Candida Diet Set Backs – Tried everything, yet nothing is working?
Do you know the feeling when you hit a metaphoric wall with your diet, treatment or exercise regime and you just can’t get through it?! That’s where I was at two weeks ago.
You change your diet. You improve your lifestyle. Learn new habits. Meditate every day.
Begin the day with affirmations, visualisations, movement and fresh air. You’re taking expensive vitamins, releasing negative emotions and filling your mind with kind thoughts. You’re learning mindfulness techniques and even stop working like a lunatic, and (fill in the blanks…!)
Yet, your issues persist.
That’s what happened to me… just when I finally had overcome all my Candida symptoms…. dang!
Why am I sharing this with you?
- Honesty & authenticity are very important to me. So, I decided to be frank with you (even though it is hard for me to publicly admit my weaknesses!)
- I don’t want you to think that you are alone – looking at my desolate blog and Facebook group you could easily think that I have no interest in supporting you on your healing journey. But that’s not the case at all. I just didn’t have the mental bandwidth for it!
What was happening? (my symptoms)
For quite a while my brain did not function properly. It was scary. It made me feel helpless, embarrassed and angry, and it impacted me negatively everywhere in my life. I lost business opportunities and friends over it, and it almost cost me my relationship of twelve years.
I could not think very well — thinking literally made my brain hurt.
I could not easily make decisions, reflect, remember. Not like in a ‘Candida brain fog sugar high’ kind of way, more in a ‘brain not operational system breakdown’ kind of way.
All important cognitive functions were impaired, and when I did have a good day and tried to make up for lost time I generally experienced a migraine type headache/ hangover the next few days with excruciating nerve pain behind one of my eyes.
I had stopped taking painkillers like Ibuprofen a long time ago because they aggravate your gut, and after everything I had to do to fix my gut, I really didn’t want to take any risks!
I generally have a big tolerance for pain and can endure a lot of suffering. But I got to say this constant ‘dagger in the eye’ sensation was getting to me, because I often could not read, work, watch tv… I was just stuck in my head, with the pain 24/7. This was going on and off for many, many months, causing me to feel depressed at times.
How that affects you
Answering emails or Facebook messages often felt like a maths exam to me. Like a big operation. So naturally I have been avoiding more and more tasks, hoping with rest my brain would get back to normal. But since I haven’t had much rest and I worried over it, I became so charged that even when I wanted to relax my mind couldn’t shut off, and I was finding it hard to go to sleep, and I practically never woke up feeling rested.
Naturally in that state mistakes happen which doesn’t exactly boost your confidence. So, instead of running my usual Spring time 21 days Candida Cleanse, I have been keeping a low profile. Can you blame me? It would have been better to have been open about it with you of course.
But I felt so stupid, vulnerable and insecure – after all ‘maybe there was something seriously wrong with me’…
I investigated 5 potential causes for me feeling so low:
- adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue, hormonal imbalances, pre-menopause stuff, heavy metal poisoning and neurotransmitter issues
As a first step I got a hair mineral test done
Interestingly the test revealed multiple mineral deficiencies — you can see the low levels in the image above, especially magnesium, which I had still been taking once a day alongside a weekly Epsom salts bath (rich in magnesium) – it just goes to show even when you think you live super healthily, it might still not be enough… and can apparently lead to indecision, emotional withdrawal and even sensitivity to noise (that was me all over!)
Some ratios were out of whack too manifesting themselves in stress burnout symptoms like fatigue and depression.
Not to forget the sleep issues (I haven’t been sleeping well for years. No snoozing or getting back to sleep. I just pass out and then periodically wake up like a bolt. Not good.
But I’m just glad that finally there is a simple bio-chemical explanation for what was happening to me, and what a relief to know that my symptoms will hopefully easily go away once I filled up my mineral reserves again (fingers crossed!) I’ll try it for 90 days and see what happens.
I’m already feeling a lot better, and if I can, so can you!
I had a lot of focus, memory, mood & sleep problems as well as frequent migraines this past year. So, if you didn’t hear from me, that’s one of the major reasons why!
Having done a hair mineral analysis test has given me the insight that mineral deficiencies might be to blame for my symptoms. I am in the process of correcting these deficiencies over the next 90 days by taking different specifically formulated mineral supplements.
If you have hit a healing plateau and are currently struggling with your health, then don’t make the same mistake as I did that you hide away and suffer in silence. Ask for help and get some tests done if you can to have more clues what is going on. In any case, stay calm and rather than expecting the worst, have faith that your issues can be resolved easily just be tweaking a few things!
You deserve clarity, well-being & piece of mind. Chin up, you’re awesome!
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