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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.

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

Candida Diet: Organic Yacon Syrup

 

Just in time for candida-safe holiday baking:  Certified Raw Organic Yacon Syrup!

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Coconut Almond Delights pictured above.

Imagine a certified organic, low-calorie sweetener that doesn't raise your blood sugar and supports immunity and healthy digestion. Yacon Root Syrup is one of nature's healthiest sweeteners.  Our yacon syrup is certified raw and organic. 

Fresh pressed from the Yacon root (Smallanthus sonchifolius), this syrup is a gift from nature that has been enjoyed for centuries in the Andean highlands of Peru.

Though packed with sweetness, the sugar in Yacon is mainly fructooligosaccharide, which cannot be absorbed by the body. This means Yacon is both naturally low-calorie and low in mono and disaccharides (less than 1 gram per serving of the sugars that rapidly elevate blood sugar levels). Yacon root syrup has little influence on the glucose tolerance curve and is dramatically less glycemic than honey, agave, or maple syrup.

Yacon is a distant relative of the sunflower with edible tubers and leaves. It is commonly grown and consumed from Columbia to northwest Argentina. Yacon roots contain important quantities of potassium and antioxidants.

Because of its sweet taste, Yacon roots are eaten like fruit in South America. The Yacon root is considered the world's richest natural source of FOS (Fructo-oligosaccharides). Most other roots and tubers store carbohydrates as starch a polymer chain of glucose. Yacon stores carbohydrate as FOS a polymer chain composed mainly of fructose. This FOS can be considered a subgroup of inulin because it has a similar molecular structure, but with shorter fructose chains.

Tests were conducted at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Peru in July 2004 to test how Yacon syrup affected blood glucose levels. The participants were 60 non-diabetic men and women between the ages of 20 and 60. Each group fasted for at least eight hours before ingesting the different sweeteners. Three groups were given different samples of Yacon, one group was given bees honey, another group was given maple syrup, and the last was given anhydrous glucose. The group ingesting Yacon syrup had hardly any difference from before and after. The results showed that Yacon had very little effect on glucose levels, while the other sweeteners showed a significant rise in glucose levels and a slow decline back to normal.


More on How Yacon Syrup Works:

Our Yacon syrup contains approximately 30% FOS and low proportions of simple sugars (e.g., glucose, fructose, and sucrose). The human body has no enzyme to hydrolyze FOS, so (even though it tastes sweet) it passes through the digestive tract unmetabolized, providing few calories. Yacon also acts as a prebiotic. The undigested portion of Yacon serves as food for "friendly" bacteria, such as Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus species, in the small intestines and the colon. Clinical studies have shown that administering FOS can increase the number of these friendly bacteria in the colon while simultaneously reducing the population of harmful bacteria. Other benefits noted with FOS supplementation include increased production of beneficial short-chain fatty acids such as butyrate, increased absorption of calcium and magnesium, and improved elimination of toxic compounds. Preclinical studies indicate an increase in bone density after consumption of FOS. In addition, the beneficial effects of FOS on the presence of Bifidobacterium suggest an improved absorption of vitamins, such as those in the B complex.

Some people have to work up to higher levels of these elements in their diet. It's a pre-biotic that feeds beneficial gut organisms but it also takes some getting used to with a gradual increase in intake, just like inulin powder does.

 

Try these recipes that include yacon syrup:

Coconut Pancakes

Coconut Almond Delights

Carrot, Lemon and Ginger Avocado Smoothie

Cannellini-Squash-Tahini Pudding

Vanilla Pudding-High Fibre

Frozen Key Lime Kreme Bars

Macaroon Balls

Candida Diet Considerations - the Four Day Rotation Diet

 

by T L Cornish, CNP

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Candida Related Complex (CRC) often goes hand in hand with food allergies and leaky gut syndrome. Many with CRC will also be sensitive to individual foods, additives and preservatives. When beginning your CRC treatment program, it's particularly helpful to use the rotation diet to stabilize and improve your eating habits in such a way as to support your recovery process.

The central premise of the Four Day Rotational Diet, first introduced by Dr. Herbert Rinkel in 1934, is to structure your food intake in order to allow your body a period of recovery between subsequent exposures to specific foods that may be causing cyclical food reactions. In addition, the rotation diet is a useful tool in identifying sensitivities; and may help prevent new food allergies from developing.

Advantages of the Four Day Rotation Diet
  • By allowing the body's immune system to recover from the effects of a challenging food, current food allergies begin to mitigate.
  • Helps to reduce the chance of developing new/additional allergies
  • Encourages diet diversity by providing a wide range of nutritional choices.
  • Discourages the over-indulgence of one food to compensate for the removal of another.
  • Aids in identifying foods that could be causing problems.

When following the Rotation Diet, a specific food is eaten on a particular day of the rotation and is not repeated until that day of the rotation comes around again. Four days is generally long enough, but persons with chronic constipation may need to cycle longer than 4 days until regular bowel movements are achieved. For example, the Quinoa and Broccoli consumed on Day 1 of the 4-Day rotation is not eaten again until Day 1 of the next cycle.

The Rotation Diet also helps with feelings of deprivation that often occur when starting a CRC diet. When we eliminate favorite foods from the diet, we sometimes compensate by over-eating a substitute for a food we are missing. This can cause new food allergies or sensitivities to surface. Eating a wide variety of foods not only keeps the diet more interesting, it is packed with a variety of nutrients that are essential to recovery.

Please visit the book store on our site to find one of our favorite "Rotation Diet" books: "Allergy and Candida Cooking - Understanding and Managing Plans for Healing" by Sondra K. Lewis is an excellent book with many helpful resources including menu ideas for each day in the rotation and food-family lists.  Also helpful in menu planning and recipes "WholeApproach Recipes for Recovery, a collection..."

For more information on Food Allergies: See our article on allergies.

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