Tempeh Cabbage Rolls

Ever get a hankering for Asian style appetizers?

Well, this recipe is for YOU…and you, and YOU! Welcome to my kitchen, where I love to prepare healthy, yet simple foods with flare! These delicious rolls have a lively crunch and a sweet and tangy taste you will love as a starter or even as an entree! They are similar to lettuce wraps, but I actually prefer cabbage because it’s much more hearty and doesn’t wilt and collapse like lettuce does when it’s moist. I think you will enjoy this version and I would love to hear what you think when you try them!

Ingredients:

  • 1 block organic tempeh, crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1-2 shallots, minced
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • Kelp noodles (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Soyaki sauce (Trader Joe’s makes this)
  • 1 tbsp. tamari
  • 1 tsp. raw agave
  • 1/4 fresh lemon, squeezed
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil
  • 6 cabbage leaves (for your rolls)
  • Sriracha sauce (optional)

Put tempeh, carrots and shallots in a medium sized bowl and add Soyaki, tamari, agave, lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Mix until coated well. Heat coconut oil in medium pan on medium/high. Cook tempeh mixture until well done and golden.

Take your cabbage leaf and place some cut up kelp noodles in first. Next, add the tempeh mixture. Layer with shredded carrots and finally scallion. Top with Sriracha if you like some heat!

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Achieving Balance Being Sugar and Gluten Free

April 29, 2012, Day 29: 29 days and counting. I must say, I feel pretty awesome. For the first time since I can remember, I have not felt bloated. This in itself is a blessing. I am sure you readers who have ever felt bloated or are bloated at this very moment, can agree that NOT being bloated, is a wonderful thing. 🙂 I have also incorporated a lot more yoga, so I feel much stronger than I did a month ago in body, mind and spirit.

I still cannot believe how truly easy it’s been to omit sugar and more surprisingly, gluten. I think the gluten was easier to omit than the sugar (we are less prone to gluten addiction than sugar addiction), and I am proud to say I will remain gluten free since we all secretly know that is the best choice. It’s particularly easy what, with so much awareness now being put on Celiac and all the GF products out there on the market; not that I buy a lot of things in packages. 😉

I keep waiting for sugar cravings to get unbearable but honestly, they haven’t. I am fine using liquid stevia since I found a tasty one and I do not really miss the stomach issues that came along with all my sweet indulgences.

I think that perhaps in a month, I may experiment and add back in some fruit, since I do not truly believe that eating no fruit is healthy. I am currently only eating green apples (funny, they used to seem so tart and now they are as sweet as candy to me!), grapefruits and berries. These are all allowed on the Candida diet.

Here is a short list of reasons why you may want to consider trying this cleanse (I try to refrain from using the word “diet”) and what you can expect:

  • Your energy will increase
  • You will experience less bloating
  • You will feel less foggy and more clear headed
  • Your skin will glow
  • You will have regular bowel movements
  • Your loved ones will benefit from your healthy changes (since I cook for my boyfriend, he naturally has become a bit healthier!)
  • You friends will envy you and praise you

Okay, so that last one may or may not happen since most people don’t think they actually have a problem with sugar or would even think twice about admitting they are addicted. Outsiders may view your diet as hard, restrictive, or just plain crazy, but you can take comfort in the fact that YOU are a warrior. Heck, I AM A WARRIOR! In all seriousness, most people are intrigued and want to know more about how they can break the cycle as well. I figure, I cannot recommend anything to my clients that I have not tried personally, so I am grateful to be going through this process in order to better educate and support others who want to take this challenge on as well. 🙂

I am doing this preventively, but many people do not have a choice. Many suffer from major issues such as IBS, colitis, leaky gut syndrome, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia or Celiac disease. All of these can be a result of Candida overgrowth. My symptoms and issues are small potatoes compared to what others experience, so why wait to get that bad? Don’t you want to be your best you yet today? Don’t you want to preserve your health and live as an example for your loved ones? Life is short and yes, some may argue that because life is short, it’s okay to eat or drink whatever you want, but that is not living consciously. Life can be enjoyed much more so when you feel and look your best and that takes a little effort.

If you (or someone you know) needs help to finally get healthy and start living in your joy; the joy that you are 100% entitled to, I am here to help. E-mail today at healingthrufood@gmail.com and take that first step towards wellness and healing. I’m looking forward to hearing from you and helping you.

 

Sugar – A Sugar By Any Other Name Would Taste as Sweet…

April 24, 2012, Day 24: Okay, so you know how I mentioned that “21 days to adopt a new habit”  thing, right? Well, let’s just say, this no longer feels like a “cleanse” or “diet”  and feels more like a new way of life. I have easily (well, maybe somewhat challenging at first) taken to omitting yeast, gluten, sugar and corn. I feel lighter, have never had a flatter belly and feel much more clear headed and driven. I admit, I am not perfect, but I am doing the very best that I know how to do and that seems to be working for me.

This week has been a very “connected” week so far and a lot of “divine intervention” type things have happened. I won’t go into detail, but let’s just say, I was a reassured that I am in the right place and that I am reaching people who need to be reached. This experience is obviously for my health first and foremost, but I share it with all of you so that you can take comfort in the fact that you are not alone and anyone who wants to commit to changing their food choices, can and will feel and live better. That, I guarantee.

I still miss my bananas, but I am telling you Stevita makes all my sweet dreams come true! I feel like I can make anything now and won’t feel deprived. I have to admit, my tastes have changed though. I don’t crave sweet as much. I love that! It’s like escaping from prison (not that I would know what that would feel like)!! It’s like I have broken a cycle and have said to sugar (pardon the expression, but), “Sugar, I am no longer your b*tch!”. Feels pretty darned empowering! 🙂

So I ask you, do you think that omitting sugar from your diet is even remotely possible? First off, do you even know how to find it in your foods? For those of you who don’t know, sugar has many different names:

  • Barley malt
  • Beet sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Buttered syrup
  • Cane juice crystals
  • Cane sugar
  • Caramel
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Carob syrup
  • Castor sugar
  • Date sugar
  • Demerara sugar
  • Dextran
  • Dextrose
  • Diastatic malt
  • Diatase
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Galactose
  • Glucose
  • Glucose solids
  • Golden sugar
  • Golden syrup
  • Grape sugar
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Icing sugar
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltose
  • Malt syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Muscovado sugar
  • Panocha
  • Raw sugar
  • Refiner’s syrup
  • Rice syrup
  • Sorbitol
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar
  • Treacle
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Yellow sugar

Can you find any of these hiding in your ingredient list? Or the better question is, why are you eating things with ingredient lists? When you buy whole foods, you don’t have to worry about deciphering which things are sugar, artificial colors, MSG (which also has many names) or try to learn an entirely different language trying to pronounce any of the things listed.

Sugar, whether it is fructose, sucrose, corn syrup, caramel, or date sugar is still sugar. True, not all sugars are created equally and obviously, natural sugar from fruit or honey is not the same as high fructose corn syrup. My advice to you, even if you don’t have Candida is to stay as natural as possible and avoid processed foods. This is not breaking news; it’s just a reminder. We are so inundated with information these days (especially nutrition information) that we tend to lose sight of those gems that are really the tips to saving our health. Trying to lessen your REFINED sugar intake is one of those gems. If you do nothing else, I can bet that that will help you with whatever you are struggling with, whether it’s obesity, skin issues, IBS, Candida or depression.

Sugar is 100% addictive and for those that disagree, just try to go off of it and see how it makes you feel. I recently saw an excellent documentary called “Hungry for Change“, which I encourage you all to watch. Again, most of us (especially conscious readers like you), are probably familiar with a lot of the information presented, but even for a professional like me, it’s an excellent reminder. 

For anyone interested in breaking the cycle, I can help by showing you the many other wonderful things you can be feeding yourself; foods that will make you look and feel your best! What are you waiting for? 

Candida Cleanse Journal Entry #15 – Colon Hydrotherapy

April 20, 2012, Day 20: Greetings friends! So, 20 days into this thing! Time certainly flies when you’re eating spirlina. Isn’t that how that saying goes? 😉

Today I went in for a colon hydrotherapy session. Colonics are used as part of the cleansing / healing process to remove debris and impacted matter (i.e. feces) from the large intestine (colon). I was probably abnormally excited about it, but people who “know” will get it and understand just how exciting the process can be. For those of you who are not familiar with what colon hydrotherapy is, I will try to explain it in the cleanest way possible. 🙂

During a colonic, the colon is basically flushed with pure, warm water via a tube that is inserted into your rectum. As you “fill up” with water you start to feel pressure on your belly and experience a very “full” feeling. The more you can take, the better and more effective the treatment is, but it is slightly uncomfortable and feels as though your belly may burst, lol! Don’t worry–it won’t! Once the flow of water stops, things should start to move out of the body.

Most of us (even the healthiest of eaters, and work out fanatics) are not truly clean on the inside. Stuff gets built up over time, just as plaque on your teeth does, and becomes hard, impacted and fermented. The colon is approximately 5 ft (yes, that’s right) in length, all bundled up inside your body, so it’s no surprise things don’t always make it out and flow peacefully.

During the process, you can see everything that is flowing out of you via a see-through window where everything goes to be disposed. If the colonic is going well and doing it’s job, the water is usually brown in color and you should see particles of feces making their way OUT of your body (yay!). There is no smell, and it is a 100% professional atmosphere. Colon hydro-therapists are licensed and the one I worked with today has been doing her job for 11 years!

So, get this: I actually SAW CANDIDA!! Yes! The therapist pointed it out to me. She said it looked like it had been sitting in my gut for a while. There wasn’t much, but then again, this was only 1 session. It’s recommended that you go once/week for 4 weeks. The sessions are typically between $75-90/session, but they usually have some sort of package for a series of colonics. Insurance does  not usually cover colon hydrotherapy. And yes, there are at-home enema kits, but none will probably be as effective (or be able to fill up the entire colon) as effectively as an actual professional colonic session.

It is IMPERATIVE that you take a high grade probiotic after a colonic session because you run the risk of wiping out not just the bad bacteria, but the good as well. You better believe I brought my Dr. Ohhira’s with me!

After a colonic, you can expect to feel lighter and less bloated. Check and check. You have to keep your food light for the rest of the day in order to not put too much stress back on the colon.

Colonics can also help with food allergies, mood swings, constipation, IBS, food cravings, and skin problems. Remember, 2/3 of your immune system resides in your gut and if your gut is in bad shape, it can’t function as well as it should and this could leave you feeling pretty crappy (tee hee).

Some things to think about…

  • It is estimated that 100 million people in the United States suffer from constipation and that these people spend $700 million on products to relieve constipation each year.  It seems a shame, when constipation is easily avoided through diet and cleansing.
  • “Infirmity and sickness, at any age, is the direct result of loading up the body with food which contains no vitality, and at the same time allowing the intestines to remain loaded with waste matter.”  – Dr. Norman Walker
  • Each year over l00,000 people undergo a colostomy due to a functional breakdown of the colon.
  • Coronary artery blockage and strokes, cancer, neurological diseases, dementia, depression, are initially caused by the retention and accumulation of poisons and toxins in the body. Most often this retention and accumulation is caused by a sluggish colon that just doesn’t properly remove the waste from our body. – Dr Richard Schultze
  • Jesus, according to “The Essene Gospel of Peace” emphasized internal cleansing: “Think not that it is sufficient that the angel of water embrace you outwards only. I tell you truly, the uncleanness within is greater by much than the uncleanness without. An he who cleanses himself without, but within remains unclean, is like to tombs that outwards are painted fair, but are within full of all manner of horrible uncleanness’ and abominations.”

Colon health is nothing to take lightly, especially with colon cancer being the third most common cancer in this country. Sadly, I lost my grandmother to colon cancer. This actually helped catapult me into a life of nutrition education (love you grandma). Friends,  colon cancer is fully preventable with FOOD and CLEANSING. Think about it…

If you need more information on how to keep your colon healthy, just ask!

Question of the day:

Would you ever get a colonic? 

Candida Cleanse Journal Entry #14 – Carbolicious

April 18, 2012, Day 18: Shopping has gotten a bit more interesting. I used to think I was an avid label reader. Well, now I am like 100x’s more avider. I know that’s not a word. 🙂 If I am buying things with a label, which isn’t much these days, I have to be very careful. Today I bought these raw flax crackers because I was totally craving crunchy/carby stuff. I admit it. I used to L O V E chips and crackers (rice-based stuff…I still kept it healthy), but there truly is not a lot out there in the “processed” food world that is safe for me. Looking at all the raw stuff, I realized that I MUST start dehydrating again. It’s either that, or pay $big time$ at the store for all my food fantasies. Raw snacks are not cheap, but making them myself could save me big time! I posted this pic earlier on Facebook, but I am posting here too:

These crackers are delicious, and I definitely want to try to make them myself! Keeping it more raw based means I am getting the most nutrients and enzymes my food has to offer me (yay!). When we eat cooked food, over 60% of the nutrients get cooked out of the food. What a waste, huh? So, my plan this weekend, is to make some raw onion bread. The best and most easiest recipe comes from the (un)cookbook RAWvolution by Matt Amsden. This is so good and can be used as sandwich bread, pizza crust or you can dip them in hummus! Here is the recipe, if you have a dehydrator and are feelin’ adventurous (although it truly is a really simple recipe–they just take lots of time, so be patient!):

RAWvolution Onion Bread

Ingredients: 

3 lg yellow onions
3/4 c flax seed, ground in a high speed blender
3/4 c raw sunflower seeds, ground in a food processor
1/2 c Nama Shoyu  (I am going to use coconut aminos instead)
1/3 C olive oil

Directions: 

Peel and halve the onions  in a food processor, cut the onions with the slicing disk  transfer to a large mixing bowl, add the remaining ingredients, and mix until all are thoroughly combined.
Spread 2 cups of mixture evenly on a dehydrator tray with a teflex sheet. Repeat until all the mixture is used.  Dehydrate at 100 for 24 hours flip the crackers onto a tray with mesh only and remove teflex dehydrate another 12 hours.  Once dehydrated cut into 9 equal pieces.

These should satisfy my carb cravings! Other than that, I feel pretty good with a bit more energy than that last few days. My stomach has calmed down too, but I am still anxiously awaiting Friday’s colonic! 🙂

If anyone has any questions I can answer that I have not touched on or you would like me to focus more on my actual daily menu, etc., I am open to suggestions! Just leave me a comment!

I leave you with this excerpt from the book Sick and Tired by Robert O. Young:

People are sick and tired because they’re rotting inside. Other words for it are fermenting or molding. Our bodies become infested with “bugs” that actually feed off us, and we’re basically hosting a parasite party. The fact is, most everyone has this to some extent because it’s not something foreign, but a part of us that’s out of control. The malnutrition and poisons involved in this process are what make us sick.

Are you ready to take control back and not feel sick and tired anymore? You can have energy, love, health and PEACE, if you change your food. Change your food, change your LIFE!


Candida Cleanse Journal Entry #13 – Staying Strong

April 16, 2012, Day 16: I am an awesome girlfriend. No seriously, I am. Who else would make their man vegan mac ‘n’ cheese (while she simply cannot partake) with such love? 🙂 Vegan mac is kinda like my fave meal. I do miss my quinoa pasta, but I sound so silly running around complaining that I miss this or that. I was at a party last night (surrounded by tons of bad influences) and was discussing my diet with someone and we were speaking about nutritional yeast and I said I missed it and I said, “yeah, and I also really miss…” total blank. There isn’t much I am completely dying over not eating. Sure chocolate crosses my mind once in a while, and yes of course while I am making the man his mac ‘n’ cheese, I am a teensy bit tempted to take a small large bite, but truly, I am FINE.

Today I ate much of my usual; raw buckwheat cereal for breakfast, avocado/chickpea mash with fresh cucumber, red and yellow peppers for lunch, almond butter, sludge smoothie (okay, I kinda do miss bananas–they truly do make a smoothie!), and for dinner I had some quinoa with roasted Brussels sprouts and kale. That was super yummy!

I made a cool connection today. I have noticed over the last week or so, that my hair has been fuller, longer and healthier looking. A little while back I got a terrible hair cut (that I shed a lot of tears over) and I was just praying for it to grow back fast. So just about a minute ago, I realized that my hair probably looks so delicious because I have been taking diatomacious earth! One of its pluses is that it helps hair growth! Sweet, right?!? I have been taking it in my smoothies every day!

Okay, so check this out. I have not done this myself (yet), but I think it may be interesting to try…I found a test you can do at home to see if you have Candida or not from a site called Candida Yeast Infection Relief. If you try it, comment and let me know how it went! Or comment on their site here:

How To Tell If You Have Candida  –  The Free and Accurate Candida Spit Test.

THE TEST: In the evening, put a clear glass of water by your bed. First thing in the morning, briefly rinse your mouth, swallow, then gather some saliva in your mouth and spit into the glass of water (be sure to spit out saliva, not mucus). Keep an eye on the water for half an hour — especially the first few minutes. If you have candida overgrowth, you will see one or more of the following:

1. Strings (legs) hanging down from the saliva.
2. Heavy-looking saliva at the bottom of the glass.
3. Cloudy specks suspended in the water.

Spit Test

If, within three minutes after spitting into the water, you see “strings” hanging down, cloudy specks showing up in the water, or “debris” sinking to the bottom, you most likely have extensive overgrowth, which will require more candida-fighting action on your part.

If it takes longer than a few minutes for anything to show up, the candida is not as serious.

If the saliva just floats on top and the water stays perfectly clear, you most likely don’t have candida overgrowth.

The logic behind the test is simple.

If you have candida overgrowth, it will show up in the saliva, a friendly environment for yeast. When you spit into the glass, the aerated saliva is lighter than water. However, candida is heavier than either. Whether it sinks as “legs”, falls to the bottom, or floats around in the water, all are indications of candida. The more you see, and the faster you see it, the more systemic the infection.

Candida concentrates in saliva overnight, so this test is most accurate first thing in the morning.

I suggest rinsing out your mouth first, because, if you happen to be sleeping in a room with mold, you may have mold in your mouth from the room, and that could show up in the saliva too.

Again, I have not done this, because I am pretty sure I have a Candida overgrowth, and even if it’s not “official”, one can stand to go without sugar for a while to clean out, don’tcha think? 🙂

I have to share that the highlight of my week is going to be my colonic! I know, I know… TMI again. But, it’s an important part of this process as well and it is really helpful for keeping the colon clean and healthy. Colonics are designed to remove impacted feces and toxic debris from the colon. After treatment, you can expect to feel lighter, less bloated and more energized. It is not recommended to do too many colonics though because they can upset the healthy balance of good bacteria. This is why it’s important to take pro-biotics directly after a colon hydrotherapy session. I can’t wait to post pics! Kidding. 😉

If you enjoy reading my updates, please let me know! I love comments and promise to reply in a timely manner! Show some love and engage! I write this stuff for YOU, my HTFers! I’d love to know what you think.

I will leave you with a question:

Do you think it would be harder to go without sugar or coffee?

 

 

Candida Cleanse Journal Entry # 12 – Caprylic Acid

April 15, 2012, Day 15: Sometimes it truly blows my mind how fast time flies. It’s been 15 days of super clean eating! I am definitely experiencing more and more die-off symptoms. Just yesterday, I fell asleep on the couch at around 3:30 in the afternoon after just running a couple simple errands. I am pretty lethargic sometimes. I have read that when the Candida start to diet off, they release more than 79 toxins into your body, thus creating many unpleasant reactions. I am mostly dealing with feeling tired/lethargic, bloating/gas/constipation (TMI, but hey, just tellin’ ya what to expect when you decide you want to heal), mild cravings, and minor mood swings. The cravings have not been super intense, which I am grateful for. I am finding plenty of tasty things to eat, so I don’t really focus too much on what I can’t have. The most awkward part is being out in the world or going to social functions. We have a BBQ today, actually. Guess who’s bringing the kasha salad? 😉 Would I love a glass of wine at this point? Sure I would! But would I cave in? No. I have never been “married” to drinking anyway, but I will admit, it’s nice to have a drink with friends once in a while. On the flip side, it’s also extremely empowering to be able to just be present and be sober and know you are treating your body with the utmost respect and love. 🙂

I wanted to mention something really cool! As if we all didn’t have mad love for coconut already, here is one more reason why it can be given another gold star. Caprylic acid. Sounds like something you’d use to treat acne, right? Well, capylic acid is why coconut oil is a popular and one of the most commonly used anti-fungals used to treat Candida overgrowth. You can take it by itself (as I am doing), or start using it to cook with (which I do as well). For treatment of Candida, you can take up to 5 tbsp per day (note: you work your way up to this and should start with 1-2 tbsp per day).

Caprylic acid can also be found in supplement form, but it’s one of the main medium-chained fatty acids in coconut oil, so why not take the whole food approach and get it from a natural source (unless you absolutely hate coconut)?

In addition to the coconut oil, I am taking grapefruit seed extract, which I can’t (and probably won’t ever) get used to. I am not going to lie; it’s gross.  But it’s also very effective and again, a natural, food based source. I purposely wanted to do this the natural way, as you would have guessed and was not really interested in taking any prescription meds for Candida. Nystatin for instance, is a synthetic drug which literally blows up the Candida, which can make the die off symptoms even more unbearable that they already are. No no, I prefer a slow and painful death for my Candida.

So let’s talk food, shall we? Today I am going to be bringing a buckwheat salad to this shin-dig because $20 says there won’t be a thing I can eat there! Want the recipe? I think I will just make it up as I go along, but it will go something like this…

Spring Buckwheat Salad

1 cup pre-cooked buckwheat (kasha)

1/2 cucumber, peeled and cut into chucks

5-10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half

1 small zucchini, cut into chunks

1/4 red onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 handful parsley, chopped

Sea salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Olive oil to dress

BOOM! Feel free to get creative with that one and don’t be intimidated by buckwheat if you have never cooked with it before. It’s just like brown rice and the ratio is 1:2 (1 cup grain, 2 cups water). As always, make sure to rinse your grains first and with kasha, you want to toast it a little first.

 Kasha is easy to get used to and you can even throw a little coconut oil into that as well! Use all of these foods more often and reduce your chances of Candida overgrowth!

Are you ready to get clean? Remember, you don’t have to be exactly at this level! I meet you where ever you are holding. Small changes amount to huge ones over time, so it’s important to start somewhere! I’m here to help and excited to be of service to you!

Candida Cleanse Journal Entry #10 – Experiencing Die-Off

April 12, 2012, Day 12: My body is definitely going through a bit of a healing crisis, so to speak. The Candida are dying off and I am experiencing the typical symptoms you can find if you do a search for what to expect; fatigue, stomach discomfort, body itching and feeling super cold (in MIAMI). All morning, I felt like I was moving in slow motion and I did not know how I would make through the rest of the day. I especially didn’t know how I would have energy to teach my cooking class today. I read that water and vitamin C were recommended (among other things). I took 1,000 mg of vitamin C on my lunch break and it seemed to give me the boost of energy I needed to go be with children today. I was so glad! I also read that dry skin brushing helps rid the body of toxins, so I bought a pretty new brush. This should probably help a lot considering our skin is our largest organ and next to the colon, it is also an important waste management system. Dry skin brushing basically removes a layer of gunk so you can essentially sweat out more toxins. I’m excited to add this in as a bathroom ritual. A plus for dry skin brushing is that it also helps get rid of cellulite and what woman doesn’t like the sound of that?!?

I don’t know if I mentioned that I was (am) a big gum chewer. I know, I know. But I have just always liked gum and since I started this diet, gum was pretty much out unless I could find gum with xylitol (sans a bunch of artificial crap), and today I did! I found Spry! So, here are my new 2 favorite things I got today! Random, I know…but both make me really happy! 🙂

I also received my E3 Live Renew Me, which is a “blend of nutritional plant-derived MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane), spirulina, E3AFA™, certified organic cayenne pepper, wild-crafted South American camu-camu, E3 AFAMend™, E3 Phenalmin™, tocotrienol & tocopherol (Vitamin E complex), and crystalloid electrolyte sea minerals. These exceptional foods have been shown to boost the immune system and help your body eliminate toxins.” It’s in powder form, so I will just add it to my smoothie along with the 500 other things I drink! Here is the E3 Live Renew Me and I cannot wait to start taking this tomorrow! It’s supposed to really help with Candida! I have very high hopes!

I had that raw buckwheat cereal for breakfast again today. I absolutely love it and it’s so filling! For snack, I had a smoothie: almond milk, blueberries, Amazing Grass, chia seeds, diatomaceous earth and liquid stevia.

Lunch was this awesome kelp noodle salad with cucumber, red pepper, purple cabbage, green onion, avocado and raw sesame seeds with my favorite sesame dressing.

Dinner was AWESOME! I was actually kinda impressed with myself as it was getting late and I am a little less creative lately. I do admit, it takes a bit longer to get into my “groove” preparing meals. Let’s just say, never underestimate the power of SOUP. I threw together this super tasty black bean and quinoa soup with celery, onions, carrots (I haven’t been consuming many carrots), garlic, tomato, and it was seasoned with paprika, cumin, oregano, chili powder, sea salt and pepper and then topped with fresh cilantro. Man oh man, was it a winner! I will definitely be making that again. Sorry no pic.

So, with regards to the die-off, I think the symptoms are way worse in the morning. I have been taking my super high-grade probiotic right before bed (guarantees an empty stomach) and then again right when I wake up, so perhaps that is why. I have read though that the probiotics are not as intense as the antifungals, so I am not sure exactly what it is. All I know is, I think it’s working! 🙂

I can’t believe how quickly the time is going by as well. I am already 12 days into this thing and I can easily see myself not having much of a problem finding things to eat and lasting as long as I need to until I see changes and feel better. I just have to tell myself that it is okay to miss certain foods (like chocolate, honey and nutritional yeast) and that maybe one day I can enjoy them again. But right now, they are not serving me and I respect my body enough to do what serves it best; no matter how challenging that may seem!

 

Candida Cleanse Journal Entry #9 – More Fun Things to Eat

April 10, 2012, Day 10: I gotta quote Ice Cube and say “today was a good day”. I ate frozen blueberries today because everyone told me I could! Nee ner nee ner nee ner. They were DELICIOUS!   :p

As I have mentioned previously, there is a TON of conflicting info out there, so I am just trying to put my faith in a few trusted sources and friends. Otherwise, it gets way too complicated. So I think I am kinda getting the hang of this; you kinda have to learn fast. Ha.

This morning did not start off so great. My tummy was kinda pissed at me and the friend who recommended the Dr. Ohhira’s pro-biotic warned me it might take a day or so to get used to and it just means that they are working. I felt much better towards the middle of the day and have had much more energy all around.

I was really excited to go to Whole Foods this afternoon because I wanted stock up on buckwheat (pictured below). Buckwheat is a gluten free grain that is safe to eat on the Candida diet (yay!). I really like buckwheat (or groats, or kasha) and I used to consume more of it so I am looking forward to reincorporating them into my diet. These can be consumed raw, if you soak them. So as we speak, they are taking a bath and I am looking forward to a delicious breakfast tomorrow morning. They taste amazing blended with berries and I will add a teeny bit of stevia.

I also made Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding using unsweetened chocolate almond milk, chia seeds (pictured), a pinch of raw vanilla powder and cinnamon (it’s SO yum!!!). Chia is AMAZING, if you don’t already know! Those teensy cute little seeds pack a powerful punch and are filled with awesome omega-3s, complete protein and fiber! If you would like to read more, you can check out a previous post I devoted all to the infamous chia seed here.

I am making this dessert thing work for me, friends! And it’s amazing how my taste buds  have changed. I find myself sucking on lemons and limes because they have become “sweet” to me, lol. I feel like I have just eaten “magic fruit”…you know, the one that makes sweet things sour and sour things sweet?!? Anyone ever tried that? It’s wild!

I think overall, this is going to be an uphill battle that I plan to win. It is hard and it’s funny because as a vegan, I thought I was already lovingly over-thinking my food choices, and now it’s like 100x’s more complicated! I am finding tasty foods though and in the end, this is going to be a really good thing. I choose to no longer be a slave to sugar and am appalled when I think back to how much I would consume throughout the course of an average day. Hey, agave and honey do count and I used it all religiously.

I hope that  for those of you who are reading, you will be able to feel that you can conquer Candida too and even do it as a vegan! It all boils down to priorities and self love. I know I am the only person who is 100% in control of me, so if I want to feel good, I have to be the one to do the work.

May you all be blessed with the strength and power to take your health into your own hands. That ability resides within you, I promise; just search for it and it will appear if you want to feel good badly enough! You will know when it’s time.  I’m here to help guide you if you should need.

Remember: “If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking”.  ~Buddhist Saying

 

Candida Cleanse Journal Entry #7 – Carob Will Have to Do

April 8, 2012, Day 8: Just have to share, this is my 100th blog post!!! Kinda cool, no? Okay, so you did not want to be around me last night. I felt like I was going to hit something or cry if I didn’t have a piece of chocolate. The cravings were so bad, I immediately messaged a friend of mine who has done the Candida diet. She recommended I drink some unsweetened chocolate almond milk with stevia and cinnamon. Mind you, it was 10:39pm and Whole Foods closes at 11pm. Thankfully, we live 5 blocks away, so off we went and I nabbed a container of the milk as well as some carob. I had been online researching any type of desserts that might be suitable for me, and carob plays a starring role. I have never really been a super fan of carob, but if it satisfies my cravings, I can learn to love just about anything. So, here it is:

 

They only had this one giant tub of it, so I guess I am stuck with it now. I made a recipe I found online for something called Carob Sweeties. Here is the recipe, which I borrowed from a Candida resource website:

Carob Sweeties:

1 heaping tbsp smooth natural almond butter

1 heaping tbsp tahini (sesame paste)

2 level tsp carob powder

pinch sea salt

2 tsp finely ground chia seeds

2-3 drops liquid stevia

1 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional–I used this awesome pure, raw vanilla powder I have from Love Street Living Foods)

1/4 cup unsweetened, dried shredded coconut

1 tbsp hemp seeds

In a food processor (I use my Mini-Prep; any small processor is recommended for this recipe), blend the almond butter, tahini, carob powder, salt and chia until you have  a smooth paste.  Add the stevia and vanilla, if using, and whir again to blend.  Add the coconut and hemp seeds and pulse until evenly distributed.  Scoop the mixture by teaspoonfuls and roll into balls.  Refrigerate (or freeze) 20 minutes or more to allow the mixture to firm up a bit.  (If you can’t wait to dig in, they’re still delicious right away, but they will be fairly soft).   Makes 4-5 balls.

These seemed to satisfy my cravings and they have all kinds of healthy protein, fat, and omega 3 sources in them! They will never replace my Bunnie’s Cakes, but until the day Bunnie and I meet again (lord knows when…), these will suffice.

I have pretty much traded in my brown rice for quinoa, which I dig since it’s a complete protein anyway. I do have brown rice cakes (not often), but when I want something crunchy, I do have one with almond or sunflower seed butter. I have been snacking a bunch as well on home made hummus and cucumber slices. I kinda miss carrots, to be honest. They were such an easy snack!

For lunch today, I made a kale salad with a simple tahini dressing. I was craving it actually and was kicking myself for not making more, but I can easily whip up another batch. Here is my Tahini Kale Salad with the recipe to follow:

1/4 bunch kale (any variety)

1/4 cup garbanzo beans

2 heaping tbsp tahini (sesame paste)

1/4 lemon, squeezed

1 garlic clove, minced

just under 1/4 cup water

Wash, rinse and chop kale into chunks. Let dry, then place in a medium sized bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, garlic and water (water amount may vary on how thick/thin you like your dressing). Pour sauce over kale and massage (with hands) into kale. This helps break it down and lets the dressing really get absorbed into the leaves. Finally, add your garbanzos on top. Enjoy!

Look, I am sure I am not doing this thing “perfect”, but I have definitely omitted sugar, gluten and corn, which was a huge goal for me. I never thought it would be possible, but I am living proof it is! It does take extra work and planning to come up with nutritious foods that are filling enough, but I will be a pro in no time and I love being able to share this experience with all of you readers. Thank you for all your feedback here and on Facebook. It feels really good to have the support!

If you haven’t yet picked up the book The Candida Cure, you should think about it! It has a very extensive questionnaire to help you determine if you most likely have a Candida overgrowth.

As always, I am here to help if you need guidance or support!