I've now been doing the candida plan for 10 days, and am pleased to find that all my yeast infection symptoms - the oral thrush, red itchy rash, gut problems, achy joints, sinusitis, dandruff etc - are greatly reduced. As a happy bonus, I've also lost 5lbs. All this has encouraged me to carry on with this very restrictive plan for another week or two, to ensure the yeast overgrowth has stopped. After that I'll start slowly reintroducing things to my diet, one thing at a time.
I thought that one of the things I'd miss the most and be really keen to start having again would be my frothy coffees, the instant sachet type, I love them and had been having 3 or 4 a day. Although I generally try to buy the unsweetened and decaffeinated ones, they're not always available. But even the unsweetened ones contain some glucose, so I've been having a form of sugar even though I don't add sugar. Well, for the past 10 days I've been having ordinary decaf coffee with unsweetened coconut or soya milk, 1 cup per day, although for the past 2 days I've had 2 cups. Surprisingly (to me anyway) I actually like it, so probably won't go back to having the instant frothy coffees. Which is also money saving as they're not cheap. Soya milk is dirt cheap in Aldi or Lidl, and I managed to get a pack of 8 cartons of coconut milk from Amazon which were cheaper than in the shops.
I'm thinking that my first reintroduction will be sourdough bread, one slice every other day to start off with. Husband generally has toast for breakfast and the smell of it is just so nice, I've nearly caved in a couple of times and had a slice, but resisted. I'm also going to ensure I only buy proper sourdough, by reading the labels - some prepackaged so-called sourdoughs aren't real sourdough at all, they contain a long list of ingredients including yeast, which real sourdough doesn't have. During the winter whilst we're not at the caravan, I think I'll start making sourdough again.
Whilst I have watched some of the Royal coverage every day, and read bits in the papers online, I am getting a bit fed up with the constant repetition of it all, and the ridiculous speculations the papers keep coming out with regarding William and Harry and their wives in particular. I know they'll say anything to sell papers (not that I buy them anymore, nor pay to read them online - I only read free ones) but the fact is (and the papers seem oblivious to actual facts) that nobody except the Royals concerned knows how things will pan out between them all in the future. And as for their constant claims that "an insider said" - just who are these 'insiders'? They can't be Royal family friends or staff, I'm sure they'd be far too loyal to give gossip to the press. I just feel terribly sad for the Queen's children in particular, and especially our new King, because they're having to undertake all these official duties whilst mourning their beloved mother under the gaze of the entire world. No grieving in private for them, they're having to do it in full view of everyone - and who wants to be bursting into tears in the glare of thousands of cameras and on TV? The time between a loved one's death and the funeral is pretty horrible for anyone, the Royals must be counting down the hours. They'll be exhausted after this week, considering they're having to travel round the entire country and be in loads of different places every day.