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Welcome and good luck with your journey. If you have questions just ask us!
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!
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.
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…
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.
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.
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!
If you like to bake, you might like, “The Gluten free Almond Flour Cook Book” , by Elana Amsterdam (I think that is her last name) I love that cookbook. If you have candida issues you can easily leave out agave and use stevia or xylitol.
that is true about restaurants. One time I ordered a steak with no seasoning with a salad with no croutons and no dressing. It did't say on the menu that bread came with the dinner. They brought out the steak with a great big piece of garlic bread laying on top. I sent it back and apologized and explained again it was because of allergies, they were very good and brought me another. But, it is scary!
Have you tried probiotics? There is a good show by Doug Kaufman on tv it is called Know the Cause. It is all about fungus infections. The only thing Dr.'s look for is viral and bacterial, so we take these antibiotics and kill all of the bacteria – good and bad, which leaves room for the fungus to take over and then we are in real trouble. I would seriously try to find a Doctor. Sometimes DO's are more open to candida and fungus growth then MD's. DON'T GIVE UP! Look for a Dr. that treats the whole body. Good luck, did you say where you are from? I found a Dr. that I am going to my first appointment in Dec. I am located in Michigan.
Ditto on the nutsonline! Great source for many GF products. Fast shipping too.
It is hard with small children, there is a great book out there called “the Gluten-Free Almond Flour cookbook”, by Elana Amsterdam. There are cakes and cookies and cupcakes and everything in there. She also has a cupcake cookbook, she uses agave to sweeten things. Her recipes are very good, there is even a sandwich bread in there that I like, it isn't like the old yeast breads, but it is good. You will be surprised how many things you can make. She has a website called elanaspantry. Keep searching for grainfree recipes and you will be surprised what you find online. Good luck and you can do it. There are others on here with small children too and they will tell you it is so worth it!
Thanks a bunch, I am gong to try the one with navy beans to see how I like it! I tried the sausage and mushroom ones and didn't care for them. It was too rich for me, I not a big sausage person.
Welcome to the site. Making the decision to go completely gluten free is not an easy one except that it sounds like you already know the answer. You feel better when not eating gluten. I am here to tell you it isn't always easy, it is a one day at a time lifetime journey. One thing that helped me was Dr. O's videos and one of them said that we must eat to live and not live to eat, boy did that make sense to me. I have tried to adopt that and I try to just make sure I have stuff cooked ahead I can have. One day I had cooked a turkey breast and burnt it and it was very dry, but it was all I had, so I ate it any way and said hey “eat to live”. I felt satisfied when I was done, it wasn't my most enjoyable meal but I made it through it. I boil eggs, I keep veggies cooked all the time (I have colitis too, so too many raw veggies are not good for me), I keep a roast (cooked in crock pot) and chicken on hand almost all of the time. Sometimes I don't plan ahead so I try to buy boneless skinless chicken breast that can be cooked in less than 20 minutes, with a little garlic powder and sea salt and steam some veggies or even throw in micro if you must and viola a meal. My family has learned not to complain if they want to have their food cooked for them they eat what I do. I sometimes (if I'm feeling strong and able to resist) make them potatoes. You can do this and you have support from here if you need it, feel free to go to my profile and find my email address and email me anytime.
What have you done to lose the weight?