My three weeks on the Candida Diet is officially over. For three weeks and two days, I underwent the Candida diet to attempt to “de-yeast” my system and bring my “gut” back into neutral alignment (charming, I know). What this meant was three weeks without bread, gluten, yeast, basically any grain except brown rice, sugar and alcohol. Most meals looked like this:
Baked salmon (or chicken), brown rice and a vegetable (and no, I didn’t eat all that, I had enough left over for lunch the next day). Breakfast consisted of either scrambled eggs and a piece of fruit (if I was home) or plain oatmeal with almond butter (at work). Lunch was mostly soup or leftovers. Snacks were brown rice cakes and apples with almond butter. Monday night, I tried out pasta made with brown rice and water. With grilled chicken and TJ’s Arrabiata Sauce it was actually pretty good.
But I miss bread, sugar, alcohol – mostly bread. While my sinus problems seem a bit better and I was able to discontinue the antibiotic for my skin with only minor skin rebellion, I’ve become moody, unfocused, irritable and for all I’ve given up, I’ve only lost net 1 pound (I’ve lost 2, but I gained 1 the first week on the diet). I explained this to the naturopath yesterday. He did some tests and determined that things had improved, greatly. He said that I need to stick to the diet for another three weeks but that I can reintroduce some grains, preferably sourdough (ugh) and rye, yogurt (already was cheating a bit on that) and fermented foods (Hello, soy sauce!). So, I’ll continue to be alcohol and mostly sugar-free (I’m not giving up my no sugar added hot chocolate), but not worry about the breadcrumbs in crab cakes. That seems like a fair trade.
Of course, while I’m in Vancouver I’ll loosen the restrictions even more because I am not missing out on the culinary delights of Vancouver! But, in moderation and with balance. Oatmeal and almond butter for breakfast, more meat and veg, less pasta, one glass of wine. Because apparently you can’t reverse years of dietary discombobulation in only three weeks 😉