“I once was lost, but now am found” sounds nice, but accepting a belief you previously rejected is very painful.

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I was talking to a friend about the anniversary of the American start of the pandemic. Of course everyone’s different after the past 12 months, but I told her that my changes include the loss of core beliefs and parts of my personality. She asked what I meant.

“Well, for one thing,” I said, “I used to not believe there was anything after we die. I didn’t believe in anything I couldn’t see. I was like, here we are and there’s no higher being or anyone or anything else. This is it.


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Well, the McCombs Candida Plan is effectively over. I’m technically still abstaining from dairy products because adding dairy back to my diet doesn’t happen until Feb. 21st, so really I’m on Day 91, but who cares? I’m pretty much eating whatever I want at this point and it’s not good.

Since Juldmort my anxiety level gradually lessened until recently it finally slipped away. In the past week I’ve finally admitted that I no longer wake up with it crawling through my guts like a snake. In fact, I wake up so peacefully I’ve finally started lolling in bed a bit…


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January 10, 2021

I’ve been on the 16-week (112-day) McCombs Candida Plan for 71 days and yesterday I completely rebelled by buying a Pepperidge Farm frozen cake and trying to eat it (after thawing it, of course). But a strange thing happened: as I ate a piece, I found the layers of the cake rubbery and tasteless. Only the frosting tasted good, and then I realized that only the outside frosting tasted good. The inside frosting between the layers was watery and bland.

Of course, I had a second piece to make sure, but the cake was getting less and…


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December 23, 2020

Yes, I’m still on Dr. Jeffrey McCombs’ Candida Plan, taking McComb’s supplements, drinking four quarts of water a day, taking sweat baths, and eating only animal protein, produce and rice (no dairy, grains, processed meat, condiments, sugar/sweeteners or anything fermented). I buy almost everything raw/uncooked, make my meals fresh and eat it all without any sauces or toppings except olive oil, herbs and spices. I started it on November 1st and I’m on this ride until it reaches its conclusion in February.

This plan hasn’t been nearly as hard as it was when I did it decades…


I hate this month like a dumped ex-lover who’s still completely in love

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I hate this month.

I hate it like a dumped ex-lover who’s still completely in love

Like I hate desserts when I’m on a diet

Like I hate everyone who was invited to the party when I wasn’t.

I hate this month with its mock social calendar of virtual events

That I fake my way through (with background Zoom tree)

Smiling and laughing

Part of an online party when I’m really alone

And I can’t get that out of my head.

What I DO get out of…


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November 29, 2020

I’m at four weeks on Dr. Jeffrey McCombs’ Candida Plan, which I’m doing to rid my body of an overgrowth of fungal candida albicans. That’s four weeks of taking McComb’s supplements, drinking massive amounts of water, taking sweat baths, and eating only animal protein, produce and rice. But a few days ago my holistic health care provider tested me using Muscle Response Testing, which is what McCombs used in his practice when he treated me. She found that I’d be okay to add almonds back in, which I’m VERY grateful for!

It’s still challenging to get all…


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November 15, 2020:

It’s been two weeks that I’ve been healing my candida albicans problem with Dr. Jeffrey McCombs’ Candida Plan and it’s going well. I’m still surprised to have had no sugar cravings. I’ve suffered a little boredom from eating so many meals seasoned only with salt, pepper, cold-pressed oils and herbs, but besides that this has been pretty easy for me. I also continue to enjoy the sweat baths which I find quite relaxing, and I use them to listen to YouTube videos of Joe Dispenza which impress upon my brain the importance of using his meditation every…


There’s cruelty in telling single-dwellers to only celebrate with people in our household.

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In Chicago the word came on Thursday: as of Monday, 16 Nov, residents are advised to stay home except for work, school and essential needs such as getting groceries or medical care. Chicago residents are also strongly advised to:

a) Not have guests in their homes unless they are essential workers (e.g, home healthcare providers or educators).
b) Cancel traditional Thanksgiving celebrations.
c) Avoid travel.

We’re encouraged to celebrate the holidays only with people in our household, which I guess is fine for people who have others in their household whom they enjoy, but it’s not fine for those of…


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November 7, 2020:

I started the McCombs Plan on Nov. 1, so for this month it’ll be easy to remember what day I’m on. Today I didn’t spend as much on groceries because I’m eating more eggs and ground beef as my animal proteins. How is it going? First, my jeans now fit me loose! I have to use a belt, which I didn’t before. This is excellent news for me!

Now let’s go through the McCombs Plan.

  1. Supplements — yep, I’m taking those morning and night.
  2. Water — I have drink 4 quarts a day which is a LOT…

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November 6, 2020:

Before I began the McCombs Plan on Sunday, my grocery shopping looked like this.

27 Sept: cauliflower, oranges, cheese, masala chai tea, bananas, canned tuna, almonds $20.54

4 Oct: eggs, cinnamon apple tea, onions, whole chicken, brussels sprouts, McCormick’s garlic powder, lemons $19.11

6 Oct: bread, potatoes, Spanish rice (prepared), salsa, wieners, cheese $18.65

8 Oct: butter, Manwich canned sauce, pantiliners $8.79

10 Oct: chicken, seltzer water $4.39

11 Oct: cookies, ice cream $8.16

11 Oct: apple cider vinegar, seltzer water, ketchup, pasta sauce, $2.99 item (?), frozen dinner, frozen dinner, frozen pizza, paper towels, kleenex. $36.31

Regina Rodríguez-Martin

Relishes questions of human behavior. Gets more Mexican every day. Blog: https://www.reginachicana.com

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