Today, I was diagnosed with Candida, a.k.a. yeast overgrowth. I’m not surprised as I have all the symptoms (i.e., cravings, yeast infections) and was my idea to ask my Naturopathic doctor for the test.
“Aren’t I going through enough already?” I ask with my head up to the sky. I recently initiated the start of what appears will be a difficult divorce, I am attending a graduate program in Holistic Nutrition, and both my boys start at a new school this week.
I have food sensitivities/allergies which make me less than thrilled to put even more limitations on my already limited diet. Yet, I have felt awful for going on a year now and the effects are wearing me down. All of this has me tightening my bootstraps to walk step by step into my own healing.
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Time to Change
For the past year, I have had a lot of digestive issues; something I’ve never experienced with this amount of intensity; diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, bloating, gas, sour taste in my mouth that comes and goes with frequency.
When I say I am bloated, I don’t mean the poof from too big a meal. I mean a belly that looks 5 months pregnant. I’m not pregnant!! When my belly stretches like this, I feel in such discomfort for hours at a time and always comes on from eating a bothersome food or eating a food combination that does not settle with me (this was before I discovered proper food combining!!). I have also had or have heartburn, GBS+, and brain fog. My condition has worn me down to the point where I know a change needs to be made. So, here I am.
Seems like the only way to heal yeast overgrowth is with anti-fungal medicine and avoiding sugar. As for the logistics or an actual diet, I don’t know anything. I need to research this more. I do know that I’m determined to do what it takes to get myself back in balance.
Making the Commitment
I know this journey won’t be easy. Not only am I working a ton, in school, but am also in the midst of becoming a single mom of 2 kids. Life is already full, I don’t know how I am going to do all that needs doing. I’m committed though and will ease into things. I will pace myself with any necessary diet and lifestyle changes.
My hope is that this Healing Journal that I am beginning here, will help others who are also freshly diagnosed with Candidiasis or another gut flora imbalance.
Our greatest enemy is our best friend.
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May all bellies be happy!