Health stuff: Me, Fi, avocados, and candida.
- After writing this, I thought, “How cliché! I’m writing about a diet and it’s the new year, when everyone has made new commitments (again!) to some diet or another.” But, for better or worse, that’s not what this post is about.
- It appears my three-year-old, Fiala, has a crazy-bad body-wide yeast infection, and I was reading up on Candida overgrowth for Fi’s sake, when, to my particular interest, I read that Candida is frequently the source of hives in adults. I’ve been getting intermittent hives for about the last two or three months, and the last two weeks have been AWFUL, with nightly hives (they’re always worse at night) and day-long burning and itching skin, especially on my hands, forearms, thighs, belly, and neck. The whole world of Candida overgrowth is confusing and I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface. Trying to establish some sort of anti-Candida protocol is really hard for a three-year-old; you just can’t make them quaff a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, no matter how you disguise it. For me, though, it’s a little easier. I am embarking on a week-long cleanse. I don’t even know if I’m doing it “right”; I’m just following what seems logical: Eating a all-sugar-free-even-honey-and-fruit, super-low-carb diet, basically a Paleo diet. I’m counting my carbs (minus dietary fiber), and maxing them at 30g/daily. I’m also supplementing with probiotics (lots) and with apple cider vinegar (lots). Part of me is concerned that I don’t know enough to start the diet knowledgeably, but the other part of me has decided that doing the best I can, and adding to my knowledge as I proceed, is what I need to do, otherwise, I’ll keep dragging my feet and eating toffee. I figure that even if the hives are not from Candida, at least I’ll probably lose a few pounds this week. At least, I hope I only have to do one week. We’ll see. Maybe it’ll be as easy as starting a gluten-free diet nine years ago, where I felt SO MUCH BETTER that how much “trouble” it was became a total non-issue, and I knew I could never go back.
In news related to the above (and below), avocados, though they are technically a fruit, have NO sugar! Well, not “no”: An average-sized avocado has 0.4g sugar and 0.1g starch. That’s pretty close to zero. And they’re super high in fiber, avocados have a reasonable amount of protein (especially for a fruit!), and are crazy-high in Omega 6 fatty acids, and EFAs are also supposed to be good for Candida sufferers. And, oddly enough, avocados are related to cinnamon! I’ve long known that Fiala can handle cinnamon with no allergic reaction. I wish I would have discovered the connection, long ago. Fi’s been eating avocados like crazy the last week or so; a local grocer has them on sale for 4/$1.00 (Bashas’, for those readers in Arizona — the sale is good through Tuesday.) I found this page very interesting; it’s about different varieties of avocados. I was trying to find what kind we have. I’m still not sure.
- Speaking of Fiala, you may have seen on OSC’s Facebook page that there was a chance she has Type I (juvenile) Diabetes. I’m happy to announce that her urinalysis was clean — no glucose. Part of me was kind of hoping that diabetes was at the heart of her life-long health struggles, because that would be a clear path, and it’s treatable. But since she doesn’t… we’re back at square one. I was really unhappy about that for a few days, and now I’m OK. Better than OK, actually. We see the naturopathic doctor again on Friday. She’s planning on ordering up some blood tests based on what did or didn’t show on Fiala’s (very, very clean) urinalysis. I’ll ask her about Candida then.