Monday, May 28, 2007

Update

I haven't posted in a very long time...2 months! I simply wasn't able to follow even a modified version of the Candida diet beyond the month and a half or so beginning, where I succeeded in following it to the letter.

In general I've never been able to follow any diet for very long, so I'm impressed with how long I lasted on this one; longer than any I ever followed in the past.

My "burning mouth syndrome" is now pretty much gone. I think it's a combination of having followed the diet, and also recently I got the crown for my implant and that has also soothed my poor tongue. It was not good for me having that gap for so long and apparently created an irritation.

Thanks to all for your encouragement and interest, and sorry if I've let you down!

I'm considering using this blog as a diet log, as I must go on a weight loss diet soon, so I hope to be continuing this soon.


Friday, March 30, 2007

My way (or the highway?)

I am touched (very!) and convinced (to an extent) by the comments that have been coming in. I hate to face this, but my thrush isn't clearing completely and I obviously need to do more than the haphazard way I've been eating and taking supplements since my trip to NY recently.

So I'll give up cow's milk and its products. I'll stop the sweets or at least cut them way down. I'll be more consistent about taking GSE.

I'm not giving up coffee yet...but at least I'll have it black or with soy milk only.

It's too hard for me to go all the way back (new readers of this blog can check out all my limitations in my first posts), but if the above measures don't work I guess I won't have a choice...

Another great blog!

More luck: Jaimi Q left a comment on my previous post. I visited her blog and it's well worth a visit. There aren't so many Candida blogs out there! Her blog is called Fighting Candida: Body Ecology. Check it out!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Not so strict

I need a new, not-so-strict way of keeping candida at bay. Is this possible?

At the moment, I am keeping sugar and dairy products to a minimum, but not avoiding them altogether. I favor non-wheat products but don't avoid wheat completely. I am using a tea-tree oil toothpaste and mouthwash. I'm taking GSE, but not every day. I take a probiotic every day and sometimes twice a day.

Am I kidding myself or can this work?

Friday, March 23, 2007

The Cardboard Diet: an anti-Candida recipe blog!

I'm so happy to have heard from Djinn, the writer of the Cardboard Diet blog, which features loads of recipes for anti-Candida. Check it out!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Back to GSE

I'm back to taking GSE after not taking it for about 10 days. I guess I got out of the habit during my recent trip to NY. Wow, that stuff is so bitter...but I woke up this morning with not the clearest tongue, and I don't want to have to start this all over again.

I did have a week of drinking lots of coffee though; that is, for me. I had one cup almost every day. I know that's not a lot for most people, but I had been drinking 1-2 cups a week before I got this Candida thing. As readers of this blog know, the main thing I missed following the Candida diet was coffee. That really took me by surprise. Anyway, I got into a cup a day since getting back to Israel from New York. It helped me get over the jet lag, but
now I've got to cut down. Today, for example, I didn't have any at all.

Also, truth be told, I've been ingesting more sugar than I really need. I know I went too far with it. I'm gonna try to cut down...

Two interesting products that I got in the US are a tea tree oil toothpaste and a mouthwash called Healthy Gums that contains GSE, goldenseal, tea trea oil, and a lot of other good and natural stuff. I've been using it for a couple of days and it is very pleasant. I only hope it's strong enough...time will tell.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Probiotics in the news

I read an article of interest today on Dr. Andrew Weil's site; apparently probiotics may prevent cancer!

Probiotics May Help Prevent Cancer
A new study from Belgium suggests that daily intake of probiotics (friendly bacteria) and prebiotics (substances that nourish friendly bacteria in the intestines) may reduce the activity of enzymes in the colon that produce carcinogenic compounds. A small study that included 53 young, healthy volunteers who took probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics (a combination of probiotics and the foods that foster their growth) found that certain probiotics and prebiotics decreased levels of enzymes believed to be involved with the development of colon cancer. The synbiotic didn’t appear to help. We’ve got to learn a lot more on this subject than this study reveals – as one of the researchers noted, it didn’t show that people will live longer, healthier lives because of the new findings. The study was published on February 28, 2007 in the advance online issue of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Meanwhile, in the United States, the growing popularity of products with probiotics (now one of the top five foods people say they want to add to their diets) generated concerns that consumers have no way of knowing the exact strain of what they’re getting or how much probiotic a product contains.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

No place like home

I just got home....

My thrush is gone after having used the Culturelle for the last 10 days or so. I didn't even use it so regularly, but it seems to have done the trick. I mean, the thrush is gone but I still get a strange taste in my mouth and am afraid to have anything too spicy.

I've also been sampling all kinds of food, and don't know how to continue right now. I'm going to eat on the "conservative" side, i.e., keep the wheat and starches to a minimum for a while.

I was able to get some tea tree oil toothpaste and mouthwash in the US. I'll start using the mouthwash today. The label claims to produce good results in 2 weeks of using the product. There is goldenseal and GSE in the mouthwash as well.