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Can I Ever Have Carbs Again?
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To anyone that has successfully beaten leaky gut/candida - were you ever able to go back to eating grains (gluten-free of course)? I am able to control my symptoms most of the time - but I like to have a glass of wine on a date or with my girlfriends. I like to eat safe Mexican food - found a restaurant with great gluten-free bread and pasta options - dying to eat gluten-free mac and cheese again. I know I'm craving it right now because it's winter and PMS week. Also because I went a bit nuts with the carbs over the holidays and now I'm detoxing a bit....but this just sucks. I know so many of you have given up on them completely and have gone grain free. I tried cooking with almond flour/meal - recipes were great, but I think I'm allergic (instant mouth tingling and trouble swallowing). Knock on wood, I've been able to keep YI symptoms at bay for the most part...but if I have wine, or consume grains, I almost instantly get seborrehea symptoms (scalp, face) and my shoulders/back break out. So bizarre. I get horrible anxiety after drinking as well....yes, I know that should be enough to make me cut it out of my life altogether, but I'm feeling stubborn and irritated. I know this is a process, but I've been gluten-free since Jan 2011. Ok, I realize this became mostly a vent session, but I would like to know if anyone has successfully made a jump back into a grain eating life. I might be able to fully commit to the candida diet if I knew it would actually work long term.

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A low-carb candida diet does NOT work long term, in fact I ruined my health further with such a diet. You are putting a lot of stress on your system if you cut out all carbohydrates/sugar and it can easily lead to hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue.

I would focus on benign (for most people) starches such as cassava,sweet potato,white rice,corn starch etc

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    • Thank you for going through my long post and responding. I have been both dairy and gluten-free free for 10 months now. Yes, even I was worried about other food allergies. I mentioned it to my GI doc and asked if I need food allergy test to eliminate other allergens. He said, food allergy tests give a lot of false positives and are not accurate. He said: not everything is because of food allergy and it's refractory celiac which is causing issues as the jejunum biopsy, done recently, is showing villous flattening.

      My doubt: 1. If I have so much damage in my small intestine (villous flattening) then how was I keeping fine for 6-7 months ( eating eggs, soy, rice and meat) - was constantly losing weight though - but was able to work out regularly - not much fatigue. 2. If it is other food allergens ( out of mentioned allergens, I take eggs, soy chunks, almonds only) why does it happen only few times and not always - I keep well for 7-8 days and then fall sick again - this without any change in diet.  
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    • I have intolerances to a few foods now, so I was wondering about that.. I love cashews though, and a month or two ago I was eating them all the time with no problems at all. I mean, could I really have developed an intolerance to them since then? I don't know if they're made on shared lines (it didn't say on the package so I assumed they weren't), but I'll give them a call. I'm really, really sensitive to cross contamination. Even if something is just made in the same facility (but not on shared lines) it will make me sick. If that's not it, then I'm not really sure
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