Elimination stage, how long?

Submitted by Miss Danielle on Mon, 05/21/2007 - 8:02pm.

This was a post on the old forum. I've saved it because it illustrates a question that ALWAYS comes up.

"Hi everyone, I've been taking care of my Candida overgrowth for the last month. I am attending an Holistic Practitioner and my Doctor is in agreement with the treatment advised by the holistic, but also handed me a script for antifungals (which I haven't used).

I improved steeply to begin with, but seem to have plateaued somewhat. The Holistic says I've almost halved the problem (she measures me on a scale of 40, I was at 38 but am now at 20). I haven't really come away with any solid pointers on the "stages" though. My question is: how do you know when you've come to the end of the elimination stage? The holistic doesn't speak in terms of stages but just of the overall picture. Also she has added another tincture to my range of remedies I must take, so its getting more expensive. I'm sure the remedies will speed up my recovery, but I do find it hard to not be able to gauge the process for myself. And I'd like to know when I can expand my diet and with what?

Thanks for any help guys!

Sharon"

"That's a tough question
Submitted by Miss Danielle on Sun, 10/22/2006 - 12:15am.

There is no set time for the end of the elimination diet (well, no one can agree on it). My rule of thumb is at least 4 weeks. Only then can you gauge what foods make you sick as you introduce them back into the diet.

The holistic is right in saying it's more about the big picture, and more specifically, YOUR picture because everyone is different and heals at different times with different foods.

What do you consider a plateau? You feel better but not 100%? You don't get sick spells as often or not at all? It's all relative. The diet won't always make you feel superhuman, but as long as it makes you feel HUMAN, you're doing fine.

You could in theory start reintroducing foods back into the diet. Start with one, and one from the "iffy" list (not the no no list). For instance, a fruit or spelt. Don't change anything else. Eat it for one day, and then go back on the strict diet for 3 days. See how your body reacts. If it's ok, try it again. This is really the only process. But don't overdo it."

"Thanks
Submitted by Sharon C on Sun, 10/22/2006 - 5:42pm.

Hi Danielle. I had quite a spell of feeling not unwell, but at the same time not having a decent level of energy. This is what I called the plateau. I didn't get how slow this recovery process would be! This has just recently improved to a level where I can function at a more normal pace (longer working day including a few hours of commuting on train, and still having at least a small amount of energy in the evening). This is a vast improvement. But now as I reach this level of activity, I am finding that it is becoming harder to sleep at night. Some kind of problem regulating release of adrenalin?

Anyway, I certainly have improved since I last posted. And I'm doing fine on the diet. Only thing I miss is the convenience of being able to stop for a sandwich or a muffin when out shopping with a friend. Ditto when ordering from any menu. Always having to prepared and cook my own food is very tiresome, but what can you do. At least I can make good tasting food that I know won't harm me. I can have oats, but not wheat according to my Holistic, and I'm allowed a banana every now and then, this is gooood! I use zylitol to make oat cookies and these help me take care of my cookie moster tendancies :-) And I love fresh carrot juice, a yummy treat when I get the chance to have it.

I hope everyone else is doing ok, I'm now going to read the other posts! Hopefully we can all post a little more often? Its really good to touch base with those who are on the same journey.

Take care, Sharon C"