I was bulimic for 20+ years and as I started recovering last year i visited my Naturopath for abdominal pain I was having related to eating. She did some testing and discovered that I have intestinal permeability as well as intestinal Candida (yeast). Basically that means I have an overgrowth of the wrong kind of bacteria and small holes in my intestines that are leaking particles of food into my bloodstream. I strongly feel it was caused by years of abuse to my intestinal system and stress i was constantly feeling.
Typically, the first line of treatment for yeast and leaky gut is to do an elimination diet; NO sugar, no yeast products, very limited carbs, very little sweets including fruits and a variety of other restrictions. I knew right away I would not be doing an elimination diet because of the triggers i felt after only 2 days of this kind of restriction. So I decided to just do my best to cut out extra sugars where possible and limit sweets to a minimum (but not entirely of course) I've also been taking some specific high quality supplements and adding some good things to my diet to heal my gut.
I'm wondering if anyone else has had issues like this and how long did they last for you? Research shows it could take as little as 2 weeks or as long as many months depending on the individual.
At any rate, I guess I'm looking for others who can offer advice or support about how to continue a recovery plan of eating "normally" and intuitively when trying to heal my digestive system from years of bulimia. Perhaps I just need to continue with what I'm doing and be patient. I do feel I am healing physically although I still get bloated very easily and sometimes I restrict a little because I can't stand the constant bloat…which doesn't help.
Anyone have any thoughts?