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Back to Basics

I always ask for copies of my medical records.  It’s information about me, so I feel entitled to it, and I always find out interesting and important things that my doctors don’t always communicate to me.  They always say things, like, “your test results look fine,” but then once you get a hold of the actual test results, you see that your TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is out-of-range low and you have a bacterial infection that no one bothered to tell you about.  Which is exactly what happened to me recently.

Since the test results in question were over a month old, I decided to go to my favorite doctor, Dr. Melissa Huggins (I highly recommend her if you’re in the OC), to verify if the infection was still lingering.  Wouldn’t you know it, she called me back a few days later, and said that while the bacterial culture was still in process, the lab came back with a positive for candida yeast.  Oh yay.

So it seems like any progress I may have made during my months on the strict no sugar, no carb diet may have been deteriorated by my recent decision to start adding back some grains/fruits into my diet.   I probably should have guessed by the way my digestion/bladder symptoms were acting up again.

Candida 1, Me 0.

If I want to kick this yeast (and I do want to, badly), I’m going to have to take it back to basics and the ultra-restrictive candida diet.  That means, in addition to the No Food Diet as listed:

–          no vinegar
–          no mushrooms
–          no peanuts
–          no grains of any kind
–          no starchy/sugary veg, including potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots or beets
–          no sweeteners except for xylitol

I can do this.  Easy.  Bring it on.

Candida gets a big fat 0/5 happy monkeys.


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Cheating on my diet.. Bad idea

Red Robin logoThis week we had a going away for one of our friends who’s being reassigned to Colorado Springs.  We went to Red Robin, which all the guys love, but is not particularly No Food-friendly.  I researched their menu online and found out I could get the cobb salad, with no chicken, no bacon, no blue cheese, no bread and no dressing and still be true to the No Food Diet.

Of course, the first time they brought out the salad, it was covered with chicken and accompanied by bread, so I sent it back. It came back out fairly quickly (which is good because we were starving after waiting for 45 minutes for our food), and with a litle olive oil, lemon and salt, it was quite good.

But then we got to the gift-giving and speech-making part of the lunch, and Matt’s uneaten fries were just sitting there, looking at me.  I have to admit, even though I inhaled my entire salad, I was still a bit hungry and I thought one fry wouldn’t hurt.  It was just potato, right?  I mean, yeah, it’s nothing but carbs, but it’s not a grain, right.  It’s a vegetable, so it should all be ok.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that is the first step down a path towards calamity.

So one fry, sprinkled with dextrose-laden Red Robin special spices and dipped in corn-syrup heavy ketchup, led to another, and half a basket of delicious fries later, I was done, the basket empty, my stomach unhappy.

Not a good move.

I had that kind of nauseous full feeling that afternoon, and the next day the fries still sat in my stomach, feeling heavy and bloaty.  My physical therapist asked me what I ate to cause such a backslide, because I had been doing pretty well for the past few months since starting this diet.  My answer: no more potatoes for me.

Potatoes:  a definite 0/5 happy monkeys.

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