Sounds like inflammation, or candida, or whatever:
I started with the diet:
Candida Diet - Foods To Eat
MEATS (Should be antibiotic, nitrate, preservative & Hormone free)Beef ChickenFish (eat moderately because of metals)LambTurkey OILS (Cold-pressed)Flaxseed (not used for cooking)Olive Oil (good to cook with)Sesame Oil (not used for cooking)Sunflower Oil (not used for cooking)
GRAINS (Whole - not refined)Amaranth*BarleyBrown RiceBuckwheatMillet*OatsPasta (whole grains that are not wheat)Quinoa*Rye*If gluten intolerant stay away from barley, oats, rye, spelt NUTS & SEEDS (Raw)AlmondsBrazilChestnutsHazelnutsMacadamiaPecansPumpkin SeedsSesame SeedsSunflowerWalnuts
DAIRY ( Antibiotic & Hormone Free)ButterEggs VEGETABLES*All (except mushrooms)Moderate potato (1-2/x wk)
CONDIMENTSFresh herbs (i.e. basil, parsley, etc.)Dry MustardPepperSea saltSpices (without additives, sugar, MSG, etc.)NutmegGarlicgingerLemons/limes DRINKSWater - filteredHerbal Teas (red clover, peppermint, etc.)Mineral water w/no Sugar (Perrier, etc.)Rice MilkFresh-squeezed lemon juice
BEANS, Peas & LEGUMES*All (except fermented soy products, i.e. miso, tempeh) *Good to eliminate this group for the first month - then eat only 3x/week MISCELLANEOUSCarob - unsweetenedSalsa (fresh w/ no vinegar or sugar)
FRUITS (1 per day)Apples (granny smith - peeled)BlueberriesCoconut*Grapefruit*Lemons/Limes SWEETENERSStevia
· Stay away from common allergen foods if presenting multiple allergy symptoms (citrus fruits, corn, milk, tomatoes, wheat)· You may get IgG blood test from most doctors for delayed food allergies to find out if any of these foods offend your system. Many doctors also give stool tests to determine candida, parasite and metals toxin content, but few doctors, except candida doctors can adequately read the results because of their bias against the concept of inflammation-related problems.· If you can’t afford the tests, eliminate foods if you detect that you react poorly to them by doing the food- Elimination Diet periodically.· Follow the rotational diet plan, because you may develop allergies if you rely on one food source too much.· To develop perspective on your diet, eat 20 percent meat, 80 percent vegetables, and less than 100 grams of carbs a day.· Also, meal proportions should be small. For perspective: If your combined servings at one meal are too big to fit in the palm of your hand, then you are overeating.· Try to eat organic.· Drink 6-8 glasses of water per day, spacing the water out for maximum hydration: two glasses in morning, one mid morning. Two glasses after lunch, one after dinner, and one before bed. If you are new to the candida diet and experiencing die-off from killing the candida with the diet, then you should drink a half glass of water every hour to purge your system of toxins.
Candida Diet – Don’t Eat
MEATS Processed & Packaged meatsHamburgersHot DogsSausage OILSPeanut OilProcessed oils - label reads partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated oils
VEGETABLESCornMushrooms NUTS & SEEDSCashewsPeanutsPistachios
DAIRYAll cheeses including cottage cheese, and hard and soft cheesesButtermilkCow & Goats MilkIce CreamMargarineSour CreamYogurtkefir GRAINS Breads (unless wheat, dairy, yeast and Sugar free)Cereals (unless wheat, dairy and Sugar free)CornKamutPastriesSpeltWhite RiceWhite FloursWheat
CONDIMENTSAll vinegars CatsupGravyJams & JelliesMustardPicklesRelishSalad Dressings (unless no added sugar)SaucesSoy sauceSpices with yeast, sugar of additives addedTamariWorcestershire MISCELLANEOUSCandyCookiesChocolateCoffeeDonutsGelatinGumFried FoodsMuffinsPastryPizzaProcessed Foods (TV. dinners, etc.)Smoked, Dried, Pickled or Cured Foods
BEANS & LEGUMESPeasNo fermented soy products (i.e. miso, tempeh)No soy - tofu DRINKSAlcoholCoffeeFruit juices Sodas (Diet & Regular)Teas - Caffeine (except green tea)
FRUITSApricotsBerries (raspberries, strawberries, etc.)BananasCherriesCurrantsDatesDried fruits (prunes, raisins, etc.)FigsGrapesKiwiMangosMelonsNectarinesOrangesPapayasPearsPeachesPineapplePlumsPomegranatesTangerines SWEETENERSAspartame (NutraSweet)Barley maltBrown rice syrupBrown sugarCorn syrupDextroseFructoseFruit juice sweetenedHoneyMaltodextrinMaple SyrupMolassesRaw cane juice crystalsSorbitolSucraloseWhite sugar
* Stay away from common allergen foods if allergic (citrus fruits, corn, milk, tomatoes, wheat).
· Warning: People with allergies and sensitivities related to inflammation associated with candida should consider eliminating a certain family of vegetables related to tobacco:
"Nightshade vegetables include tobacco, tomatoes, potatoes and chili peppers. It is not surprising that these novel foods, being nightshades, were regarded with suspicion at first and were slow to take hold in the European diet. They all contain nicotine in some form, although it may be named solanine (potatoes), tomatine (tomatoes), alpha-solanine (aubergine) or solanadine (chillies and capsicums). It is now apparent that there are groups of people who cannot tolerate nightshades in their diets, wish to avoid them anyway or find that eliminating them helps alleviate a variety of mental, emotional and physical problems. The following groups of people avoid nightshades. People with Arthritis - Some researchers believe that Arthritis is misdiagnosed in people who are in fact just suffering joint aches and swelling arising from consumption of nightshades. One in three arthritics react badly to nightshades. These individuals frequently have a sensitivity to the solanine chemicals present in these foods. It can take up to six months of exclusion of nightshades from the diet to achieve a beneficial effect. Macrobiotics - since the 1960s, the macrobiotic diet has recommended avoidance of all nightshades. This proven diet for health and longevity is followed by celebrities such as Sadie Frost, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Madonna. Children with eczema - for some children the elimination of nightshades from the diet helps clear eczema, particularly around the mouth. Gastro Esophogal Reflux disease - consumption of nightshade vegetables, particularly tomatoes, can causes a reaction where the stomach contents are pushed back up the esophagus towards the throat with symptoms of heartburn, chest pain, choking while lying down and asthma symptoms when sleeping. Those quitting smoking - some programmes to help people give up cigarettes also recommend giving up nightshade foods in order to completely eliminate low level nicotine intake and consequent re-addiction. Blood group diet - Dr. Peter d'Adamo's Blood Type Diet recommends people of blood types A and B to avoid all nightshade foods. This represents about half the population of most European countries. Cystitis, lupus, Psoriasis - giving up nightshades can help relieve symptoms of cystitis, lupus and psoriasis."