Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Yeast Free Diet

After getting a recommendation to a Dr. in Provo (my previous Dr. was in American Fork) I went in for an appointment to get a different type of birth control. I have been on several different kinds- basically everything you can think of- I've tried. Anyways, the BC I was most recently put on made me sick... yet again. The only type of BC I have been on that didn't made me sick is the mini-pill- commonly prescribed to breastfeeding mom's for several reasons. Then after I stopped breastfeeding and running out of the mini-pill I went back to the same BC I used before getting pregnant- one that at the time worked fine- and it made me sick. Yay. OKAY- this post is not about BC. I was just trying to point out that I went to the Dr. for a new prescription. 

Whew. 

After taking a life-long medical history- NO JOKE!- and taking a few tests and doing a physical, the Dr. prescribed a yeast free diet- also referred to as the Candida diet. My diet (many yeast free diets differ) is no sugar or sugar containing foods, no white flour or refined grain products, no cheese, no alcohol, no fruit or fruit juices, no coffee/tee/caffeine containing herbal teas, mushrooms, peanuts and peanut products, all processed meats and lunch meats, artificial sweetener, and vinegar.

Nearly every product on the market has sugar in it!

The list is overbearing at times- like when I'm trying to eat- but I've done some reading and it sounds like it has potential. There are several books, articles, forums, and websites where people can discuss this diet and can help each other with it. It's not easy- that's for sure. I'm on day 2. Of at least 4 weeks. Gosh I didn't realize how unhealthy my diet was until I started reading labels. Wake up call. 
I have always been the "sick kid." My immune system has always been weak and I seem to catch EVERYTHING. I've had strep throat 4 times since being married- not to mention impetigo, a staph infection, bronchitis, pink eye and a billion other things just in the past few years. 
 
If I have to ultimately eliminate some foods from my diet- I'm okay with that. Especially if that means being more healthy. Being a mom is that much harder when I feel like I'm on my deathbed with another bout of strep. ugh. For now I have researching recipes and meal substitutions that don't break my budget. It's not easy- but I know it's gonna be worth it. 
Isn't everything that way?

3 comments:

Jae said...

Wow, that list of foods not to eat is a little daunting, isn't it? I know you can do it though. I have an aunt who is really into the raw foods kind of diet, which has a lot of similar limitations. She's been doing it for years, and she even has classes about it where everyone goes to learn and brings a raw-food dish to share. Some are actually really good, surprisingly.

It sounds like you're getting the hang of it, but if you do want any tips or ideas, I know she'd love to email you about it. She always loves to share her knowledge with everyone who is interested and research new things she's unfamiliar with. Just let me know if that might help you out as well.

Keep it up! You've got my love and support. I can't wait to see your progress!

Mr. & Mrs. Alveybunch said...

Add plain yogurt with active cultures into what to eat. The bacteria helps your system out, it is a very good for you too!

DAY said...

Stick with it sweetie, hopefully you will feel better soon! In the end I hope this makes you strong, healthy, and feeling well. Wow, that would be amazing eh?!