I have started something new.. a sugar-free journal.
Lately, I have been not feeling up to par, and I realized it has to do with the food I put in my mouth. I will admit, I have a hard time with sweets and carbs. That is pretty much all I eat. I never really worried because I have always been thin and I figured I can eat whatever I want, right? That is not the case…I am now 27 and my body needs more nutrients from foods not just from supplements. I have experienced all of these symptoms (in order) and they have become progressively worse and have made such simple daily tasks so much harder.
headaches/migraines, fatigue, thinking unclear and or forgetfulness, chronic yeast infection/BV, swelling of face and body, bloating, painful gas pains.
I have done a lot of research and actually weirdly (if that is a word) ran into people who have the same problem as I. They call it an over growth of Candida. Many things cause it and some of those things are birth control pills, taking a lot of antibiotics, excessive stress, hormonal imbalance, diabetes, etc. Many times I would look at my webmd app and the symptom checker to see what it could be. I have never been too concerned with my heath in the past but realized now that something was off with my body. After it said it was possibly and overgrowth in yeast I was almost certain that it was. I would go to regular check ups and the docs telling me I had a yeast infection or BV. I had no symptoms of those but realized when I was doing research that it was because I had yeast in my lower intestines. Did some research about how eating a diet in veggies and proteins and no carbs or any kind of sugar was a must because the yeast cannot fed off of that. As I looked at the list of things I couldn’t eat I thought No way, I can’t do this and just dropped it. Later my husband was at work and another co-worker was on a strict candida diet and told me how important my diet was. I realized then that I had to do something especially since I was feeling constant swelling, fatigue again and it was candida.
day 1-I went on a strict no sugar diet. That ment no sugar AT ALL! veggies and meat.
day2- felt amazing and swelling went away. I was so hungry and felt like veggies were not making me full. complained a lot!
day 3- felt great again but wanted carbs SO BAD!
day 4- a little fatigue again and ate a chocolate granola bar and then went to a christmas party and ate a sugar cookie ..whoops
day 5- Ate better but started to get swelling in eyes that evening and feeling sluggish
day6- couldn’t get out of bed and swelling, went to a breakfast party ate pancakes and realized it after the fact. My stomach hurt. I stopped the diet, ate a turkey and cheese sandwich from port o subs, had another sugar cookie and a handful of Hershey kisses I won at the breakfast party.
I realized today that this is real. I need to have some control over my body and 3 days of no sugar isn’t good enough. I am hoping this blog will help me with that. As I am typing I am feeling so much fatigue and my feet are getting tingly again too. This is so hard. I am stating over with my diet. No carbs or sugar….eehhh! …………………………………..to be continued..