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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).

 

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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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

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 Vegetarian Breakfasts

 

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by T L Cornish, Certified Nutritional Consultant

Tarilee's Top 10 Vegetarian Food Recommendations for Breakfast

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 food recommendations outlined in the Whole Approach Candida Diet pages. I've put together a list of favorite candida foods for breakfast or anytime to inspire and encourage you! There are many more amazing candida cleanse recipes in the Breakfast Foods Recipe Section of the Whole Approach forum. including some 'meatier' choices. Once you’ve explored this list, be sure to check out all the rest! We'll post some grain-free breakfast ideas soon! (All suggestions below use foods from the WholeApproach Candida Diet Food List.)

10.  RAW-Grated root veggies with lemon juice and sesame oil with your favorite dressing. Unsweetened cranberries add a nice twist too! And nuts & seeds are optional as well. Add a Raw Veggie Smoothie (Number 1 below) and yum!!!

9.   Cooked sweet potato or squash mash with cinnamon and stevia & sea salt. Chopped nuts and seeds can be added to this also or dried/seasoned seeds can be sprinkled on top for crunch!

8.   Rhubarb Rice muffins

7.   Peanut Butter or Almond Butter Breakfast Cookies

6.   Chickpea Breakfast Ginger Snaps

5.   Pizza Flavored Panbread

4.  Stewed Rice “Pudding”

3.   Curried Lentils & Onions with Cranberries

2.   Stewed Rhubarb on Rice

1.   Raw Veggie Smoothie



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: 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.

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