All of that hard work and restricting what I ate these past couple of months was worth it!
This morning I went to see my Naturopath for a food sensitivity re-test, as well as to get the results of my general health screen (blood tests), and discuss where to go from here.
I was so relieved and delighted to find out that my Candida levels have gone back down from a 9/10 to a 0/10!!! As well, the parasites are gone, and my digestive system is functioning so much better than before!
The only food sensitivities that remain from that long list I gave over two months are: wheat, pasteurized cow's milk (raw milk is ok), egg yolk, oranges/grapefruits, chocolate (so sad), sugar (but honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, etc. are all fine). I can deal with those, though I will greatly miss my chocolate... sniff, sniff.
One of the things that has come out of doing this Candida cleanse that I have appreciate the most is a new level of clarity and energy, even on days when I don't get as much sleep as I'd like. I just find that I have more ability to focus, and I feel much less foggy and lethargic. More energy is a really good thing for this way-too-busy mama!
The next steps for me are to get my iron up (which was definitely low), as well as up my protein intake, and regain the weight that I lost through the course of this diet. It also looks like I may need to do some liver/kidney cleansing down the road, but I really can't while I'm nursing, or pregnant. Our hope is to have another baby soon (nope, nothing to announce, just a hope!), and so my Naturopath is going to meet with me again in two months in order to help me prepare for that. I have PCOS (poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, a hormonal disorder), so there is definitely more work to be done as I continue to try to overcome the difficulties that go along with the disorder.
All in all, a very encouraging visit! Thank you so much to all who cheered me on as I plodded my way through the special diet and all of it's restrictions!