Well, I can actually say now that I'm feeling a difference with this new diet. It's only taken.... hmmm... about three weeks? Four weeks? The great thing is that I'm not hungry. I HATE that. I always have been one to eat on time, and eat my plate clean. You know those kids that would skip lunch at school? Not me. EVER. So the thought of a diet change is something that really put me off.
In fact, I suspected candida a few years ago, but then blew it off because of the dietary changes that would have to be made. The nurse practitioner I was going to had me do a "candida cleanse" which was quite similar to this, but allowed nuts. I'm not sure why, but I had a horrible reaction to it & felt AWFUL. Not to mention the timing was horrible. I thought that I would be able to do it over spring break while the rest of my family ate out & had yummy treats & goodies. NOT. And I was training for my first Ragnar at the time, and I knew that the altered diet would mess that up. So I didn't do the diet, and wasn't convinced that it was Candida. I thought it might just be my Vitamin D deficiency, or hormonal imbalance.
Now, a year and a half later, I know it was the Candida. And now I definitely feel mentally clearer, and happier. YEAAAAAAAA!!!! Brain fog & depression is why I went to the doctor in the first place, and now to see a difference is the best! I still am kind of moody, though, and I have some theories on that (it CERTAINLY couldn't just be personality, could it?). And I think it's just more than frustration when I don't eat a treat. More on that, though, on another day.
Today I decided to try a new recipe for lunch- Carrot & Sweet Potato comfort soup. It has 2 baked sweet potatoes (peeled), 2 cups baby carrots (cooked), 2 cups vegetable broth, a little salt, coriander, and cumin, and a packet of stevia. I blended it up in my Vitamix, and it is basically warmed up baby food. I guess I can see how it would be enjoyable on a cold winter night, but for now I think I'll stick to my huge lunch salad with a ton of vegetables & an avocado.