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  • #7904
    Lori Quandt
    farmwife67
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    I am wondering if there is a link between gluten intolerance and candida. In May I found out through Enterolab testing that I have the Celiac gene and gluten intolerant gene and that I have imflamation due to the gluten. I went traditional GF diet for several months and did see some improvement.  Then, after finding this website I went true GF diet and saw more improvement, but still I wasn't quite right.  My thyroid still seemed sluggish even though my numbers were good, my rash on my scalp didn't go away, Plantaar fasciitis was getting worse, dry skin was terrible. Even though I was on Dr. O's diet I couldn't lose weight. Well long story short I found a functional Medicine Doctor. He told me I need to follow a candida diet and ran many tests (which I don't have the results back from yet).  I have started losing weight again after following the candida diet.  He believes gluten intolerance and candida go hand in hand and that almost all medical problems start in the gut!  I'm wondering if the gluten intolerance causes the candida or if the candida triggers the gluten intolerance? 

    Too much thinking I know….LOL

    Lori

    #8876
    Charles Marks
    Charlie
    Member

    What is a Candida diet?  What would be a weekly food schedule following a Candida diet?  I'm writting because I'm interested in other people who don't feel 100% after a true gluten free diet.  I am looking for a specified eating plan that is based on a true gluten free diet that would maximize the chances of gut and brain recovery.

    #8877
    Laura Braziel
    Laura
    Member

    I went on the Candida Diet for three months early this year before I found out I was actually gluten intollerant. The Candida diet is basically the Paleo Diet (which I now have to be on permanently). Its a diet that works to rid your body of yeast overgrowth. I purchased a cook book and information book called: Hotze Optimal Eating Program. Here's a website: http://www.physicianspreference.com/store/hotze-optimal-eating-cookbook-p-1307.html

    This book contains a full grocery list, the reasoning behind the diet…and tons of recipes. Basically it eliminates more than just gluten…but also other sugars that contribute to yeast overgrowth. It did make me feel better at the time but I didn't stay on it long cuz it really is a tough diet….now I”m basically on it again long term. Good luck!

    #8878
    Laura Braziel
    Laura
    Member

    Here's another helpful website on Candida:  http://drhotze.com/Wellness-101/Yeast-Overgrowth.aspx

    #8880
    Lori Quandt
    farmwife67
    Member

    Mark said:

    What is a Candida diet?  What would be a weekly food schedule following a Candida diet?  I'm writting because I'm interested in other people who don't feel 100% after a true gluten free diet.  I am looking for a specified eating plan that is based on a true gluten free diet that would maximize the chances of gut and brain recovery.


     

    Mark,

    The candida diet is a grain free, sugar free, fruit free except for berries and apples (some people differ on this), vinegar free so no mustard or ketchup. (my doctor said apple cider vinegar is fine, but I use it very sparingly)  I eat all veggies, except for potatoes and sweet potatoes(and corn because that is a grain), berries and apples, any kind of meat I want, preferrably grass fed, but I haven't gotten that far yet. I also use xylitol (made from birch bark, not corn) and stevia (no other sweetners).  The idea is you have fungus growing in your body and fungus feeds on sugar – carbs make sugar in your body so you don't want to eat any carbs except for veggies and you want tons of them. (no potatoes though too high in carbs)  I don't find it that much harder than grain free eating.  I have stocked my kitchen with necessary food and am always prepared.  For instance, I just boiled a bunch of eggs to have on hand.  I cook chicken breast up ahead of time and sometimes I even freeze some of them so I can just warm them up quick. I always have lettuce on hand so I can have a salad.  One thing I have found since going on this diet, I don't crave food like I used to.  I eat because I am hungry it is truly amazing to me. Food just isn't the issue that it used to be. This has been a gradual process for me too, so maybe I am just used to cutting stuff out.  I feel so much better and my weight is slowly dropping off, without much effort at all.  I have ALWAYS been addicted to food, now I know why.  My body was craving all of those carbs to feed the fungus.  It is that simple.  The diet varies from physician to physician some people say no apples some people say only green apples, you just have to listen to your doctor and do what he says and read read read until you figure out what works for you. 

    I also know this is an answer to prayer and maybe that is why it is so easy for me!

    Lori

    #8884
    Kate Osborne
    Peter Osborne
    Keymaster

    Gluten intolerance can contribute to Candida.  In my experience too many doctors are quick to jump on yeast as the culprit.  We all have yeast in our intestines.  They are normal to an extent.  It is the overgrowth that creates problems for many.  Gluten tends to lead to an imbalance in normal bacterial flora thus contributing to yeast overgrowth. 

    This process is being studied at the University of Maryland currently. 

    Great converstation by the way!

     

    Dr. OsborneSmile

    #8888
    Lori Quandt
    farmwife67
    Member

    Dr. O,

    The most interesting thing of this diagnosis for me has been (a blessing in disguise). I have been morbidly obese for years and years, after receiving the candida diagnosis and changing to the candida diet, my weight is falling off.  I eat when I am hungry and as much as I want. I hardly ever snack now because I am NOT hungry. I have NEVER in my entire life felt satisfied, it is just amazing to me. I am sure this must be the way I'm supposed to be eating.

    #8889
    Kate Osborne
    Peter Osborne
    Keymaster

    That's awesome!  How much weight have you lost?

    Keep me updated on your progress.Smile

    #8890
    Lori Quandt
    farmwife67
    Member

    I have lost 44 lbs total. It has taken me about a year.  I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance in May and I gained some of my weight back then, because of eating so much processed CRAP!  Then, I found your website thanks to my lovely niece!  I started losing a little and you had told me to give up dairy and sugar so I did.  (I kept losing very slowly) The only things I had to give up after that was potatoes and my agave and I only eat apples and berries for fruit.  I eat as many veggies as possible.  Today my husband and I were coming home from a meeting and it was 1:00 and before if I didn't eat a meal I was sick and CRABBY.  So, he was heading into town and I said, “where are you going?”  He told me he was going to the restaurant so I could eat. I told him I really didn't want to do that. For one, I don't like to eat in a restaurant unless it is one of those very necessary times.  It seems I get stuck eating in them more often than I care to anymore.  He said to me,”wow you really have changed!”  He is right I have changed!  I'm hoping I can add a little stuff back in once in awhile, like an occasional potato, but if I can't oh well.  Thanks for all of your support and all of the great discussions on this board.  I see so many people and I just know they either are gluten intolerant or have candida or both and I just want to help everyone, but they think I'm nuts…LOL We'll see who has the last laugh…

    #8891
    Charles Marks
    Charlie
    Member

    Farmwife

    Thanks for explaining the candida diet.  From just experimenting, I feel better when I completely avoid chocolate and other sources of cane sugar, however, the biggest change came from going removing the remaining corn and rice grains. 

    #8892
    Lori Quandt
    farmwife67
    Member

    If other forms of sugar doesn't bother you or make you crave more than you probably don't have candida.  My Doctor told me people that crave carbs and sugar have a tendancy to have candida because the fungus feeds on sugar and carbs turn into sugar.  So, your body tells you to eat more and more because the fungus needs to be fed.  I was a carboholic and ate quite a bit of sugar as well.  It all makes perfect sense now.Laugh

    #8893
    Elisabeth Stinebaugh
    gf@48
    Member

    I used to have recurring yeast infections for no apparent reason.  When I gave up the standard glutens and dairy, the yeast infections went away.  It sounds like you have already done that.  I would like to add that one of my favorite things to 'eat' now are veggie and fruit smoothies.  I make my own with a 'Magic Bullett'.  It's convenient and quick.  I was juicing more fruits than veggies, but am working on reversing that trend to mostly veggies.  I am mentally preparing to go completely grain free and am hoping this site will help me with that. 

    #8894
    Lori Quandt
    farmwife67
    Member

    If you are going gluten free I would recommend The Almond Flour cookbook, by Elana Amsterdam, it is a great book with lots of recipes that have saved me.  I substitute stevia or xylitol for the agave syrup and it works great in every recipe so far.  Good Luck! We are here to help!

    #9314

    Hi Lori,

     

    I have been diagnosed with Candida, so have cut out carbs, sugar (including all fruits), vinegars, dairy and gluten (pretty much a paleo diet).  I have been on this diet for  3 ish weeks and have lost a bit of excess weight already.  I am also feeling better although my eczema (the reason for doing this) has gone nuts and is much much worse than when I started. 

     I was just wondering if it is normal for syptoms to get worse? If i know that it is an expected reaction then im sure it will be easier to carry on and put up with my horrible inflammed skin.

     

     Jade

     

    #9316
    Lori Quandt
    farmwife67
    Member

    I do think things can get worse at first as there is a die off phase. I can't think what it is called. My Doctor told me I could even get flu like symptoms too.  Did you doctor put you on an antifungal? That really helped me.

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