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Thursday

Depression And Candida

NOTE: This blog is for my own healing, if you read and try something I do... you will be trying it at your own risk.  I do some pretty crazy things to heal, some work, some don't.  So please, check with your doctor before you do anything I do.

While going though the candida diet,  I had bouts with depression,.,.,. Not bad depression, but all the same.  I was DEPRESSED at times.   Anyone who knows me, knows I am not a person who is usually depressed.

Here are a few of the things that made me feel depressed
1. People treated me like I had an eating problem
2.  I would think I was gettting better, then....BOOM, I was sick again
3. We would go to a restaurant and I had to watch everyone eating all this good food
4. Trying to explain to a waiter or waitress how I wanted my food prepared.  One person ask me if I was this picky at home..... If he only knew...


Things to help with depression
1..  This is the top one for me.....FIND A SUPPORT SYSTEM.  Because my sister was going through candida at the same time, we would call each other..... sometimes we would cry but we always helped each other.
 I can not stress how important it is to surround yourself with people who understand.   Ignore those who say nasty things  and try to stay away from them

2.  You are going to go through different phases with candida.  One day you will feel great and the next day you will feel lousy.   This was normal for me.  My sister went through the same thing.

Just make sure you are eating correctly.  If you added something new, you might have to give it up for a couple of weeks and then try it again.

3.  Going to restraunts was very stressful for me.  I love the smell of good food and I used to love eating it.  Now, I take my own food into a restaurant and when they have nothing for me to eat, I eat my own food.  Most restraurants don't have a problem with this if you tell them you have food allergies.

4.  There are some calming teas you can drink.  One of them is camomile tea.  I drank a lot of that and still do.

What ever you do try not to get stressed, that is one thing that would make my candida worse.  I also know it is easier said than done..... Boy... do I know.   

16 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your depression. I suffer from depression myself, and everything you said is true. One needs alot of support, especially from your family. My husband is very supportive and so are my children. I also suffer from anxiety/panic disorder and Bipolar II. So yes, I know what it's like. Hang in there girl, and thanks for the tips.

    Blessings, Mary O

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  2. Thanks for posting this. I have been feeling that way a bit lately. I have been doing the "poor me" garbage because I can't eat anything "yummy". It is hard to be strong and eat right, esp when learning what you really can and cannot eat.

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  3. I agree with this post, guess we all tend to have a bit of depression....I am not sure about depression
    kim

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  4. Thanks for sharing this. I am on day 26 of no sugar. It has been rough. The die off causes the depression for me. My husband has been great. What makes this hard is that no one understands. I appreciate your blog. :)

    Blessings,
    Tammy

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  5. thanks for commenting on my blog so that I can find yours. I try to follow a yeast free diet when I can and gluten free so your blog is really helpful! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Thanks for this post. I'm struggling right now with the same issues and it's nice to know I'm not the only one.

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  7. Hi, I love your blog and this post in particular. I was wondering if you might have some tips for me... I'm Canadian but I'm an exchange student in Europe right now. I have candida and have been fighting it for many months now. Anyway, I'm starting to meet a lot of new people and make friends but everything seems to revolve around drinking or eating out. I don't mind going to the bar and not drinking... my question is, how do I tell my new friends about my candida? It's so awkward for me! I never know how to approach it... I usually avoid the topic of food/drinks as long as I can and then when it inevitably comes up, I mention something about having serious dietary restrictions and try to change the subject. But it sucks! I feel like I'm hiding some terrible secret and it's keeping me from getting close to people. How should I deal with this? I don't want to be like "hi, nice to meet you. I'd love to grab a coffee but I have fungus in my intestinal tract!" Any advice? :(

    Thanks!

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  8. Emilie,
    I had to laugh at your post...not at you, but I am just thrilled that you still have a sense of humor.

    I know sometimes when I have mentioned candida in the past, people take a step back like I am going to give them the creeping crud or something.

    I have stopped trying to explain it to people I just meet. I just tell them I have a lot of food allergies.....which is true. Most people accept that. If they question me, I tell them the truth. Candida is the new disease of the century so I just consider myself one of the trail blazers. My herbalist told me, one dose of the new antibiotics and you can have candida...... That means there is going to be a lot of people out there going through what we are.

    Eating out is hard, I always ask them to cook my steak on aluminum foil. I usually just get a salad with my steak and then eat when I get home if I am still hungry.

    Can you drink lemon in your water? That is something I can drink and I drink it when I am out at a bar with friends. Bars always have lemons.

    I take my herbal tea bags in my purse with me so when I do go to a restaurant, I am prepared. I always first ask if they serve any herbal teas, knowing full well they have no clue to what I am talking about. If they say no I have so and so tea. I tell them I have allergies to the tanin in tea and ask for hot water..... I usually bring my own water but it would be going a little far to ask them to heat my water.

    Here is a great site that explains candida and what it does to your body. It has helped my Husband understand more of what I am going through.
    http://www.common-sense-health.com/candida


    I feel very bad for you, you should be out having the time of your life...but because of this dreaded candida.....
    Well....look at the bright side, you will cure your candida. Then all you will have to do is do things in moderation.

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  9. Thanks Terry, that actually made me feel a lot better. I don't wish this on anybody, but a lot more people going through this process sure would be nice. Sometimes it feels like I'm the only one...well aside for the vast amount of discussion online which mostly consists of people trying to sell me stuff.

    That's actually one of the things I like most about your blog. You genuinely seem to want to help people and share your story, not just push a product down our throats. That is awesome. :)

    I think you're right about the allergy thing being the way to go. I'm going to try that. And yes, I can drink water with lemon juice, so that works too.

    Thanks for everything. Keep up the great work!

    Emilie

    p.s. you should totally look into starting a podcast. I mean it. I was looking for a candida-related podcast on iTunes the other day and there's literally NOTHING out there. I think it could be pretty huge... just an idea. :)

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  10. Emilie,
    Thank you so much for your very nice comments..... I have to admit though, I have NO IDEA what a podcast is.

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  11. I love this post. I'm so glad to have found your Blog. I totally agree that one day you're up and the next you're not. A support system is so essential. I have been battling for a little over two yrs. Sometimes I want to tell ppl- I DO NOT have an EATING disorder! Oh and I just went to a new Doctor, Linda Freud, and she found that I have metal toxicity and parasites (and miasms). Apparently the metal toxicity has to be cleared before the fungus will clear. I just wanted to mention that bc you mentioned in a previous comment that you use aluminum foil. I read that that is one of the main ways we experience aluminum toxicity. I was actually told that 8% of my metal toxicity came from 2 small tattoos I have- lead. oi vey!

    I also have a Candida Blog if anyone would like to follow it:

    http://www.mycandidachronicles.blogspot.com/

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  12. I'm not sure if it was clear or not, but the tattoos gave me lead toxicity. I wasn't saying lead as in, lead us into Pizza Hut! hehe

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  13. Dana,
    You were crystal clear about the tatoos. How weird is that? It seems heavy metals are in everything.

    Thanks for the heads up on the aluminum foil. I use it quite often.

    I do have heavy metals in my blood and have been going to do a post on it.... but I am dealing with so many other problems caused by the candida.

    I guess it took years for us to get this disease so it is probably going to take years to get rid of it.

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  14. Thanks for your response Terry :) It can be so frustrating dealing with this. I had my first colonic today, and she saw the Candida leaving. She said I had to fight it out. It was intense. Well, I am holding you and all of us who are suffering in my thoughts. Love!

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  15. I agree with you. Its very difficult in a restaurant people dont realise how difficult it is and the problems you face when you just eat the food to keep people happy.

    Dont let people get to you, if they dont understand thats there ignorance.

    Ive started a blog too, to share some of my experiences. Its a bit short at the minute as I am only at the beginning of my healing process.

    http://cantdocandida.blogspot.com/

    shiny whiny
    xxx

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