Friday, November 2, 2007

Another day

I still have a headache today, upper backache, and calfpain but so far it's not as bad as yesterday. Also, my eyes were not swollen this morning. Maybe it was a delayed reaction from all the sugar and grains I consumed. Today I am going to cut out palm kernel oil and coconut oil and use olive oil instead to see if the pain is a die off reaction. If it is, then I may just have to add the coconut oil in smaller increments until I can tolerate it.

I hate this!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Day One

This is only my first day on the anti-candida diet and already I am frustrated. My eyes weren't near as swollen when I woke up this morning but I once again have a backache (upper), headache, and calf pain. In the afternoon my back started in the middle, just like I did before I had what felt like a gallbladder attack. Luckily it went away. But the headache is killing me. I was so glad that it was gone. I hope it's a sign that I am healing - die off or something, and not caused by something other than candida in my body slowly dying. I just want to wake up tomorrow and be pain free.

Monday, October 29, 2007


Candida puts out over 79 toxins some of which are alcohol and can make you feel like you have a hangover. Well, that's how I feel this morning and then some. Right now my face and eye lids are so swollen I look like a different person. I had to get up at midnight for a saliva sample (to test my hormone levels) and at that point I took 4 aspirin for my headache. Aspirin always takes several hours for me to work. At 4 AM I had to give another saliva sample and I took another 2 aspirin - I know, not the greatest thing I could do. But even with all that aspirin I still have a slight headache.

During PMS I always think it's impossible for me to gain anymore water weight and then I eat like I did last night and my body expands even more. Even my baggy clothes are tight on my today which of course hits my ED (eating disorder) issues. Fasting is not recommended on Bee's anti-candida diet program but that's my plan for today. Sadly, I wish this day were over already.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

A fresh start

I have been sick for 5 years. Early on a nutritionist suggested candida overgrowth among other issues, but his supplements and diet did not help. Now, thousands of dollars and a hysterectomy later, I still feel like shit. Every day. My symptoms include but are not limited to headaches, backaches, food intolerances, water retention, abdominal distention, swollen eye lids, puffy face, dull pain in my calves, 10 day cycles with 8 of those 10 days being PMS, mood swings, depression, acne, joint and body stiffness, muscle aches and pains, overall feeling of malaise, fatigue. I can't remember the last time I felt really good.

Four weeks ago while I was in Germany visiting Mom, an email acquaintance recommended a Yahoo Candida Support Group . After reading through some of the many files, posting questions and receiving answers, I feel that the diet, supplements, and guidelines recommended on this forum are the way to go. I kind of started while I was still in Germany. Once back here I decided to have a splurge once a week. I tried this last week and it turned into more of a 3-day splurge. By Thursday I was finally feeling better and yesterday, Saturday, I foolishly decided to splurge again. My reasoning was that I am swollen from PMS anyhow so why not splurge a little. Stupid, I know! I splurged last night, and this morning, and this afternoon, and tonight. Therefore I feel like crap. Why do I do this to myself.

Nevertheless, I have decided that this is it. Tomorrow I will attempt to water fast. My official starting date for the anti-candida diet is November 1st, 2007. This blog is a record of my progress as I follow this diet. According to Bee, the woman who started the support group, it takes one month of healing for every year that you were sick. I am sure I had candida issues a long time ago, but the really bad health problems started 5 years ago. If Bee is right then I should be feeling considerably better in about 5 months!