• Peter Alson

Three Weeks In

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

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Next week will mark the beginning of my second month of my no-fun diet. It’s been an up and down start, which comes as no real surprise. Strangely, I was feeling a lot better last week than I have been this week. Perhaps that’s a result of having regularly indulged all this week in a dessert treat of–woohoo!–sliced apples and almond butter, which I rationalized after reading a persuasive candida blog that encouraged NOT eliminating fruit, saying that you should eliminate table sugar, yes, but that you should not eliminate sugar (in the form of fruit or honey) completely because

“a sugar free diet will elevate stress hormones, which exhausts the adrenals, reduces thyroid hormones, and taxes the body.”

Is this true? I have no fucking idea. Of course I immediately bought in, and began my apple-almond butter dessert extravaganza. But because I have been experiencing some ill effects this week (fatigue, sinus, depression), I may have to go back to being hardcore. On the other hand, my problems of late may also have been caused by the consumption of grains. Because on another blog, I read that certain grains like quinoa are okay and so I ate quinoa a couple of times this week. But lo and behold, the lady who says eating fruit is okay, says that all grains are bad.

“In most cases, it requires a grain free diet to heal and seal the gut lining.”

Sheesh! So I guess I’m going to have to figure this out for myself, mostly by trial and error. Trying to sift through the wildly divergent info on the web is pretty much hopeless. It can’t be done. At least not by me. Who knew that there were so many different theories and ideas out there about candida?

Other than these two glitches, however–grains and fruit–I’d say I’ve done remarkably well. I haven’t eaten anything that I’m not supposed to–which is to say almost everything–and I haven’t been a monster around the house. No point in complaining because I am going to do this.

Going by my experience from the last time I did this, I still have a couple of months to go before I begin to see real and meaningful results. If they come any sooner, I’ll consider myself lucky. But either way, I’m in this for the long haul.

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