Posts Tagged ‘food’

Positive Candida tests

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Over the last two years, I’ve been frequently sick with sinus infections and a host of other crap, that’s been getting more and more serious and debilitating, every few months at best. This is in addition to a barrage of other transient-yet-chronic ailments I’ve endured since I was a kid.

I’ve noticed it corresponds to diet to some degree, stress, and my menstrual cycle. Recently my kidneys have started aching after drinking alcohol, and I suffered a really weird fainting spell where the contents of my bladder voided while I was unconscious.

My symptoms are systemic, transient, and hard to track/nail down. I’ve gone on a couple diet eliminations in 2010 and 2011 which helped me figure out that I have a thing against wheat and milk protein, but even those things I seem to have a varying tolerance for.

In addition to the random stuff and acne and IBS and on and on, I was sick again a month ago with the sinus/head cold thing I periodically get since 2008, and came down with the same thing again this week. Just about every time I get sick like this I spend some time researching what it could be or how to alleviate my symptoms, or go to a doctor to be further frustrated and feel like a freak because no one can tell me what the fuck is going on.

It’s gone from every 3 months to more like every 3 weeks. Last week I remember being able to breathe as I was walking around Dublin and thinking “Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve been sick” and realizing it had only been two and a half weeks — and this was after passing out and pissing myself two days before.

This has been a devastating and difficult road. If you’ve followed my posts about PMS, acne, PCOS and the like, you probably know how challenging my health has been both emotionally and physically, especially over the last few years. I’ve also experienced periods of chronic UTI’s and ulcers, chronic respiratory infections, and various stages of utter shit digestion for as long as I can remember.

General information about Candida: http://www.holistichelp.net/candida.html

I just took the Candida spit test, and within a few minutes tested positive with ‘legs’ streaming down my glass, which is the most concrete fucking evidence of an actual cause of all this shit than I’ve ever had, including blood testing.

Spit test (controversial):
http://www.candida-yeast-problems.com/spittest.html

Further research online reveals how difficult Candida overgrowth is to deal with, which also falls in line with my experience. Even knowing it had something to do with my guts and food and probiotics and sugar and booze, and that sometimes garlic helped and sometimes it didnt, and sometimes fasting helped and sometimes it didn’t, and sometimes I could eat bread and sometimes I couldn’t, the results of the things I’ve tried as I’ve gotten closer to understanding what’s been going on just haven’t been good enough to convince me I was on the right track. I’ve been considering things like Lupus, Syphilis, MS, trying to make sense of what the fuck is happening in my body.

Lab test: (180 or above is positive, my result is 319)
http://www.jigsawhealth.com/resources/testing-candida

The most effective (remotely affordable) treatment seems to be a handful of products that are, put simply, too expensive for me. But I’m gonna give the main factor, a carpet bombing of Fivelac probiotic, which is reviewed consistently better than the random brands I’ve tried in the past, and a Candida diet (basically another elimination) a shot and see if that works, first, before doing the whole spendy shebang.

Alternative treatments: http://www.candidasupport.org/

I sure hope Candida isn’t what makes my vagina taste so awesome. Cause I’m so gonna fuck that shit up, now.

Conventional treatments:
http://www.jigsawhealth.com/resources/candida-medicine

I just had the best dinner

Monday, September 19th, 2011

10″ cast iron skillet on hight heat. Added about a tbsp of grapeseed oil and let it get hot. Sprinkled a pinch of sea salt.

Added about two tbsp of water and chopped braising greens from TJ’s — turnip, collards, spinach and some other I can’t remember.

Broke two eggs over the top. Covered with lid. Waited two minutes, shut off the burner. Puttered around for 10 minutes: foods cooked.

For dessert, a tiny handfull (about 6) TJ’s dark chocolate covered coco nubs. Sucked off the chocolate coating while digging out a craisin, a golden raisin and a dried blueberry. Added to the nibs in my mouth for the finish.

Elimination: Part Duex

Monday, September 5th, 2011

‎1 banana, hemp milk, a few heaping fistfulls of braising greens, mango and blueberry. Vitamix that shit — Booya. First elimination breakfast of 2011.

I’m so sick of being sick, and I like to tell myself that avoiding bread and cheese most of the time is enough, but I feel like at the very least I need another elimination and to stop trusting restaurant ingredients for a while.

So, it’s back to no refined sugar, no wheat, no dairy, no soy, no corn, no oats, no barley, no rye, no corn syrup, no alcohol, no nightshades, limited spice and citrus, and no risks when I eat out.

Not sure how long I’ll do it, but I’m hoping this time I can get even more specific about what it is that sets my body off and if I find anything new, I’ll post about it. I’m also feeling like I need to get back in touch with food in the more substantial ways I was when I was eating more intentionally.

In the meantime, if so inclined you can read about my dietary adventures from last year, which is what I am basing this elimination on as well.

It’ll be easier this time, since I have all but cut out 80% of what I list already, but I do cheat occasionally and I’m getting the sense that though I don’t double over in debilitation when I do, my system is too sensitive to fuck around with it as much as I have.

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Beets yesterday + aunt flo = technicolor morning.

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Holy good god shit, Trader Joes non-dairy coconut milk ice cream is FUCKING AWESOME

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Holy good god shit, Trader Joes non-dairy coconut milk ice cream is FUCKING AWESOME

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Oh, that clarifying moment when you realize although most of it is still good, its not worth picking the slimey leaves out of that unopened spinach bag.

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Gross, man. I think either the hospital or Po Dog use that creepy fake oil that just goes right through you to cook their fries. Either that or I really went crazy on the fat intake the last couple days.

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Holiday-style eating and drinking is officially over. Liquidbutt(tm) has spoken.

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

IV: “Oh holy good god shit I’m gonna fucking di– .. Oh yeah. Beets.”

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

The sight of shellfish stacked together in a tank makes me irrationally sad, since i dont mind actually eating them. Maybe it’s the incarceration part of it. :(

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

I suddenly just had a palpable, visceral craving for a white bread american cheese sandwich with a fuckton of mayo.

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

ER visit: expensive, Time off work: Expensive, Medications: Not as expensive as I thought, Waking up ravenous after 15 hours of sleep and sniffing out a 2 day old double chocolate trophy cupcake sitting on my desk and eating the fucking shit out of that fucker: Priceless.

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

I have created: Hummus! And it is ridiculously awesome. Screw you, dried dogshit paste, otherwise known as tahini! I don’t need you! I don’t need anyone! Mwuahahaha!! MWUAHAHAHA!!!

Friday, June 25th, 2010

WTF, Hersheys, even your pure cocoa powder tastes like satan piss. How DO you do it?

Holy awesome almonds, Batman!

Monday, June 21st, 2010

I just got my order from Briden Wilson Farm, in Arbuckle California. I mostly ordered almonds to milk when I get my milker in the mail, but since I was ordering, I also got some sweet stuff to try.

Holy CRAP are these almonds fucking amazing! I got the Raw Vanilla and Honey Orange. They are without a doubt the best almonds I’ve ever tasted. Rich and buttery and clean and awesome.

Free shipping on orders of $30 or more – get gifts and order lots. Seriously. Holidays will be here before you know it and these people really know what they’re doing. I just finished (over)eating at a Brazilian barbecue and still can’t stop eating these things.

http://www.homegrownalmonds.com/

omfg

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Kitchen knife through the thumbnail

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Ah HA! It is not massaging that is messing my wrist up (which was confusing the hell out of me, because I haven’t changed anything I’ve been doing). It’s chopping so many vegetables!

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Sweet potato < Banana, in a smoothie.

Elimination Diet: Week 3

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

As I embark upon my 4th week eliminating, I want to talk about something very big that I learned during week 3. A nemesis, a weak link, a vice, if you will. What I fear will be the biggest hurdle to overcome in regards to my dietary journey since learning to share my handisnacks in preschool.

Sugar. God damn fucking sugar.

Sugar causes me to feel dehydrated. Sugar causes my guts to distend and make me appear 6 months pregnant. Sugar is something I crave periodically, between ovulation and menstruation. Eating sugar causes me to crave more sugar. And, perhaps worst of all – sugar tastes good.

Sugar tastes real fucking good.

I ate cake on Sunday, and I woke up feeling, literally, hung over. Dehydrated, slow minded, tired, run down. Ok so, it was two slices, but if I was going to do it I was going to do it right and try both kinds. It was a party.

And now, I’m about 3 days from bleeding, and all I want is cake and ice cream sandwiches and molten chocolate ganache, and chocolate mousse, and waffles, on things and .. fruit?

Yeah. Fruit. Which got me thinking – When I started this whole shebang, I gave myself license to eat as much as I wanted of my allowed food items. I eat a LOT of fruit. I sat down and really thought about it. I have been eating about 7 servings of fruit a day since I started. Most times I snack, it’s fruit. Sometimes I have two or three fruit smoothies in a day. And once I’ve eaten some fruit – I crave more fruit.

*sigh*

I think I’ve figured out what the hard part is. :/

Friday, May 21st, 2010

I would so rather spend money on healthy food, than on pills to deal with the side effects of cheap eating.

Elimination diet: Week 2

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Elimination diet is going well, overall. I’m figuring out how to afford it and spending a lot of time grocery shopping, which I’ve found to be really grounding and lovely. I spend more time in the kitchen and take the time to eat meals at the table more often, too. I feel more like a real person living a real life now, whereas before I’d decided I was too stressed or busy to do those things for myself.

I find it utterly amusing how difficult it’s been to find canned tuna that is actually in spring water. Most tuna in water is actually in vegetable soy broth and has salt. I’ve found real tuna in real water at Whole Foods, and Trader Joes, and they’re the same price either place. Yay!

The almond milk is going splendidly, even the chocolate kind, which confirms my suspicion about the dairy in that chocolate square I had. I also tried out some almond cheese, which didn’t work well for me. All it contained was almond, milk protein and salt, so it’s easy to see what the culprit was. I’ve periodically noticed trouble dealing with whey protein in meal bars as well. I can now say rather concretely that milk protein is a no-no.

At TJ’s yesterday, I picked up a can of coconut milk, and holy crap is it rad in a smoothie. My morning smoothie today was coconut milk, almond milk, banana, sunflower seed butter, 1/4 tsp of maca, and a teaspoon of organic unsweetened coco powder. It’s heavenly.

The smoothies can be tough to digest. Based on my education in school, I theorize that it’s because there’s no amylase involved in just swallowing something that’s already chewed up for you. They say to chew 27 times for a reason – enzymes in your saliva start breaking the food down and chewing increases surface area for your stomach acids to do their thing. So I’m prioritizing making smoothies that taste good enough to molest for a while in my mouth before I swallow.

I’ve added lemon back to good results. A squeeze here and there in my water or on my asparagus has been a welcome addition, and from what I can tell I’m not adverse to citrus. Yay!

I just got finished ovulating. I know this because I spent 3 days solid tinkering with the neevita backend, horny as a three-balled tomcat, wanting to eat nothing but fat. I got a typical skin reaction for the first time since I don’t know when – small little blemishes that surfaced and disappeared within about 3 days. I’m pretty happy with it. Planning to hang onto this for another bit, at least through my next cycle, and see how my skin reacts.

I’ve taken to using baking soda to exfoliate, and that’s working very nicely. Caused me to realize that I once spent $35 on a ‘crystal exfoliant’ that is basically baking soda and some oil. Sheesh. Got me there.

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Does anyone else experience a burning, acid-like sensation on their tongue eating currants? Maybe it’s the combo of currants and pineapple? My tongue literally feels burned. Eek.

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

I found by accident today that you can poach salmon from frozen to delicately cooked in a running water bath. Fancy that.

Elimination diet: Week 1.5

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

The elimination diet is speeding along, with a few new developments.

I’ve switched now to mainly Trader Joes frozen wild fish, as eating $8 in fish a meal was squeezing me pretty tight. I’ve also switched to conventional produce for anything of which its skin I do not eat.

I’m continuing to get my lamb at Whole Foods and lucked out on a sale last time I was there, so I’m stalked up a bit in the freezer currently. I’m still suffering sticker shock from the food receipts I have in the last 10 days, though. Hope this store lasts a while.

I’ve cheated a couple of times with small amounts of multiple of things to mixed results.

  • 5/12 tiny square of dark chocolate with sea salt, while it tasted fantastic, did cause a gut reaction. I suspect it’s from the dairy.
  • 5/14 The sunflower seed butter has worked fine, and is now a welcome addition to my bananas.
  • 5/14 I tried 3 spoonfuls of a thick Italian-wedding type soup and a taste of someones gin-based drink after performing Friday night. I had heartburn for the next 24 hours. Pasta, beans, alcohol, spices and most anything not made by my hands is still a no-go as of that result.

Based on my cheat findings I’ve just introduced chocolate almond milk so I can make smoothies in the morning again, to good results so far. Adding in the two nut products this week and getting skanky heartburn from eating out is enough for now.

I think the biggest shift in perspective since beginning this experiment is how intently I listen. Whether it’s been a matter of focus, cutting out the white noise or both, when my guts turn funny while I’m eating something, I stop eating it.

One of my clients told me yesterday that my skin was glowing. I’d worn makeup that day but the sentiment was very encouraging. With cystic acne there are often times when no amount of makeup is going to help me appear any healthier.

As for my skin, the cyst cluster I’ve been nursing since late April felt slightly more sensitive the last few days, since I started wearing makeup over it. It continues to improve color and texture wise and based on my experience with these things is on its way out. No new cysts of late. Fingers crossed.