I have been struggling with candida (yeast overgrowth) for a few years now. It’s not fun and causes all sorts of issues for me. So, I adhered to the candida diet strictly last year for two months then loosely for about a year. The first month was easy for me, but the second month, not so much. I noticed such a huge difference in the way I felt and it seemed as though some of my allergies diminished greatly. I had a pretty intense allergy to soy that is now a mild allergy and I lost the 30 pounds I’d been struggling with.
But I still struggle. I have been off the diet for about 6 months and I have put 15 pounds back on and I still have some issues with yeast (TMI – chronic yeast infections, oral thrush, Poor memory, cravings for sweets, cysts, mild rosacea, mild skin rashes, fatigue, headaches, pms, etc.) but they have lessen immensely since being on the candida diet. It’s one of the reasons I know it’s a yeast overgrowth.
Why am I telling you so much personal, TMI stuff about me? Because so many women deal with the same issues without knowing what’s wrong. It’s tough to change your diet so drastically, especially if you have a family and/or you’re cooking for a household, but it can have such a huge impact on your quality of life.
I have always been of the opinion that eating/living a particular way impacts your life greatly, now I’m of the experience that this is so. But, every person is different, every person has different needs. The same approach won’t work for every person. The below are the three that seem to have the largest impacts on health and well-being. A good place to start might be with the Elimination diet. I now incorporate all of these into my life where I can and it has made such a big difference. I keep a Alkaline Foods Chart on my fridge for reminders too.