Ok all you instagrammers, I told ya’ll I’d share what I’m doing to get back to myself (#projecthealthyjen) so here it is. If you follow me on the ‘gram, you probably saw my intastory talking about my diagnosis and how I’m starting a pretty aggressive diet to try to get things balanced again. Here’s a brief synopsis to catch everyone up.
I recently visited a Doctor of Osteopathy (Dr. Randy Lundell, Health Rejuvenation Institute) that specializes in Functional Medicine. What’s that, you ask? Essentially Functional Medicine focuses on the root of a symptom, rather than treating the symptom itself. The goal is to stop the symptoms from occurring to begin with in turn improving overall health, which I’m all on board with. Insurance doesn’t cover office visits (which is so ridiculous), but does cover your lab work.
After a long consultation, he ordered a full markup of my blood work and discovered I have high levels of Candida in my system (it’s a bacterial/yeast overgrowth in your intestine (gut) that wreaks all kinds of havoc. I also have low levels of progesterone. At first he thought I had an autoimmune disease so while this is annoying, it’s fixable with some hard work and for that I am so grateful.
Getting rid of Candida is no easy task. It’s takes a very restrictive diet and a whole slew of supplements for an extended period of time. Sometimes you have to do the diet twice in a row to get rid of it. I know it will be worth it though! I’ve actually been excited to get started. Like, let’s do this and get my body feeling like it should again! I’ve had so so many questions about what I’m doing, so I wanted to share all about the diet.
It’s called an elimination diet. The idea is you’re clearing out all the foods that feed the infection, also any that could be causing sensitivities, allow your body to heal, then you slowly reintroduce foods one by one to see if you are still experiencing symptoms. In a nutshell, here are the rules:
No dairy of any kind
No grains (with the exception of occasional oats)
No red meat or pork
No Peanut Butter
Eat everything organically, as fresh as possible, nothing canned, and no lunchmeat
30 days strict, then slow reintroduction
I’ve worked out some yummy options I’ll share soon. It sounds awful, but when you’re body feels like garbage, it doesn’t sound so bad:) In addition, I’m taking a full list of supplements meant to clean out the infection. Here is a list of those:
Everything included in the Gut Bucket
Also, I’m taking Progesterone (prescribed) daily.
So there you go! I’ll keep checking in with how it’s going. Throw your questions my way!
And yesterday when I started this diet and workout plan, my sweet Ruby started kindergarten.
She confidently marched into class and made my heart swell with pride. I’m so grateful to be her mama.