Do I have to be health nut to recover from candida overgrowth?

Change is possible for anyone

Don't worry if folks on this forum seem like zealots to you at first. Many people exploring healthy food and nutritional supplements to treat candida overgrowth were not always excitable when it came to new ways of making a healthy food tasty or a a gluten free muffin stick together. And, they were far from health fanatics when they came on board.

Relating to others

Those who might count themselves among the already 'converted' (to health enthusiasts) endured some growing pains as they changed their lifestyles and diet. Many experience a temporary alienation of friends and family in the process. It's strange but even though we're transitioning to a whole foods and natural products healing program, it seems UNnatural to many.

Here we can make the distinction between natural and normal and between normal and conditioned. It's natural for us to eat foods that are naturally produced and minimally processed. As the 'Green' Revolution that took us towards agrochemical farming norms, and as corporate food processors began supplying convenience food to our busy families, we have become conditioned to think that chemical mega-farms and packaged, processed foods are normal.

Nutritional Evangelism

An explanation of your struggle with yeast, candida, CRC, Candidiasis etc to people in your life a requires care and thoughtfulness and, in many situations, may be best avoided. If you have to say something, a simple explanation that you have some  digestive and allergy problems and need to choose your foods very carefully will likely be enough for most people. 

Almost inevitable, for us once we start feeling the benefits of our diet changes, is a of what I call “nutritional evangelism”. This is when we each become a “born again nutritionist”. If you find yourself in this role, I recommend you take a deep breath and do your best to pause and consider the wisdom of focusing on your own healing rather than trying to change others.
 
Hint- the glazed look that come over a person's eyes as they shut their minds off to “too much information” is a good cue that you may have over-shared  
 
If you continue speaking too strongly against the way they themselves likely think about food, you run the risk of being labelled “paranoid” or “kooky”. When our awareness is at a level greater than those around us, we need to learn to be artful about sharing information in a way that others can relate to so they are not repelled. As long as we are not seeking agreement with what are our own personal decisions/choices are, then we can probably resist getting entwined in an effort to sway the minds of others. 
 

Sharing in small bites 

If you know someone very well and if you feel they will listen with authentic concern and a non judgemental mind,  you might want to tell them what you've been exploring. Still it's usually best to try to give short, summarized 'sound bytes' and allow them to ask questions rather than overwhelm them with information.This is easier said than done.

Leading by healthy example
Even your dearest loved ones may have some trouble adjusting to your new interests, passions and preferences. It will no doubt challenge them to some degree practically (as they try to figure out if they should worry about you and how they can feed you with your new choices), and perhaps philosophically as well.

Keep in mind that they do not have your symptoms and so are not motivated to change the way they eat in the same way you are. Likewise, they may not be as excited by the things you learn about food as you are. They will likely have a limit to the amount of information they want to hear about food.

As we experience our own personal health revelations, it can be very tempting to want to change those around us, especially those we care about deeply.  All we can really do to influence others is to quietly, confidently change in front of them and hopefully our success will provide a positive model. We can only come to realizations about our health care and diet when the time is right for us. As most of you have already realized, making changes in diet can feel intimidating.Just start where you're at and find the right pace and the right approach to suit your lifestyle and personality and health needs. 
 
Please let me know if I can help you along the way. Post your questions for me here on the forum. I answer them on Tuesday or Wednesday each week.
Warmly,
Tarilee


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