Yesterday, I had an appointment with a Naturopath (ND). He has a top reputation and a 6 month wait list to see him. I wasn’t supposed to be going until the end of January, but I got in with a cancellation.
I filled out the extensive medical history and listed my top concerns as:
Why was I concerned about candida?
Well… My extensive research points to an overgrowth in my body. I get this rash on my back and neck. It’s ALWAYS HORRIBLE whenever I’m on estrogen.
It’s ironic that I spent the past few years preparing my body for conception only to have the drugs I need to help conception completely throw it out of wack.
The ND ran this fancy schmancy scanner on my body to find issues or imbalances. My concerns were bang on. I definitely have candida.
Candida doesn’t just occur overnight though. I expect my overgrowth is caused by years of bad eating habits (hello, University), high stress (my job before this one and my family troubles) and oral contraceptives.
Many Western medicine doctor’s also don’t recognize the connection between Candida and infertility. I also think the candida could have contributed to my ectopic pregnancy, but my RE always says we will never know the exact cause. It can’t hurt to get rid of it though.
The ND prescribed me a strong dose of probiotics, garlic and maca root. And he encouraged me to follow the Candida diet for the next 6 months.
I signed up for a 28 day cleanse of clean eating, but now I’m being asked to limit it even more for 6 months!?!?!??!
The Candida diet is no wheat, no yeast, no sugar, no dairy… no chocolate. AHHHHH!
I am obviously willing to give it a go, but I am overwhelmed.
I checked the ingredients listing on a few gluten-free items we have in the cupboard and many of them didn’t fit within the Candida diet guidelines. I honestly am feeling like I don’t know how any working woman can follow such a strict diet without major preparation.
This is going to be a huge lifestyle change. *deep breath*
Oh the things we do to better ourselves on this fertility journey! All worth it right?
If anyone has any advice for the Candida diet or for an MSG allergy (as I discovered I have one of those too), I’d love to hear it!
For more info: 10 Signs You Have Candida Overgrowth & What to Do About It