I abstained from eggs for a while, then ate about 6 in a 24 hour span, and saw no ill effects.
Basically, I feel very trapped. I’ve been praying for a sign that I’m doing the right thing, and I haven’t seen one yet, LOL. I’m scared that if I go off the diet and start to eat the “forbidden” foods again, my skin could go absolutely haywire.
But, because it’s important to see the positives in things, here are the good things about the Candida diet.
- I’ve developed an appreciation for gluten-free grains like quinoa, millet, amaranth, and buckwheat.
- I’ve developed an insane sense of self-control when it comes to food.
If anyone out there has further experience with the candida diet, please weigh in! Am I likely to get better if I keep sticking it out??