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06-15-2001, 07:30 PM
I have been seeing a naturopathic doctor who ordered a test which looks for the presence of candida (yeast) intestinal overgrowth. She did this based on my symptom profile which includes daily: constipation, (excessive!) flatulence, bloating/distention, loss of appetite, indigestion, mild nausea, cramping, and occasional painful diarrhea. Phew! Anyway, she told me she was 100% sure I had candida because my tongue has a white coating, etc... Well, I started on an anti-candida diet which consists only of protein and vegetables and eliminates all types of sugar (even natural) and starch, avoiding grains. I've been on it for a week and I'm feeling great! I'll eat only fish, eggs, chicken, turkey, nuts, and all vegetables. I was so excited that I had maybe found my problem- candida and I was/am feeling great for the first days in years- no constipation and much less flatulence! However, my doctor called today and said I don't have candida- the test confirms it. So I am so confused... I suppose I have a sugar or grain intolerance but I don't know what is good sugar and what's bad sugar. After all, starch turns to sugar in the body... I've always thought of fructose as a good sugar but fruit is one of my biggest triggers it seems. I would stay on the anti-candida diet since I'm feeling better but I'm thinking maybe I don't need to eliminate all those foods from my diet if I have only an intolerance to one specific thing, like sugar (of some kind) or grain(s). Plus, I don't think it's very healthy to cut out all kinds of natural sugar and all grains. I would really appreciate any diet advice. Sorry this message is so long and confusing...

06-15-2001, 10:57 PM
Try a low carb diet or try eating Gluten free. I know this is something that everyone wants to tell you, but diabetics stay away from sugar and don't have problems from that. Plus your body needs only a very small amount of sugar. Anyway, it can't hurt to try it for a while and see how you feel. That is what I am trying to do, then I can start worrying about propper nutrition once my bowels calm down. When was the last time you heard about someone who has a problem not getting enough sugar unless they are hypoglaucemic?

I ate an Adkins bar today and it made my stomach feel like it was burning. Then I ate some sugar-free jello and got "D". Sometimes I just want to scream. Most of those sugar free products have wierd artificial sweetners that are known to give you the runs. I'm thinking there is some common element though in a wide variety of food ingedients that make me sick. About the only food that doesn't make me sick is tuna. Tuna even calms my stomach down and my "D" went away. I also love green beans and have no known problems from it.<p>[This message has been edited by Christopher74 (edited 06-16-2001).]

06-16-2001, 09:15 AM
Yeah I've been eating a can of tuna everyday for a week- just plain out of the can and I feel great...of course, I've cut out tons of stuff. Thanks for your reply Christopher!

06-16-2001, 09:35 AM
If I could eat cans of tuna and live on it healthy for the rest of my life then I would have no worry about my IBS. Maybe you can live off of it and some Centrum vitamins, who knows? What would be the long term health effects of a tuna and water diet? =P

06-18-2001, 10:30 AM
I tried a hypoglycemic diet that eliminates all sugar and sweetners because someone had recommended it based on my symptoms. I felt a certain amount better. Then I got tested for food allergies and found out I was allergic to corn and egg yolks. Well most sweetners are made from corn, so that could be why the hypo diet helped, not necessarily because I had hypoglycemia. Then I eliminated the egg yolks and felt even better. So maybe you eliminated something you are allergic to without knowing it. Or you could have Celiac. I believe that's when people are intolerant of grains and you said you elimintated grains. There's lotsa info here on that condition.

06-20-2001, 08:12 AM
I've been doing a lot of research on food allergies and food intolerances in an effort to help my IBS. Food allergies can be 'proven' with certain tests, food intolerances are much harder to pin down. Foods that you would have an intolerance to are foods you eat a lot of, or almost every day. That is why an elimination diet where you would eat food that you don't normally eat (for example, in my case, lamb (ick) and pears) and water will usually pinpoint the foods that give you trouble once you start reintroducing them into your diet.

If you have had success by eliminating certain foods from your diet... CONGRATULATIONS <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> and stick with it. If you have a food intolerance to a particular food, the good news is is that you can start reintroducing it into your diet slowly after a few months without it bothering you.

Also, sometimes cooking fruit (even microwaving it) will break down the offending sugars and fibers and make it easier for you to digest.


06-20-2001, 09:44 AM
Thank you all for your helpful insights. I have been sticking to my diet pretty well the last few days, although I've been constipated again. So I ate lentils last night to help with that, and now I have diarrhea and mild nausea all morning :-( I wonder, do most of you who get loose stools get cramping and an intestinally sick feeling with it? I never just get the urge to go and it's overwith. I always feel sick the rest of the day... Anyway, thank you so much for your replies. I'm now trying to add in the "culprit" foods once again, which is sort of difficult to do in a pure fashion, as most foods are combinations of things. For example, to add in wheat, I'll eat wheat bread but then I've also added the other ingredients in the bread! Oh well- I'm figuring it out bit by bit. Thanks again!