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There’s Good News, and There’s Bad News: Quick ACD Update


[Simple dal with basmati rice on dandelion greens. . . definitely ACD friendly!]

I have a recipe in the works for later today, but after my last muffin post and all the questions I received about my anti-candida diet, I thought I’d post a quick update.  First, thank you all for your ongoing support and encouragement–it would be a lot harder to stay on a restricted diet like this without the support of fellow bloggers and readers.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again–the blogging world is, truly, magical.

About the diet, many of you asked: will I have to be off fruits (or sweets, or sweeteners, or flour) forever?  Will this *&%$@!!^ ACD diet ever end?  Will I ever be able to eat my own baked goods again?  And isn’t the HH just so darned lucky to have me bake for him when I can’t even partake?

The short answers are no, yes, yes, and ABSOLUTELY YES.

The (not entirely) Bad News: As I’ve posted previously, I have once before been on this diet, about ten years ago.  At that time, I stayed on this first phase of the diet about 2 months.  Given that I started the ACD this time on March 7, I’ve been on Phase I a lot longer than I would like.  But there is change on the horizon! After visiting my naturopath last week, I was given a slightly altered regimen.  He also did a live blood cell analysis that can determine the levels of candida and any other critters in my system, which can speed up diagnosis and treatment.  I’ll be finding out the results at an appointment later this week.

Once Phase I is over, I will begin to reintroduce all the foods I’ve now cut from my diet, unless tests indicate that I’m allergic to any of them.  Since I’ve never had proper allergy testing, I am about to undergo those as well.  As a holistic nutritionist, I find my “case study” immensely interesting.  As the unique individual who must undergo the tests and follow the diet, however, I find it to be a collosal drag. 

Ah, such is life.

And now, the good news: Candida, it seems, has done for me what my own willpower never could:  it has kept me on a healthy eating regime for three months (and counting).  And, as a result of that, my weight loss tally has now reached 23 pounds (10.5 kilos)! 

So, in a bizarre way, candida is the silver lining in my weight loss journey.  With the exception of one or two nagging candida symptoms, I am feeling better than I have in ages.  My back woes have disappeared.  My achy knees are spry and springy.  My sinus problems are about 70% improved.  And–best of all!–I’ve discovered some favorite old clothes that I haven’t been able to wear in years (it’s been about six years since I last weighed this little). 

For now, I’ll continue to cook and experiment with ACD-friendly foods, and post mostly about those, with the occasional baked good thrown in.  (And if you’re yearning for some whole foods-based, naturally sweetened, delectable baked goods before then, there’s always the new cookbook!).

It’s become a bit of a challenge to delve into my culinary creativity and see what I can come up with that’s tasty, aesthetically pleasing, and still appealing to “regular” eaters.  Surprisingly, I’m finding many recipes on other blogs or in my existing cookbooks that are ACD-friendly.  More to come!

Oh, and if you’re interested in finding out more about candida and how to treat it, I’ve discovered a wonderful website by a woman who’s been there herself.  The site contains a plethora of well researched, up to date information. Check out Yeast Infection Answers.

To those of you celebrating, hope you’re having a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!


20 comments to There’s Good News, and There’s Bad News: Quick ACD Update

  • Congratulations Ricki, that is awesome! There is certainly a silver lining for you in this venture. I hope the tests all come back negative … not fun trying to avoid even more foods!


  • how very interesting. i’m glad that you don’t have to stay on the anti-candida diet forever, but i do know people who try to avoid fruits because of candida.


  • I love your dal and greens photo! Congrats on the weight loss and hang in there!


  • Congrats, Ricki! I can only imagine how difficult the diet has been for you, but you are doing amazing. I’m sure the silver lining of the weight loss and clean eating has been great. I’m actually really interested in seeing more ACD recipes, so I will keep an eye out!


  • This dal on dandelion greens looks delicious! I should do some research on how to use dandelion greens, I’ve got plenty of these on my lawn…
    I was glad to read that the bad news weren’t entirely bad. Hopefully, things will soon get better (and less restrictive). Hang in there!


  • That photo is just beautiful! Luckily I just ate dinner, or I’d be making me some of that goodness!
    I’m thrilled for you! 10,5k! That is amazing! You must be feeling so great – just keep on keeping on!


  • The ACD foods that you post all seem healthy and delicious, though I know it’s no fun to ALWAYS eat healthy. The weight loss must be a nice consolation prize for your diligence. Onward to the next level!


  • Jes

    I’m so glad the ACD diet is going well for you (minus a few speed bumps)! And the dahl photo looks amazing–mmm Indian food. I hope the allergy testing goes well and that you turn out to be perfectly unallergic to everything delicious!


  • Courtney

    Congrats on the weight loss, Ricki! But more importantly, congratulations on all of the health improvements you have made…just FEELING better is an accomplishment! I am truly so happy for you :o)



  • Um…yum 🙂

    Thank you! It adds the texture to the vegan version that I remember from back in the day. And helps the dressing stick well.


  • I am so proud of your progress, Ricki! Keep up the great work. It takes a while to fight the yeast, but your persistence will pay off.


  • well well, as much as it stinks to be following this adapted way of life, i am so glad there is a silver lining!


  • That’s great! You’ve made it so far! And we’ll all be here supporting you through the next phases — and waiting for whatever creative recipe you’ll think up next!


  • Wow – that is so impressive and I hope that it makes you feel a bit better about having to be so strict. Good luck with the test results 🙂


  • That’s so great that you’ve had all these improvements to your health/how you feel. Hopefully you can move out of Phase I soon! And yes very very lucky husband to have you bake for him. =)


  • oh man – awesome news on you feeling better & rock’n the weight loss, Ricki! doublesuperw00t! keep us posted on your blood cell analysis – and i hope you get the a-okay to move on & out of phase one! fingers crossed!!!


  • Huge kudos! I can attest to both good and bad. Have been on the SCD now for 10 weeks and haven’t had a migraine for 23 days. And now I’m on a 9-day cleanse which should (ha) challenge my sweet cravings. The end results are so enlightening…but the journey can be hell sometimes. I admire your tenacity and look forward to learning of your continuing success.


  • yahoo to new freedoms! I can’t wait until I can eat chocolate, too.


  • I love the recipe idea behind your photo.

    Cool news about your favorite clothes. HH is super lucky that you fix all of your goodies without eating them. I wish I had an ounce of your self control.


  • Rose Malihan

    May I also suggest http://www.wholeapproach.com. The support forum is full of awesome people!


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