I eliminated foods that would cause yeast growth before I started the cleanse (Bread, cookies, muffins, and sweeteners like honey and maple syrup and of course sugar). Even though everything I eat is gluten and dairy free, I have to limit the carbohydrates for 3 months to clean up my gut.
Fruits are another source of sugar. For the first month, I did not eat any fruit. The second month I added green apples and blueberries. I also had brown rice pasta and wild rice only two times a week. I kept a food diary of everything I ate and wrote down how I am feeling with this cleanse.
A normal reaction to this diet is fatigue and not to be gross but I had a lot of "prairie dog moments" (LOL). I miss dark chocolate and honey so much. I do yoga stretches every day to help with stress.
Surprisingly, it's not that bad. I have lost 5 pounds and I feel leaner. Here is a one day example of what I eat on a daily basis:
Breakfast: bone broth and wild rice
Lunch: vegetable soup and salmon salad
Snack: almond crackers and almond butter (homemade by moi)
Dinner: Chicken thighs marinated in coconut aminos with zucchini and pesto spaghetti and a beet salad
Here is a recipe for the salmon salad:
Ingredients: Wild Planet Wild Sockeye Salmon, half of a red onion diced, one teaspoon parsley, one stalk of celery diced, a third of a cup of extra virgin olive oil, one teaspoon of dijon mustard, three teaspoons apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper to taste
Directions: Drain salmon. Combine onion, celery and parsley. In a bowl, whisk EVOO, mustard, vinegar and salt and pepper. Mix dressing with the salmon. Can be served over lettuce, greens or crackers.
If you have any questions about this cleanse, email me.
I had a test done by my Homeopathic Allergist, Dr. Orlando Seubela that works in the office of Dr. Jonathan Dashiff in Westbury, NY. A few months ago I took the Candida Test, which had high positive results.
I started to read and research Candida and read several books. I have some knowledge and experience of guiding patients on this diet. Also, my mother had severe colitis and the Candida diet controlled her colitis very well. Eating this way gave her relief and a better quality of life.
It is a three month diet and then after that time period you can add in low sugar foods, such as berries, green apples and high protein grains.
Candida is an overgrowth of yeast or fungus in your gut. 1 in every 3 people suffer from yeast related conditions. Candida symptoms include fatigue, bloating, weight gain, brain fog (when you can't think clearly), arthritis, allergies and depression.
Of course, there are many other conditions related to Candida like vaginal yeast infections and toenail fungus, and the list goes on and on. Persistent symptoms can also develop such as ear and sinus problems, upper respiratory infections, PMS, fibroids, endometriosis, hypothyroidism, acne and anxiety. Severe conditions that can be caused by Candida include auto immune diseases, fibromyalgia, lupis, autism, mental illness and cancer.
One of the common causes that results in Candida is frequent or occasional antibiotic use and a poor diet. Many prescription drugs can contribute such as steroids, birth control pills and heavy metals from silver amalagam fillings. Eating a diet with a lot of refined sugars, carbs, dairy products, alcohol and processed foods can also cause Candida.
If you are eating dairy and animal products that are raised with food that contain antibiotics and hormones, there is a high chance you might be positive for Candida. Eating a clean diet with organic veggies, fruits and animal products that are antibiotic free will make you feel great and look younger.
I provide a one on one consultation service for $75.00 a session, which includes helping you eat a better diet by adding in healthier choices. I will also review your health history, evaluate and measure goals and plan a menu. With a change in diet you can alleviate digestive disorders, chronic conditions and allergies.
For more facts on Candida, please pick up a copy of The Candida Cure: Yeast, Fungus and Your Health by Ann Boroch.