A little over a month ago, I had just finished my allergy testing and was preparing for additional tests/shots with my Naturopath.
In an attempt to begin ridding myself of low energy, control my blood sugar, decrease my fuzzy brain and get rid of my bad skin while I went through additional testing, I set the following goals:
Reduce sugar. I switched my sugars to coconut sugar [low GI] and stevia [which I’m totally obsessed with now!]
Increase fiber. I’ve been able to increase my fiber by ~35%
Increase antioxidants. camu camu has been a nice addition to many of my smoothies.
Control blood sugar. I have increased legumes, but haven’t been able to get to meditation.
Remove all allergens. I only cheated once. I really wanted to try the juice Kevin brought back from the UK.
Improve absorption. I switched over 1 supplement to powdered form but that’s it.
Continue gluten free [even though tests showed I don’t have a sensitivity to gluten or celiac disease]
Well, the results are in and I’m happy to report that it’s definitely not as bad as I thought it was going to be!
I always expect the worst. I need to work on that.
I have a rare form of yeast [it’s called saccharomyces cerevisiae] that is killing off all of my healthy bacteria, causing sensitivities to food, blurring my brain, and causing issues with my hormones. aha! Caught you, you little bugger!
Other than that, I’m in pretty good shape!
Intestinal yeast is natural to our intestinal system. The problem starts when this natural bacteria begins to overgrow. When we ingest antibiotics, sugar, birth control pills, sleep aids, drugs and medications of any kind, we kill off the bacteria that keeps the intestinal yeast in check. In other words, when we ingest something not natural to the body, the good bacteria dies off and is suffocated. Then the yeast start to run rampant in the body.
Great news is, that it’s easily fixed with a change to diet, a couple of additional supplements, and patience.
The entire process from killing the yeast > reducing inflammation caused by the yeast > repopulating my gut with healthy bacteria will take about 6 months.
If after 6 months I have reduced sensitivities, a clear head, and normal hormones, I’m in all the way baby, ya!!
I’m so happy that I started my cleanse when I did. Other than the fresh juices; which contain high amounts of sugar, many of the steps I’ve made have been in line with an anti-yeast [also called anti candida diet]. So, the changes I’ll have to make are quite minimal.
Intestinal yeast feeds off sugars – fruits, high starch veggies, simple carbohydrates, and complex carbohydrates [in larger doses]. The foods you want to focus on when you’re on this type of diet is fats + proteins + non-starch veggies.
So, the plan will be to:
Live ‘sugar free’. Coconut/coconut sugar + stevia only.
Increase non-starch vegetables.
Eliminate dried fruit. I’m giving myself 1 pass a week at first or I may die.
Rely on almond and coconut flour. These are great alternatives for low carbohydrate intake.
Fall even more in love with coconut. It has caprylic acid that’s good for killing of yeast!
Supplements. Take caprylic acid in the morning on an empty stomach + potent probiotics before bed.
Daily portions will include:
2 servings of complex carbohydrates
quinoa, rice, millet, kamut, spelt, rye, oats [yes, these are glutenous grains! I’ll explain below]
2 servings of fruit
high fiber fruit like apples and berries are best
animal proteins are best, but I’ll also be having 1 serving of lentils/beans per day
hemp oil, flax oil, coconut oil, nuts, and seeds
unlimited non-starch veggies
cucumber, zucchini, onion, greens, bok choy, celery, tomatoes, peppers, etc.