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Today I thought it was time again to write about our little one, how she has been doing and about her candida diet. I’ve been getting so many questions about her health. If you missed my previous posts about her and her issues then you can click HERE, HERE and HERE.
Last week we finally took her to the doctor’s appointment that we had been waiting for for three months. We took her to Woodlands Healing Research Center and we are so glad we found this place.
Our consultation with the doctor proved that we were on the right path and that she had candida poisoning. All the symptoms that made her act literally insane have gotten so much better since she has been sugar, yeast and gluten free. She has been such a good sport about it too. The beginning of the diet at the end of August was rough but she adjusted to it.
We now have to send in more stool samples (not so fun for me LOL) and see what those results will show. She could possibly have other things going on like leaky gut. We will have the results in about three weeks. In case you are wondering, the samples for a comprehensive stool analysis are being sent to Great Plains Laboratory. If you have a child with similar issues as my daughter but no practitioners that help you the way our new doctor does it might be of help to you to send an analysis out on your own.
It saddens me to think that she probably had this since she was a baby and how difficult things have been for her and could have been prevented if doctors would be more open minded to these types of approaches. But I can’t dwell on this and just be happy that we finally have found the cause for her strange behavior. She doesn’t appear to need a psychiatrist or psych meds anymore, which is what the pediatrician was pressing for. She has improved in school (straight As), has reduced her anxiety and anger outbursts and can even perform better in sports. The severe constipation that has plagued her since she was a baby is completely gone. The thought that standard gastroenterologists and physicians just give Miralax to eliminate the symptoms of constipation instead of fixing it angers me so much.
She still has a big dislike for certain clothing but we can handle it at this point. The doctor mentioned that healing her body with food can take a really really long time and we are confident that she will keep getting better. He is also confident that her Vitiligo might stop spreading and maybe we could be lucky enough for her pigments to come back again in a couple of years. I also found this post HERE that talks about a candida and vitiligo connection. It is so interesting and to me it is a huge thing to discover something like this.
So today I thought I’d share with you some of the things she likes to eat.
For the first two and a half month on the candida diet she had no fruits at all because of the sugar content in it. She now has graduated to berries like raspberries and blueberries, green apples and the occasional banana. Unfortunately bananas are high in sugar.
She was on a three month probiotic treatment that I purchased in Germany and is now taking Klaire Labs – Vital-10 – Probiotics that the doctor recommended:
In the beginning we wanted to eliminate all her cravings for sweets but she is now able to have some sugar free stuff. Here are some that she loves. While she is mostly dairy free she does have the occasional organic shredded cheese or sugar free milk chocolate.
This sugar free Dark Euopean Chocolate called CHOCOperfection (click HERE) is so expensive but tastes really really good. It’s sad to think that we have to pay so much more for this but it has less ingredients than any candy bar:
Another one of her favorites are Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds and Sugar Free Chocolate Peanuts. And she likes having the sugar free thinkThin bars. They aren’t the healthiest choice because it’s not fresh but it makes her feel like she can have a candy bar like the other kids.
The doctor recommended to use Purity Farm Ghee (Clarified Butter) instead of regular organic butter which we are now doing:
Our favorite gluten free noodles is this Jovial Organic Gluten Free Brown Rice Pasta which my neighbor recommended and I have to agree. We also love eating quinoa. It’s so good.
And of course one of her all time favorite snacks is organic popcorn.
I either make it fresh in the pan or the occasional microwavable variety if we are in a hurry.:
HERE is a link to a great list of foods to eat while on a candida diet. Our daughter mainly eats 70% vegetables and 20% meat but while driving around for sports and lessons we can’t prevent the occasional 10% snacking. It’s supposed to be kept to a minimum but we can’t avoid it and the above little snack foods do help us a lot.
My husband and I are keeping two Pinterest boards with candida dessert recipes and some other recipes. He helps me so much with cooking for our daughter. He even came up with his own version of chicken nuggets. They taste so good and I will probably write a blog post about them one day soon.
I do have to tell you that if you have a child with certain issues, whether it is for example ADHD, autism or just sensory issues then it is certainly a good thing to look into a treatment like we have. After all a healthy diet change can never be a bad thing, am I right?
The only bad thing about all this is that our grocery bills are beyond expensive now. I feel like crying every time I reach the register but it’s better than having to pay a psychiatrist or paying for psych meds.
And I will keep you guys updated about the results of her test.
How have all you you been that wrote to me about similar issues? Have you had any positive changes in your life?
I’d love to hear from you again.