So last week I got diagnosed with Lyme Disease. It’s been a grueling 6-year process figuring out what’s going on with my body – and this might be a false positive – but while I’m waiting to see a Specialist, and while I’m on a 30-day Medical Leave from work, I thought this would be a perfect time to see how far I could get with holistic measures.
So I’m starting a 30-Day Candida Cleanse!
Why a Candida Cleanse? Well, since the Lyme Disease diagnosis at this point might be a false positive I didn’t want to dive into something Lyme-specific, but I wanted to do something while I’m waiting for my first appointment with my new Functional Medicine specialist and on medical leave. I wanted to do something that might help me feel better while I’m waiting – because right now I’m so sick I can barely walk – and something that will help me get my system back to zero so I can hit the ground running with my new doctor rather than having to go through this with her first. After looking more into diets that can help with chronic illness, the Candida diets kept coming up, and I saw that Lyme Disease diets were very similar, so I thought it couldn’t hurt to give it a try.
Well, “couldn’t hurt” being figurative, not literal – because actually this diet literally hurts. As it’s cleansing your system, as it’s starving and killing off the bacteria in your system that have overgrown due to different nutritional items you’re feeding it, the bacteria release toxins that can make you even more sick at first. It’s different for everyone, but on average looked like it would be a pretty guaranteed crappy first 2 weeks where you will feel absolutely terrible – then an upswing that should hopefully keep going till you’re better and better. Since it’s already hard enough for me to make it reliably into work while I’m “regularly sick” I thought while I’m on leave this is the perfect time for me to do something like this, because I have no where to be but in bed if my symptoms get worse.
AND OMG THEY DID. But that’s for another post.
I went on Amazon and found this book “The 30-Day Candida Cleanse” with 100+ recipes. I’m not usually a blogger, but it’s been a really fun adventure so far giving this a try, so I thought I’d share. 🙂