Help for sugar cravings while on low carb Paleo diet treating Candida
Q: I’ve suffered with Chronic Fatigue and Candida for years and went on a 2 week Paleo diet at a healing facility, but I’m finding the diet hard to maintain due to my cravings for sugar each day. I’m a true sugar addict. Giving up the sweets completely feels horrible, punitive, and depressing. The Cocomune bars help a lot to satisfy the sugar cravings (and my kids like them). My leaky gut is clearly still a problem. Any suggestions?
A: I totally understand that giving up sweets completely may feel punitive and depressing! As for your sugar cravings, we have a great product which has been designed to use to help lessen cravings by providing you with the amino acids to make the neurotransmitters you need:
- Crave Arrest – this can be helpful for you, but if you are on an anti-depressant, there could be contraindications with taking this. This is designed to balance the production of the major neurotransmitters, including serotonin and dopamine, that affect cravings of all kinds. It would take it a while to get the cravings down, but you may notice improvement within 1-2 weeks of use, but it could take 3-4 weeks of taking it before this really improves.
If you already know you have Candida, that you need to follow our Candida Protocol here. Though you’ve learned much about curbing your diet to remove simple sugars, getting off gluten and have learned about the PaleoDiet that may have not been sufficient enough to help heal your GI tract if they didn’t really look at the bad bugs and provide solutions to get them out. Doing a lab test may be helpful in deciding how to move forward if it is more than just Candida that is the problem. To help fight the Candida, I would recommend that you look at our Candida Protocol here.
Have you considered doing a stool test through Metametrix Labs to see what is really going on inside your gut? We can do one, which tests for Candida & other fungi and bad bacteria. This can give us an idea of the level of your problem & the lab test also will look at if these bugs have developed resistance to certain herbs & medicines and will give recommendations for effective treatments for you based on the results of your test.
Getting you on this could be a very good place to start, it does come with FOS free HLC Intensive Probiotics. If you do not have vaginal yeast infections, then I’d recommend going with Option 4, which is the Immune Pack. I know you are taking a mulitvitamin so if you want to get it without the Complete Multi, we can arrange this, or you can get Option 3 & manually add the other products through the website if you wish.
I would HIGHLY recommend doing our Candida Protocol before going with medications like Nystatin or Diflucan, as I’ve consulted with many women who have done these medications and ended up with resistant yeast infections that becomes difficult to resolve.
As good as the Paleo Diet is, it is not intended for gut healing or Candida healing. Instead, I recommend you follow the Gut & Psychology Syndrome book which specifically targets Candida and leaky gut. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s book has been hugely successful for cases such as yours.
The book can be purchased online here:
Gut and Psychology Syndrome | GAPS Diet Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
Or if you’d just like to have the meal plans and recipes for 1 month, I recommend you purchase the “GAPS Diet Intro Protocol”
We do recommend making sure you are getting sufficient fats in your diet to help with intestinal healing, such as avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, sour cream, butter, ghee, egg yolks, (organic where possible), cod liver oil or other purified fish oil and homemade bone broths. These foods are all discussed in the GAPS book.
Lastly, having a good support system in place is important. For instance, if you find after you start on the Crave Arrest and the Candida Protocol that you are still wanting to turn to sugar to feel “taken care of” each day, there may be other psychological issues to address with a therapist to help you get to the root of the desire to eat sugar and to help you turn this around.