I am thankful as I look back. Being free from financial debt, having less stress in my life, and more getaway adventures with my family have all been a blessing. Experiencing less “pain” days and having so many more good days has been encouraging as well. As the overall bondage of the mind and body is lifted, as healing takes place, I can’t help but be in wonder.
I think of that slice of pumpkin pie I put in the deep freezer that is approaching 2 years old. That’s when I completely committed myself to this Anti Candida journey, a few days before Thanksgiving 2 years ago. It has become a mile marker for me. I don’t know whether to destroy it out of fun or keep it as a memento. It’s the place I came from called desperation, holding out for the day I might be able to eat it again. Even though I follow the Candida diet and rarely have carbs or sugar, I am ok with not eating that piece of pie now. I may have a slice of one I make this year. I might experiment with a no sugar pie and a gluten-free crust or a crustless pie. The point is that I am free now. That piece of pie doesn’t hold the allure it once had in my life. I can take one day at a time and not feel oppressed anymore.
I also want to share a new supplement I have been taking the past 3 weeks. Candida Combat by Dr. Axe. https://store.draxe.com/collections/candida/products/candida-combat I stopped taking olive leaf extract (anti-fungal) with astragalus because this supplement uses oregano (anti-fungal) and astragalus. I haven’t been drinking Pau d’Arco tea because Candida Combat contains this ingredient too. Not only does it seem helpful to consolidate what I am taking, I feel better too. I have also stopped taking grapefruit seed extract. This means I can spend less money and not have so many supplements to take. This may be what I was looking for to break the healing plateau I hit many months ago. I will keep you posted on this.
To review, I will go over the supplements that aid healing or reduce symptoms caused by Candida overgrowth. Vitamin D is for immune health, Omega 3 EPA-DHA 500 EC is for brain function, Candida Combat is for gut health, kombucha for gut health, and trace minerals for proper body function. This is the first time I have gotten it down to these few supplements and felt well. I am very excited. So far, these supplements are standing up pretty well even with the extra stress I have had the past week. The cycle of stress, physical pain, mental overload, and yeast infection symptoms seems to be broken.
Oddly enough, this is the first time I don’t feel guilty about recovering. I have been holding on for reasons I cannot explain. I don’t know if I felt guilty in light of everyone else’s suffering or maybe that I don’t deserve it individually. Was this another thought process that was affected by Candida overgrowth? I guess I will never know.
I’m ready to let go, to not be defined or held back by this illness. I will continue to make healthy choices for myself and family. I will focus on the good things the Lord has given me, and the beauty He makes out of ashes. He has given me the wisdom to make better choices for my family. He has strengthened our family bonds. He has given me the wisdom to help others climb out of their sicknesses or achieve better health. He held me together when I was the most broken, and walked me through the darkness.
There is much to celebrate and be thankful for!
In closing, I’d like to share a dessert:
No Bake Paleo Pumpkin Cookies
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon*
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg*
- 1/4 tsp ginger*
- 1/4 tsp cloves*
- 1/4 tsp allspice*
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
- *Or 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I like to use the different seasoning for a better flavor.)
- Mix everything except coconut in a large microwave-safe bowl.
- Stir until well combined and nuke for 20 seconds. You can skip this step if you don’t like using the microwave, but it melds the flavors of the sauce.
- In the same bowl, add in shredded coconut and mix well.
- Scoop 1 tablespoon mounds onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours to set.
- Move to airtight container and store in fridge for up to 5 days.