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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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Candida Diet:The Indulgence of Good Health Through the Holidays

 

Loving ourselves through healthy choices

 

 By T L Cornish, CNP

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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 find your own tactful strength and to focus especially inwardly on your knowledge about what 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.

 

Redefine "Fun Food"

When faced with the choice of a healthy food or indulgence in a temporary craving (that will only return after you indulge), I encourage you to direct your coping energies mostly inward, to feed your own conviction about choosing to find greater health and happiness through food therapy. And I also encourage you to redefine "Fun food and happy food." Rather than the sugary, salty, fatting foods that leave us feeling lethargic or worse I like to think of fun food as the food that is yummy AND fun to eat that does not disrupt all the fun you can have AFTER you eat it and you feel amazing!

 

Eating the healthy food is an advantage

It's so crucial to remember to frame our eating changes as an advantage, not deprivation. You are learning ways to not only balance your emotional health, physical health and weight through a health blood sugar balance and healthy nutritious foods, but you are choosing not to pollute your body with the toxic food ingredients that are all around us in both festive and everyday snack foods and fast foods. Your short term and long term health will benefit, especially as you learn to embrace rather than resent the changes.

 

Cultivating calm, accepting thoughts

The way that we think about food is as important as the food we eat. I call our thoughts (about anything for that matter, "our thought diet.")  Some thoughts about food can help us stay on the healthy path and relish it. Some can trigger an emotional rebellion in ourselves. So holding our cravings with compassion and acceptance and envisioning ourselves as healthier and happier eating ideal foods, can help prevent an inner struggle that might lead to binging.

 

Nothing tastes as good as health feels

To help with making the best choices, try the phrase, "Nothing tastes as good as health feels." Over time, as our taste buds recover from the over-stimulation of fat and sugar and msg-laden foods, we learn that the candy bar doesn't really even truly taste good- it just gives us that sugar buzz that, shortly after, makes us feel yucky. We learn to celebrate true food quality and we realize that nutrient-rich nourishment can taste as good as it feels.Be patient though because it takes a bit of time for our bodies to catch up with our wise thoughts.

 

Craving or addiction?

Even when we know better, we can have unhealthy cravings. Allergy and addiction often go hand in hand when it comes to eating problems and the chemistry of this problem is not adequately understood by most professionals. I see it as unwise to encourage people to use moderation or to eat "just a little "treat'", because for those who have allergic or addictive responses to some foods, these foods are not a treat, but harmful.

Some food cravings seem to act like an addiction in that food allergies or intolerances can alter our state. They may produce kind of a 'buzz'- either stimulating or sedating.

Then when we eat these foods we set ourselves up for further cravings, creating a cycle of addiction. Sometimes eating just one of the foods you are intolerant to, can trigger overwhelming cravings for all the other foods you are intolerant to, and lead to a kind of a domino effect in which you breaking all your promises to yourself. Because of this, abstinence can be the easiest solution. The longer we abstain, the less we crave the allergic or addictive food.

The same therapist would not encourage an alcoholic to have "just a little sip" of alcohol or a heroin addict, "just a little bit" of heroin.

In an ideal world, we would be surrounded by delicious, healthy, nutritious, hypo-allergic foods- especially at holiday time when everyone wants to feel their best in order to optimize celebrations with loved ones.

 

What does it really mean to be kind to ourselves?

Although well meaning therapists often encourage us to be 'kind' to ourselves by 'having a little treat' and by not making so many 'eating rules', sometimes this can do more harm than good because in some cases there are more than just emotional issues at play. It is hugely important to adapt a loving relationship with ourselves and our eating habits. I prefer to cultivate calm equanimity in response to the sensations of cravings and learn to allow the sensations to exist without acting on them.

To me when we think that we can love ourselves through eating food that is harmful to us, we are confused. It almost seems as if most of the developed world has some form of 'eating disorder' because of the way we look at unhealthy foods as some sort of reward even if it makes us unwell.

 

Well being over taste or taste over well being?

The more aware (through self education and working with your food diary and food experiments) that you can become about what foods are allergenic for you, the easier it will be for you to find satisfying ways of eating that will help you keep on the healthy path. If this is too much for you this season you may give in to temptation to choose taste over well-being.

 

Mindful indulgance

If you do happen to give in to your cravings, it's important to be ok with this and to relax with the reality that we chose to deal with consequences in order to have the short term reward of the food. Then it's important to enjoy it thoroughly and mindfully and without regret and you will less inclined to go overboard and binge out of a sense of frustration. Eating the food with full appreciation will maximize our bodies ability to assimilate it healthfully. Eventually though we will observe negative consequences from certain foods often enough that we'll choose to refrain in future.

 

Habits change

It's human to reach for pleasure and indulgence of a particular kind when it is a habit. As we transform our lives we find more and more ways to surround ourselves with foods that are customized for us to provide healthy, wonderfully delicious indulgences of a different kind. The idea of what constitutes indulgence is bound to change for you and may even come to include a sense of just ecological conscience and compassion in your food selections (if you're lucky enough to be in an area where this kind of 'happy' organic and local food is affordably accessible.)

Be kind to yourself, in every way you can this holiday and remember that myself and all your forum friends are with you in spirit.

And check out the newsletter section for the following articles:

 

Two Steps Healthy, One Craving Back
by Tarilee Cornish, Certified Nutritional Consultant


The WholeApproach Cravings Chart

By Tarliee Cornish, Certified Nutritional Consultant

Tarilee's Top Ten Social Tips for Thriving on Candida Diet

 

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

by T L Cornish CNP

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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.

Given how hard you've worked to create positive change in your health, it can come as a surprise that your friends and family might be less enthusiastic than you had hoped about your changes.  A little patience with their reactions can go a long way.   For those who like to lovingly prepare your favorite foods or those who enjoy your company over the experience of a mutually favorite meal, your new foods will represent significant change for them as well.

This top ten list is designed to help you stay the course with the food choices that make sense for you by providing strategies and reflections that can help you share your changes with others in a confident, graceful way, regardless of their initial reactions.

As you become more comfortable with your new ways of socializing around food, you'll soon realize that while you're taking care of yourself, you can also take heart in the way that your changes can help others. More importantly, you can find some fun in laughter about the bumps along the way.

1-Be succinct and wellness-focused (not illness-focused.)

When talking about food, you will be received most positively when you positively describe your candida diet (or food therapy program.) People would rather hear how much better you've been feeling because of your new food choices rather than what you 'have to' eat or what you 'can't eat.' For example, "Since I gave up sugar I've had so much more energy and clarity and I've lost five pounds!" This will go over better than a sermon about the dangers of sugar. However, if they are truly interested (more on this below), you can offer up an inspiring comment such as, "When I found out that a teaspoon of sugar suppresses my immune system by 50% for five hours, I decided to give it up."

2-Provide information only when asked.

 'Too much information' can be experienced by others as boring, judgmental (of their habits) or as pressure to change. Therefore, on the subject of food and health, as passionate as you may be, it's important to offer information about what you've discovered only when asked. Be aware of the "Born again Nutritionist Syndrome," and be alert to the attention span of your listener. They may not be as interested in what you're discovering about food as you are. Let them show you they are still interested by allowing them to ask more questions. And you can ask them questions too- about what they think and about any experimentation they may have done around eating.

3-Your own approval is what's most important.

Remember that new information about food that is radically different from another person's habits can be received with skepticism no matter how well informed or enthusiastic you are. To prevent unsolicited advice or judgment that may shake your trust in your own self care- again, remember to keep the sharing brief and also frame it from a 'what I've learned' perspective rather than as 'The Truth.'

Your own careful research; consultation with practitioners you trust; and experimentation will be your best guides along your path to health improvement. Though many will share their idea of 'The Way', their opinions will be more relevant to their unique needs than yours.   Understanding your own health care needs requires learning, experimentation and self-observation, which leads in the direction of self-knowledge. To regain our health we must deepen our resolve to honor what we know about the food choices vitalize us.

4-Only temptation is irresistible.

(LaoTzu.) Though you may have healthy resolve, bringing along a delicious dish you can enjoy sharing with others can make an event much more enjoyable for you while reducing your temptation to bend your food plans. Another trick is to eat a little something at home before you go so that light nibbles, (if there are limited healthy foods for you there), will sustain you and you'll be lest tempted to fill up on other things.

As for will power at home, there may be some foods that your family enjoys having in the house that 'unhinge' you and thus risk your success. If this is the case, consider the benefit of 'trading' mutual, temporary 'renunciations.' If a family member balks at your initial request to keep a certain food out of the house for a time, you might offer to give up something in return.  Ideally, one way or another, you can arrange for their cooperation at least for the early, impressionable stage of your program. For example, maybe your teenage son who feels he must have a freezer full of ice cream would give that up for a time in support of your program. If not, maybe he'd be open to this if you offered to give up your indulgence in loud, Sunday morning classical music. A mutual arrangement that works for everyone is usually possible.

5-Your kitchen, your own healthy food.

You can choose to socialize at your own home rather than face the challenges of going out. Consider inviting a small group of people over for a meal that you prepare completely yourself. Alternately, you can name it a potluck and prepare as many dishes as you like to broaden the healthy options.

If you do choose to go to a friend’s home, you can tell your host that you love to cook and that you'd enjoy bringing something to share.  This is likely to be appreciated and then you can be sure to have at least one dish that works for you.

6-Dinner Parties- Help your host treat you to food that works for you.

When invited out, try to remember that your host wants you to enjoy yourself. You can mention that you're on a food therapy program right now that makes for very specific food choices and that you often bring some food to share when you go out.  However, if they would rather prepare something specific that will work for you, concise clarity is important. You could offer simple suggestions that will be compatible with their planned meal. For example, maybe they are planning a deep fried chicken meal, you could ask for plain, grilled meat. It's important to be exquisitely respectful and precise when describing simple seasoning ideas (like olive oil and lemon juice), perhaps simply adding, "no sweets, yeast, vinegar or additives."

7-If you're not looking your best...

Similar to the way being pregnant solicits advice from everyone, being unwell also solicits advice from well meaning friends and family. If you've lost weight or are in a low point in your recovery, loved ones may claim that your unusual diet must be the culprit.  If you're not feeling your best because of a detoxification phase, you can briefly explain the ‘feeling worse before feeling better’ concept. Or if your diet is helping you feel better, your exclamations about how much better you're feeling and how hopeful you are about continued improvement may reassure.  Also, calling it a food therapy program rather than 'a diet' will help, especially if you're trying to gain weight.   

8-Understand food judgment.

Remember that in an indulgent, developed society that values food mostly by taste alone, alternative diet principles may be judged as restrictive and be subject to criticism. Some people will even criticize you if they know your choices are wise. This type of pressure may come from their own feelings of guilt about not being more discerning with their own habits.  It may come from fear related to past experience with eating disorders. If you're clear that you are eating an enjoyable, nutritionally-diverse diet that fits your ethics and helps your health, then stay your course. Strive to remain humble and enjoy quiet confidence in trying to set a good example.

9-Be an inspiration.

Your new resolve may be inspiring to others, even if at first they are unreceptive to the idea of giving up some of their favorite foods. You are potentially helping others just by caring enough to do what you're doing. Your demonstration of the strength it takes to make positive changes can be encouraging to others who want to improve their health or their connection to nutritious food.

10-Lightheartedness.

Your friends and family may be surprised at your changes initially.  They may feel awkward trying to relate to your food choices. Laughter almost always helps. As Whole Approach Forum members explain, “Sometimes just an 'out there' explanation like being on an, "Eye of Newt diet" or claiming that "sugar makes you melt" is all that's needed to maintain ease. :)

And finally, keep in mind that, if you're just adjusting to the initial stages of your diet, it's likely easier to stay home for a few weeks until you adjust to the changes yourself. Then you'll be coming from a stronger, more positive 'place' in case you do face some scrutiny.  And, if you're on the right track, you're also likely to inspire more support since you'll have clear eyes and a glow in your complexion!

For further ideas on how to thrive in social settings, here is a link to a great thread on the Whole Approach forum where you can read the suggestions and successes of your fellow members:

 

How To Explain to Others

Harvest Treats - Sugar-Free, GF, Dairy-Free, Yeast-Free

 

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

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Pumpkin Pie Muffins

Pumpkin Pie I

Pumpkin Pie II

Pumpkin Latte

Pumpkin Biscuits

Carrot Snack Cake

Glaze for Carrot Bread

Amazing Chicken, Pumpkin, Kale Stew

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pound Cake

 

 

Candida Diet - Two Steps Healthy, One Craving Back

 

Navigating dietary changes while treating systemic candida

by TL Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner

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Many an impassioned, virtuous mission has been defeated when our honorable inspiration is blindsided by a formidable craving. If unprepared, a single craving can topple our strongest resolve. Ancient spiritual wisdom tells us that when we yield to temptation, temptation grows. This is true of unhealthy food cravings. Indulgence fuels them. Once indulged, they can expand to the point that they become insatiable and thus trigger binge eating. 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 or, in the case of those of us with special dietary needs, indulging at all?

We rise above the craving and follow a new, healthier urge.

Transmute temptation into self knowledge-
For successful and lasting recovery from any of these conditions we must learn to understand cravings and to transmute them into useful self knowledge. To attain our health goals we must not only, "begin with the end in mind" (as Stephen Covey says) but we must also keep the end in mind.

A journey that gets easier after the first hill-
As we start on our healthy path we invest what feels like great effort. Fortunately, as our health responds positively to these efforts the desired results provide us with greater energy, clarity, happiness and composure with which to continue. This momentum propels us further toward our goal. The better we feel, the more incentive, creativity and excitement we have to forge ahead.

On the other side of cravings lies health-
Below, I'll introduce some of the most common causes of unhealthy cravings and then we'll look at ways to avoid a craving induced detour from the healthy path. Common Causes of Cravings: Food Allergy/Addiction, Blood Sugar Swings, Dehydration, Unmet Nutritional Needs (caloric or protein needs), Women's Hormone Shifts, Habitual Behaviour, Nutritional Deficiencies, Emotional Coping, Fatigue, Acidic Body Chemistry, and High Yeast Levels or yeast die off.  I 'll also discuss the practice of mindfulness as a means to self awareness, cravings awareness and abstinence (of foods craved).

This article is intended to familiarize you with general issues related to the different types of cravings. It will help you achieve your health goals by guiding you as you explore your own best approach to successful food therapy and self care.

The Two Steps Healthy, One Craving Back Article

Tarilee's Top Ten Candida Diet - Grain-Free Breakfasts

 

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.

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