Candida Diary # 6: Skin and Bones

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Wednesday April 25, 2012

After only three days, weight is dropping off me. It is like seeing a new face staring back at me every time I look in the mirror.  I am discovering that I have cheekbones and a jaw line.  Who knew?  I haven’t seen them in years.  For the most part, I am enjoying it.  Who would complain about losing face fat, belly fat and back fat?  But  I can’t say I’m a fan of losing all the bulk I had built up at the gym.  Adding muscle and size to my skinny frame seems to take forever, but in the blink of an eye, I found myself suddenly skinny.

The truth is that I really don’t know what I am doing.  I have my own way of cooking and eating.  I am used to throwing ingredients together to make a pot full of yummy.  And now that some of my standards like honey, maple syrup, Trinidadian browning, carrots, sauces, soy sauce, potatoes, and rice are suddenly off the menu, I am totally at a loss for how to whip up a quick meal or snack.  The result is that I am honestly not eating well at the moment.  It will take a bit of training and some trips to the super market to get the hang of this new style of eating.

The one silver lining is that my taste buds are in overdrive.  Whenever I cleanse, the effect of taking all the strong manufactured tastes from my diet leaves my taste buds extremely sensitive.  Previously bland, boring food suddenly tastes amazing.  My taste buds can pick up just about every morsel of flavour in everything I eat.  So, yes, the diet is kind of boring, but my taste buds are not complaining at all.

The other big deal is the brain fog.  That sense of confusion, dizziness or otherworldliness, has already lifted off like a veil.  My body is completely exhausted.  I have no energy.  Walking up a flight of stairs requires incredible amounts of super human effort at the moment, but in spite of it all, I feel more mentally alert than I have in ages.

I should note that my excessive yeast die-off symptoms or healing crisis symptoms are exaggerated due to a few factors. Considering the number of years I have had candida, I thought it would be a good idea to start as fast and strong as I could.  This means that I am not easing into the cleanse, but rather jumping in with both feet.  Full doses of psyllium, caproil and bentonite.  Also, I took three daily doses of fluconazole, a pharmaceutical fungicide to help.  So, the yeast die off symptoms are a bit extreme at the moment, but so are some of the positive changes.  The changes in mental alertness came almost right away.  The sugar cravings completely disappeared after one day on my accelerated cleanse.  And kids, remember, “do as I say, not as I do”.  It is not recommended to take fluconazole or speed up the yeast buster schedule.