Since July 2012 I have been completely grain free, sugar free, caffeine free, lactose free and fructose free, because I had a fungal infection and was practically a walking mushroom! Trust me, this was not a food group I would lay down voluntarily. I was found kicking and screaming for the first 5 days with SEVERE withdrawal symptoms and awful Die-off from the toxins that were being released into my system. You would have thought I was a heroine junkie! It was nasty, so nasty, that my husband had to stay home whilst I lay in bed frothing at the mouth 😉
But…..I have to admit, it was the best thing I could have ever done for myself and my family. I am a much happier momma and a much healthier person, simply because I no longer suffer from the symptoms of a fungal overgrowth. It is interesting to note, that many people have an overgrowth of fungus in their bodies. The reason for this is our lifestyles. Lots of us live high stress lives, others are constantly taking antibiotics or eating a diet high in sugars and carbohydrates. These factors cause an imbalance in our gut and in turn cause an overgrowth of fungus and bacteria not so beneficial to us.
Here are some of the symptoms I experienced:
- Fungal skin infection
- Food and chemical sensitivities
- Feelings of anxiety, panic attacks, feeling “blue”
- Brain fog, poor concentration, feeling ‘spacey’
- Poor memory
- Extreme lethargy, fatigue
- Eye fatigue, spots in front of eyes, burning or tearing eyes
- Frequent ear infections, pressure, swelling or tingling or ears
- Irritability, mood swings
- Poor libido
- Fungal Sinusitis
- Inflammation of the hair follicles (candidiasis folliculitis) of various parts of the body (feet, legs, arms)
- Muscle weakness and pain
- Joint swelling and aches
- Obsessive behaviour
- Sinus problems, post nasal drip
- Symptoms worse after waking
- Allergy symptoms
Now that I have cleared all of these symptoms with a specific diet, designed to kill off these bad bacteria and yeasts, I have been able to add some fruit back into my diet.
I am still grain free, sugar free, caffeine free and lactose free.
Let me take you through a typical day of food choices for me. It might give you some ideas and inspiration.
In the morning I make a smoothie .
These are the ingredients I use:
- 330ml coconut water preferably fresh, If not available, from a carton
- 1 bananas
- handful of berries
- 2 tsp psyllium seeds
- 1 tbsp slippery elm bark
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 2 tsp flaxseed oil
- some almonds
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 raw egg (fresh)
This keeps me full for ages, but if I am still hungry I might have a boiled egg or a carrot and apple juice.
For morning tea I have a slice of Pumpkin bread or a muffin and a glass of green juice.
For the green juice, I use the juice recipe from the Gerson Therapy
For lunch I often have a bowl of soup from my homemade chicken stock, or scrambled eggs with sauteed silverbeet and garlic, fresh from the garden.
When I feel peckish I grab a yummy grain free muffin, a handful of nuts, a salad or some flax seed crackers. Or all of the above 🙂
For dinner I will have pretty much anything as long as it is grain free and dairy free, That is pretty easy. We do enjoy eating meat, but only if it is organic and pasture fed.
In all honesty, I know that what I eat is a very simple diet, which is not always easy to do for people who are not used to it. Trust me, I had cravings too when I got forced into this lifestyle. After a while though, you will have no cravings anymore other than for fresh vegetable juices and healthy soups and salads. It is bizarre how quickly your body adapts to a new way of eating. Yes, the withdrawals are severe, but after a while it feels like you never had any withdrawals at all and it feels like there is no way back to the old way of eating.
Why don’t you give it try and see how you feel?