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Recording, weekly, any progress/improvements I see from giving up foods that I believe are issues.
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Okay so, where do I begin. On Tuesday, April 29, I went to see my naturopathic doctor for the first time. We talked about skin issues and food sensitivities, and he mentioned that a patient of his had rosacea and was tested for food sensitivities. After being tested positive for yeast/wheat sensitivities and giving both up..his rosacea cleared up. I didn't think too much of it at first..until after my dinner. I ate steam fresh brown rice (no additives or sauce) mixed with steam fresh vegetables (no additives or sauce) and on top I put Daiya shredded pepperjack cheese and some dairy free, gluten free Wishbone Italian salad dressing. I felt bloated, crampy and full. I blamed the rice and didn't think much of it...but then I started thinking about yeast. I checked the ingredients on the cheese and salad dressing and, sure enough, both listed yeast as an ingredient. On Wednesday morning, (April 30) I had the same meal I had the night before - the rice, vegetables, salad dressing, and cheese. I had terrible GI symptoms at work, I had to run to the bathroom and I was in there for about 20-30 minutes! I had rice/vegetables at work before and it never triggered that kind of reaction, so I figured it was time to really test the yeast.
After I got home from work, I grabbed an Ener-G gluten free English muffin and topped it with hummus (instead of mayonnaise) and a healthy helping of the daiya shredded cheese. Sure enough, in about 2 hours I again had to run to the bathroom. For me, that was enough of a test that it was the yeast...and not the rice that was causing my issues. Starting on Thursday, May 1, I have been yeast free as well.
Since going yeast free, I have noticed a small improvement in my rosacea. My skin seems a bit lighter, I haven't had any rosacea flushing, and I haven't really had any GI symptoms.
However - unfortunately I started my menstrual cycle on Saturday, May 3rd. Whenever I have my period, I break out all over my face..so it is hard to tell how much progress I am making now that i gave up yeast. I also was craving chocolate - so I grabbed gluten free, dairy free So Delicious brand coconut milk ice cream [i][b](turtle trails flavor) [/b][/i]and had some of that..along with a piece of gluten free, vegan, yeast free cheese cake from Earth's Cafe. Neither gave me GI symptoms as far as I know, but I have noticed that the seb. dermatitis under my eye has been flaring up again. It might be because of the amount of sugar...I typically eat a more low sugar diet since I am trying not to feed my candida. I use Simple Skin Care's Revitalizing eye roll-on as a quick fix when it acts up, it seems to work well.
So to recap: I am currently on a gluten free, lactose free, yeast free diet that is low in sugar. This week it will be hard to test progress because I started my period and that always causes me to break out, and i also have a lot of GI issues when I have my period. UGH! Hopefully next week will be better. I do think I'm on the right track, I just want to know if I am missing any other foods i should be eliminating...
The So Delicious coconut milk ice cream is not something I have very often - but since I was craving something sweet/chocolatey and it didn't have gluten or lactose, I figured it would be fine. But it does have a lot of strange ingredients (pea protein? carob bean gum, guar gum)? So i will keep those in mind. However, with 19g of sugar I can pretty much figure out why my seb. dermatitis is acting up.
Any suggestions for low sugar, gluten free, dairy free, yeast free snacks to satisfy a craving during a menstrual cycle? I would appreciate it :(
[i]I have been lactose intolerant since about 2010. Since giving up gluten in July of 2013, I have not seen any improvements in my sensitivity to lactose. I decided to blog my progress/results that I hope to see from giving up most dairy/all lactose. The only dairy I will eat is the casein found in my almond/rice cheese substitutes. That's it! No more chocolate, pizza, gluten free calzones, nothing...for at least 6 months, possibly a year if I see a lot of progress. I plan on posting a weekly entry every Monday to track my progress. [/i]
I have had trouble losing weight, having gained around 40lbs at the time the lactose intolerance started. I'm hoping that giving up lactose is the answer! So, I want to monitor the way my clothes fit ( my stomach tends to get bloated a lot, so it varies) and how well my skin issues do (I've been noticing a correlation between my skin issues and dairy) To get it out of my system, I have eaten a lot of dairy over the past few days (the last day being yesterday, Sunday April 27), and this is where I stand currently:
Dress/work pants: Fit tight/very snug around waist.
Jeans: Fitting a bit loosely around waist/legs
Pant size: 12 in jeans, 14 in dress pants
[b]Skin issues: [/b]
Seb. Dermatitis: flaring up again behind ears, a bit under left eye, and on back of neck.
Candidiasis: Flaring up/ Seems to get noticeably worse when eating the dairy high in lactose.
Rosacea: Moderate. A lot of acne. Seems to have gotten worse.
Other: Dryer skin on face/hands.
I seem to have less energy now that I've been consuming a lot more dairy. I feel fatigued and lethargic.
Hoping to feel better as the time progresses. Again, the only dairy I will be consuming is my gluten free, lactose free rice/almond cheese!