trying to get the candida to vamoose while vegan
So as I touched upon in my last post – it’s not the moon’s fault…. my weird “funk” at the moment can be most likely (as diagnosed by Dr.Lou.reads.lots.of.health.books MD) be attributed to a candida overgrowth.
My eczema has flared up, my memory is ridiculously bad at times, I feel the “brain fog”, and there are other unpleasant symptoms which I am also experiencing.
Reflecting on my diet of the past few months – it’s excellent. Excellent for 2 reasons:
1) Vegan, whole foods with appropriate supplementation.
2)Excellent candida yeast-inducing food.
Apparently I’m doing this to myself – the candida loves my diet almost as much as me.
If you are unsure about candida (join the club) it basically feeds on sugar and starchy carbs. Sugar is sugar whether it be from a banana or the sugar-bowl to candida, and the fact that I eat a LOT of fruit is not helping my cause. When I say a LOT of fruit, I mean a LOT – on a daily basis I will munch my way through at least 2 apples, 1 banana, 1 pear, 6ish medjool dates, a handful of raisins (and no I did not get a stomach ache, nor am I a caterpillar). Add to the argument that my love for starchy carbs in the form of sweet potato, carrots and pumpkin is sort of kind of out of control. Don’t get me started on the amount of high carb beans and pulses I go through.
It is a sad day indeed, but I have decided to cut out ALL sugar/fruit to try and get my skin under control. Pleasepleaseplease work as I am getting married in OH 3 weeks and would rather not have a delicious red oozy rash seeping out from the armholes of my dress. Yummy.
Here’s MY plan to beat the nasties…. oh yes I’m going to struggle – this is the problem with a VEGAN anti-candida eating plan…. the annoying question of ‘where DO you get your protein from!?’ actually rings true this time. Luckily I can keep my calories up with good fats (which are an additional source of protein) – I may just have to rely on protein powder for a few weeks and see if this can help me rid myself of the yeastie-beasties.
- Leafy Greens
- Broccoli/Cauli etc
- Capsicums, cucumber, green beans, zuccinni, beets etc.
- Almonds (milk, butter, etc)
- Sesame seeds (tahnini)
- Coconut (oil, butter, milk, cream)
- Chia Seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Dandelion/Chicory root blend “coffee”
- RAW sprouted brown rice protein powder
- Herb teas (nettle, chamomile, Pau D’arco, neem, echinacea, )
- Rice milk
- Fruit (all forms)
- All forms of sugar
- Starchy carbs (potato, sweet potato etc)
- Pulses/beans (apart from small amounts of soy)
I am also cutting back my coffee to 1 (!) in the morning. You do not want to find out what happens if I were to ban it completely. I will use stevia to sweeten.
Here are some of my notes/thoughts:
I’m on DAY 2…. and I admit, I’m struggling a little – thoughts: Cutting out my mid-day coffee has had an effect on me BIG time- headachey, fuzzy feeling space cadet. I’m missing my sweets. I love vegetables, don’t get me wrong, but they BORE me compared to fruit…. I miss my legumes and bean sludge. I’m having fresh veggie juices, but I’m finding it hard to get FULL.
Coconut has been my saviour…. a smoothie of full fat coconut milk, cacao, stevia and protein powder was delicious. Coconut flour makes a great voluminous “cereal” with buckwheat groats and flax seed. Coconut butter drizzled on chia seed pudding.
Emotional…. feel overwhelmed easily. Head foggy. A teething toddler up half the night screaming doesn’t help!. Constantly hungry. Drinking LOTS of dandelion/chicory “coffee: instead of the real stuff. Tis good.
I think I’m going through a mini-detox. Hopefully I’ll come out on top.
Anyone else had experience with getting rid of candida?