Sugar-free, Gluten-free, and Yeast-free? Seriously?
There’s going to be some very big changes coming here to Epicurvegan HQ.
In early February this year, I was diagnosed with severe candidiasis by my naturopathic doctor. I’ve had a problem with candida to some degree or another since I was in my early teens. This is likely due to the numerous rounds of antibiotics I was put on as a child. Antibiotics are known to trigger an overgrowth of candida in my body by killing off the various intestinal flora that, in most people, keeps candida albicans from proliferating.
Although I have been experiencing candida-related symptoms for most of my life, it’s only the last two years during which I’ve begun to experience secondary illnesses as a result of candida overgrowth, such as thyroid failure. Acid reflux, which I have also had since I was a teenager, has worsened. And I’ve also experienced severe fatigue, loss of memory, inability to focus, new food sensitivities, and other health concerns that at times leave me feeling almost unable to cope with daily life.
Since February, I have been ignoring my doctor’s advice to switch to a diet that excludes all sugars, yeasts, and grains containing gluten. It seemed like too much of a daunting task for me to take on, and so I’ve continued to eat as I’ve wished. Until now.
I’m not okay with living my life, as young as I am, feeling so unwell all the time. Being healthy again may mean permanently cutting a lot of things out of my diet, but if that’s all it takes to stop feeling decades older than I am then perhaps that’s not so bad of a solution.
The reason why I’m sharing this is because there may be other vegans like me who come across this blog in their search for solutions to their own issues with candida. There might be a lot of vegan blogs on the Internet, and quite a few of them gluten-free or sugar-free. Not too many of them, however, talk about excluding gluten, sugar and yeast.
From now on I’ll be attempting to chronicle, in the best way I can, my experiences as a vegan eating a diet free of sugar, gluten, and yeast. Hopefully along the way I’ll discover delicious recipes to share and maybe even offer some support to those of you find yourselves on the same path as I am.