Without getting too wordy, here is the most relevant history: I had lots of yeast infections as a teen. I ate loads of junk, yo-yo'd on and off sugar in extremes. I 'cured' myself through treatment, cotton pants, better health, balanced sugar, etc.
Fast-forward 20 years. I haven't had them in years. 3 years ago I started messing with my diet, suspecting celiac and having insomnia/depression issues. The yeast infections returned, because of the extreme changes I made. If I stopped eating all sugar, I got one. If I went from moderate to too much sugar, I got one. No 'natural' remedies like yogurt or garlic have ever worked for me. I sought my MD who gave me diflucan. After my 3rd treatment (because the infection would return after a month or so) (in about 4-5 months) he commented that he was concerned about diabetes, as I was getting recurring infections. Did the glucose test, I'm fine. Go back to moderate, balanced eating, no more infections.
Now, I'm trying to get a handle again on my mood through diet, which meant cut out sugar plus other things (dairy, gluten). As usual, I went from little to moderate sugar to too much, so started back on my Clean Eating ways. NO sugar, dairy, caffeine or gluten, loads of veg and water and meats.
I have had a yeast infection for a month. I ate a bit of sugar last week and my infection went away. iN a few days (of no sugar) it was back. Clearly I know I have chronic candida, right?
But I'm not ready to commit to a long-term candida diet. My friend has been on one for 18 months and is still not feeling better. My life is hectic and food is complicated in our family, I do not want to start anything unless I know I can make it work and that it will *help* me, not just throw me into some other extreme-diet issue.
Does anyone have experience that can help me? Did you cure chronic candida through diet? Did you do something else? Did you find an alternate theory on all of this that you can share?
I really appreciate your help.