And so it began…

Although we are in the internet age, I still don’t want to give in. I prefer phone calls over texts, I don’t Twitter, or use #hashtags (oops, until now), and haven’t “blogged” since my LiveJournal days (About 10 years ago). But here we are, and I’m actually really excited to share this blog with you all.

I can honestly say I never thought I would be going back to school especially at 28 (27). My whole life I’ve wanted to be an entertainer, which I have had the amazing opportunity to live out part of that dream. But trying to make an artist go to school, no matter how much you want to please your family, well for me it just wasn’t happening. I am very lucky to have supportive parental units, but they wouldn’t be parents if they didn’t encourage their children to get a higher education (while still living their dream).

Can I seriously be thankful for an allergy?!!

After many tiring visits to the doctor’s office, being put on numerous different medications, with no answers, my dislike for prescription pills lead me to a Naturopathic Doctor. I didn’t know much about them, but was desperate for any hope at all of finding out what the heck was wrong with me. There’s only so much self diagnosing on the internet that you can do without just coming to a conclusion that you just must by dying (obviously the internet is always right!). First of all what I loved about my Naturopath visit is, there weren’t 50 people in the waiting room, and she sat with me for a whole HOUR talking to me, getting information about my health history. I didn’t feel rushed, and it was almost like she actually cared! Now please don’t get me wrong, I have a large amount of doctors and nurses in my family, and they change people’s lives every day! They work 24 hours at a time, missing Christmas’, birthdays, and definitely don’t get enough credit for the miracles they make happen.

So she took a prick of blood from my finger, put it under the microscope, and the image came up on a TV screen on her desk. She showed me my white and red blood cells, and then pointed out these fuzzy circles in between them all (there were a LOT of fuzzy circles!) She told me that that was yeast, and that my body was full of it. I had finally gotten an answer  to a lot of the issues I was having with my body. I had Candidiasis.

What is Candidiasis?

Candida Albicans is a yeast organism that everybody has inside his body. It normally lives harmlessly in small numbers and resides in the digestive tract and vagina. In healthy individuals, Candida levels are kept in check by the immune system and friendly intestinal flora. However, when the normal ecology of the bowel is disturbed for some reason or another, for example by the overuse of antibiotics which kill probiotic bacteria (especially those antibiotics prescribed for the treatment of acne, an infection following a cold or for cystitis), or if the immune system becomes weakened, Candida yeast numbers can get out of control, overgrow and proliferate. When this happens, very often the result is ‘thrush’, a yeast infection at a surface level. This very often takes the form of oral thrush, skin infections or vaginal yeast infections in women. Thrush is usually easy to treat through diet and anti-fungal creams. However, if Candida takes a firm grip on the gut, the excess Candida yeast in the intestines can then penetrate the healthy membrane between the digestive tract and the bloodstream or cause further breaches in an already damaged gut wall. As a result of the damage to the mucosal membranes, toxic waste products, partially digested proteins and other unwanted particles leak through the damaged portions, enter the bloodstream and travel throughout one’s body causing a vast array of unpleasant symptoms, including allergic reactions, skin eruptions, memory loss, depression, nausea, muscle pain, hypoglycaemia, digestive discomfort, vaginal dryness and others. Candida specialists call this condition ‘Systematic Candidiasis’. Perhaps the most obvious sign of having Systematic Candidiasis (proliferation of Candida Albicans inside your body) are recurrent Candida infections. (www.naturalhealthcourses.com)

I was given homeopathic treatments, and put on a very strict diet. I couldn’t eat anything that feeds yeast! No problem you say? (wait, what feeds yeast…)

Uhm, check out this link: http://www.thecandidadiet.com/foodstoavoid.htm

EVERYTHING FEEDS YEAST, MY LIFE IS OVER, AHHHHHH!!!!

I honestly thought it was the end of the world. When I work in film, we are fed what we are fed. Sometimes we work in the middle of nowhere, lets just say it was EXTREMELY difficult. But after cleansing, I was on a slow recovery to repairing my body.

A light at the end of the tunnel (Sorta)

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So after cutting out foods that feed yeast, I started to re-introduce gluten back into my diet (one of my favourite things in the WHOLE world). I felt AWFUL. I was getting flakey rashes around my nose, I was a serious gas factory (Gas X was my best friend for many months, gross I know!) I couldn’t even eat a sandwich without doubling in pain. It was very difficult, but I decided even though gluten was one of my favourite things (In the WHOLE world) It was time to say good bye for good. No more peanut butter stuffed pretzels from the craft service table, no more yorkshire puddings smothered in gravy. And what I didn’t realize, is that gluten is in EVERYTHING. They put it in hot dogs, lunch meat, candy (its the second ingredient in licorice!) It was a very depressing time for me. Despite my stature, eating and trying new food is one of my favourite hobbies. But life is too short to be miserable, so it was time to start making some big changes.

I had to re-learn how to cook (wasn’t to awesome at it to begin with). But my love for eating gave me the determination to research the best products and recipes so I could live my life like a normal person (who am I kidding, I’ll never be normal, ha). I started to become interested in learning what was in our food, and why more and more people were developing this allergy (and others) and with my genuine love for helping others, and the encouragement (once again) of a someone dear to me suggesting I consider going to school, one of those cartoon lightbulbs lit up over my head. (By golly I got it!)

I would become a Holistic Nutritionist! I will help people educate themselves on what they can do to better their lives, that although they have lost hope, food CAN be their friend!

So with my dislike for prescription medication (yes I know it is necessary for a lot of things), my Holistic Nutrition schooling, my love for food and a struggle with an annoying allergy, my job at an amazing health food store, and my love for bringing others happiness…

Here is my blog! Enjoy, take from it what you will, just remember, were all in this journey together!

-Robyn ❤

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 20:12:44

    Good luck with this Robyn, interesting and educational read thus far! Look forward to snooping your journeys! Xo

    Reply

    • robyng
      Feb 19, 2013 @ 20:23:11

      Thanks. I am not a professional writer, and honestly just an average Joe, trying to educate some more average Joe’s, so we can just be that much more knowledgable (if that makes sense, haha)

      Reply

  2. Pops
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 00:44:00

    Well done post. Looking forward to more.

    Reply

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