On Food, Candida and Healing God’s Way

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“In that moment it was clear: God gave me everything I need to nourish my body and stay healthy and I was looking right at it.”

It was three years ago, the day before I was to run the Seattle half marathon. I was sitting in Pike Place Market in a breakfast café overlooking a line of glorious stands that burst with splashes of color and mouthwatering edibles. I had ordered some kind of egg muffin from the server knowing that when it came, my body would most likely reject it.

I have suffered from digestive issues since the age of 16. With that comes a host of other symptoms ranging from bloating, irritability, mood swings, abdominal pain, acid indigestion, water retention and other “women’s” problems you don’t want to hear about—I’ll leave those to your imagination. Sometimes I can be in such discomfort I have to cancel social plans and just lie down.

For 22 years I have gone from one medical doctor to another, crossed the seas between the UK and Canada and not one of them has been able to tell me what’s wrong with me. Most of them have settled on the classic fallback ailment: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

It didn’t take me long to learn that I don’t suffer from IBS. I suffer from something far more complex.

Since the conventional medical profession was unable to assist, I sought the help of a naturopath. I am now on my third naturopath and getting closer to the root of the problem, although each of them seems to have their own way of solving it. They are, however, united in their diagnosis: Candida (yeast) overgrowth.

Yeast naturally occurs in our bodies in the form of bacteria. It lives under our skin, in the intestinal tract and in the mouth. Some of the bacteria are good (acidophilus being one) and some have a detrimental effect on our health. Normally the good bacteria keep the bad bacteria in check, but if the good bacteria are destroyed (through the use of antibiotics and unhealthy eating) the yeast becomes out of balance and the bad bacteria begin to multiply and wreak havoc on our health. There are many books out on the issue, some of which declare that the problem of yeast overgrowth as an epidemic responsible for many illnesses in our society. Yet few people even know it exists.

Back to the market …

As I sat waiting for my egg muffin, I looked down at those stalls brimming with oversized berries, apples, oranges, carrots, turnips, broccoli, peppers, fish and oils, and I knew I was staring at my answer

In that moment it was clear: God gave me everything I need to nourish my body and stay healthy and I was looking right at it. The healing foods were right there in those stalls.

Now, it’s one thing to acknowledge that, it’s another to actually put it into effect in a society where our food is so full of refined products, chemicals and has often been modified in one way or another. We almost have to search to find something that’s natural, and when we do it usually has a high price attached.

There isn’t a quick fix for yeast overgrowth. My naturopath has me on a sugar-free, wheat-free, yeast-free eating plan. The hope is that by starving the bad yeast of what it needs to survive—sugar and yeast—it will die off and the balance of yeast in my body will return to normal. It’s quite the process and certainly a challenge for a girl who loves her sugar.

I have been asking myself this question for a long time:

“Which do I value more—my body and its health, or the momentary joy of eating foods that make me sick?”

When phrased like that, the answer would seem obvious but so much of our social lives revolve around the enjoyment of food that it’s not quite so black and white.

I’ve been praying about this issue for several years now. When my symptoms prevent me from living a normal life, I call out to God in anger for not answering my prayers. But when I’ve finished my tantrum, I trust. I trust there’s a reason I am walking through this journey and I must see it through to the desired outcome.

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Dear SheLoves readers, I would love to know:

  • Can you relate to my struggles? 
  • Where are you trusting God for changes in your life?
  • Any other thoughts or comments?
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Claire De Boer
Hi, I’m Claire and though you may only see my words here once a month I’m part of the wonderful sisterhood of women who edit, upload and brainstorm behind the scenes of SheLoves. I was born and raised in England but pretty much see myself as a fully fledged Canadian. I spend just about all of my spare time blogging, editing and creating stories. I’ve also ventured into the world of teaching and mentor students in using writing as a tool for personal growth. My passion is to help others find the value and beauty in their stories and to find healing or self-awareness via journaling, memoir, or just "soul writing", as I like to call it. To learn more about my journey and the work I'm doing visit The Gift of Writing
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