Navigating Dietary Challenges with Systemic Candida
by Tarilee Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner
Many an impassioned healthy diet has been defeated when we are blindsided by persistent or powerful cravings. If we are not prepared for this inevitable experience, especially on a candida diet, a formidable craving can topple our resolve. Wisdom tells us that when we yield to temptation, temptation grows. This is definitely true of unhealthy food cravings.
Indulgence in misguided cravings such as those for sugar or excess starch will fuel more cravings. Once indulged craving can expand to the point that it becomes insatiable and can lead to binge eating. So we are well advised to choose our 'treat' foods carefully to include only those that we can exercise self control with while avoiding those that 'unhinge' us.
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? In the case of people with special dietary needs who feel restricted from eating their habitual choices, we can work to transform our relationship with our food to a healthy, nourishing one.
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-
In the link 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.
Common Causes of Cravings