Let me first start by saying this diet was not easy at first. It took a lot of searching the web for information and following the advice of a naturopath doctor.
In this post I will show how I got started down this wonderful healthy lifestyle.
First off I want to talk about Candida. I never really knew what Candida was, I thought it was all about yeast infections and a disease people get that is hard to get rid of. Well I was kinda right but that is not the whole story. Candida is a build up of yeast in your body. Men, women and children can have Candida. I didn’t think I had Candida because I didn’t get many yeast infections…. Wrong it doesn’t just show up in your “unmentionables”, you can have it on your tongue, throat and skin as well and not know it.
The ABC’S’S of the major contributing factors of Candida overgrowth are (A) Antibiotics, (B) Birth control pills, (C) Cortisone (steroids), (S) Sugar (S) Stress.
There are many symptoms of Candida.
- You are developing new allergies as you get older.
- You are always tired
- Poor digestion, Digestive Difficulties
- Gas and Bloating
- Frequent Colds and/or Flu’s
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Chronic Constipation
- Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Thyroid Problems
- Chronic Diarrhea
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Chronic Fatigue
- Genital Itching
- Bad Breath
- Skin Rashes
You may have Candidiasis. Or you could be suffering from many other imbalances. Most likely you have a combination of problems, so treating Candida you will make your body that much stronger to deal with the other conditions. If you have no trace of a Candida problem (unlikely) you will still benefit from a thorough intestinal clean-up as that afforded by Psyllium cleanser and Diatomaceous Earth detoxification; and your overall condition will improve regardless of what you are suffering from.
My biggest one’s were:
1. Adrenal Fatigue, and just feeling run down all the time. Not able to get enough sleep. No energy to do anything but sit on the couch and watch TV.
2. Digestive Difficulties/Chronic Constipation – only going No. 2 once every other day, sometimes longer and I thought that was normal.
3. Gas and Bloating… all the time so uncomfortable.
4. Frequent Colds and Flu’s… OMG I got sick every time something went around, approx. 4-5 colds per year and even though I use to get the flu shots (never again) I would get every flu going around. Throat infections were the worst.
I can honestly say the above symptoms have decreased by 99%. I very seldom get ill with colds and flu’s anymore (spring allergies get me still, but I’m working on that).
My digestive track is working as it should be and I faithfully go No. 2 every day now. Optimally, it is healthiest to have 2-3 bowel movements daily. Failure to eliminate waste from the body on a daily basis causes a host of problems. It slows down the rate at which wastes move through the colon, leading to toxins being absorbed into the body. This “auto-intoxication” can, over a period of time, cause auto-immune disorders as well as problems such as obesity, gas, bloating, diverticulitis, headaches, depression, even colon cancer.
I have no more gas and bloating unless I cheat and then it happens immediately and I don’t like it and usually regret what I ate. lol but its all good to remind yourself once in a while what certain foods do to your body.
My energy level is up and I don’t feel run down anymore. I’m refreshed when I wake in the morning at 5am lol and I can get thru the day without feeling tired or needing a nap. I have a desk that I can either sit at or stand at and I went from sitting all day to standing at my desk all day. My co-workers find it odd to see me sitting at my desk now as I’ve been standing now for a few weeks.
Here is a great link for Candida sufferers… http://naturalsolutiontoday.com/7-steps-cure-candida.html?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=postplanner&utm_source=facebook.com
Now lets talk the detox stage. There are three products you will need to pick up to start this detox.
1. Caproyl or Caproil- This can be found in a natural health food store like Planet Organic or Community Natural Whole foods or if your not close to a health food store you can order from this link: http://www.communitynaturalfoods.com/ or amazon.ca Caproyl is a mixture of safflower oil and coconut oil. It eliminates yeast on contact and its effectiveness is increased if used with Psyllium which acts as a carrier to cover all the affected area. Liquid format ensures complete coverage of the colon and maximum effectiveness against yeast. Only liquid Caproyl will work with this program.
2. Psyllium – Can be found in the drug store, whole food stores etc. I found a mix of Psyllium/Ground Flax Seed/Dandelion Rood Powder/Burdock Root Powder and Fenugreek Seed Powder that works great. I bought mine at Planet Organic and its called “Omega 3 Nutracleanse” or you can order it thru this link: http://www.nutracleanse.biz It is a gluten-free, 100% natural food product based on a 150 year-old Finnish recipe. It is a unique formulation consisting of ground flaxseed, psyllium husks, dandelion root powder, burdock root powder, and fenugreek seed powder. All ingredients are sourced from organic suppliers and no fillers are used.
3. Diatomaceous Earth (Food Grade) – Can be found in a Natural Store or ordered online at amazon: http://www.amazon.ca/Food-Grade-Diatomaceous-Earth-Grams/dp/B00GJ2DC2G/ref=pd_cp_121_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0H6HPNCY4VE5RHHHMDXF This one was confusing to me as I thought this was only for getting rid of bugs in the garden and lawn. I was quite surprised when my doctor told me to take it. I use it in my homemade deodorants and toothpaste but never thought of ingesting it. DE helps move things out of your intestines and helps promote healthier hair, skin, bones, and joints. It helps create more regular bowel movements and detox your digestive system. Increased collagen production supports healthy digestion allowing your body to absorb more nutrients and flush out more unnecessary waste. Great information about DE here: https://www.diatomaceousearth.com/diatomaceous-earth-human/
How to take these three products.
Mix 2 tsp of Caproil, 1 well rounded tsp of Psyllium and 1 tbsp. of DE with 6 oz of water or 2 oz unsweetened juice (Preferably water as Candida thrives on fruit juices, but if you can’t do just water, candida doesn’t do well with Caprylic acid and if you hand them both on a platter they’ll hardly get to taste the juice before they get zapped). Mix in a cup with a lid or a jar and shake vigorously for 10 – 15 seconds. Drink immediately. Take this 1/2 hours before breakfast (on an empty stomach). Drink 6 – 8 glasses of water daily to keep the Psyllium moving through the intestinal tract easily.
Okay so above is how they suggest to take it but I do mine a bit different. I also take Kefir which I buy at the grocery store in the yogurt isle (usually on the top shelf). Kefir is a unique cultured dairy product that is one of the most probiotic rich foods on the planet and has incredible medicinal benefits like boosting your immune system, builds bone density, fights allergies, improve lactose digestion, kills candida and supports detoxification. More info here on Kefir: http://draxe.com/kefir-benefits/
After waking I pour a half glass of Kefir and mix in my Caproil, DE and Psyllium. It is very thick and gritty. I chug it down and I’m good for the day. The Psyllium I buy above taste like walnuts and the Kefir taste like yogurt. You get use to it really fast. This mixture will fill you up as the Psyllium expands, I usually take mine at 6:30am and not usually hungry until 9am. The more water you drink with this the fuller you will feel. It’s also great to take before your meals to help fill you up so you don’t over eat.
In the beginning of this detox you will want to take this mixture twice a day. One in the morning and one in the evening. 1 hour before supper or 2 hours after. Tip: If you take the mixture when your feeling like snacking in the evening it will take away any cravings and fill you up. Unfortunately, killing all the Candida can take many months to accomplish, but not a bad deal considering it took many years to get that way. You should feel better in 3 – 8 weeks. For many, it will not last unless you continue with the Psyllium and Diatomaceous Earth for another 10 months. (Using Caproil every 4th week for 5 consecutive days to keep Candida in check). The longer you do this, the better you will feel.
I’m on week 14 now taking a break from the Caproil for 4 weeks but carrying on with the Pysillium, DE and Kefir. I also keep a bottle of Caproil for days I slip and eat sugary foods (not very often though). Just sometimes you can’t avoid it.
The die off
When taking this mixture twice a day please be aware of the “die-off” reaction. When a large number of Candida are killed off during the initial period of treatment, a great amount of toxic material is suddenly released. This can produce certain uncomfortable effects such as flu symptoms (stuffiness, headache, general aches, diarrhea), skin rashes, vaginal irritation/discharge, or even something unusual such as numbness in the legs or mental confusion. The exact symptoms are neither important nor do they lend themselves to explanation. The die-off reaction normally lasts from one day to no longer than a week. If symptoms are severe, it may be necessary to cut back the amount of Caproil from 2 tsp to 1/4 tsp or even less. When symptoms subside, increase gradually over a few weeks to the recommended level of 2 tsp.
Candida loves refined, over-processed, low-fiber foods, and especially sugars. You should avoid candies, desserts, pastries, soft drinks, cookies, cakes, stuffing’s, sauces – anything refined and/or with high sugar content.
Read the labels on packaged products very carefully and eliminate those that include large amounts of sugar and especially high fructose corn syrup.
Candida is a yeast. If you eat yeast-containing foods you will burden your immune system with more yeast, even though not specifically Candida; this will compromise your condition.
Drug abuse, alcohol and smoking lower your immunity. So avoid them.
Avoid antibiotics and steroid drugs (birth control) since these promote overgrowth of Candida.
Dairy (milk, cheese, cream, etc.) wheat products and red meat should be consumed in moderation and occasionally only. Otherwise, they will clog the intestinal track and provide an excellent breeding environment for Candida. (Unsalted butter and plain yogurt are less of a problem than the other dairy products).
Taking a probiotic during the detox will help to replenish your intestinal tract with friendly bacteria as the Candida is killed off.
- Sugar and sugar containing foods
- Yeast breads, pastries etc.
- Alcoholic beverages
- Malt products, commercial soups
- Processed meats and smoked meats
- Dried fruits (raisins, prune, dates, etc.)
- Fruit juices, fresh or frozen
- Melons and grapes
- Milk (contains lactose)
- Anything with ‘OSE in it
Corn tortillas, Burritos, Wasa “lite” rye, Rice cakes or crackers, Mana bread (freezer)
Soya milk and goat milk. Use soya milk in moderation if it contains malt. Small amounts of cheese (2-3 x week), butter and yogurt in moderation.
Moderate Candida Control Diet:
You can eat freely: meats (except those listed above), eggs, poultry, fish, low carbohydrate vegetables, raw nuts and seeds (except peanuts and cashews), and oils (flax and olive).
You can eat cautiously: Fruits (2 per day), cereals and other whole grain products (yeast free, sugar free), 2 servings per day of high carbohydrates i.e. if you have sweet potatoes for lunch then have only a small serving of grain or pasta for dinner.
As your Candida levels decrease your diet will become less restrictive.
Low carb Vegetables:
- Asparagus, raw
- Bamboo shoots
- Beans, Lima
- Brussel Sprouts
- Cabbage, raw
- Dailon – Chinese radish
- Pepper – red & green
- Rutabaga – Yellow
- Sprouts – Alfalfa, Mung, Lentil/Chick Pea
- String beans
- Tomato – cherry tomatoes best in winter
- Turnip – White
- Zucchini – Summer Squash
Green Leafy Vegetables (Salad and Steamed):
- Bok Choy
- Chinese Cabbage
- Greens (Collard, Dandelion, Kale, Mustard, Turnip)
- Swiss Chard
Vegetables – High in Carbohydrate:
- Squash, Blue Hubbard
- Onions, raw
- Peas, garden
- Corn fresh
- Potatoes, white
- Sweet Potato, baked
- Sweet Potato, raw
- Whole oats
- Rice Br long
- Rice Br short
- Basmati white
- Basmati brown
- Wild rice
Nuts and Seeds
- Sesame seeds
- Whey Powder
- coconut milk
- White fish
- Soy Milk
- Barley Malt
- Maple syrup
The above is just a guide for the initial detox. After detox you will feel way better and continue to eat healthier choices because of the way it makes you feel.
I found that my biggest struggle was giving up my red wine. I very much enjoy a glass of red wine after a hard day of work or on the weekends. For the first 3 weeks I avoided it and followed this diet the best I could. Then at the end of Aug. my son got married. What was I going to do??? I was worried about food and I wanted to have some wine. Well the food wasn’t a problem as there was chicken and salads which was delicious. As for the wine, I think I drank a full bottle + to myself.
Did this affect me the next day? Yup I was hung over lol. Did it affect my diet, honestly I didn’t notice, maybe because I was hung over. I picked up my diet (I hate calling it a diet) and carried on. There are times you just can’t avoid the above mentioned foods/drinks or you don’t want too. You need to treat yourself once in awhile or its not going to work. It’s like the old saying “you always want what you can’t have”. But you have to have the will power to jump right back on the diet after the treat. I also up my dose of Caproil a bit for the next couple of days.
Here’s a little story on what happened to me after being on the diet for 5 weeks. We went camping this summer and in the camper left from last trip (before diet) were a bunch of red jelly beans and candies plus two milk chocolate bars. Sitting around the fire one evening I decided to have a bite of chocolate. I was never a huge chocolate lover but once in awhile I very much enjoyed a chocolate bar. Was it heaven?? No not really, because I hadn’t had any in 5 weeks (I must have lost the taste for it) I thought it was bitter and a kind of foreign. How did I feel? Well within 10 mins I was bouncing off the tree’s (being that we were camping) and had the biggest sugar rush ever. I was up until 2am cleaning and organizing our camper. I totally understand what kids go through now. How did I feel the next day?? Let me just say I won’t do it again (famous words of someone with a bad alcohol hangover). I felt awful, my tummy was bloated, I was sluggish and very tired. I felt like I had an alcohol hangover. I haven’t eaten milk chocolate or candy since, but I did find a natural sugar chocolate that gives me a chocolate fix.
While on this health fix you should be taking a probiotic. Either by supplement, yogurt, Keifer, Sauerkraut and pickles.
Below are some foods you should avoid while detoxing, I didn’t avoid all of them as I ate pork (love bacon) and seafood (sushi, shrimp, salmon)
Condiments tend to be high in sugar and can exacerbate your Candida. Stay away from the soft drinks too. Always read food labels to make sure your food doesn’t contain sugar. Be careful – the aspartame in diet cola weakens your immune system can leave you vulnerable to Candida.
Drinking large amounts of alcohol can actually lead to a temporary drop in your blood sugar, but moderate amounts tend to increase it. Alcoholic drinks are often full of carbohydrates and associated with high sugar mixers and foods. In the long run, alcohol consumption tends to decrease the effectiveness of insulin, leading to consistently higher blood sugar levels. Alcohol can also increase gut permeability and negatively affect your immune system.
GRAINS & GLUTINOUS FOODS:
Anything made with wheat, rye, oats or barley, e.g. white bread, rye bread, pasta.
Corn and corn byproducts
Many Candida sufferers have a high sensitivity to Gluten. Give your immune system a break and stay off gluten during your Candida diet. Corn-by products like popcorn tend to be contaminated with mold.
The high sugar content in fruit feeds Candida, even though they are natural sugars. Fruits like melon may also contain mold. A squeeze of lemon is OK.
This group of vegetables is very nutrient-dense, however they should be avoided until your Candida overgrowth is fully under control.
They then can be reintroduced in small portions one at a time.
All pork products
Smoked or vacuum-packed meats
Pork contains retroviruses that survive cooking and may be harmful for those with a weakened digestive system. Processed meats like lunch meat and spam are loaded with dextrose nitrates, sulfates and sugars.
All fish except for wild salmon and sardines
All shellfish and most fish contain alarming levels of heavy metals and toxins. These will suppress your immune system and leave you vulnerable to Candida. Studies have shown that farmed salmon contain high levels of PCBs, mercury and other carcinogenic agents.
Almost all dairy should be avoided except ghee, butter, kefir and probiotic yogurt. Milk contains lactose so it should be avoided. Kefir and yogurt are better because most of the lactose disappears during the fermentation process.
ADDITIVES & PRESERVATIVES:
Anything you don’t know or can’t pronounce!
The manufactured, additive form of citric acid is derived from yeast. However the natural form, as found in lemons and limes, is OK on the diet.
Additives and preservatives can disrupt your friendly bacteria and allow the Candida yeast to flourish.
Black & green tea
Diet & regular soda
Caffeine can cause your blood sugar to rise, but the main problem is that it weakens the adrenals and can impair your immune system. Coffee also contains mold. Even decaf tea and coffee are to be avoided, as they contain residual levels of caffeine.
This group of nuts contains a high amount of mold, which can inflame your Candida problem.
Beans and other legumes
All soy products
The combination of being hard to digest and high in carbs rules out beans from the first stages of the diet. They can be reintroduced later on in small portions. Soy products are mostly forbidden, as the majority of soy is genetically modified. If you can find non-GMO tofu, it should be OK to eat.
MUSHROOMS / MOLDS:
Mushrooms don’t “feed” Candida as some websites claim, but eating some fungi can cause an inflammatory reaction if you are already suffering from Candida. On the other hand, some medicinal mushrooms are actually OK on the diet and have strong immune-boosting properties. Good examples are Reishi and Maitake.
Ketchup, tomato paste, and spaghetti sauces all contain high amounts of hidden sugars. Condiments generally do tend to be high in sugar, and they can exacerbate your Candida. For an alternative salad dressing, try coconut aminos or a simple olive oil and lemon juice dressing.
All vinegars, except for Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar is made in a yeast culture, depletes the stomach of acids and can also cause inflammation in your gut. However, one particular vinegar (unfiltered apple cider vinegar) can actually be helpful in combating a Candida overgrowth.
FATS AND OILS:
Soy oil Peanut, corn and canola oil are contaminated with mold. And most soy beans used in soy oil are GMO.
There is a ton of information and recipes on the Internet. I find a lot of sugar free recipes on Pintrest. And we eat a lot more whole, organic foods now.
I thought New Years was going to be a tough one on my healthy eating as we go to a NYE Party every year and the food at the buffet is amazing and we usually have snacks like chips and candy in our hotel room. Well it wasn’t as hard as I thought. The buffet had lots of salads, baked salmon, wild rice and seafood. I avoided the fluffy white buns (gggrrrr). They had every kind of dessert you could imagine but I was satisfied when I finished my meal and didn’t go back. In our hotel room I brought a cooler with Turkey pepperoni, dry salami, marble cheese sliced up, and flax crackers. They were awesome at midnight when we got hungry.
New Year’s Day was a bit different, now I had a pretty good hangover from the multiple glasses of red wine. I needed food and had bacon, scrambled eggs, pasta dish, sausage, hash browns, fruit, lots of water and yikes (bites my lip) waffle with strawberries and whip cream…. Ya I did that. It tasted amazing. Di I finish it? Nope the waffles were stale… Lol So I will be taking my Capryl again… Was definitely worth it. It doesn’t happen very often and it’s nice to have a treat now and again.