There's another reason why I've decided to have a drastic change of diet. I currently have a candidiasis (yeast) infection, I've had it 2 or 3 times before. It causes a sore mouth, tongue and lips, itchy red and scaly rash on parts of my body, gut problems in the form of bloating and crampy pains, sinusitis, dandruff with a very itchy scalp. It also makes me feel very tired and achy. It's caused in my case by having a weakened immune system, chronic stress and eating too many carbs. In the past I've had courses of antifungal tablets and a gel for the oral thrush.....this time I'm attempting to treat it myself - I take enough (essential) medications as it is, I really don't want any more drugs.
So, along with my now mostly vegetarian diet, I'm cutting out all bread products - I only eat sourdough bread now anyway, but am stopping that for a couple of weeks. I'm not eating any pasta, rice, potatoes - simple carbs in other words - nor fruit except for berries or the occasional apple (too much sugar). I'm cutting out dairy milk (even my lactose-free milk) and drastically reducing my cheese intake. I'm not eating anything processed, only what I've made myself. I'm also not having my frothy coffees, which is the biggest trial for me, I do love them. It's hard doing all this, but if it gets rid of the infection and makes me feel better, it's worth it, I've been feeling so unwell lately. The really strict part of it is only for a couple of weeks anyway, then I can start reintroducing things slowly.
This is a very restrictive diet, so I'm taking a multivitamin and mineral tablet daily, along with acidophilus tablets to promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria to overpower the bad bacteria.
So now I'm drinking just 2 coffees a day - decaff coffee with unsweetened soya or coconut milk, I drink water the rest of the time. For breakfast I have live yogurt with berries and a small handful of almonds. Lunches are tinned salmon or sardines or a small amount of grated cheese or boiled eggs with salad veggies. Dinners are the veggie rissoles or nut roast or a fillet of white fish, with veggies like long stem broccoli, cauli, cabbage, Brussels, courgettes and asparagus. Nothing in between meals, I don't eat snacks.
For the first couple of days I had horrible withdrawal symptoms, which I expected - awful headache, even worse insomnia, brain fog, nausea, generally feeling yuck. Now I've been doing it for nearly a week, I'm beginning to feel better and hopefully even better still in the days to come.