Real Food for a Change* - Tarilee's Top Ten Steps to Healthier Eating for Detoxification and Cleansing
by T L Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner
Recovery from almost any kind of health imbalance can be enhanced by a candida cleansing detoxification program. Though the colon cleansing, detoxification and immune supporting products sold by Whole Approach are important components of a wellness program, in most cases, dietary transformation will also be at the core of a successful and lasting recovery. The transition from an average diet to an optimum diet for healing and health maintenance is a journey of patience, self-observation and self-knowledge. If your health condition is demanding change, now is the time to begin.
Begin your healthy transition with consideration for your natural affinity for new habits. Do you like to change overnight or one small step at a time? Somewhere in between is likely best for most. In general, changes made mindfully and gradually will have lasting results. This Top Ten list will help you transition gradually to a diet that is optimal for you.
Remember to tune into the WholeApproach Support Forum for information, recipes and support. And if, at any point in your transitions, you need reassurance, you can reach for inspiration by reading the success stories of those who came before you in their own quest for a healthier relationship to food.
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.
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.
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.