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Hi! I wanted to make this article to give you a little background and context for the types of posts and categories you will see around some parts of the site. You will see a category about the Candida diet. This section will help you to find recipes that are specifically tailored to meet the requirements of the diet, so you will be able to plan some shopping lists and not end up eating plain steamed carrots out of desperation.
In my practice, I do sometimes recommend this diet for many of my clients, and so I’m not able to post any of the supplement recommendations or specific instructions, because I tailor them for each individual client. But, the very first time I did this diet, I was despairing of food ideas by about the second day. The goal of this diet is to help your body heal faster and balance itself. It accomplishes this through killing candida (yeast) in your body, as well as parasites, and supporting your body to recover and detoxify itself in a natural way.
Our common North American diet is traditionally heavy in wheat, sugar and processed food. Your body has good bacteria all over it (also called “normal flora”), and inside your intestines. This good bacteria community is really really important to help your body digest things, as well as fend off invaders. Part of this normal flora in your body is a family of bacteria called “candida”, or “yeast”. The Candida family of bacteria are present in your body all the time, and that’s ok. The issue arises when it starts to take over and dominate the normal flora landscape. Candida is responsible for a lot of different health problems, such as thrush, some skin rashes, yeast infections, etc. If anyone has made a loaf of bread in their life, they know that yeast likes sugar. A lot. Sugar is the food yeast needs to be effective in breadmaking. The same is true with Candida yeast. It feeds on sugar, and it will keep growing and growing. If the sugar supply is abundant, then the yeast frolic and overgrow. And not just white cane sugar. Lots of sneaky things have a lot of sugar; oranges, apples, bananas, all have high sugar contents, so even if you’re not eating donuts and lattes every day, there may still be a lot of sugar in your diet.
The aim of the diet recommendation side of the candida cleanse diet is to cut off the sugar supply for the yeast as much as possible, so that it will die. That’s why the recipe options provided are careful to avoid the things that feed yeast.
When a client decides that they would like to pursue this diet option, I will review everything with them in advance, and walk them through the entire 30 day plan. This diet plan is only 30 days, and many clients like to do it once per year. I’m always really impressed by how good I feel at the end of the 30 days. The body is amazingly able to recover and balance itself. And I don’t recommend anything that I wouldn’t be willing to do, and so I can truthfully tell you that I have done this diet, and tested out all the recipes. Here is an article to help you find some of the more “specialty” type foods used during the cleanse!
No, it’s not easy, but yes, the results are completely worth the effort. Your body will thank you. And by thank you, I mean work amazingly well after the cleanse.
Feel free to comment below if you’ve ever done this cleanse, and how it worked for you, or contact me if you’re interested in booking a consultation! I’m always happy to answer your questions!
Take care! Talk to you soon!
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