So it sounds like your symptoms were low to moderate and then higher after you changed your diet. Darn! How frustrating!Usually, when people go on a different diet and eliminate the junk and sugar sources- removing deep fried and processed oils and sugars and excess sugars,- there is almost always an improvement. Usually they discover that one or more of these foods have been contributing to candida growth and or other health-suppressing symptoms. I wonder if, alternately for you, you actually discovered that you are allergic to one of the key foods that you've been leaning heavily on since starting the WA diet. Can you list a few typical days worth of foods and I can give you some feedback? If you do choose to do this, please be as specific as you can about whether foods are organic or additive free.
Your old life being taken away from you at twenty two is a tough thing to deal with. I can completely and entirely empathize with you and usually, when we're just 'ticking away' perfectly happy with things before our health crashes, change is especially unwelcome. I've been in the place of resistance to change and resistance to renunciation. But, just like in the uncommon enlightened approach to a benefit-to-self focused renunciation that one might choose in pursuit of the feeling of integrity or "settledness" of mind of draining choices (like gossip for instance), there is a much deeper benefit to be had when we are in tune with the positive reasons for giving up certain foods.
Like with renunciation, as opposed to just doing so because something or someone like a authority says we 'should', when we choose to give up foods that are toxic to our bodies, if we can do so because of how good we will feel if we replace them, we can stick to the change more easily and benefit more. It's subtle, but deeply important that we emphasize the benefits as opposed to how bad we will feel if we don't give them up because it bypasses the 'should' state of mind that we in turn resist.
Above, Atta said something very wise that I'd like to touch on,
"***the push to recognize that my system is out of balance to the point where I want to make a change. Most people never get to that point because they just don't recognize what's going on in their own body. ****
This is a very true statement about the gift of illness, no matter how unwanted it always is, it, in the end, brings a gift. The even tougher thing about illness in this day and age is that we are surrounded by societies saturated with addiction and acceptance of many daily choices that are slowly reducing our lifespan and quickly killing our quality of life and connection to our ability to feel our natural joy and vitality. It's not just our health or diet that is out of balance. Right now, it is many globally controlled systems that impact our wellbeing and need to change. As with diet originated problems, often illness is our first teaching. Once we feel bad and start to learn about some of the choices (albeit many of them unknowingly) we're making that might be contributing to how poorly we feel, we learn that there are healthier ways of living.
In the current stream of people's choices pushing the market and crowds in the opposite direction, the healthier choices require by comparison to theirs, much more research, hunting, experimentation and financial investment. However, what we're doing is eating and shopping for our own well being as well as for the well being of our entire society and the more we learn about the wide reaching impacts of our food choices, the more we'll want to do things differently.
By starting to eat differently, you are actually beginning the process of shopping activism. You are helping to take back our food supply by demanding healthier, more ethical choices that take better care of our bodies and of the people and land that supply the food. It may feel like over-analyzing your health and your food right now and others may label it hypochondriac. But you're engaging in an essential questioning process and you're seeing more deeply into what you are eating and how it is impacting your body. Changing how we eat can change our mental health chemistry through good nutrition and reduced allergic response but it can also be profoundly important as a means to change our world- both our immediate and our global community. I cannot underestimate the amount of courage it takes any of you to address these changes in your world, especially in the midst of the intense speed at which most of us are living. And, at the same time, I cannot overstate the value in what you are doing.
For you Janis, you've not immediately seen the benefits and you're faced with a lasting problem so this is frustrating right now. But don't give up. You've begun the process of seeking answers about cause and effect. You cannot ever stop looking differently at food or health and you will continue to learn more valuable, and often hard, truths about food.
It will affect your social life and whom you choose for new friends and it will affect family gatherings. The more you learn about food, the more you will also learn about relationships, our impact on one another, group think and ways of using gentle rhetorical choices to drop tiny bits of awareness and curiosity wherever we go.
For now, your focus needs to be on the answers you need for your own health. Candida treatment and a completely pure, hypo-allergic diet (customized for you) may be all you need to find an outrageously great level of health. Or, if things are more complex in your body right now, you may also find yourself exploring other, related aspects of health.
Regardless of how well you become through diet, you may choose to seek optimum, whole-life health because of your new found respect for the value and importance of wellness. You may learn about electro magnetic fields. You may learn about indoor air quality and, to help you find peace of mind, you may also learn about self regulation and meditation. These transitions of awareness are just a few of those that can bring a great sense of meaning and conviction to your world that has the potential to feed important change around you and will empower your health resilience to a degree you might have difficulty imagining from your current position.
Let's just start with getting your diet in order and get you feeling a bit better and trust that this is likely the most important element to pushing you through the recovery you need. If you're feeling up to taking the next step, please do post some days worth of your food diary and we'll start there with seeing what you can try next.
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