Ahhhhhh. Much better. I know that I was experiencing some die-off symptoms yesterday, but I'm feeling much better today!
Yesterday I felt a little nauseous and had a headache (mainly in the morning, but no, I'm not pregnant!). Thankfully that wore off once I had lunch. Maybe it was that yucky onion soup for breakfast. I ended up putting the onion broth/onions in my blender and pureeing into more of a creamy soup. It still wasn't my favorite, but a lot better than eating the onions sliced in the broth.
In the evening yesterday I suddenly started having symptoms like I was getting a cold- stuffy nose, my throat feeling itchy/funny, and sneezing. I have felt that before over the last few months, and it was always quite sudden, but went away quickly, too.
Here are common die-off symptoms (the ones I'm experiencing/have experienced in red):
Fatigue, brain fog, gastro-intestinal distress such as nausea (not any more), gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation, low grade fever, headache, sore throat (slight), body itch (behind the knees! I thought it was a reaction to something I was eating, but couldn't figure out what), muscle and / or joint soreness or pain, feeling as if coming down with a flu (slight- not so bad) .
When you do a candida cleanse everything I've read says it isn't good if you have a big die-off all and once and feel horrible. I feel like I've got a pretty good balance here, because I'm having enough symptoms to know it's working, but nothing too bad.
One of the biggest changes today is how mentally clear I feel! There is a distinct difference! The last few days I have been VERY spacey- answering questions wrong, saying the wrong words when I'm trying to say something- in a BRAIN FOG (another die-off symptom). It's hard to describe unless you've had it happen before. It's a step past "dumb blond".
I have read that when you first start GAPS or a candida diet some of the symptoms you were having in the first place get worse before they get better. I was hoping that because I had cut out simple sugars and most fruit for a few months that I wouldn't experience die-off symptoms as bad, but I can see that there is more work to do!
Boiled roast beef (with leftover butternut and onion soup from yesterday)
Creamy Cauliflower (with butter and lamb tallow - I'll use chicken fat instead of the tallow)
Crock pot Onions (I'll use the leftover from yesterday)
Mashed Carrots (boiled an hour, then mashed & adding garlic and chicken fat).
Sauerkraut Juice (!) (I get to introduce sauerkraut juice- 1 tsp! Thankfully I like it. It's supposed to be homemade, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. It's on my to do list. For now I'm using pricey fancy sauerkraut from the health food store).