Planning our Anti Candida Diet

I spent the day yesterday at the doctor's office and it totally wiped me out! I had an appointment for myself and my two daughters. I have been very impressed with the doctor so far. He is extremely thorough and spends at least an hour talking about each patient. His physical exam was the most thorough I've ever had, too. He examined almost my entire body, even noting things like my cold feet and dry legs. We are all going to do the anti candida diet since we all struggle with yeast overgrowth. Max and I have it the worse out of everyone but hopefully it will be beneficial for the girls and their minor complaints as well. My blood was drawn to test for thyroid imbalances because I have a lot of symptoms of low thyroid (very low body temperature, cold feet, dry legs, fatigue, depression, etc). I have had my thyroid tested before but it's always come back just fine. I am excited this time because the doctor is doing the regular thyroid panels plus the T3 and Reverse T3 panels as well (which I have heard are often the cause of the problem and rarely tested for). In addition to my lab work, the girls and I also had biomeridian testing done to check for allergies. Thankfully the girls only showed a handful of allergies which I kind of anticipated. I showed many environmental and food allergies (we didn't test anyone else for environmental) and Max, of course, tested for the most foods out of any of us. Here were our results: 

Max - cheese, egg, cows milk, fish, shellfish, banana, cantaloupe, citrus, pineapple, raspberry, strawberry, tomato, barely, corn, gluten, rye, spelt, wheat, almond, cashew, coconut, peanuts, pecan, walnut, corn syrup, fructose, lactose, sucrose, bell pepper, carrot, mushroom, onion, white potato, soybean, caffeine, chocolate, artificial sweeteners like equal/nutrasweet

Maude - cheese, cows milk, barley, corn, gluten, rye, spelt, wheat, peanuts, corn syrup, fructose, lactose, sucrose, caffeine, chocolate

Olive - cheese, egg, cows milk, fish, banana, pineapple, corn, cashew, corn syrup, fructose, lactose, sucrose, soybean, caffeine, chocolate

Me - cheese, cows milk, shellfish, banana, citrus, strawberry, barely, corn, gluten, rye, spelt, wheat, corn syrup, fructose, lactose, sucrose, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, soybean, caffeine, chocolate, artificial sweeteners like equal/nutrasweet

I was also tested for chemical/environmental allergies too and came up with a ton - pollen, food additives (like msg, nitrates, etc), petroleum, gasoline/crude oils, grass, trees, dust, mold, perfume, etc. 

These foods will have to be kept out of the diet for a minimum of two weeks (in addition to the foods that are not allowed on the anti candida diet) and then can be reintroduced one at a time after that, waiting three days in between to check for reactions. 

Because we have so many different sensitivities, I am thinking we will kind of do a mix of diets. I'd like to use the bone broth aspect from the GAPS diet because it is so healing to the gut, but I'd also like to incorporate some of the principles from the Body Ecology Diet too. I like some of the food combining information I'm learning from Body Ecology. I know I will not be able to follow that advice perfectly but I'm going to do what I can. I am going to keep grains in because it will simply be easier on the kiddos. We have done GAPS before and frankly it was very difficult. If it were just me, I wouldn't be afraid of doing it. I can live on a restricted diet, but it is really hard to do it for the kids. Since Max is allergic to both nuts and coconut, it makes sense that he didn't do as much healing as I would have liked on GAPS since those were foods we used. We all tested fine for rice, oats, quinoa, millet, amaranth, and buckwheat. I am going to keep quinoa, millet, amaranth, and buckwheat in our diet regularly (allowed in the Body Ecology Diet) and then will also allow rice and gluten free oats a couple of times per week. I will be completely and strictly off of all fruit and sweeteners for at least the first month. I'm going to allow the kids to continue to have one serving of fruit per day at the doctor's recommendation. I was hoping to do some cultured foods because they are so good for the body, but since I tested positive for cabbage and Max tested positive for carrots (two of the commonly cultured vegetables) I am thinking we will have to leave them out for now. Hopefully we will be able to try those veggies soon. The most difficult thing will be cooking without onions, carrots, bell peppers, and tomatoes since I use those almost daily in my cooking. It will be a good chance for us to branch out and find some new things to eat right??

So now comes the chore of figuring out what to eat. I sat down and started to plan out our meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinners and got pretty stuck. Hopefully I will get a bounce in my step and be able to come up with some ideas that accommodate all of our different sensitivities! I'm planning to start the diet on Monday and that cannot come soon enough. We are READY!

I'm ready to not look three months pregnant anymore! No, I'm not pregnant, just bloated. And very uncomfortable.