Quick Bites: Creativity on the Candida Diet

Wondering why I've been MIA? Because, for the past week and a half, I've been trying out a candida diet to cleanse myself of a possible overgrowth & frankly, the recipes have been pretty boring:

"Candi-what?!?" you may ask. Allow me to educate you:

Candida is a fungus or yeast that is present in everyone's body. It only becomes a problem if it starts to grow like crazy and take over your entire digestive system.

Side effects of a candida overgrowth can include: allergies, asthma, digestive problems, yeast infections, acne, hives, & a some serious cravings for sugar. Why? Because sugar is what keeps the little monsters alive. So, in order to get rid of a candida overgrowth you must AVOID ALL SUGAR! That includes the healthy sugars in fruits & sweet veggies.

If it's sweet, it's keeping the little buggers alive.

My only symptoms of possible candida overgrowth were a few unexplained acne outbreaks & an increase in allergies. But I did have many things in my past that put me at risk for overgrowth such as antibiotic & birth control use as well as an over-use of sugar in my foods: as a child, it was refined white sugar, today, it's maple syrup & fruit.

So, I figured it was worth a try to see if my system needed a clean out.

Because there are some conflicting views on what you can and cannot eat on a candida diet, I decided to pick a source & stick to it: CandidaDiet.com.  This is where I found my lists of what foods to eat & what foods to avoid as well as suggestions for anti-fungals & probiotics to help me heal my insides.

How'd the diet go? Well, considering that the vegan version of a candida cleanse can be VERY limiting, I stopped the hardcore stage 2 version of the diet after about 5-7 days. I just didn't feel like I was getting enough balanced nutrition while living off of guacamole, brown rice, & flash greens [minus the sugar-y sriracha].

BUT I did see a few positive results. So my plan is to ease back into things by hanging out in stage 3 for a bit [hello, berries & green apples!] before returning to my maple syrup ways.

The plus side of all of this? Limiting my diet introduced me to the amazingness of guacamole made in my brand new Vita-mix!

Don't want to spend a month's rent on a blender? I'm sure your food processor or blender will do a completely adequate job with this recipe. :)

Ingredients [altered slightly from the Vita-mix recipe book]

2-3 avocados, peeled & pitted 1/4 tsp sea salt a sprinkling of cayenne pepper the juice from 1 1/2 lemons 1 red onion, chopped 1 tomato*, cut in half [*not on the candida stage 2 diet ;) ]

Place ingredients in blender in order listed & process on low** until only slightly chunky. ** If you have a vita-mix, start your blending at 1 & increase slowly to 3. Serve over brown rice if you're cleansing or with chips if you're not. Enjoy!

P.S. Think you have a candida overgrowth or have other health concerns that you don't know how to solve? Contact me for a free health history consultation & together we'll figure out what you need to do to fix it.

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