I've been diagnosed with candida, and want to follow a very-low-carb paleo diet as long as possible. I'm getting so thin now, it's not normal anymore. I'm often afraid of food.
The only things I could add to the diet are more eggs and avocados to get some calories, but I'm concerned that that isn't healthy. I'm a student and currently live with my parents, and they constantly tell me I shouldn't eat more than 1 egg a day. But they also tell me I shouldn't eat more than 200g of meat/fish a day, and preferably not eat fish more than 3 times a week. They would also get annoying if I eat 5 avocados in a row.
Are there any good solutions to this?
Since candida is a yeast type infection, I can see why you are leaning toward a lower carb or low sugar diet.
Higher fat/calorie dense foods that are healthy:
coconut in all forms (shredded, flakes, oil, butter)
full fat dairy products (cheese, milk, yogurt, ice cream)
There are so many other things going on with your post though, that's it's hard to ignore those issues as well. Based on the fact that you tagged your question "anorexia", I think you know you have issues. I'm not sure your parents don't want you to eat or if you just believe that based on your own issues.
If your parents are actually keeping you from eating then you need to take advantage of time you have out of the house to eat a few of the things on the list. It would be pretty easy to get a pint of ice cream or yogurt and eat it before you get home. That seems ridiculous, but you need to do what you have to do to be healthy. If you are underage, you should also report them as Thomas mentions, but I know that can be a scary situation. If they are controlling enough to keep you from eating, then you probably have some fear of them or what could happen if you don't listen.
You should not ever be afraid of food. Food is fuel, your body needs it to live and thrive and flourish. Don't let food control you, learn to control the food. If you have to inch your intake up in baby steps, then do it. One week you have 5 macadamia nuts each day or 1/2 avocado, the next you take it up a notch.
Good luck. <3
I think everyone who has answered thi has totally misunderstood the OP. their parents, as far as I can see, are not trying to restrict their food intake so much as stop them eating what they deem too high in fat, cholesterol, mercury or whatever. Or simple excessive- and yes, five avocados would be probably too much of one thing! It sounds like they're not wilfully trying to keep you underweight, they just think you should eat a diet higher in carbs (which is the same as eating less animal products).
Basically your parents are questioning the premise of paleo, or the anti-candida diet, whichever. Like many others they might not "believe" in candida. Have you explained it to them? Have you found hard evidence as to why more than one egg a day isn't going to send your cholesterol skyhigh, and evidence as to the same for meat and fish?
If you have tried to explain and they refused to accept it, then you have to move onto taking control of your own idea. I thought I had candida last year. I am no longer sp sure, but I was 100% convinced and extremely stubborn about it at the time. People suggested that it didn't exist and that only terminally ill patients have it, and I refused to believe them, insisting that my symptoms matched. I want to know who diagnosed you and what symptoms you have, but I am not going to tell you that you don't have it or that it doesn't exist.
I can really empathise however with the "fear" if food as I thought that anything could make me sick- even carrots!! I think the stress over worrying about "candida causing" foods only exacerbates whatever is up with you, and particularly your digestion. So firstly, try to chill out a bit and don't go madly hunting on the Internet for the million candida diets that are out there.
What you CAN do is try to keep yourself nourished. That is number one with candida or similar ailments. do your parents buy all the groceries? Is that another reason why theyd be upset if you ate a lot of protein and avocados? Assuming that you have some money of your own, invest in some virgin coconut oil (it's antifungal and anti parasitic as well as being high in calories and very good for vitamin absorption). Buy canned fish, your own eggs, whatever it takes. Even if you live with your parents and they refuse to agree with your diet, you can implement it yourself. Eat butter-slathered vegetables. Other dairy products and nuts are not great for candida-like symptoms so focus ok animal fats and coconut oil. Good luck.
I wonder if it is fear of exacerbating the candida rather than fear of eating or gaining weight itself- that's why it sounds like anorexia in the medical meaning of not eating rather than the pathological disorder of anorexia nervosa. Maybe.
Nuts amd dairy are usually contraindicated if you have candida as they are considered "dampening" foods. Coconut oil, however, you can have in spades, and butter is okay too, so go for that.
If it is your parents paying for the pod them perhaps that's another reason they don't want you eating so much meat etc. If they are unconvinced about candida try at least to explain to them the reasons why eating more eggs, meat and fish is not unhealthy. If you can buy your own food then do that- canned gosh for example and coconut oil would be a great place to start.
1) Who diagnosed you with Candida and why?
2) Why do you believe that Candida is an issue?
4) If your parents won't let you eat, drop a dime and report them to Child Services. Sorry, I am a parent and I know it's not easy and you make mistakes, but your parents are abusing you. Don't put up with it.
How old are you? Moving back home after being on your own is certainly an adjustment, and I also find that when you are on such a strict diet people are always watching and judging...especially parents who mean well but dont always sound that way. It sounds like its a bit of an adjustment for all of you.
If you feel you are underweight I'd definitely look for ways to add calories while keeping on your low carb diet. As people have suggested already, full fat dairy, nuts, nut butters, coconut in all forms are great ways to add good fatty calories. Eggs are good protein sources but one gets tired of them quickly-organic eggs you can eat unlimited, but the regular may not be as good for you (perhaps again thats what they are thinking but not properly expressing) I'd make sure you cover all the protein sources, eat a few more ounces per day gradually increasing until you feel you are getting enough.
From another perspective maybe they are saying no more than 3 servings a week/fish/seafood due to concerns for mercury or some other contaminant if they aren't getting good fish in your area? Perhaps theres a reason that you aren't aware of, its a good idea to just talk to them and find out whats going on here.
I personally didn't get the vibe from you of abuse going on/more likely annoying constant critiques and comments, but indeed if thats the case, perhaps its time to get out on your own, if over age. A uni student can find on-campus housing/dorms or share a flat with a fellow student.
As for your food issues, at least you are looking for more food, thats a positive step!
If I sat down and ate 5 avocados I know someone around me would be concerned. You do have to try not to overeat one food, you might have tummy issues later from it. If they are giving you difficulty over that I'd be in agreement with them as well!! Too much of a good thing is not always good!!
Definitely try macadamia nuts if you haven't already. In my experience, it is REALLY hard to eat enough whole nuts to fill in caloric gaps, so grind them into a nut butter and enjoy. Be very careful to choose macadamias not processed in a facility with other nuts! A jar of coconut oil or butter that you can just spoon thousands of calories out of will definitely help with weight gain. Learning to love full fat dairy would be a good thing, even for a little while, because the protein/carb combo will pack on pounds, or at least help you keep the ones you have. It's made to help baby animals grow, it's going to make you grow! If the lactose digesting to glucose is a problem, eat cheese. I'm an endurance athlete and have trouble eating enough calories in a day on a paleo diet so I personally fill in the gaps with cheese.
In the end, if you buy and cook your own food, your parents don't have to know what you eat. Are carbs especially detrimental with candida? I don't know too much about it. If they are, you've got to find scientific evidence, studies, showing your parents why you should not eat them. If you find evidence showing that carbs are not essential to ANYONE, you might even help improve their diet as well. As long as they (it doesn't sound exactly like restrict) but advise strongly against excess egg, meat, and avocado intake, keep eating supplementary foods (macadamias, coconut products, etc.). If they quit fearing meat, start adding more meat - Atkins got it right making "protein products" (c'mon, animals) his food pyramid base.
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