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Itch City

Monday, July 23, 2007

I'm 3 days into my candida cleanse and I am having some yeast dye off symptoms, just as warned. The headache on the first day was killer. I still have a mild headache but the worst symptom is my itchy scalp. And I woke up today with achy joints. So the dye off symptoms are like my usual problems, only magnified. They should subside in another week or so.

My elbows and knees are looking good. I am also using my cortisone ointment (which wasn't doing much on its own), baby oil, A&D ointment, cider vinegar on cotton ball on lesions, and epsom salt soaks. I'm not sure which of the above is making the difference, but I intend to continue doing all. If my friggin' scalp would stop itching I'd be in good shape. (Must not scratch!)


Skin Looks Much Better 7-22

Sunday, July 22, 2007

I wish I'd taken a before picture because it looks so much better now. I'll keep sharing any progress.


7-20-07 Begin Candida Cleanse

Friday, July 20, 2007

I have recently decided that my constant battles with psoriasis and Yeast infections are interconnected. I've been to doctors for both conditions on and off for the past 27 years. I get prescribed ointments for the skin and the over the counter yeast stuff for the other, and sent on my way. Never once has a doctor linked the 2 conditions. Or offered more in depth testing to determine if I have a systemic infection going on. It took my dental hygienist to point out the fact that my having an autoimmune disease makes me susceptible to infections.

Lately I've been having flare ups of both conditions due to the stress of dealing with my husbands brain injury. The stress and worry have been so bad that I've been drinking more. And eating more things that I know I shouldn't. And the break outs just get worse. It's a vicious cycle. Now I am wondering if treating the yeast infection might help the psoriasis? I made a trip to the local health food store and purchased $100 worth of items including Candex, Kyo-Dophilus, Yeastaway, Uva Ursi, and Oregon Grape Root. I'm ready to kick some serious yeast butt. I also stopped by the grocery store for some baby oil and A&D ointment for my skin. I know that quite a few other SparkPeople have psoriasis (and probably yeast, too). I'll be documenting my progress (or lack there of) here on my blog.

The hardest part of this whole experiment is the Candida Diet. In order to starve the yeast in my system I can't eat anything with sugar, yeast, or mold. Believe it or not, that cuts out just about everything that makes my life worth living. No wine. No beer. Not supposed to have any alcohol AT ALL but I'm looking into which ones might be acceptable. My husband is really allergic to yeast, so he can't have wine or beer...but scotch and whiskey don't effect him.

I can't have cheese, bread, or rolls, vinegar (or anything with vinegar in it), pickled smoked or dried meats. mushrooms. Fruit juice.

This isn't going to be easy. But if it works, I'm game.


Recipe Success - All-Purpose Southwestern Corn and Black Bean Salad

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Tonight I made the All-Purpose Southwestern Corn and Black Bean Salad from the SparkDiet Resource Center. I used a 15 oz. can of organic black beans, instead of cooking raw beans. Then I halved all the remaining ingredients starting with the corn kernels. Absolutely deeeeelish! I'll be making it again, for sure.


A New Do

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

I decided I needed to do something different with my go along with the change in my lifestyle. So this afternoon I marched into the salon and requested a bob. The jury is still out on whether this was a good idea. I'm not really diggin' the bob but it always takes me awhile to adjust to new things. I get comfortable in my rut and don't like changes. I think this hair style makes my chin look huge. But maybe it's just me.

A bright spot in the day was kayaking at Spanaway Lake. It never ceases to amaze me that so few people take advantage of Spanaway Park and the lovely lake there. Boat rentals are cheap and rowing or paddling is good exercise. But 9 times out of 10 we have the lake all to ourselves. Sad.


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