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Little Miss Sunshine

London, United Kingdom
I’ve suffered from Candida for years.  About 12 years ago I went to a naturopath for chronic thrush and she diagnosed me.  She started me off on an anti-candida diet, but unfortunately she started me off on anti fungals right from the word go.  My body went into total shock.  I got terrible cold sores and then my whole face swelled up like a gigantic balloon.  I went to the A&E and they had to give me steroids (which I now know feeds candida) so my... Full Bio
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I’ve suffered from Candida for years.  About 12 years ago I went to a naturopath for chronic thrush and she diagnosed me.  She started me off on an anti-candida diet, but unfortunately she started me off on anti fungals right from the word go. 

My body went into total shock.  I got terrible cold sores and then my whole face swelled up like a gigantic balloon.  I went to the A&E and they had to give me steroids (which I now know feeds candida) so my face would go back to normal.  Very frightening and upsetting.  I took my lotions, potions and creams back to the naturopath and said she’d caused me no end of issues and I didn’t want anything to do with her quack diet.

That was only the beginning of the problems!  I’ve had brain fog, skin problems, flaky scalp, incredibly flaky ears – nice!  Tiredness and carb craving was a massive issue.  I was a proper sugar junkie.  Then four years ago I was diagnosed with premature menopause.  I hadn’t had a period in a year, but I’d been living a hedonistic party hard lifestyle so put it down to that and didn’t really get it looked into. 

When I started getting hot flashes, dizzy spells, mood swings and night sweats I started to wonder, but I was only 30 so of course I wasn’t going through the ‘change’.  Only I was.  I had a chance encounter with a family doctor for something totally unrelated and I mentioned my symptoms and my lack of menstration for the last year.  He quickly organised some tests and it came back positive.  My hormones were through the roof, well except for estrogen!

When I was 32 I started wondering about the connection between my sugar and carb out of control cravings and my endocrine system.  I went on the anti candida diet again, with a lot more information about what to expect from die off!  I lasted a month and felt amazing.  My skin cleared up and I dropped some weight.  I was in an abusive relationship however and turned to comfort eating.  I’d make a batch of fudge and polish it off within 24 hours.  It makes me feel ill even thinking about it!

I got out of relationship hell and comfort ate for another year.  Then I decided I’d had enough of being an overweight and unhealthy fat arse so I cleaned up my diet.  Over the last year I’ve lost 9 kilos and I’ve got 4 more to go.  But that’s not why I’ve turned back to the anti candida diet now. 

I am convinced there is a link between my candida issues and my endocrine issues.  Fuelled by years of antibiotics, sugar binges and then alcohol and recreational drugs.  That hasn’t been my lifestyle for a few years now as my health got priority after I was diagnosed with premature menopause.

2010 is the year for me to reclaim my health.  I’m two and a half weeks in to my new regime and haven’t found it too difficult so far.  I’m very conscious that I’m a phase/phasial (is that a word?) kind of person and I jump into something whole heartedly and then lose interest.  So I’m doing this blog as a way to connect with others on the same path and perhaps to offer advice as to how I’m getting on that will help someone else.  I know I’ve been doing loads of research and have found other’s stories helpful.