I thought I would post my story, with the hope that some of you went through similar symptoms and could share how you managed to restore your health after following the 80 10 10 diet.
First, let me just mention that I have been a vegetarian since 1996, and a vegan since 2012. In retrospect, I feel I probably did not have the most healthy vegan diet there was during the past year (probably too much fat, bad food combinations like almonds with dried fruits, bad omega 3/omega 6 ratio, low iron/B12 levels reported last January). Last May, I did a 9 days water fast, after which I felt like switching to a raw food diet. This time I studied more and read about the 80 10 10 diet, which I found rather attractive so I decided to try it.
I started the diet based on 2 meals of fruits and 1 meal of green leaves with nuts or avocados.
For 2-3 weeks I felt just great, but after this I started getting symptoms: Terry’s nails (which can be caused by anemia, malnutrition or liver damage), cold extremities, faster heartbeat at rest (around 90bpm), slower digestion, stomach burning and gases, and recently what seems to be a candida overgrowth in my mouth (very white tongue with my saliva doing filaments between upper and lower teeth).
I do not know what I have been doing wrong: too low caloric intake (around 2000kcal/day), not enough proteins (my protein intake was actually closer to 6-7%), sedentary life apart from 30 minutes walk every day, not enough greens to remineralize my body, thus being unable to counter the acidification caused by ingesting a large amount of fruits (until they are properly digested and release their own minerals). It seems that fruits must have fermented along the way (maybe they were not ripe enough), causing my digestion to slow down and the candida to develop. It seemed at least that my body was inflamed due to the high and maybe too sudden fruit intake (although I would need to understand better how it happened).
Internet is a great source of confusion in this respect, based for instance upon the issue of what a healthy carb/fat partition should be: some people claim that sugar is all the cells need, others claim that a significant fraction of this sugar is actually converted into fat (so one would be better advised to get fat in the first place to avoid putting a strain on the body), some others claim that the fructose is poison leading to high-fatty liver…
The same confusion exists when it comes to how one can heal a candida overgrowth: some people advocate a low carb diet to starve the candida (yet at the expense of starving the body as well), others claimed that eating a high fruit diet actually healed their condition (in such cases, it seems that the absence of cooked food was a part of the success, as if a body “cleaned” from cooked food was able to accept large quantities of fruits more naturally).
At any rate, the low carb diet seems difficult to follow when you are vegan (unless you start eating back animal proteins) and the high carb diet seems like going back to 80 10 10 (raw or cooked) which brought pain in the first place. Besides, while I enjoy fruits, I realized over my 3 weeks experience that eating several kilograms of fruits every day was hardly manageable when you live in nordic countries. The other issue is that I only weight 63 kilos for 1.80 meters right now so I cannot afford to lose much more weight.
I am looking to stabilize with a nutritionally healthy/financially sustainable diet with a balanced mix of fruits/greens/fat/quinoa or grains, but I am not sure how to do it from a state of imbalance because being an analytical person I need to understand what happened to me in order to trust that I am doing the right thing.
I am not sure anymore how to meet my caloric needs (what amount of carbs/fat to eat? What food combinations to make?), I am concerned I damaged my health and I feel lost with what may be a local/general candidose issue, not to mention the situation with my nails (liver problem or malnutrition?).
I tend to think that if I reduce the acidose with e.g lots of green juices to alkalyze, things may go back into place (the germ is nothing, terrain is everything) but what do I know?
If you have had experience with such issues (terry’s nails, candidose) and found your way back to health, I would be happy to hear from you.
Thanks and take care,