Soo.. I'm not limiting my fat intake anymore. In fact, I haven't been for quite awhile now..figured this was an important update to make. Shortly after I went vegan, I decided to make an appointment with a naturopath, since I was sure that my acne was caused by some sort of internal issue. I was right about that, and I was right that what I was eating could heal me. Turns out, my digestive system was wayyy out of whack, and I was suffering from an overgrowth of parasites and candida in my gut. This also explained why I was feeling bloated all of the time, even if I ate super clean and healthy. Although everyone has some level of these organisms in their gut, I had an unhealthy amount. They were essentially feeding off of what I was eating, which caused me to develop food sensitivities to literally every food except for vegetables, some fruits, and some grains. For the next month, I was to follow a strict diet and take probiotics and candida killer drops (idk what the professional name is haha) twice a day. At first I was really overwhelmed by the fact that I could literally eat nothing. No sugar, no yeast, no wheat, no peanuts, no potatoes, no oatmeal.etc etc etc.. what the heck could I actually eat?! Not gonna lie, throughout this experience I broke now more than once..all of which ended up being solved by my mom taking me to the grocery store to buy me food that I could eat. Being a vegan is not hard for me. But being a vegan on an anti-candida diet.. that I had a harder time with. Most websites I searched recommended a Paleo style approach, but there was no way I was going to start eating chicken and beef for this. So my staples for the first month were pretty much cashew butter, avocados, rice, and sweet potatoes. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't very exciting. About 22 days in, I gave in to the temptation of the processed food that I had been avoiding. I distinctly remember eating four peanut butter Clif bars and feeling horribly after.. But the feeling didn't last long. I figured it was ok to slip up after a solid 22 day streak. (but I would not recommend eating four Clif bars in one sitting). So soon it was time for my next appointment. By this point I was so over following this anti-candida diet and I had cheated several times after the Clif bar incident. I was scared to get re-tested for my sensitivities..I had no idea what the results would be. After my test was over, I talked with my naturopath about my experience, and then she went over my results. I told her about my success and my slip ups, and my what I thought had been a Herxheimer reaction, which is essentially a period of time during a detox when you feel worse due to a sudden release of toxins in your body. I felt super sick suddenly while on the diet, but if it was actually a Herxheimer reaction or not, who knows. Then it was time for the reveal of my results... And I didn't actually do that horribly! My parasite level was back to normal, and my candida level was significantly reduced. I could re-introduce a ton of foods back into my diet, including a multitude of nuts, grains, and fruits. The fact that I could eat oats again, man that was the biggest victory.
So after all that, where am I at now? I still have acne, but it is healing. I still have digestive issues, but not as severe. I still have to take probiotics, candida killer drops, and follow a diet, but it is nowhere near as difficult as it was when I first started. To me, my health is worth the sacrifices that I've had to make, because I know that staying on track will help me heal quicker. And having clear skin again..that it a huge motivator for me. I want to feel healthy, I want to feel vibrant, and I want to feel my best. And I am almost there. Be well my friends. xo Haylie