A Change of Diet
I mentioned briefly in a post a couple days ago that I am currently experimenting with my diet, again. About two and a half years ago, I decided to go gluten-free after suggestions from supportive loved ones and much research. I suspected I had Celiac Disease or gluten-intolerance because of the variety and types symptoms I experienced. For those that may not know, gluten is the protein in wheat, barley, and rye. I can not eat any foods containing these ingredients because the gluten burns off the small hairs (or cilia) lining my small intestine. These little hairs are what pull up nutrients from the food you eat in order to nourish your body. Without these hairs, you can not get the nutrients you need and you become malnourished. In my case, I developed an autoimmune disorder from Celiac Disease which should be fully curable by dedicating myself to a diet free of gluten. This was a tough but necessary decision but was also one of the best health decisions I have made, along with going Vegan. While not all of my “symptoms” have receded, I am so much more healthy now because of my new lifestyle.
Bodies are complex and multiple symptoms can stem from multiple issues. Since I still have some symptoms hovering around me, I decided to do more research led me to believe my body may have an overgrowth of Candida. Candida is a yeast that lives in your mouth and intestine, and when it overgrows it can wreak havoc on your immune system. My research also showed me there is a link between psoriasis (one of my symptoms), gluten-intolerance, and Candida overgrowth. I found this really interesting and wanted to discover possible solutions. I decided to go on an experimental anti-Candida diet for the month of August. I don’t know if this will turn into another new lifestyle yet or not, but there’s only one way to find out: by trying.
I began first with a cleanse. I have been drinking juiced vegetables sweetened only with carrots and an occasional apple as well as various anti-fungal/pro-biotic drinks such as cultured coconut milk, cayenne pepper in lemon water, and raw garlic in whatever liquid will help get raw garlic down. Today marks the last day of the cleanse part and I will begin the regular diet tomorrow. I have been paying close attention to my body and taking notes in a journal as I go through my cleanse. I find that’s the healthiest way to approach a cleanse. If you are not paying attention to your body and giving it what it needs, you run the risk of harming yourself. The whole point of a cleanse is to be healthy and take care of your body. If you are deleteriously losing weight or feeling unwell, you should give your body what it needs. I have felt really great so far and a simple veggie broth (no salt/no sweetener) with some chopped up celery, kale, and tomatoes helps me if I am feeling uncharacteristically tired. Cleansing done the healthy way can be very good for you, and I’m really enjoying the beneficial side effects already.
While I’m looking forward to this adventure, it’s hard to live without. I value my health and I want to love my body. I don’t know that this is the answer I am looking for, but it’s worth finding out. Have you ever needed a drastic diet or lifestyle change for your health? Was it a struggle? How did you cope?
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