Ok, so I initially discovered Paleo by self-diagnosing and treating myself for candida in January 2011. I had been Google-ing symptoms and had so many candida symptoms - It made sense that I was suffering from a yeast overgrowth. I went through a really bad detox (something like a carb flu) once I started the candida diet but then starting feeling really well.
After discovering Paleo, I kept up the diet but added back in mushrooms and a few other foods that are 'forbidden' on the candida diet.
This past year, I've been doing well. My health, appearance and overall well-being have greatly improved. However, over the last few weeks, my health/energy have began to deteriorate and I am experiencing some pre-Paleo symptoms - i.e. eczema, constant hunger, gas (sorry, TMI!), brittle hair, facial zits and little spots appearing on my arms.
I'm trying my best to 'diagnose' what's going on! I hadn't been eating dark chocolate until the beginning of this month but then started eating up to 4 squares of Lindt 85% (sometimes more) each day. Now, with all of my meals, I am never satiated, no matter how much I eat. And if by a miracle I do feel a little satisfied by a meal, I'm hungry again an hour or so later. Also, last weekend, I was out with friends and had a little too much to drink (cough!) and felt like complete and utter s**t for 4 days afterwards - Really bad mood, confusion - I was all over the place, mentally.
Is this a blood sugar issue? Is it that my candida (if I ever had it in the first place) has returned? As of this morning, I'm starting a detox, big time. Only meat and veg for the next week or so to see if it will help my symptoms.
I've also been bingeing quite a lot this last week or so - Nuts, chocolate, potato crisps - Anything I can get my hands on, I'm eating.
Sorry for rambling on! Has anybody else had any experiences with candida overgrowth? Do you think that it is a myth and just a diagnosis for a range of random symptoms? I would really love to hear your thoughts on this.