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Glycemic Index and Candida - How Much Sugar are you Eating?

Posted by Nutrition Team on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 @ 06:15 PM

by Tarilee Cornish, CNP

Glycemic Index and Candida - How Much Sugar are you Eating?

Rather than count grams of carbohydrates, we can limit the down side of carbohydrates by preferring particular types of carbohydrates according to how they influence our blood sugar.

For years, we divided carbohydrate types into simple and complex, with the thought that complex carbohydrates were healthier. Though this division sorts out the least nutritious foods from the most nutritious foods, it is simplistic and it fails to give us an understanding of how those carbohydrates will function in our body.

With the cheap availability of carbohydrate foods and years of promotional efforts to get people to eat lower fat, our society has been growing heavier from an over-indulgence in sweets and starches. The weight loss trend for the last decade or more has been to count carbohydrates and often to try to eliminate them. The body needs some carbohydrates, so this is an unhealthy approach. What we can do instead, is minimize the impact that carbohydrates have on our blood glucose levels.

It is now understood that foods that rapidly increase our blood sugar cause a corresponding surge in insulin, the body’s mechanism for lowering blood sugar. Insulin surges result in fat storage and compromise health in other ways as well. The “glycemic index” rates foods according to the speed at which they’re converted into sugars. The higher the glycemic index (GI) of a food, the faster it is converted into sugar.

One of the ways that eating low on the glycemic index can help our health is by preventing or lessening intense cravings for sugar and starch. This is perhaps due to a higher satiation effect from low glycemic foods.

Reducing high glycemic foods that spike blood sugar levels can also benefit those who suffer from candida overgrowth by minimizing the nourishment to yeast and fungus.

Other health risks that are reduced include: high blood triglyceride issues, candida overgrowth, obesity, immune suppression, high cholesterol. hypoglycemia, learning disabilities, food allergies, atherosclerosis, cancer, and fatigue. Recent studies suggest that insulin may be a cancer promoter while also stressing arterial health so lowering high glcyemic foods could also potentially lower our risk of cancer and heart disease.

There are many contradictory glycemic ratings for common foods, and I recommend you review some of the available lists and use them as a general guide. There are multiple online glycemic index (GI Index) resources.

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Tarilee’s Top Ten Ways to Energize during Candida Cleanse

Posted by Nutrition Team on Sun, Jan 21, 2018 @ 02:12 PM

dreamstime_s_84266489.jpgTarilee’s Top Ten Ways to Energize your Body and Mind
by Tarilee Cornish, CNP

In the Northern Hemisphere, autumn and winter bring about noticeable changes: fewer daylight hours resulting in less natural vitamin D; colder days leading to closed windows and more time indoors; local food sources change from green to starchy. Seasonal shifts can also have a profound effect on our energy levels.

Our diet changes from the cooling, energizing raw bounty to long-storing root veggies and squash with their comforting, warming energy. Colder temperatures can lead to cravings for richer “comfort” foods. The shift in our diet combined with reduced light and fresh air, usually results in slower thinking and reduced physical energy.

This is a very natural process that prepares us for the partial 'hibernation' of winter, insuring our bodies have a little extra stored fat for warmth. However, for most of us, the demands of our life do not decrease in the same way our available energy does. Fortunately, there are steps we can take to vitalize our mind and body. Here are ten sure ways to boost your mental acuity and physical energy.

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Tags: candida cleanse, candida, immune system, vitamin D drops

Tarilee's Tips for Success - Candida Diet Plan

Posted by Nutrition Team on Wed, Dec 27, 2017 @ 11:34 AM

by TL Cornish, CNP


Embarking on the learning adventure of a new healthy diet is the important first step towards understanding your body's health and nutritional requirements. The Whole Approach.com™ website is designed to support and inspire you on your journey toward the diet and lifestyle strategy that suits your individual needs. Just as each of us has a unique personality, health history, health challenges, and biochemical make up, we also have unique dietary needs. The information on our website will be invaluable to you both as a starting point as well as an ongoing reference.

The primary goal of an effective candida diet is to support healing and detoxification through a nutritionally-balanced diet that is low in carbohydrates. The ideal diet for CRC recovery reduces or eliminates hard-to-digest foods that stress the digestive system as well as allergens and toxins that suppress the immune and nervous systems.

Lifestyle considerations that will enhance your treatment program:

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Candida Diet: Two Steps Healthy, One Craving Back

Posted by Nutrition Team on Tue, Dec 26, 2017 @ 04:38 PM

Navigating Dietary Challenges with Systemic Candida

by Tarilee Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner

Many an impassioned healthy diet has been defeated when we are blindsided by persistent or powerful cravings. If we are not prepared for this inevitable experience, especially on a candida diet, a formidable craving can topple our resolve. Wisdom tells us that when we yield to temptation, temptation grows. This is definitely true of unhealthy food cravings.

Indulgence in misguided cravings such as those for sugar or excess starch will fuel more cravings. Once indulged craving can expand to the point that it becomes insatiable and can lead to binge eating. So we are well advised to choose our 'treat' foods carefully to include only those that we can exercise self control with while avoiding those that 'unhinge' us.

Many of today's common illnesses are related to dietary excess, including, Candida Related Complex (CRC), hypoglycemia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, ADD, obesity and more. How do we prevent ourselves from over indulging? In the case of people with special dietary needs who feel restricted from eating their habitual choices, we can work to transform our relationship with our food to a healthy, nourishing one.

 

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Ten Steps to Healthier Eating During a Candida Cleanse

Posted by Nutrition Team on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 @ 10:27 AM

Real Food for a Change* - Tarilee's Top Ten Steps to Healthier Eating for Detoxification and Cleansing

by T L Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner

Recovery from almost any kind of health imbalance can be enhanced by a candida cleansing detoxification program. Though the colon cleansing, detoxification and immune supporting products sold by Whole Approach are important components of a wellness program, in most cases, dietary transformation will also be at the core of a successful and lasting recovery. The transition from an average diet to an optimum diet for healing and health maintenance is a journey of patience, self-observation and self-knowledge.  If your health condition is demanding change, now is the time to begin. 

Begin your healthy transition with consideration for your natural affinity for new habits. Do you like to change overnight or one small step at a time? Somewhere in between is likely best for most. In general, changes made mindfully and gradually will have lasting results. This Top Ten list will help you transition gradually to a diet that is optimal for you.

Remember to tune into the WholeApproach Support Forum for information, recipes and support. And if, at any point in your transitions, you need reassurance, you can reach for inspiration by reading the success stories of those who came before you in their own quest for a healthier relationship to food. 

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Tarilee's Social Tips for Thriving on Candida Diet During the Holidays

Posted by Nutrition Team on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 @ 09:31 AM

Tarilee’s Top Ten Social Tips for Thriving on a Therapeutic Diet

by T L Cornish CNP

Almost every culture in the world connects around food, especially during the Holidays. The experience of eating differently amidst the expectations, curiosity and confusion of those around you will almost certainly challenge your social graces at some point. But with a little preparation, you can reduce any related stress and thus preserve your success on your program.

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Candida Diet - Harvest Treats

Posted by Nutrition Team on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 @ 05:10 PM

Fall harvest is here and we've pulled together ten of our favorite Pumpkin and Carrot recipes from our WholeApproach Support Forum members.  There are many more wonderful Holiday recipes on the WholeApproach Support Forum.  Enjoy!

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Candida Diet:The Indulgence of Good Health Through the Holidays

Posted by Nutrition Team on Tue, Oct 24, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

Loving ourselves through healthy choices

   By T L Cornish, CNP   

Mind your own wisdom

Cravings for unhealthy foods represent a significant challenge to our healthy path when we get together with family and friends who are less aware of, and less sensitive to, the health impacts of our food choices. When our new food habits are offered up (through togetherness) to the scrutiny of others, it can be difficult to know how to respond to questions or criticism. Without trying to change others around you, I encourage you to find your own tactful strength and to focus inwardly on your knowledge about which foods will have the greatest benefit to the quality of your time with loved ones. Is it the two minutes of bliss from indulging in a craving or is it the fun you will have because you feel so good from making self loving food choices.

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Tags: candida diet, candida, candida diet food lists, candida-safe, candida diet tips, diet for candida, holiday baking, food cravings

Candida Diet - Harvest Treats

Posted by Nutrition Team on Sun, Sep 24, 2017 @ 04:29 PM

Fall harvest is here and we've pulled together ten of our favorite Pumpkin and Carrot recipes from our WholeApproach Support Forum members.  There are many more wonderful Holiday recipes on the WholeApproach Support Forum.  Enjoy!

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Strategies for Achieving and Maintaining Digestive Regularity© - Candida Diet

Posted by Nutrition Team on Sun, Sep 24, 2017 @ 04:15 PM

Tarilee Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner

Today’s stressful, sedentary lifestyles and highly-processed, low-fiber diets predispose us to constipation. Since good statistics on the prevalence of the problem don’t really exist, medical and holistic health professionals have widely differing views as to what defines constipation.

The time it takes for food to pass from the mouth to elimination through the rectum is generally referred to as “transit time”. In the view of holistic practitioners, transit time should be somewhere between 12 and 24 hours, and that anything longer than a 24-hour transit time indicates constipation. However, many conventional medical professionals consider even longer transit periods perfectly normal. According to the Physician’s Manual for Patients, “Daily bowel movements are not essential to health”.

Even if the statistics available were not skewed by contradictory opinions within the medical community, their accuracy could be affected by a public somewhat shy to discuss the issue. Let’s face it; bowel function is not a subject that many folks feel comfortable talking about. Instead, let’s consider some of the symptoms that holistic practitioners believe could be due to constipation. When looking at the following list, we begin to get a sense of how many people may be suffering from this unpleasant condition.


SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH CONSTIPATION

According to holistic practitioners, symptoms that may be due to constipation include the following:

  • abdominal pain
  • bad breath, body odor
  • fatigue, low energy
  • depression, irritability
  • headaches
  • mental sluggishness
  • skin eruptions, sallow skin, dark circles under eyes

IS CONSTIPATION A SERIOUS HEALTH RISK?

When wastes do not move from the colon in a timely manner, the waste material stagnates and the toxic compounds within the waste grow. The wastes can also become impacted and adhere to the intestinal walls. In serious cases, the toxins in the impacted fecal matter can be reabsorbed into the bloodstream, leading to a condition known as autointoxication (self-poisoning).

As a result, chronic constipation can contribute to reduced nutritional absorption, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, premature aging due to increased free radicals from higher levels of toxicity, inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid disease, colitis, appendicitis, prolapsed rectum, and diverticulitis. A higher incidence of breast disease and colon cancer has also been associated with constipation.


WHY IS CONSTIPATION COMMON IN CANDIDA RELATED COMPLEX (CRC)?

CRC sufferers typically have a deficiency of healthy flora, and frequently food intolerances as well. In addition, yeast toxins cause congestion of the eliminative organs, resulting in compromised digestive function. These factors can all add up to constipation.


OTHER CAUSES OF POOR ELIMINATION

Many other dietary, lifestyle, and even emotional factors can contribute to constipation. Following are the most common underlying causes for this condition:
  • Candida overgrowth and other intestinal flora imbalances
  • Coffee (high consumption disturbs bowel function)
  • Constitutional predisposition
  • Chronic dehydration
  • Digestive deficiencies, such as inadequate pancreatic secretions, stomach acid, intestinal enzymes, or intestinal flora, or weak liver or kidney function
  • Emotional tension or repression (e.g. fear, self consciousness, anxiety, depression)
  • Endocrine disorders (eg. hypothyroidism) and hormonal imbalances
  • Low fiber, high sugar, high salt, high processed food diet
  • Fecal build-up (impacted waste material.) Fecal build-up can also cause diarrhea
  • Food intolerances
  • Herbs, if they are astringent and diuretic. Many herbs (including herbal teas) are both diuretic and astringent and can therefore reduce bowel lubrication, leading to constipation.
  • Laxative and enema misuse. Many laxatives, especially irritating ones such as whole leaf aloe, senna, and cascara sagrada may bring about dependency and/or damage bowel function.
  • Structural abnormalities
  • Medications. Anti-hypertensive drugs, diuretics, antacids, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory drugs, and some antibiotics may significantly slow transit time.

In addition, a number of diseases and conditions can contribute to inadequate bowel function; including diabetes, intestinal obstructions, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, pregnancy, scleroderma, spinal cord injuries, thyroid abnormalities, and uremia.


STRATEGIES FOR MAINTAINING BOWEL REGULARITY

There are a number of things that can be done to re-establish healthy bowel function and support improved health. Try to incorporate one or two of the following suggestions every week, adding new habits every week, until your bowels are functioning well:
 

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