Candida

gluten free cake mix

Posted on November 2, 2008. Filed under: Candida, Candida Recipes |

If you can eat evaporated cane sugar but are on a gluten free diet then you definitely have to try this yummy cake mix!

If you’re still on a candida diet, this made from scratch option is much better for your tummy.

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the dyingness: phase two? And a call out for diagnostic help!

Posted on August 25, 2007. Filed under: Candida, The Dyingness |

As many of you know, I haven’t had much luck with doctors. My favourite post on this is here (and it leads you to all of the other ridiculous experiences with them all). My family doctor, I’m sorry to say, first became my doctor (mine having retired and me being away at school) at the beginning of they dyingness. Having not known me beforehand, I can understand that he might think me a little unbalanced, but it’s unnerving to hear time and time again in the tone of his voice that he thinks I’m crazy and must just want attention or something. I can attest to the fact that this is wholly untrue and extremely frustrated. And what happens when I’m frustrated? Well, I cry. And so that’s what I did about two sentences into my appointment with him — which I’m sure doesn’t help my cause.

As of late, I have been experiencing wicked headaches (as in the worst I have ever had in my life and much more frequently), which I believe have been in association to periods — but more headaches in between as well. And bumps on my temples — plus my eyes have been doing weird things. SO, me being all logical, think that perhaps these three things are linked. And, perhaps they might also all be linked to taking the birth control pill. And so, as any logical (and not crazy person) might do, I look at that pamphlet that comes with pills — the one that you read once when you first start taking them and then never look at again. And I have all of the symptoms under the heading that reads “contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following”. They include abdominal pain, painful breathing and chest pain, sudden vision loss, etc. Lots of scary things having to do with blood clots. And so a bell goes off in my head that perhaps (since candida is also linked to taking the pill) that perhaps if I stop taking it my situation might improve? So I wanted to ask my doctor if this was the case — would stopping the pill reverse any side effects? Or would I be stuck with any damage — would it be irreparable? And I didn’t get an answer. Does anyone out there know?

The other annoying thing is that after months of having bumps on my temples, they had gone down, of course, for the appointment. And now, three days later there’s a huge one back again. Damn it. It’s as if my body wants to make him believe that I’m crazy.

The other thing is that every symptom I have appears to not be typical to what happens in people — which throws me off because it is exactly what is happening. You’d think if I were making it up, I’d at least look up how it happens.

Anyway — he AGAIN thinks that anything I say to him — any symptom I come to him with is because I am depressed or stressed. He always asks how I’m feeling on a scale of 1-10. Next time I’ll have to tell him flat out that I’m certainly not depressed or stressed enough to have symptoms appear. And that I would never consider taking a drug for depression so he might as well get that whole thing out of his head.

Now I am going to see an ophthalmologist about my eyes — someone I should see anyway because I have such poor vision (-12). Who knows, perhaps he or she can fix my eyes with a lazer?

So — anyone have any idea as to if this is related to the dyingness? To the pill? Any diagnoses flying around out there?

He did mention that it could be neurological — which I have always kind of thought of — especially now that there are headaches. But, in the meantime, I’m going to focus on not getting pregnant while off the pill, which shouldn’t be too difficult, and on restoring my vision. Any natural remedies out there for this? Eye strengtheners? Help!

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NYC trip!

Posted on August 6, 2007. Filed under: Candida, Travelling |

Work is sending me on my very first business trip to NYC. I’ll only be there one night, but will be right near Time’s Square — any tips on what to do with about an hour of free time? Or any candida-friendly restaurants that you know of nearby? I’m so excited — it’s going to be my first time in NYC ever and, since I’m condo poor, it will also double as a trip I couldn’t normally take.

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gluten free cake mix

Posted on June 6, 2007. Filed under: Candida, Candida Recipes, Gluten Free Recipes |

If you can eat evaporated cane sugar but are on a gluten free diet then you definitely have to try this yummy cake mix!

If you’re still on a candida diet, this made from scratch option is much better for your tummy.

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the battle against candida continues

Posted on April 25, 2007. Filed under: Candida, The Dyingness |

You may recall that I had a complete relapse of the dyingness a few weeks ago. I saw my naturopath and osteopath directly thereafter and have some new things to try. A while ago I thought that Ribes Nigrum was the ultimate wonder drug, but that ended up aggravating my candida in the end and I had to give it up, despite the energy boost. So now I’m trying something called oatstraw with borage a. I boil water and pour it over a half a tbsp to boil away the alcohol (which may have been what was upsetting me before). So far I have had a boost of energy from the adrenal support, but can definitely tell that it’s the potion that’s keeping me up and not my own body or fruition. I also have something called Unda — three bottles a 2, 10 and 245. This is to do a cleanse. I don’t know if it’s possible, but I think I can actually feel the toxins now as they come into my body during the day. That’s how sensitive this thing has made me.

But, all in all, I’m feeling way better this year over last and so, I hope that next year I will be even better. It has now been 19 months of the candida diet (no gluten, sugar, dairy, mushrooms, anything acidic, or corn to be specific) and I’m used to it but I don’t think I can do much more than I have in this past year to recover (with all of the anti-fungals and osteopathy) so I assume that only time will work now. I also think that this summer, given that I haven’t committed myself to any classes or any projects, I may be bored out of my mind, but it may be the reduced “stress” that I need to start to feel wholly better. Sound like a plan?

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fantastic candida-friendly cookbooks that you absolutely need to get!

Posted on April 18, 2007. Filed under: Books, Candida, Candida Recipes, Gluten Free Recipes, Recipes, The Dyingness |

Further to the essential books you must have if on a candida diet, I have found three fantastic cookbooks that you absolutely have to check out! They are filled to the brim, overflowing with hundreds of recipes that are candida-friendly and look yummy (I’d make this stuff even if I weren’t on this diet).

One is called Students Go Vegan Cookbook. Not only are all of the recipes candida-friendly, but they are tasty AND most of them are based on a student lifestyle, so they are inexpensive (as is the book) and perfect for single people (single servings!).

The other two are from England, so if you’re shipping to North America, they take a bit longer, but are definitely worth it! They are River Cafe Book Easy and River Cafe Two Easy. Just flipping through the pages make my mouth water. And, if you’re tired of what you’ve been making time and time again, these books will do just the trick. Since they’re from England, they’re full of lots of recipes that aren’t typical to other parts of the world. All healthy and from what I could see most of the contents books (except for the dessert section) are candida friendly. If the recipe isn’t completely candida friendly, it’s easily substitutable.

Check them out and let me know if you find any favourite recipes within the pages.

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road to recovery…

Posted on April 13, 2007. Filed under: Candida, School, The Dyingness |

So my candida relapse of a few weeks ago completely exploded on Tuesday night, while I was studying. It had been 3 weeks since my last b12 shot (we’re trying to push it from 2, but I think I have to go back to 2) and I could barely keep my eyes open and everything hurt. Basically, I felt like death. But I came to work, went downtown, wrote my stupid exam and then was all ready to come home, perhaps have a bath and make some dinner when I got back to my car and…

I had locked my freakin’ keys in it.

I have never done this ever. Not in my 10 years of driving.

Tears.

So pissed off and I didn’t know what to do.

Brian wasn’t answering his phone.

Not that I know what he would have done anyway other than maybe come be with me.

Still in tears I went upstairs from the lot I was parked in and talked to the consierge of the building. He was very nice and helped me call CAA, who put me through to someone else at a towing company.

The tow truck came —  I flagged him down in the rain (did I mention it was pouring rain)? The driver was also nice and he unlocked my car and I paid him $55.12 and drove home, more exhausted and feeling worse than I had all day.

Luckily I had my shot last night and I saw the magical osteopath, so hopefully I’m on some sort of mending path.

Stupid dyingness.

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easter 2007

Posted on April 9, 2007. Filed under: Candida, Family, Movies, The Little Bro |

Well, in my 27th year, my brother and I had our last easter egg hunt yesterday. I know, I know, I’m much too old for this, but I was able to have an extended childhood due to my brother’s being 12 years my junior.

I remember when he was really small and we would hunt for eggs. His were all down low so that he could reach and mine were all up high. I noticed yesterday that I couldn’t see on the tops of cabinets while I reached up with ease and snatched the eggs away.

Not that it really mattered as I can’t eat sugar due to the candida diet. I’m so used to it now that it’s over a year and a half, but my dear sweet mom actually made me chocolate (gluten, dairy and sugar free) in the form of little chicks and hid them around the house. She really is the best mom ever.

It was also fun to have to “go home” for Easter. Now that I’ve moved into the condo, it’s already nice to have a homecooked meal and to visit with everyone. The little bro especially enjoyed my being there this weekend as I got him out of a scrap or two. Ah, he is definitely becoming a defiant teenage boy. But a good one.

I also saw 4 movies this weekend, which is very unusual for me — Brian and I saw Premonition, and I also watched 13 going on 30, Napolean Dynamite and The Pursuit of Happyness — plus 2 hockey games. Way more tv viewing than I am used to! But it was relaxing. Unfortunately I now have to study and finish and assignment for my courses — these were much neglected this weekend. But, I’m almost in the clear!

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breathing test passed

Posted on April 4, 2007. Filed under: Candida, The Dyingness |

So I actually passed the breathing test that I thought I had failed. Phew! The funny thing is that I still don’t know if I have asthma (though I doubt it) because the test doesn’t test for that…and so, if my “problems” persist, I am to still take my puffers.

I was taking the orange one for a few days and I did feel great. But then I had a major candida relapse and my tongue got all gross again and so now I may have to choose the lesser of two evils. Now, just to decide which that is…

Once the tongue is better I’m going to test it out again to see if the same reaction is there, but I imagine that this is exactly what it’s from. I have also notice that without the inhaler the breathing isn’t as great.

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candida relapse

Posted on April 1, 2007. Filed under: Candida, The Dyingness |

I think the candida is relapsing. I’m exhausted and have been for a few days now and everything that isn’t supposed to hurts. Does this thing ever actually die off completely? I’m not so sure.

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