Do you suspect or know that you struggle with an overgrowth of Candida?
Candida (yeast) overgrowth presents itself in many different ways, and some people think it is over-diagnosed. Others stand by their theory that it is one of the most pervasive chronic health problems we face in our modern age.
Personally, my first adult experience with a yeast infection was painfully obvious – there was no guess work necessary to diagnose the severe case of Breastfeeding Thrush I suffered through last year.
After a full six weeks of the most intense pain I’ve ever experienced, we were finally able to kick the worst of our infection, but I continued to have deep pain in my breasts for quite some time. Thankfully, all acute symptoms were on my end and not baby’s.
Over the last year, I have begun to wonder about some of the chronic troubles that I’ve had. I have always found that I have to go sugar free/low carb to lose weight after baby, and I have had a myriad of other little health troubles lately, not the least of which has been depression.
When Paula at Whole Intentions told me she was writing a Candida cookbook and would like to include one of my recipes (a yummy dip), it was just the motivation I needed to investigate whether or not candida overgrowth could still be an issue for me.
How Do You Know If you Have Candida Overgrowth?
Some of the symptoms he lists are:
- Vagina Thrush or Oral Thrush
- Painful intercourse
- Odor (including bad breath, body odor even if you take shower and look after your hygiene)
- Skin rashes
- Nail fungus
- Burning/Soreness sensation (around private part)
- Joint pain (other back pain problems as well)
- Abdominal pain
- Athlete foot
- Digestive problems
- Constipation (from moderate to severe lasting 4-8 days)
- Brain Fog/Memory loss (foggy thinking, forgetting stuff)
- Feeling bad/sick/uncomfortable/miserable all over (out of control feeling)
- Depression/Anxiety/Mood Swings
- Always mucus in stool
- Weight gain and weight loss
It has also been suggested to me that it’s possible that my poor dental health could be caused/influenced by a gut imbalance or candida, and a quick google search will uncover hundreds of other symptoms people believe are caused by too much yeast.
What to Do About Yeast?
When I had thrush in my breasts, I was prescribed an anti-fungal medication. I generally avoid pharmaceuticals, but I was in pain and you bet I filled that prescription and took those pills!
Unfortunately, the pills didn’t even take the edge off. :(
Instead, it took time, probiotics, diet change, and lots of coconut oil (topically).
When all was said and done I was tired of no fruit, no bread, no sugar, and I gradually began increasing those foods again.
I’m so thankful that this cook book was published when it was because I was really at a breaking point emotionally, and hadn’t connected how I was eating to it at all.
Within DAYS of beginning the three-stage diet suggested my Dr. Bakker and Paula, my mood lifted and I began thinking rationally about my children and home life again.
I lost 10lbs within the first week.
My persistent bloating went away.
It’s not difficult for me to testify that I have a candida problem when I compare how I felt before and during this diet.
However, I also have a willpower problem.
As soon as I was allowed to incorporate new foods in stage 2, I went WAY overboard! I added two different kinds of grains, a fruit, and nuts, all on the same day and I was in instant and intense abdominal pain. I cut back at Paula’s advice and it took me a couple of days to feel better.
Then my mom visited and I indulged a bit. Thankfully my reaction wasn’t as intense this time, but I gained 5lbs in one week and guess what? My depression came back full force and knocked me on my backside last week!
Thankfully, I know why it happened this time around, and immediately got back on the candida diet with just a few modifications that will hopefully help me stay committed to it.
Why You Need a Candida Cookbook
Paula is quick to say in her book and on her blog that everyone will be able to tolerate foods differently and everyone takes a different amount of time to heal from candida overgrowth. I’ve personally decided that I’m not able to go without some of the foods on the limited list, and there are others that I can’t tolerate even though they are technically allowed.
It can be challenging (to say the least) to find recipes without the ingredients I’m avoiding, and even though I LOVE cooking and creating new recipes, I have leaned heavily on this cookbook.
Paula has it broken down into three sections,
* The Problem: Information on Candida Overgrowth
* The Diet: What You Can & Can’t Eat During Each Stage
* The Recipes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Desserts, Beverages, & more
Each recipe is clearly labeled with the stages it is allowed in and suggestions for changes to make it work for everyone. There are over 130 recipes included (with photos)!
This ebook is also beautiful and the layout is easy to read, so I just keep a link to it on the desktop of my tablet.
Buy It or Win It
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If you think that candida may be a problem for you in any way whatsoever, I highly recommend you buy this cookbook. Changing your diet is one of the easiest ways to try and address a potential problem without a definitive diagnosis, and it’s certainly one of the most gentle methods of treatment if you are sure you are struggling with yeast.
Paula has also generously offered to give a copy to one of you here at Raising the Barrs. The giveaway will be open for one week and anyone worldwide is eligible to enter since this is a digital product (ebook). Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.
Also, be sure to connect with me in the comments or on my Facebook page to let me know if you need some moral support. I’m still struggling along this journey!
Also, stay tuned! Paula and another online friend of mine, Sarah, are releasing a second cookbook soon called The Sweeter Side of Candida! Desserts! yay!