I've finally had it. I'm tired of being tired, achy, and fatigued. I'm tired of not being able to type because my hands are tingly and weak. I'm tired of falling asleep on the couch because I'm so worn out at the end of the day. I'm tired of wearing one size of clothing one week, and being at least a size bigger the next due to intestinal bloating. I'm tired of my allergies going non-stop, in spite of the loratadine I take daily.
There are many foods that can trigger pain and fatigue. Most programs and books recommend I talk to my doctor about an elimination diet. Then I would cut almost all foods out, then slowly add back in to figure out my triggers. The thing is, yeast or candida sensitivity is always on the list of triggers. It's been shown women with endometriosis struggle with candida sensitivity. People with fibromyalgia often struggle with it. And my allergist diagnosed me with a candida sensitivity. So it makes sense for me to use my already prescribed yeast control program first. If it brings relief, as it has in the past, then I know that there aren't any other trigger foods. If it doesn't bring relief, then I can begin eliminating other trigger foods.
You may wonder why I ever stopped following the program, if it worked well the first time. Honestly the program is designed so you can add back in foods, and just make some changes to your normal diet once the yeast is under control. The problem is, it felt so restrictive the first time, although looking at it again, it's not. Also the long term program allows you to add back in most foods. Just not in a large quantity, and not all of them. It's too easy to just start adding in everything, and the icky feeling from it comes on so slowly you don't realize how sick you are getting.
So join me over the next 4 weeks as I follow the program, outlined in Back To Health by Dennis W Remington, MD and Barbara Higa Swasey, RD.
The four main concepts are:
1. Most food from plant sources has natural fungal inhibitors.
2. Carbohydrates should be eaten as long as they are complex carbohydrates.
3. Avoid foods that contain yeast and fungi.
4. Eat enough food.
So for the first phase, I can eat the following:
All meats, fish, poultry and eggs.
All vegetables, including scrubbed potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and avocados.
All whole grains, including barley, corn, millet, oats, brown rice and wheat.
Whole grain muffins, biscuits, pancakes, waffles, rice cakes, whole wheat tortillas, and corn tortillas.
Hot or cold whole grain cereals.
Butter and cold pressed oils.
Milk, plain yogurt (I don't like flavored anyway), buttermilk, cream cheese, ricotta cheese, and cottage cheese.
Catsup, mustard, mayo, miso and soy sauce may be used sparingly.
Foods to eliminate:
All sugars and sugar containg foods.
White flour, refined grains.
Yeast- yeast breads, pastries, crackers...
All cheese, except for those listed above
All fruit and fruit juices
All coffee, tea, herbal teas (I will not be following this part, as I found relief the first time while drinking coffee. I will limit my coffee intake, but not eliminate.)
Leftovers that have been in the fridge more than 2-3 days.
Obvious fungi- mushrooms
Peanuts and peanut products
Processed meats- lunch meat, bacon, ham, corned beef
Vinegar soaked products- pickles, relish, sauerkraut
All artificially sweetened drinks and foods
After 2 weeks on this diet, I can begin to add unsweetened cooked fruits.
So now you have my plan. Does it suck? Yeah, kind of. I like fresh fruit, and enjoy cheese. But we live in a valley full of produce, and I can eat all the veggies I want.
Stay tuned for my menus. Already I have oat groats cooking on the stove for breakfasts and lunches. Tonight I think I'll cook up some brown rice.