First of all, I just wanted to THANK everyone here at Curezone!!!
I really feel like there might be hope for me and this worn out body yet! I really appreciate all of your helpful answers and insights to all the questions I have been drilling at everyone lately!
Secondly, I am wondering what you all think about DIET during a parasite cleanse. In my own personal situation, I am a very reactive individual. I used to be a lot worse as far as food went, however fortunately my food sensitivities have lessoned to some degree. (meaning I can now eat foods other than strictly chicken and a handful of veggies!)
Since my sensitivities have lessoned, I have gained twenty (I suppose needed) pounds since last February (I was 93 lbs at 5'4")
However, I notice that I can only really handle a very small amount of grain without a parasite reaction. I don't know if anyone else is like this, but I get reactions whenever they feed. They drain me of all my energy and make me depressed and instill a deep (albeit, fake) hunger for MORE carbs!!!
There is this nagging voice inside me that tells me if I eliminate ALL grains from my diet for awhile, that I will kill off these parasites a lot more efficiently, but I am afraid of not getting enough carbohydrate and having my body embed itself even deeper into starvation mode than it already is (if possible).
On the other hand, if eliminating the carbs from my diet will get me better faster, allowing me to cleanse the parasites, kidneys and liver/gallbladder faster and more efficiently, than maybe my metabolism problems would soon be a thing of the past anyway!
I must say it's nearly impossible for me to consume ANY amount of breads or grains without breaking down and overdoing it. (overdoing it would be anything over 280 calories of complex carb a day --which is really hard for me to do.)
So what is your take on this dilemna of mine? To carb or not to carb. That is the question...!
Follow your intuition...grains are converted to sugars once digested and make a yummy treat for candida and parasites. You might want to check out what Dr. Mercola has to say about grains on mercola.com.
You can have a perfectly healthy diet with protein, good fats and lots of low-carbohydrate vegetables...you definitely won't starve and should probably eat several smaller meals during the day to get you metabolism on the right track.
Protein, good fat and low-carb is a healthy diet for many people...and not just a weight-reducing diet. Some people require more carbs than others...you may be a Carb-type metabolic type. BUT...when candida and parasites are present eating more carbs is a problem because it feeds them and they multiply. If you had candida and parasites while eating this diet, but didn't address them...the problems you were having were probably from the critters and not from the diet. Unfortunately, if you want to successfully address candida you have to cut out sugars.
As long as you eat enough food while on this diet, you won't starve. I know one of your previous posts mentioned a very low daily caloric intake...THAT may be what put your body in starvation mode! But you can take in plenty of calories and stick to the diet. Until you've addressed the candida and parasites it's really hard to know how your body will deal with any type of diet.
When I said that I would experiment by eating 300 calories in a day, I meant that I only tried it for one day, and then I would eat more food the next day. It was never for more than one day at a time. Can the body really go into starvation mode this quickly?
Or maybe my messed up metabolism is actually not from food deprivation...?
When I was eating the low carb, low protien, good fat diet, I was also doing P&B shakes twice a day, and taking anitfungals and GSE. So I WAS addressing the candida and parasites. But I still got dangerously low in weight. What would have caused me to loose weight like this? I ate everytime I felt hungry! Maybe my appetite was suppressed so I never really knew when I was really hungry?
I haven't experienced hunger like I had once known it (tummy rumbling kind of hunger), since before I fell ill over three years ago. When I know I need food it's because I feel really tired and sluggish.
Or maybe my liver is just so congested that my appetite, weight AND hunger cues are just all mixed up.
No, your body wouldn't go into a starvation mode that quickly. If the candida and parasites were completely addressed then liver congestion could be causing the problem with retaining weight. Another possibility is stress...elevated cortisol levels can play havoc with your weight because of its effect on insulin levels and the increase of toxins in your body. Another good book for you to take a look at:
The Cortisol Connection: Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health - Shawn Talbott, PhD
Stress may very well play a larger role in health problems than poor diet, critters,etc., etc.
I really don't think it is stress, however. While I do get worried about my health, I have been for three years but the weight gaining began only last February.
I remember it started specifically RIGHT after I went through this phase of being excited about tolerating nut butters again. (I know, I know, a fattening food, right?)
Well, at the time I had discovered a trick that would allow me to eat a lot of nut butter without gaining any of the weight! I would just not eat hardly any carbohydrates for awhile until I was really hungry for them (I was already on a low carb diet). Then when I was hungry, instead of loading up on veggies, I would just load up on nut butter instead and I wouldn't gain any of the weight!
I found that the more restrictive my carbs, the more fat I could eat without it even being absorbed. However, with each time that I did this "trick", it seemed that it got harder and harder to make the "trick" work. (????)
After a couple weeks, my body decided to gain ANY amount of fat that passed through my lips, no matter how few carbs were eaten. Since then, it doesn't even seem like my body USES any of the good fats I put in it.
Have any clue what happened to my system? Maybe eating those large quantities of nut butter was hard on my liver, so now it can't digest ANY fat? I get the strange "weight gaining" feeling only seconds or minutes after ingesting any food with fat in it. (and no, it is definitely not water retention. I get that too, sometimes and I can tell the difference.) People tell me it's in my head, but I can ASSURE you, something really odd is happening in my body, and the result is out of control weight gain. I feel uncomfortable all the time.
Thank you for even attempting to try to figure me out!
I just have this feeling it's a liver thing. Especially since I already KNOW my liver is messed up. (tested high liver enzymes, and I have been told by doctor my liver is fatty, also I get lots of liver pain --not to mention kidney.)
certainly consider what Ptree tells you. I am personally a big fan of the blood type diet. You might want to see if you like some of those carbs that they consider highly benificial, and stay away from the ones they say to avoid.
I'm answering before I read the other answers to your question so I don't know if my answer is going to line up with what others say, but here goes.
What makes cattle fat before the slaughter . . . grains. What feeds yeast (a parasite) . . . grains and many other carbos.
There are those few out there that believe we are not supposed to eat grains, but rather meats and vegetables with very limited if any carbs. I started to adhere to a diet very close to this but, unfortunatly like you I started back on a few old favorites and found myself craving them all the more. I hope to go back to the carb limited diet again with the new year.
Here is a place you can go to research the grain free diet: http://www.mercola.com he even sells an online grain free cookbook if you think it would be impossible to cook this way. Just type in the search "grain" you'll find a whole slew of articles to read.
So long story short, I think that you could go on a diet of just meat, vegetables and some fruits and be just fine.
Wow, we have a lot in common! It sounds like we have a very similar problem. I've a big parasite infection, and have been cleansing for a while now (on and off, for a couple years- I get plaque out, but no worms). At this point I think a big part of not getting the die off, is my carb intake. I have the exact same experience as you...I crave carbs, and if I have them, it's never enough, I crave more and more, even if I feel full, I still crave more. (I don't eat any refined carbs or sugar, this still happens with fruit or nuts or sprouted grain bread). I know it's the worms driving it. And I get dizzy when I eat.
I've tried taking out all carbs, once I did it for 10 days (that was as long as I lasted). My problem was intense fatigue, although the episodes did lessen, and otherwise, emotionally and at times, physically, I felt great. I really could have kept it going, the fatigue was getting much better....lack of will power was what stopped it more than physical symptoms.
How's your blood iron level? The parasites are draining me of iron, and I'm low, my liver enzymes are also high, like you. I used to have a lot of pain around my liver, especially if I ate nuts (I don't do that anymore). It almost seemed like the more I did to cleanse and get better, the worse I was getting. I think it was because I was stirring things up. Food that I used to tolerate, I couldn't anymore. But right now I'm a bit better symptom wise than before...here's what's helped me so far:
1. I take digestive enzymes and bentaine HCL when I eat, especially if it was complex carbs or nuts. But I found it was far better to not have nuts. Complex carbs I also found would give me pain, less if I took enzymes though. Fruit never gave me pain, but I know I was just feeding them more than me. At times even just salad would cause pain, but not if I take enzymes.
2. I drink fresh raw veggie juice (celery, cucumer, kale) as often as I can. Not very tastey, but it's alkalizing and it's never given me stomach pain.
3. I've started taking chlorella which feels very balancing. You can take a lot of this if you like...it's like a food, I mean you don't need to take the whole bottle, but you can take much more than the 3 grams/day that the label says. There's lots of sites on the internet about chlorella if you're interested.
4. Colonics! (of course)
Right now I'm on my first day of taking out all carb (fruit, sprouted grains, any sweet veggie). It seems so extreme (and a bit scarey too), but I think it's the carbs that have stopped the anti-parasite herbs from working with me. I'll let you know if it works. Hope so!