Candida & possibly IBS - newbie to this
This is my first post. A quick summary: for the past year or so, on and off I've suffered stomach issues, ranging from bad constipation to diarrhea (usually in the morning/afternoon) that prevented me from wanting to leave the house some days, and feeling anxious when I had to. I also suffered nausea quite often (but nausea I've dealt with for longer than a year, possibly also due to anxiety or nerves).
I went to two doctors, both whom asked a couple questions and dismissed it as IBS. I had a stool sample and blood test done which both came back fine (negative for coeliacs disease too).
I started taking small amounts of Benefiber daily, which has helped with regularity on good days. I stopped having C issues but the D was still a bit of a problem. I then also started on a gentle probiotic supplement (Schiff's Digestive Advantage IBS).
At the beginning of this month, I had a food intolerance test done to find out for sure. It was an eye-opening experience. Along with quite a few intolerances (mushrooms, grapes, garlic, all dairy except for goat's milk, peanuts, etc.), the nutritionist saw that I was having a bad reaction to yeast and sugar and that it looked like I had an overgrowth of yeast. She recommended the candida diet.
I've been on it for just over a week now - MAN is it tough. Even more so because I've just flown home to China to see my family for Christmas and it's been ridiculously hard finding stuff I can eat over here. We haven't eaten out once yet.
I feel mostly better - I haven't had any C or D issues in the past week - my bowel movements were a little looser today but I am on my 2nd day of my period (sorry if that's TMI!) and that usually affects me a little.
I've also been taken 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (the kind with 'mother' at the bottom) daily which I'd like to think is helping. (All vinegar is banned on the ACD except for ACV - unfermented - it's been known to have candida fighting properties. There are mixed opinions on this but it hasn't caused me any issues in the 4 days I've been taking it so I'm going to keep going).
I'm just wondering what die-off symptoms others who suffered candida-related stomach issues have had, and how long they've lasted for you? A day or two, a week, on and off?
Also, how do you all manage eating out? I feel just terrible because one of the great pleasures my parents and I take in life is eating, and I'm only back visiting for 3 weeks with such a limited diet. Plus it's been hard on my boyfriend back in England; he and I also share the love of dining out and the poor guy's had to deal with me looking at menus and going "I can't have that. Or that. Or this or that." So, any tips or suggestions?
Another Q - after however many weeks/months of being on the diet, has anyone gone back to eating carbs, breads and sugary foods again? I don't intend to go crazy when my candida is sorted (I've already decided I now love dark chocolate and will try that instead of milk choc when I'm better) but I don't want to never be able to have some fruit, eat a normal sandwich or bake a banana cake ever again without panicking about setting my stomach off.
I'm so, so sorry this was so long!
Last edited by k88 : Tue, Dec-11-12 at 11:19.