Today is GF day #11. Yesterday I had a very unpleasant afternoon. I've been keeping up with my food journal and mostly feeling pretty good despite the not nice reaction from the alcohol over the weekend. I was curious as to what caused my reaction yesterday. There were a few factors yesterday that could've caused my issues. First I had cheese in my eggs in the morning. Then I had a Reese's PB cup after lunch, but those two things don't usually cause such a violent reaction. I had also bought a different bag of chips to have with my lunch, the same brand as the other day but this time they were the Hickory Honey BBQ flavor. They are definitely gluten free, but I didn't really look at the other ingredients on the label, and when I did I was surprised to see yeast. Yeast extract and Torula yeast. Hmmm, I thought to myself, I wonder if that could be a contributing factor?
When I was looking into Enterolab for intolerance testing, I read on their website that they test for yeast issues because it is linked to Crohn's disease. So last night I did a little more research on yeast and a lot of little puzzle pieces started to fit together. I've mentioned here many times that I think I'm sensitive to sugar and dairy in addition to gluten, well guess what? Sugar and diary (lactose is a sugar!) are the two major contributing factors in a yeast problem. It's been said that a yeast infection in the digestive system could be the cause or at least one of the major contributing factors to Crohn's disease. I went on to read about the Candida (yeast) detox diet and I noticed that it is very similar to the Specific Carb Diet which I've also mentioned before, as it's the diet that so many Crohn's patients have used to heal themselves. I've avoided the SCD because it's a lot stricter than just going gluten-free but even during my best gluten-free times I'm still having issues and now that I've been keeping a good food journal I can see the patterns. I'm glad to see that I'm on the right path and with a few small adjustments, hopefully I'll be feeling even better very soon.