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Tarilee's Tips for Better Digestion - Candida Diet

 
by Tarilee Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner
 
 
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Better Digestion©

If you're like many health-conscious people, you pay a lot of attention to what you eat. But even the highest quality foods won't necessarily help you build health if you don't digest them well. Following are some tips for optimizing your digestive process and preventing digestive problems from arising in the first place. You may not need to employ all of these strategies-look at your own eating habits and decide which ones will help you most. Then you'll have the right tools to keep your digestion running at its best; so you can absorb more nutrients and prevent indigestion. You'll also find a special list of remedies for indigestion. If a particular food or eating experience upsets the applecart the more familiar you are with your options, the better chance you'll have of limiting discomfort and finding relief when you need it.


Improving Digestion and Preventing Indigestion

The List of Do's:

  • Let your mouth do the work -
    Chew your food as much as possible before swallowing. Your mouth produces powerful digestive enzymes. Their function is to partially digest your food before it goes to your stomach. Chewing your food until it is broken down into a smooth, thin liquid is ideal; usually chewing twenty times or so per bite will do the job.
  • The right attitude -
    Try to eat with a feeling of gratitude for your food and an awareness of its nutritional power. Conscious eating will enhance your body's ability to assimilate the vitamins, minerals, and life force of your food.
  • Eat the salad last -
    Eat your protein and fat rich foods first and your salad last so that the water in the salad veggies does not dilute your digestive fluids.
  • Probiotics -
    Use Probium capsules, (beneficial intestinal bacteria), daily. Use up to four capsules per day to increase your digestive system's power and resilience.
  • Soil Based Bacteria -
    SBX brand supplement between meals will colonize your intestinal system with HSMs (Homeostatic Soil-Based Micro-Organisms). These help to reduce putrefactive bacteria from growing out of control as they can in the case of severe or chronic indigestion. A strong intestinal population of HSM's also supports nutrient assimilation.
  • Herbal Tea -
    To aid digestion, try sipping a small cup of herbal tea during your meal; green tea or a blend of green tea and other digestive herbs such as Traditional Medicinals' Eater's Digest, work well.
  • Enzyme support -
    Use AbsorbAid Platinum full-spectrum plant based enzymes to do some of the work for your digestive system. Take one capsule with every meal and snack daily. Extra heavy meals will require additional doses as needed. AbsorbAid Platinum promotes the process of converting virtually any food you consume into its most usable forms while supporting proper elimination of toxins and waste, leaving you with a cleaner, healthier body.
  • Bitters -
    Use herbal bitters before biting your first bit of food to rev up your digestive potency. The usual dosage range is between one teaspoon and one tablespoon of bitters, taken from thirty to five minutes before a meal. St. Francis Herb Farms Canadian Bitters are available in the WholeApproach® Store.
  • Walking to prime digestion -
    A brisk twenty to thirty minute walk after a meal helps activate digestion.
  • Investigate the possibility of food allergies -
    Repeated episodes of indigestion may be a signal that you suffer from food sensitivities or allergies. Try eating a four-day rotation diet,(don't eat any food more than once every four days), and tracking what you eat and how you feel in a food diary. You will discover what foods trigger irritation and inflammation in your digestive tract. You can then avoid those foods, which will both strengthen your overall digestion and reduce the number of times you experience indigestion. Electro Dermal Testing is an effective method of allergy detection (for more information see WholeApproach® newsletter article," Candida Related Complex and Food Allergies" in the Articles section of the Whole Approach® Forums™).

The List of Don'ts:

  • Don't nap or lie down right after your meal or eat just before going to bed -
    When you sleep, your digestive functions slow down. Also, if you lie down after eating, your stomach acid has a better chance of seeping up into your esophagus, causing heartburn. Being awake strengthens digestive power and the downward direction of gravitational force works to keep strong stomach acids where they belong.
  • Don't eat when you are not hungry or when you are extremely tired -
    Under these conditions your body may not produce adequate digestive enzymes for efficient digestion.
  • Don't drink cold water just before a meal, as it suppresses gastric secretions. -
    Minimize fluids during and immediately after meals. A cup of water one hour before a meal will help insure that your body has adequate water with which to produce digestive fluids.
  • Don't drink coffee and black tea with meals -
    These drinks can relax the ileo-secal valve, creating premature emptying of the stomach into the small intestine before food is properly broken down by the stomach acids. This, in turn, can lead to indigestion. Remember, these drinks are generally inappropriate for inclusion in an immune-boosting, candida-starving diet.

Food Combining Don'ts:

  • Don't eat concentrated proteins like meat, dairy, fish, cheese, protein powders etc. with concentrated starches like grains, sugars, or fruits.
  • Don't combine beans or nuts with dairy or meat.
  • Don't eat fruit with any other foods.

To Remedy Indigestion or Bloating

The List of Do's:

  • Take digestive enzymes -
    If you feel over-full, you can use one or two extra Absorb-Aide capsules after your meal to help your stomach cope with the meal.
  • Take activated charcoal capsules -
    Taking charcoal at the first sign of bloating, nausea, or gas can be helpful, as the charcoal absorbs symptom-causing bacteria. Charcoal is suitable for occasional use only. Do not exceed ten capsules in a day or use the product more than two days per week, as the charcoal can also soak up good bacteria and minerals.
  • Use homeopathy -
    A general homeopathic formula for indigestion can be highly useful. Look for one containing carbo vegetabilis, Nux vomica (a.k.a. Colubrina), and Pulsatilla.
  • Drink fresh ginger tea to relieve nausea and bloating -
    Simmer one to two teaspoons of grated or sliced fresh ginger root for ten minutes in one cup of purified water.
  • Drink fresh or dried peppermint tea to help dispel intestinal gas -
    Steep one teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves or three teaspoons of fresh leaves in one cup of boiled water.
  • Take fennel seeds -
    Chewing a half teaspoon full of these aromatic seeds each thirty minutes until your symptoms are relieved helps to reduce discomfort from gas.
  • Use Tri Salts or baking soda -
    One teaspoon of Tri Salts (available from California-based Cardiovascular Research) may relieve heartburn or painful bloating. In a pinch, you can use one teaspoon of baking soda in a small glass of water. Either of these remedies will cause burping, helping to reduce pressure in the stomach. The bicarbonate in the Tri Salts helps neutralize extra stomach acid. (The baking soda option is contraindicated if you have hypertension because sodium bicarbonate has a high salt content.)
  • Try carminative essential oil capsules. -
    Using essential oil capsules containing peppermint can soothe gas and discomfort by acting as a carminative (herbal agent that relieves gas) and an anti-spasmodic (to soothe intestinal spasms). Some essential oil capsules also contain fennel, caraway seed, and other carminative oils. For the quickest relief, you can bite into a capsule and wash the oils down with a few sips of hot water.
  • Use herbal bitters as a treatment for upset stomach, excess fullness, and sluggish digestion -
    In cases of severe digestive deficiency, bitters can be used both before and after a meal. Take one teaspoon before eating and one after to boost your digestive secretions. Be aware that bitters stimulate all of your digestive functions and can speed bowel transit time. They may also loosen stools. Some bitters have a high senna leaf content and can have an exaggerated laxative effect. This is undesirable on a regular basis because your bowels can become dependent on the laxative. St. Benoit brand bitters from Switzerland are excellent and do not have a strong laxative effect. St. Francis Herb Farms brand bitters from Canada are excellent and do not have a strong laxative effect.

A Closing Note on Stress and Digestion

Never underestimate how much your state of mind affects your digestion. Our bodies are practical machines that make very logical decisions about prioritizing life-supporting tasks.If your body is experiencing fear, anxiety, or panic, your survival programming will direct your energy to ensuring that your body is ready to fight or flee.

It will shut down functions not essential for immediate survival, such as digestion and subtle immune processes. When your body is on 'red alert' your subconscious survival physiology will initiate movement of blood and energy resources from non-emergency functions like digestion to functions crucial for physical exertion.

For example, adrenalin levels will increase to keep your heart rate up. Your blood vessels will dilate to fill your muscles with blood rich in nutrients and oxygen, to boost your strength. When you eat while you are stressed, your body is preoccupied with the logistics of emergency procedures. It is unable to simultaneously orchestrate the complex processes needed to efficiently digest. You have next to no resources available with which to break down your food and direct the nutrients to where they need to go in your body. The result can often be physical discomfort from weak digestion, including gas, pain, fatigue and heartburn.

Try three to five minutes of deep breathing before you eat to encourage your body into rest mode before you ask it to accept and process food.

Tarilee Cornish is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner with a special interest in immune and digestive recovery including general detoxification and recovery from food allergies and candida overgrowth. She is especially passionate about pure healing food choices that have a democratic, ecological and compassionate production and distribution chain. Tarilee is a moderator on the WholeApproach Support Forum.

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Whole, Natural, Healing-Food Candida Diet

 
Tarilee's Candida Diet Guidelines

Whole, Natural, Healing-Food Diet

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The Whole Approach Candida Diet is a healing, low-glycemic diet planned around hypo-allergic foods that do not promote yeast growth. The Whole Approach Diet emphasizes highly-nutritious and easily digestible foods. The preferred foods help to clear mucous and reduce inflammation, while minimizing or avoiding foods that don’t support candida cleansing.

Abstinence from hard-to-digest foods, allergens, contaminants or additives, helps encourage intestinal healing and whole body detoxification. GMO-free and organic foods are emphasized as much as possible. The Whole Approach Support Forum, provides guidance and support for healthy eating. Tarilee Cornish, CNP (Certified Nutritional Practitioner) provides support and other helpful tips for navigating food quality and food safety issues inherent in our global, industrialized food system.

Corresponding educational reference resources further augment the WholeApproach food lists, including the Food Notes and Candida Diet FAQs. An overview of the Whole Approach Candida Diet can be found below, as well as a description of Tarilee's healthy eating guidelines.

Customized to Individual Needs

The Whole Approach Candida Diet is customized by each individual according to their improving score on the WholeApproach Candida Symptom Assessment Questionnaire. Food choices are selected from a Food List download, divided into easy to use, color-coded, OK, Limit and Avoid categories. Members choose foods according to their nutritional needs, preferences, and tolerances. Progress on the transitional diet is determined by the candida symptom questionnaire score.

Diet Rules - Are they all Essential?

It's common for those of us on a self-healing path to come across a multitude of health theories, therapeutic diets and eating styles. The sheer quantity of information can be overwhelming and the contradictions are often downright baffling. Some people go from diet to diet in the hope that one of them will fit just right. Others study all of the theories and try to accommodate all of them into one diet.

The candida diet itself, being low-carbohydrate, can be rather challenging. We caution against trying to follow so many rules that it makes your diet plans into an absolutely stressful and impossible feat. Try to remember that every diet rule is not applicable to every person. If you attempted to follow every diet rule out there, the combined restrictions would probably prevent you from eating anything.

In the hope of preventing you from getting lost in a maze of diet theories, we have created the WholeApproach Candida Diet. This includes a careful selection of what we consider to be the most important diet considerations to enhance your recovery from CRC. It not only incorporates recommendations to support recovery from candida overgrowth, but also includes considerations for boosting immunity, detoxification, energy, brain health, blood sugar balance and intestinal regularity.

The Whole Approach Candida Diet can be challenging for some people, especially when it represents a dramatic change in habits. Balancing your diet rules with a calm, immune-boosting state of mind takes practice and time. As you settle into a diet that feels right for you, the anxiety around your choices will fade away.

We can't emphasize enough how important it is for you to learn to listen to your body. As you move forward, you will learn what works best for you. Your diet notebook will prove invaluable in helping you evaluate the effectiveness of your food program.

WholeApproach Support Forum

Tarilee’s Approach to Nutritional Guidance - T L Cornish, CNP

“I encourage a holistic approach to healing through a self-monitoring diet and health diary. I believe it's important to be mindful of the way our diet and lifestyle choices affect our health. My coaching approach also encourages awareness of environmental influences on well-being. I am more of an educator, than an advisor. I encourage people to get in touch with their bodies, to learn about healthy food and a healthy environment, and to learn about candida recovery and healing. Choosing a healing path that feels right for them helps individuals develop confidence in their own intuition. I also encourage an emphasis on the advantages offered by lifestyle improvements rather than deprivation due to diet changes.

To help promote a positive attitude of learning and culinary discovery, I emphasize the benefits of diet and lifestyle change. I believe our language and thoughts about our self-care are as important as what we choose to eat. For example, the word 'diet' is so loaded in our society, conjuring up thoughts of hunger and unsatisfied cravings. As much as possible on the Support Forum, I refer to the Whole Approach Candida Diet as "food therapy" in an effort to help paint it with the self-loving brush that is intended. To provide maximum support in the direction of positive change, I try to help minimize the negative and immobilizing emotions like fear and guilt, striving instead to cultivate excitement and planning for a healthier future.

As we navigate the path of healing, we have different needs at different times, so ongoing self-observation is essential. At the beginning of our healing program, we may need something different than at the middle or end. Other variations and cycles in our health can also be at play as well, so daily attention to what our body is telling us is helpful. For instance, fatigue, stress, travel, hormone cycles, weather and environment can all affect our healing experience.”

Tarilee’s Top Ten Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Your Candida Recovery Program

  1. Use of the Whole Approach Diet instructions and food lists.

  2. Well-informed, natural food selections with home food preparation as much as possible.

  3. Emphasis on nutrient-rich, organic, and minimally-processed whole foods.

  4. Diversity in the diet to help increase nutrient balance and prevent food intolerances. Consider following a four-day rotation diet.

  5. Drink plenty of purified water. Drink half your body weight in ounces (for example if you weigh 140 lbs, you should drink at least 70 ounces of water).

  6. Food sources rich in essential fatty-acids and Healing fats and oils; purchased carefully and selected appropriately for cooked or raw use.

  7. Use of healthfully prepared beans, nuts and seeds (see Candida Diet FAQ’s for more information).

  8. Exercise regularly. Allow adequate time for sleep. Develop effective stress management and relaxation skills to help combat both physical and emotional stress.

  9. Avoid unnecessary use of antibiotics, steroid drugs and birth control pills whenever possible, since they promote the overgrowth of candida. Drug use, alcohol consumption and smoking lower your immunity - so strive to avoid them.

  10. Use of a diet and health journal for self-monitoring feedback and motivation.

Tarilee's Top Ten Grain-Free Breakfast Ideas - Candida Diet

 

Tarilee's Top Ten Grain-Free Breakfast Recommendations while on the WholeApproach Candida Diet using the WholeApproach Food Lists

by T L Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner

 

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This is a list of a few of my favorite grain-free candida breakfast foods.  We often hear from our clients that they need help redesigning their approach to the first meal of the day so that they can incorporate the healing candida food recommendations outlined in thet Whole Approach Diet pages. There are many more amazing recipes in the Breakfast Foods Recipe Section of the Whole Approach forum. including some 'meatier' choices.


10.  Carrot, Lemon, Ginger, Avocado Smoothie    and for your mid morning snack on this day:  Quick Stovetop Turkey Stir-fry


9.   Almond Flour Waffles


8.   Sweet Root Vegetable Medley


7.   Cheese' Recipe for spreads and dips


6.  Sautéed Lentils and Bean Sprouts


5.   Butternut Squash with Lemon, Almonds and Parsley


4.   No Bake Protein Bars


3.   Macadamia Nut Coconut Pudding


2.   Cauliflower Pancakes


1.   Spaghetti Squash ‘Porridge'



Tarilee Cornish is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner with a special interest in immune and digestive recovery including general detoxification and recovery from food allergies and candida overgrowth. She is especially passionate about pure healing food choices that have a democratic, ecological and compassionate production and distribution chain. Tarilee is a moderator on the WholeApproach Support Forum.

Candida Diet - Transitions, Eating Out and Cravings

 

Dietary Changes©

by TL Cornish, CNP

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Making the necessary dietary changes presents a challenge that requires practice and patience. Most people find that after an initial adjustment period, they feel so good that the efforts expended seem more than worthwhile. You'll discover that the comfort and pleasure you derive from living in a healthier body can be tremendously satisfying.

Eventually, your inner wisdom will guide you to choose only the foods that nourish you and starve the candida. You'll probably misunderstand this instinct a few times at the outset. You may even choose to ignore it a time or two. This is all part of the learning process.

The following helpful hints will serve to keep you on track during your transition.

  • Remember, you are making dietary choices to nourish you. The diet is designed to deprive the yeast - not you. Counter any feelings of deprivation by exploring exciting new foods and recipes that are delicious and nourishing to the body and the soul.
  • Focus on what you can have, instead of what you can't and remember the benefits of your choices.
  • Empty your cupboards of those items that are inappropriate for your program, so you won't be tempted.
  • Plan ahead; utilize rotation-diet and recipe books that help you to organize your groceries and meal plans. Also, visit our Support Forum pages at http://forum.wholeapproach.com/ for help with diet questions and recipes.
  • Ask your loved ones to participate in the diet with you or, at a minimum, to respect your choices.

Once you have felt even a day or two of the reassuring comfort that comes with improving your health, it will be even easier for you to find the inspiration you need to optimize your nutritional self-care.

Change can occur overnight, but it usually takes place over several weeks.

For some personality types, change can be relatively easy. For others, the transition to new habits can be difficult. Rest assured that once you get into the habit of focusing on wellness instead of sickness, your new habits will feel more natural to you.

No matter how good your intentions are, you can't expect to be able to follow the diet perfectly - at least initially. You're bound to go back and forth for the first little while. If you feel symptoms creeping back, you can revive your determination and start again and again if need be.

Handling Transitions Through Your Diet Program

Try to be as objective as possible when you fill out your weekly questionnaire so that you don't become overly-optimistic about proceeding to the next stage of your diet (or overly pessimistic about your progress). See Questionnaire page for more information.

Food cravings can be powerful. Cravings can be caused by candida die off, allergies, dehydration, protein deficiency and vitamin/mineral deficiencies. Of course, the best way to manage intense cravings is to understand why you are having them.

Sorting out cravings and their origins comes down to careful self-observation and learning to recognize the different types of cravings. If you feel that you can't live without a certain food and the need to eat it is overwhelming, you will probably be better off resisting, because it is not a real body need.

Types of Cravings

Candida Die-off: The survival of the candida depends upon sugar. As the yeast are dying, they can initiate a craving for sugar or starch. The habitual use of sugar for short-lived bursts of energy can also perpetuate sugar cravings.

Simple thirst and protein deficiency can also create sugar cravings.

If we are allergic or intolerant to a food, that intolerance may come along with an uncontrollable desire to eat that food. That is especially true of foods that create either a stimulating or sedating effect when we eat them.

Anxiety, depression, grief, self-doubt, fear, anger and almost any stressful emotion can trigger a craving for a comfort food. Sweet and starchy foods temporarily increase serotonin levels, "comforting us" for a short time.

As our health improves, our bodies adjust and begin to send food signals that are more in tune with our true nutritional needs. For example, when we need calcium, we may crave broccoli instead of craving ice cream. We'll come to recognize nutritional imbalances that can create unhealthy urges and learn health-boosting strategies to overcome them.

What If I Experience a Relapse During My Program?

If your symptoms worsen after an initial improvement, there are several common reasons for this. One or more of the following may be true for you.

  • You could be experiencing a die-off reaction. You can read a lot about this phenomenon on the Whole Approach® website (Die-Off). Die-off can continue to be an issue for you throughout the beginning and middle of your program. As you move towards recovery, your episodes of die-off related symptoms (and candida-related symptoms) become fewer and farther between.
  • Your body may not be ready to proceed to the next stage. In this case, you'll want to return to the previous diet stage/product protocol that you were comfortable with and stabilize yourself for another couple of weeks before you attempt to make this transition again.
  • A worsening of symptoms can be caused by a food intolerance/allergy. It is possible that anytime throughout the program, you could uncover a long-standing hidden food allergy/intolerance or you could develop a new food allergy/intolerance. See our page on Allergies for allergy info. You are much less likely to develop a new allergy if you are following the Rotation Diet. Sometimes you won't discover a food intolerance until you've abstained from that food for a while. By taking a break from the offending food, your immune systems will have a chance to recover from the chronic exposure. Reintroduction can trigger an easily recognizable reaction. Even if the reaction is delayed, you'll be more likely to identify it than if you had continued to eat the food without a break.
  • You may be experiencing a healing crisis (A.K.A. an intense healing event). A healing event involves detoxification, repair, and/or rebalancing work that the body undertakes during healing. This process can stimulate some temporary, uncomfortable symptoms.
  • You may be experiencing symptoms of environmental illness, or a viral and/or bacterial infection that is making you feel worse.

Eating Out

Eating out when you're on the WholeApproach® Candida Diet© requires polite and assertive communication skills. You can usually get excellent support from the wait staff if you just ask them for their help in avoiding some food intolerances that you have. In most cases your server will be compassionate and helpful and look upon making sure you get the right food as an interesting challenge. Your server plays a very important role in your dining experience as he/she is your representative to the cook who will prepare your meal for you.

In the unfortunate circumstance where you find yourself at a restaurant that has very few "safe" choices on the menu, you may have to hand your server a list of the foods that you can eat and ask them or the chef to recommend something appropriate.

A wise, preventative strategy is to arm yourself with as much knowledge about hidden allergens as possible. In this way, you can provide specific instructions and ask very direct questions. Your server can write them down, go to the kitchen and return with answers and/or suggestions.

Different types of restaurants will pose different types of challenges for you. For example, in both Chinese and Thai food, look out for sugar hiding in the sauces and dips, and for MSG. There may be hidden MSG in pre-made sauces even if the restaurant doesn't add any. You may have to ask that they check the labels of their pre-made ingredients.

In Chinese cuisine, soy sauce, Teriyaki sauce and oyster sauce usually contain wheat. Avoiding these sauces is rather hard to do. Your chances of getting a custom-prepared meal will be much better if you choose a quality restaurant that you know prepares food fresh for each customer. In these types of establishments, you can usually get them to prepare yours differently. If you are set on eating Chinese food but are allergic to wheat or soy, you might even want to bring your own wheat free soy sauce to let them use or to add to your food at the table. In Indian cuisine, watch out for corn starch, sugar and wheat flour in sauces. Ask lots of questions and you're sure to find something suitable to eat.

Please don't be discouraged! You'll soon find some candida-friendly restaurants to frequent (and they'll probably remember you too).

The Restaurant Survival Guide - When You Find Yourself in the Wrong Restaurant and You're Starving.

If there is nothing that looks appropriate for you on the menu, consider the following options:

  • Steamed veggies, fish, rice, scrambled/boiled eggs or chicken. If you are really stuck and there is nothing but deep-fried, battered chicken or fish, you may need to just pull the skin off and hope for the best. Note: this doesn't work for vegetables. Deep-fried veggies are much more saturated with the allergenic grease than meats.
  • On the highway or in your typical "greasy spoon" establishment, your best option may look more like broiled potatoes or hash browns with eggs and canned veggies.
  • Thai Restaurant - fresh, raw spring rolls (veggies rolled up in rice paper). Ask for a peanut free, wheat free, sugar free, MSG free dip if they can find one for you, or plan to bring something from home.
  • Chinese Restaurant - MSG-free chop suey (bean sprouts) with steamed veggies and wheat-free soy sauce.

    Also helpful:  WholeApproach Candida Diet Food Lists.  Download color-coded Ok, Limit and Avoid Food Lists including the Food Notes Guide (18 pages).

 

Candida Recipes - Spring Rhubarb from WholeApproach Forum

 


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This time of year, we receive rhubarb recipe requests, so we decided to pull together links to some of our favorite candida-safe rhubarb recipes.  These recipes are submitted to the WholeApproach Support Forum from around the world.  Enjoy!

 

Ginger Rhubarb Muffins

 

 

Rhubarb Jelly

 

 

Rhubarb Almond Crumble

 

 

Stewed Rhubarb on Rice

 

 

Rhubarb Custard Bake

 

 

Rhubarb Lemonade Spritzer

 

 

Rhubarb and Ginger Crunch

 

Seasonal Allergies and Candida Cleanse

 
by T L Cornish, CNP

 (reprint by request)  Do your seasonal allergies feel worse than ever since you've been struggling with candida?

Do you find you've got food allergies that worsen in the spring and/or summer?

Does it seem like your hay fever "gets worse" when you eat certain foods?

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If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be struggling with cross-over allergic or intolerance reactions between fungus/yeast issues, food allergies and seasonal pollens. The connections between these challenges can represent some perplexing allergy relationships. An understanding of how these problems impact each other can empower us to find relief.

There are a number of food and lifestyle adjustments that we can make in order to strengthen the "terrain" of our bodies and thus raise our allergic threshold, (the level of exposure to an allergen required to cause an uncomfortable reaction.). To complement our efforts at strengthening our body terrain, we can utilize specific anti allergy supports. With an understanding of allergies and candida, a gentle candida reduction program combined with a careful process of self observation, food therapy, anti allergy supplements and homeopathy we can gain control over these symptoms and enjoy health indoors and out, even during allergy season.

As most of us know, what we eat can impact our recovery from the candida overgrowth. What is less understood is that some food choices can specifically trigger increased sensitivity to related airborne pollen allergens. There are foods that are actually related to some of the problem pollen plants. There are foods and beverages that create vulnerability to allergies in other ways. Demystifying how to best feed and care for ourselves during allergy season can prevent or minimize the intervention strategies required to cope with allergy symptoms.

Five Step Plan to Enjoy the Spring, Summer and Fall - Allergy Free.

  • Candida Reduction ~ to reduce immune stress and inflammatory mycotoxin accumulation caused by the yeast; to clear the colon for better breathing; and to improve intestinal integrity for greater immune strength and digestive power.
  • Attention to Food Therapy ~ to emphasize healthy, alkalizing and nutrient rich foods while minimizing foods and drinks (and medication) that amplify allergic propensity or sensitivity to specific pollens via cross-over reactions.
  • Detoxify for immune optimization ~ to reduce the overall toxic load and resulting immune suppression to enable a healthful reaction to allergens.
  • Use Supplements to strengthen tolerance specific to allergic response~ use herbs that bolster the immune system as well as nutrient supplements that counteract the histamine response and support immune resilience.
  • Desensitize with homeopathy ~ to gently trigger the immune and respiratory systems to defend against allergenic irritants.
  • Hydrate ~ to supply adequate hydration levels for the mobilization of oxygen carrying red blood cells and to optimize energy production and immune function.

1.  The need for candida reduction

Candida intestinal damage increases susceptibility to food allergies. The imbalance in intestinal ecology caused by candida overgrowth also dramatically affects the immune system and the ability to digest foods well. Beneficial bacteria that supports our immune resilience and our digestion, normally present in a healthy digestive tract, is usually absent in cases of CRC.- Therefore, we are vulnerable already.

Also, the mycotoxins produced by yeast and fungus (the toxins released as the yeast metabolize carbohydrates from the food we eat) lead to our digestive and immune functions being suppressed by the candida, which can aggravate immune function further as well as the nervous system. In addition, our elimination suffers and it is not uncommon for constipation to result. This produces further toxicity as the wastes that need to leave the body remain behind, clogged in a sluggish colon.

If our colon is sluggish, our lung function can also be affected. In ancient Asian medicine (Ayurvedic and Chinese), a blocked colon is understood to impact lung function. One of the key approaches in Eastern medicine to resolving asthma includes cleansing the colon. The impact can be a heightened susceptibility for both food allergies and inhalant allergies (such as hay fever).

Reducing candida populations and cleansing the colon are key to increasing our resilience. Candida Cleanse Products from WholeApproach

2.   Foods and Hay Fever

Eating foods you are allergic or intolerant to during allergy season can trigger or worsen allergies. Some foods are obviously unsuitable for people with candida overgrowth and these are discussed at length on the Whole Approach website. Individuals recovering from illness (yeast or otherwise) are encouraged emphasize fresh, whole, unprocessed foods that are high in digestible, low mucous-forming proteins in order to facilitate detoxification and a more alkaline, healthful body chemistry. For people struggling with hay fever allergies as well as candida, this is even more crucial because of the need for a healthy mucous membrane defense in the respiratory system.

It can also be very helpful to learn about plant relationships between tree pollens, grass pollens and certain foods that might trigger cross reactions. Some of them can be confusing because they may change seasonally; worsening in the spring (tree pollens) or the summer (grass pollens.)

Mucous Producing Foods
Eating mucous or acid producing foods like dairy (butter, cheese, yogurt, milk/cream products),soy and gluten (from grains like wheat, spelt, kamut) can cause problems. The same is true for excessive amounts of meat or protein (even nuts and seeds). All of these foods cause a thickening of mucous throughout the body, including the nose and lungs. For a high allergy threshold, it's important to have healthy, responsive mucous membranes in the nose and lungs that can be clear and healthy enough to identify any potential allergy "threats", and defend us appropriately without overreacting and feeding into an adverse histamine response.

Cross Reactions with Tree and Grass Pollens
Grasses and cereal grains are less than ideal foods during spring and summer (or any allergy exposure time) for a couple of reasons. Because cereal grass foods can be closely related to some of the summer grass and weed pollens, this is a particularly bad time to eat them. Just as with any type of allergen, overexposure to it can amplify allergic response. Avoiding grains in our foods can help us be stronger against the grass pollens in our air. There are also some food plants that are related to spring tree pollens . For example, people who are allergic to birch pollen can have cross-reactions to apples and other fruit

Oats, barley, rice, wild rice, millet, rye, spelt, wheat, kamut, corn (maize), and wild rice are grasses and cereal grains commonly eaten as foods. We may also be exposed to related airborne pollen in the summer. Eating the above plants or relatives can aggravate inhalant allergens while inhaling them can increase allergic response to consuming these foods. There are also a few other, more obscure cross reactions that have been clinically verified. This is where it all starts to seem a bit complex and nebulous. For example grass pollen allergic people may react to melon, cereals and tomatoes.

Salicylic Acid in Food
Salicylic type medications (aspirin, ibuprofen) or foods containing salicylic acid are commonly known to trigger asthmatic symptoms in sensitive individuals so if your hay fever tends to manifest as lower respiratory stress, you'd be wise to steer clear of the salicylic containing foods. Below are lists of these foods according to high or very high salicylic acid content.
High: alfalfa, broccoli, cucumber, fava beans, spinach, sweet potato, granny smith apple, pickles, avocado fresh, cherries, grapes red, mandarin (fresh), tangelo (fresh), pine nuts, macadamia nuts, pistachio nuts
Very High: champignon, green pepper, olive, mushrooms, tomato, radish, chicory, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, dates, guava, raisins, almonds, peanuts, canella, cumin, curry powder, dill dry, garam masalla, oregano, paprika (hot), rosemary, thyme, turmeric, mustard

The Nightshade Food Family
The nightshades are a family of fruits that are usually referred to as vegetables. They contain solanine, which is a toxin. In sensitive individuals, solanine can contribute to or cause various kinds of inflammatory response. This inflammatory response can interact with inhalant allergens to create a serious situation. Also, if you suffer with rhinitis or asthma, inflammatory substances should be treated with care and awareness. The most common nightshade plants include: tomato, sweet pepper, paprika, pimento, potato, Tabasco, brinjal, cayenne, capsicum, eggplant, ground cherry, banana pepper, bell pepper, chili pepper, green pepper, red pepper, tobacco.

If the impact of your diet on your seasonal allergies becomes a brain twister for you, this is a reminder to use a recording strategy like your food diary to plan and keep track of your food therapy approach. See the MemoryMinder Health Journal in the WholeApproach online store.

The above cautionary food lists may seem complex or expansive to you, especially if you are already eating a specific candida reduction food protocol. I think they are too! Keep in mind that very few people would need to abstain from all of these foods. I only list them all here so that you can pay special attention to this family of foods during seasonal allergy periods. Awareness helps you to eat these foods with informed self-observation.

In order to insure diversity and interest in the food therapy regimen, it is very important to carefully identify which foods are good for us and which are not. The process requires a period of commitment to careful record taking using a food or health diary. A health diary is where you can record all that you eat, all supplements or treatments or changes you make to health care regime, and how you feel; even the daily weather. This is usually done three times a day or however many times a day you eat. One hour after finishing your food is a good time to do this.

Vitalizing Whole Foods
The more vegetables we eat, the more alkaline and healthful our body chemistry will be. I recommend aiming for a vegetable intake that represents fifty percent of your total food intake (in weight or quantity - not in caloric value). If tolerated, try to eat much of your vegetable intake raw. Raw produce aids cleansing and immune strength. Insure you eat adequate protein, especially if you are vegetarian. Choose healthful proteins that are easy to digest and won't gum up the digestive tract. Sprouted quinoa (if tolerated), sprouted beans, gentle cooked eggs and quality meats are all recommended sources.

3.  Detoxify

If we want to feel our very best during pollen season, it's important to "clean-up" our environment. Work to create a natural, healthy home, car and workspace environment. Strive for a chemical and additive-free, fresh diet that is rich in nutrients. Reducing the number of allergenic and toxic irritants to our body frees our immune system to more effectively cope with pollens as we progress into a more tolerant health status.

Toss out the artificially-fragranced room deodorizers, car fresheners, laundry products, shampoos, soaps and cleaning products. Whenever possible, avoid unnecessary medications and seek natural medicinal solutions that will harmonize with your body's healing process. Many pharmaceuticals inhibit natural healing actions and can result in tissue accumulations of undesirable substances. If indoor air pollution issues exist, such as pollution particulates from outside, pet dander, dust etc, - you may wish to purchase a quality hepa air cleaner for your space. If you suffer from pet allergies, hay fever season may inspire you to find allergy reduction strategies around pets, including making sure they are kept away from your bedroom at all times.

If you choose to add fragrances to your world, use healthy, organic essential oil products that are solvent and pesticide free, and be aware that even some plant concentrates can cause allergies.

4.   Nutritional and Herbal Supplements for a More Healthful Allergy Season

Some of the herbal and nutrient supports that you may consider using to help raise your allergy threshold include buffered vitamin C, MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane), grape seed extract, an immune boosting herbal blend, and a high potency multivitamin/mineral.

Buffered Vitamin C, such as Dr. Ron's Ultra-Pure Buffered Vitamin C sold in the Whole Approach store, contains ascorbic acid and buffering, alkalizing minerals. The minerals help the body assimilate the ascorbic acid (vitamin C) while neutralizing its acidity. A good quality buffered vitamin C will contain ascorbate mineral(s) in addition to the ascorbic acid. Lower quality supplements will have a cheap alkalizer such as calcium carbonate, which can have negative consequences.

Vitamin C is well suited to an anti-allergy program. It has antihistamine activity and has been shown to reduce allergy symptoms. Two grams a day has been shown to improve bronchial tolerance to histamine as well as lowering blood levels of histamines. It was also proven to reduce histamine release and increase the detoxification of histamine. Histamine release by the body is the trigger for most of our allergic discomfort.

Generation Plus Zymitol, Systemic Enzymes also sold in the Whole Approach store, contain systemic enzymes, antioxidants and MSM to support the ability of the body to eliminate wastes and toxins at the cellular level.  Zymitol is a broad spectrum systemic enzyme, antioxidant, flavonoid, and organic sulfur formulation designed to ease the symptoms of aging while balancing your body's normal processes all delivered to your body via its proprietary CDS (controlled delivery system).

Doc's Best Multi Vitamin/Mineral When our bodies are well nourished, our immune and nervous system function at their best to increase resiliency to stresses like allergies. Our skin, bones and cardiovascular system benefit as well. Doc's Best high potency, full spectrum multi formula is an excellent example for overall nutritional balancing health support.

St Francis Herb Farm Astragalus Combo/Deep Immune This formula supports the immune system with several herbs that each boasts many centuries of traditional use in Eastern (and Western) herbal medicine. Detailed product information is available in the Whole Approach online store describing the remarkable qualities of each of the herbs in the formula. This formula is recognized as an anti-viral and anti-allergic remedy that enhances the immune system, and may help overcome frequent or chronic infections. It can help to keep up the white blood cell count during chemotherapy and it is also useful for the liver, acting as a liver restorative and protective.  This product is also available in capsule form:  St. Francis Deep Immune Capsules

5.   Homeopathic Desensitization

Homeopathic medicine involves treating symptoms with a dilution of an irritant which, when undiluted, causes the very symptoms present in the patient. In the case of seasonal allergies, the appropriate remedy consists of the actual allergenic plants combined with other plants that cause hay fever-like symptoms, such as allium cepa (onion) - which causes burning, watery eyes. Most homeopathic hay fever and pollen formulas also contain histamine, which is the substance our bodies release in response to an allergen. It is the histamine that causes most symptoms of hay fever.

Homeopathic support for allergies is best begun well before exposure. Taking the homeopathic remedy for about two weeks before the pollens will be in the air can reduce our response to the pollens by preparing our body with a "teaching exposure." When we are exposed, our body has already either become desensitized to it, or prepared the necessary immune defenses to cope with it.

Homeopathic medicine is very safe. It is produced using a process called "dilution and succussion." All of the original material is eventually diluted until what remains is merely an imprint of the magnetic vibration of the substance. In fact, homeopathic remedies do not contain any of the original substance they are sourced from. For this reason, no overdose, contraindications or allergic reactions are possible. The remedies come in liquid or in pellets.

The pellets are typically made from sugar, which could be a concern for some. However, they are tiny and the dosage only requires the consumption of one to three pellets for full benefit. For those with candida, the benefit in this case, most likely outweighs the challenge of the sugar. The intensity of homeopathic treatment is increased by taking more doses not by taking more pellets or drops.

Each remedy is made to a particular potency. The higher the number, the stronger the effect. Self prescribed remedies that are bought "over the counter" at a pharmacy or a health food store are typically low to moderate doses of 12ch to 30ch. Homeopathic doctors work with these as well as higher doses.

Look for a formula containing local pollens, and histamine and possibly thymus. If symptoms cannot be controlled by all six methods included here, a couple of complementary supports include the Thorne homeopathic (quercetin) nasal spray and the Similsan homeopathic allergy eye drops.

6.   Hydrate

During healing or detoxification (such as the need to detoxify histamine), adequate water is essential for health. Immune function will also be much more efficient if body fluids are optimum. A general rule is to drink an amount of water (in ounces), equal to half of our weight (in pounds) each day. If you consume any diuretic teas or coffee or sodas, be sure to replace with an equal amount of water.

For Improved Health -

If your hay fever worsens along with your candida issues and/or worsens as you start to experience die off, try not to panic. As explained above, candida overgrowth significantly worsens our sensitivity to hay fever.

As you progress through recovery from candida-related illness, your overall health will improve. You will likely find your seasonal allergies greatly reduced. They may even disappear! If you have a severe propensity, you might need some support in subsequent seasons. As you get stronger and more experienced with the applications of these strategies, you will likely feel better with less than you've needed this season.

Understanding the relationship between candida, the consumption of certain foods and seasonal allergies is an important step on the path to feeling better. Learning to utilize some of the above tools and strategies at the right time of the year can help minimize our suffering. If we build on these skills and habits, we strengthen the "terrain" of our bodies and thus decrease our vulnerability to allergens. Along with an understanding of the underlying characteristics and a careful process of self-observation food therapy, anti-allergy supplements and homeopathy can all combine to help us look forward to the joy of the changing seasons!

Tarilee's Top Ten Steps to Healthier Eating During Candida Cleansing

 

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

by T L Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner

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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. 

1-Plan to succeed

Taking the time to think through and prepare for your upcoming changes will go a long way towards successful, lasting diet improvements. You'll need a special food calendar that you can keep in the kitchen.  This way you can record your goals and successes (I like to circle all the days I’ve completed my goals for the day).

Consider the following steps to decide if the order fits for you and personalize in a way that makes sense for you. Consider their health impact, practicality and difficulty as well as whether you want to approach the steps one at a time or set a scheduled in advance.   Do you want to take ten days to accomplish all the changes or ten months?

You may wish to explore ways that your family or housemates may be willing to support you. It is certainly easier to embrace the renunciation of sugar and dairy if you don't have vanilla ice cream calling at you every time you open the freezer. Those of you who live with others who don't embrace the changes need to have greater fortitude.

One important consideration throughout your transition is the integration of variety to your food choices to prevent over exposure to any particular foods. With the candida-induced stress to the intestinal lining, food allergies/intolerances are more common and, during the elimination of candida, can increase temporarily. Too much of any food (especially grain starches and proteins like eggs, nuts and seeds) during intestinal recovery will increase chances of an intolerance forming. The Food Allergies and Candida article explains this.

Variety within your meal also builds in well-rounded nutritional intake.  Aim for five colors on your plate when possible for the best balance of vitamins and minerals.

 

2-Remove Refined Sugars and Additives and Yeasts

In the case of candidiasis, elimination of processed sugars can create significant improvement.  Eliminating additives, preservatives and artificial sweeteners at the same time is logical since you'll be easing off many processed foods as you read labels.  Removing sugar and the toxic burden of additives kick starts healing.   Natural yeast products may be something you can reintroduce once you've recovered, but for optimal healing conditions, it's best to steer away from both nutritional and bakers yeast.

The most common refined sugars include sucrose, glucose, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, maltodextrin, galactose, dextrin, beet sugar, raw sugar, fructose, brown sugar, white sugar, sorghum, honey, maple syrup, rapadura and high fructose corn syrup or corn syrup.  Artificial or chemically synthesized sweeteners include acesulfame potassium sweetener, saccharine and aspartame (Sugar Twin etc), Splenda, sorbitol, xylitol etc. You can search most of these on the WholeApproach Support forum or on the web to learn more about the risks in using them.

For help with the myriad of additives you'll encounter, I recommend that you purchase Ruth Winter's Dictionary of Food Additives to help you learn about additives:

To replace the sweets you will ideally use stevia, yacon syrup, and organic inulin powder  (in small amounts until your digestion gets used to it.) For a gradual elimination of natural sweets you can temporarily use coconut sugar, dried fruit, fruit sweetened jam, or just fruit or fruit concentrate*. * Organic if possible and don't stock up - you'll be letting these go.

This is a good time to start the candida cleanse including psyllium (use husk and seed blend) and bentonite drink in the Whole Approach product protocol and add probiotics. Hold off on the Caproyl anti-fungal till you're confidently through Step two of this list.  

 

3-Gluten

It's also time to explore all the amazing foods that you'll learn about as you let go of the sticky glutenous grains.  Be sure to check out our Recipe Book and our Food Lists for inspiration and guidance regarding the many tasty, healthy alternatives to eating wheat and other gluten-containing grains. 

 

4-Carbohydrate and Alcohol Reduction

It's time to adapt to lower reliance on starchy carbohydrates while reducing alcohol intake to herbal tinctures only. Both starches and alcohols turn quickly to sugar in our body and thus provide a food source for yeast, fungus, bacteria and cancer cells. The Whole Approach Candida Diet food lists and instructions will provide guidance with an emphasis on low glycemic carbohydrate choices.

Note: If you are breastfeeding, pregnant, athletic or have an unusually fast metabolism, you may need to increase the number of servings offered in the general Whole Approach candida diet guidelines.

 

5-Eliminate remaining sweets and starches

The next step is to let go of the other sweets. The lower the sugar intake, the faster the fungus and yeast starve.  Yacon syrup, stevia and inulin can stay. But  dry fruit, fruit, molasses, rice syrup and other natural sweeteners are put on hold until your health improves. Remember the stages of the WholeApproach Diet go according to your improvements on the weekly candida symptom questionnaire and are independent of the phases of the product protocol.

 

6-Hold the dairy - and the bad fats

The quality of the fats and oils that we eat dictate the quality of our cell membranes, which in turn form our tissues and organs and transport all electrical signals, nutrients and wastes within our body. Conditions such as candidiasis or chemicals in our diet and environment cause oxidation and contribute to the toxic load on the body. This can suppress membrane function. Exposure to electromagnetic pollution (electrosmog) can also cause significant oxidative stress. Exposed to enough stress, the cell membrane will harden, which compromises thousands of biological functions. Improving the quality of our fats; decreasing chemical and electrosmog exposures; and facilitating whole body cleansing provides synergistic support to increase the resiliency of our cell membranes. This helps to optimize functions within our whole body.

Dairy products can challenge your recovery program and moderation or avoidance is strongly advised. You can read more about dairy on our website.

 

7-Happy, healthy meat

When you buy meat, it's important to consider how the animal was fed, treated, transported to slaughter and slaughtered. Check out the Top Ten Questions to Ask about your Food. Knowing these points about the wellness of your food can tell you how healthy it will be for you nutritionally, and emotionally to eat. Quantum physics is really the only science I know of that is starting to illustrate the energetic imprints that emanate from every living thing according to it's life (and death) experience and state of vitality.

 

8- Veggies, go organic

Ideally, fifty percent of your plate will be filled with fresh, organic veggies, both raw and cooked. The fresher they are and the more naturally they are grown, the more healing, energizing power they contain. Top Ten Questions to ask about your Food. Freeing your body from pesticides and herbicides allows your liver, lymph and spleen to work on vitalizing your health by cleaning up other wastes like those produced by candida yeast or by the biological reactions due to emotional and environmental stress. You'll also be protected from some of the most dangerous agri-chemicals. Some pesticides, such as those used on potato's, have even been shown to cause permanent damage to the immune system. For some general information about the dangers of pesticides see this link:  http://eap.mcgill.ca/MagRack/JPR/JPR_03.htm

 

9-Non irradiated, organic, caffeine free beverages, spices, seasoning

If you have not already done so, it is time to remove coffee and black tea while upgrading up your spice and seasonings cupboard (those that weren't eliminated in the additive elimination phase.) If you need to wean off caffeine, try non roasted yerba mate or green tea, (matcha is the most nutritious.)  Coffee and tea are dehydrating which results in compromised lymph flow, blood flow and electrical messaging within the body. They are also both stressful for the kidneys which help to balance all fluids in the body while also cleansing wastes. Instead, you can drink herbal teas which ideally are not diuretic.  

Virtually 100% of non-organic spices coming into North America are irradiated prior to sale. Among other impacts, this leaves a carcinogenic residue on the herb. You can gradually change over your spices to organic, (almost always non-irradiated) versions and then they will have the full medicinal power and culinary flavor that they are meant to have.

 

10-GMO's

GMO's are genetically modified organisms. They are destructive to the planet and to our bodies. When you have time please have a look at the Whole Approach GMO-free support page. This step may actually be one of the hardest steps in your path to a pure, vitalizing, detoxifying, candida reducing diet. Here is list of the foods that are most likely to contain GMO foods and the hidden ingredients that are extracted from GMO foods: corn, soy, and canola. Even organic versions of the above are usually contaminated with wind pollinating/polluting GMO genes from neighboring crops. 

Healthy Eating Tips While Traveling - Candida Diet

 

Travel Eating Tips

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by T L Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner


One of the greatest challenges to following a healthy, intentional lifestyle and diet is eating on the go in a busy world. As most of us heal we become more and more passionate about ethical, safe and truly healthy food. Allergy issues, gluten, food preservatives, and genetically modified or cruelly produced foods lurk in every fast food shop or coffee shop. Even the nicest restaurants demonstrate an appalling lack of consciousness around ingredient choices. Menus often focus on cheap and fast. Unfortunately, cheap and fast is how most people ended up sick enough to need a therapeutic diet. There are multiple reasons to opt for the superiority of ethically and ecologically produced, hypo-allergic, low residue, low sugar foods that are delicious and nutrient rich.

Conscious eaters seeking a feel good or therapeutic diet, travel with food these days to insure that the meal choices suit their preferences. Whether you’re heading off to run errands, hiking with a friend or packing for a full day away from home, travelling with food is a learned skill. Practical tools like travel containers, coolers etc. combined with some easy travel foods insure healthy food whether you’re on the road, on the trail or at work.

Tarilee’s Top Ten Favorite Candida-Safe Travel Foods

1  -humus/bean dip/guacamole/sweet nut spread *
2  -avocado (whole for slicing or spreading)
3  -muffins or pancakes *
4  -pan bread and dip or spread *
5  -mary’s crackers, panbread, bean balls or patties, raw crackers *
6  -bean/quinoa/rice salad or grated veggie salad *
7  -hot soup *
8  -salad dressing in a miniature mason jar *
9  -sprouted, seasoned dehydrated seeds/nuts
10-cucumbers, broccoli, zucchini, carrots etc.


*  Find many recipes for these items on the WholeApproach Support Forum and also the WholeApproach Recipe Book

Tarilee’s Top Ten List of Favorite Travel Food Gear:

To pack a salad for the bike or the trail- visit your local environmental products store to find great picnic gear. Here’s my top ten list of gear for eating on the go.

1  -stainless steel travel containers with tight, leak-proof, clamp-on lids.
2  -tea towels to pack with cold packs in a pannier/knapsack/breifcase
3  -small cooler lunch bag (for snack or smoothie)- about 4x4x11 that closes at the top and has a handle for creative cartage.
4  -medium & large coolers- a zippered 8x10x10 is perfect for a full meal & a full size cooler is good for full-day trips or family picnics.
5  -cold Packs- theses come in a variety of sizes.
6  -portable cutlery and cutting board (Ikea has a nice one) or chopsticks that will not puncture your travel cases
7  -cloth napkins to go.
8  -stainless steel drinking containers like Kleen Kanteen with food grade stainless steel and a spill-proof snap or screw top medical-grade polyethene cap are great for hot or cold beverages.
9  -another great beverage container made by Libre- it’s an innovative plastic coated glass with a screw top lid that is safe for hot or cold liquids.
10 -thermos or thermoses for carrying hot soups or hot meals



Tarilee Cornish is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner with a special interest in immune and digestive recovery including general detoxification and recovery from food allergies and candida overgrowth. She is especially passionate about pure healing food choices that have a democratic, ecological and compassionate production and distribution chain. Tarilee is a moderator on the WholeApproach Support Forum.

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Low-Glycemic, Candida-Safe Sweetener

 

Raw, Certified Organic Agave Inulin

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By T L  Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner

Certified Organic Agave Inulin Powder is pure inulin, crucial for the creation of a full polysaccharide spectrum. A balancing sweetener with its low glycemic index, inulin is a super fiber which acts as a prebiotic in the intestinal tract, providing an essential component for optimal gut health. Can be mixed with NuNaturals Stevia powder for spoonable Stevia (see below).

Raw, Certified Organic Agave Powder - 100% Inulin

Prebiotics are a special class of sweet-tasting fibers which can be used as a healthy alternative to sugar sweeteners. In addition to the valuable fiber, prebiotics have therapeutic benefits as well. By providing food for beneficial intestinal microbials such as bifidus and lactobacillus, prebiotics boost digestive, immune and colon health. The sweet taste in the fiber comes from inulin and oligosaccharides, which are complex, indigestible sugars. Inulin and oligosaccharides are also found in more common foods such as chicory root, wheat, banana, onion, and garlic. Being indigestible, they have almost no real caloric value nor do they raise blood glucose or require insulin for assimilation. Prebiotic sweeteners are excellent for people with candida overgrowth or diabetes.

Source and Processing

Most prebiotic inulin blends are usually synthesized from sucrose or extracted from chicory root by industrial process. The Foundation SuperFood brand prebiotic is a certified organic, raw agave inulin powder extracted from the leaves of the Blue Agave Tequilana Weber plant from Mexico. Only the highest quality, carefully ripened plants are used. The agave cacti are grown with first rate organic farming and harvesting methods.

First, the “pina” or core of the leaf is crushed and milled. The resulting fluid is treated with a proprietary natural process that deactivates specific enzymes to prevent fermentation. From here, a high velocity centrifugal juicer extracts the Kreatryx agave nectar at low temperatures with a process that is free of acids or enzymes. This extract process is designed to be gentle enough to preserve all of the natural benefits of the raw, fresh plant.
Bacteria do not thrive in the juice of the Blue Agave Tequilana so it does not need to be pasteurized or sterilized, nor additives used. Instead, the separation is strategically timed in a way that maintains its purity while stimulating the development of the desirable complex sugars. Agave Inulin Powder is made by filtering the nectar through a fine mesh to capture the inulin fiber, which is then sun dried.

Using Agave Inulin Powder

Certified-Organic Agave Inulin Powder has a clean, neutral flavor and is an almost calorie-free sweetener that can replace sugar in baking. For soft baked goods it also acts like a humectant (to hold moisture.) The substitution of agave powder for sugar replaces its bulk and texture while adding fiber to foods. This lowers the caloric value as well as the glycemic index (the speed at which the energy is released.)

Agave Inulin Powder can also be used to increase the crispness of low-fat cookies or to add a fat-like texture to table spreads. It provides binding for granola bars or cookies, raw puddings, smoothies and drinks also taste great with agave powder. Its well-rounded sweet flavor is helpful for diluting and balancing out the sweet flavor of stevia or other concentrated sweeteners. It’s easily soluble in cold water and can be added to almost any recipe, raw or cooked, liquid or solid. For a sugar-like ‘spoonable stevia,’ it can be mixed with a container of NuNaturals Stevia Powder. Overall it is an amazingly versatile ingredient.

Dosage

Because this kind of insoluble, indigestible fiber is normally found in the diet in tiny amounts, it’s best to slowly increase your daily dosage so your digestion can gradually become accustomed to it. Mild digestive discomfort may result if the level of fiber in the intestines is increased too suddenly. Maximum usage for most people is approximately up to one tablespoon a day of pure inulin powder. Some can comfortably use more, some less.

Health Research

Prebiotics have attracted a lot of clinical attention as recent studies suggest they can enhance immunity, increase bone health and promote the absorption of calcium and magnesium. The National Cancer Institute of the US National Institutes of Health has also been studying the possible role of prebiotics in the prevention of colon cancer. The observed benefits to the colon appear to be due to the stimulation of bifidobacteria. Bifidobacteria are known to out-compete harmful bacteria, stimulate the immune system and increase the synthesis of dietary vitamin B.

The British Journal of Nutrition reported that rats fed probiotics had a 33% longer lifespan than the control group. This suggests the profound importance of colon health to well being. The prebiotics were also found to reduce cholesterol, triglycerides, and body weight. The man-made commercial prebiotic blend used in the study was a blend of oligofructose and inulin.

A recent study by Reading University and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, found that agave powder, with it’s naturally occurring complex of inulin and oligofructose has precisely the same prebiotic properties as the manmade blend reported by the British Journal of Nutrition. The report verified that inulin extracted from Agave tequilana also boosted the numbers of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli. Unlike the highly processed, and synthesized commercial prebiotics, Agave Inulin Powder is a naturally-occurring, gently-extracted product that is sourced from an ecologically grown plant.

How can I use Certified Organic Agave Inulin Powder?

In a glass Jar, simply add 25 grams or one 1 oz jar of NuNaturals pure stevia powder to 250 – 500 grams of Organic Agave Inulin Powder (depending on the concentration desired). Stir thoroughly and then close the lid and shake vigorously to blend the mixture evenly. When the Stevia is added to 250 grams of Organic Agave Inulin, it is diluted approximately 10 times. The mixture is easy to sprinkle, mix or add to recipes. The Stevina/Inulin mixtures does not require refrigeration or preservatives. One teaspoon of the mixture will equal approximately one cup of sugar in recipes.

Tarilee Cornish is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner with a special interest in immune and digestive recovery including general detoxification and recovery from food allergies and candida overgrowth. She is especially passionate about pure healing food choices that have a democratic, ecological and compassionate production and distribution chain. Tarilee is a moderator on the WholeApproach Support Forum.


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Candida Diet - Tarilee's Tips for Success

 

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:

  1. Take control of your diet by preparing most of your food yourself.
  2. Eat nutrient-rich, organic, minimally-processed whole foods.
  3. Optimize your intake of essential-fatty-acid rich food sources through the use of healing fats and oils.
  4. Eat a wide variety of foods, preferably by following the four-day rotation diet.
  5. Drink plenty of purified water. Drink half your body weight in ounces (for example if you weigh 140 lbs, you should drink at least 70 ounces of water). Whether you have city water or well water, consider investing in a water purification system (i.e. reverse osmosis) or buy high quality purified water that is stored in non-porous plastic or glass.
  6. Drug use, alcohol consumption and smoking lower your immunity - so avoid them.
  7. Exercise regularly, allow adequate time for sleep. Develop effective stress management and relaxation skills to help combat both physical and emotional stress.
  8. Avoid unnecessary use of antibiotics, steroid drugs and birth control pills when possible since they promote the overgrowth of candida

We've pulled together some additional helpful links to help you get started on your candida safe eating plan. 

Color-coded Candida Diet Food Lists (print and use as a grocery/planning list)

WholeApproach candida support forum (moderated by CNP)

How to soak and cook beans

How to soak/sprout nuts and seeds

Considerations for additional foods while using the WholeApproach Food Plan

Healthy Fats and Oils

Why should I use a health diary?

Happy Reading!

 

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