Candida Diet ~ Week One & Snacks

Week one complete! Overall, I feel really good. I don’t seem to be having any die-off reactions (headaches, fatigue, bloating), but the sugar cravings are still going strong! I honestly don’t remember them being so intense, but then again it’s been a year since I last did the diet. Drinking plenty of water with lemon, or chewing a piece of sugar-free gum, seems to get me through these afternoon urges. I feel like it’s somewhat of a mental game too. I know I can’t have it, so I want it more.

The key is to be well prepared. Not only for the die-off symptoms, but for the change of the diet itself. Because the food list is limited, you may find yourself getting hungry often. Planning meals and snacks ahead of time will really help you get through this diet successfully.

Below is a list of some of my go-to candida-friendly snacks that will help keep your ravenous paws off those sugar-laden treats.

Snack Ideas

  • Celery Sticks with Almond Butter
  • Roasted Nuts: Almonds, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts
  • Vegetables with Hummus (the more garlic, the better)
  • Mary’s Gone Super Seed Crackers with Hummus or Guacamole
  • Avocado “Toast” made with Brown Rice Cakes
  • Hard-boiled Eggs
  • Full Fat Plain Greek Yogurt with Nuts/Seeds/Coconut/Homemade Granola
  • Coconut & Almond Balls
  • Chia Pudding with Berries
  • Coconut Milk Matcha or Turmeric Lattes (great for after dinner )

You’ll notice from Social that I LOVE celery and almond butter as a mid-morning snack. This is probably my number one because celery is full of water and fiber, and almond butter provides the healthy fat I need to keep me full and satisfied in between meals.

Whether you are on the Candida Diet or not, these are really great snack options to get you through the day. I hope you try some of them!

Now, onto week two…

Starting the Candida Diet

It’s detox time! Twice a year I try to do a full-on 30 day candida cleanse. This usually occurs during the change of seasons when the environmental shift brings more stress into my world. More stress, for me, means stress-eating and finding myself getting into familiar bad habits to “cope.” Also, stress tends to weaken ones immune system, and in that weakened environment candida has potential to thrive. Yes, I am that sensitive to these kinds of things.

I started this diet on Monday, March 20th (first day of Spring). I chose this date not only because of an overindulgence of wine and Oreo’s over the weekend, but because my mom rolls her eyes at the fact that every Easter I am cleansing. So this year, my dear Mama, I’m starting the diet early and will be able to eat your AMAZING lasagna on Easter Sunday.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with candida, I’ll give you a quick overview:

It’s a royal P.I.T.A.!

Okay, I’ll give you a little more info than that.

Candida Albicans is a form of yeast (fungus) that almost everyone has in their gut. Certain yeasts (Saccharomyces boulardii) are needed to maintain the balance of good bacteria in our gut flora. When the good bacteria gets out of balance, however, Candida Albicans can take over. When Candida Overgrowth occurs you may experience gas/bloating, fatigue, weight gain, joint pain, rashes, oral or vaginal thrush, and/or emotional/mental symptoms such as depression.

This little microbe is super stubborn and can be difficult to get rid of. It has this biofilm on the cell wall that can adapt to changes in its environment. Whether acidic or alkaline, candida can find a way. Fortunately there are ways to keep it at bay by maintaining a healthy balance of gut flora.

For more in-depth information click here, here, annnnd here.

The basics of ridding the body of candida overgrowth is by starving the candida, and at the same time re-establishing a balance of good bacteria in the gut. How do you do that? There are several different protocols to take depending on your symptoms, the severity of your symptoms, the doctor you choose, and/or online resources you come across. For example, I have no issues eating animal proteins on the candida diet, whereas Ricki Heller, a very well-known candida expert, has had much success going fully vegetarian to fight candida. It’s all about finding the best approach for you, but in all protocols you will notice some major similarities.

One of the number one things to avoid on the candida diet is sugar. All kinds of sugar, even fructose (fruit). Refined carbohydrates and alcohol are also a huge no-no. Sugar is what candida feeds off of, so first things first, NO SUGAR.

For the next month my diet will mostly consist of vegetables of all kinds, sweet potatoes in moderation, clean proteins, healthy fats, and some beans and gluten-free grains. At this point in my candida journey, I know my body can easily tolerate dark berries and apple cider vinegar without any issues, so those will be included as well. I’ll be taking a supplement that contains caprylic acid which is strong enough to destroy the wall of the yeast cell, breaking it down, and eliminating it from the body. Before bedtime I will be taking a probiotic of acidophilus, which is known for inhibiting the growth of candida albicans.

Five days into the diet and things are going really well. I’m not experiencing any die-off reactions except for intense afternoon sugar cravings. This is a good sign that the candida is already working its way out because sugar is what it is looking for. The hardest part is to not give into these cravings because it’s not what my body needs to heal.

I’ll be updating my progress during the week in my Instagram story, and I’ll be posting an update on here each week with more information on candida, the diet, and some recipe ideas too! If you have any questions regarding candida or the candida diet, please feel free to contact me here or in the comments section.

Have great weekend, sweet friends! 😉

One Heart

Valentines day hearts on wooden background

I love love.

For those who are in a relationship, new or old, my heart is happy for you. For those who are single and contented with who they are and where they are in life, my heart jumps for you. For those of you who are single and longing for someone to share their life with, my heart feels for you. To those singles, specifically, I want to share something with you.

Sure, I can just simply say, “be patient, it will happen for you,” and I wholeheartedly believe that it will, but you don’t want to hear that. Most definitely not on Valentine’s Day. I will, however, tell you something that I have learned about myself being single.

The relationship with yourself is the most important relationship you need. Why? Because understanding who you are as a person only benefits your relationships with everyone else. Fully knowing, accepting, and loving yourself brings in more acceptance and love from others.

As a single person, don’t be afraid to tap in and get to know everything there is to know about you. You have this amazing opportunity to fully get to know this person you have to live with every day of your life. Take it! Discover what you are passionate about. What does your heart truly desire? It could be something that you have thought about since you were a kid and it never left you. What is that, what is stopping you from doing it now?

As the biggest procrastinator I know, it took me until the age of 32 to light a fire under my butt. Seriously. Even last year, my 33rd year, I wasted a whole bunch of time. It became very clear to me that when I am attracted to someone I become very distracted. Almost like I lose myself and forget about all the things I was working on. This told me that although I may feel ready to bring someone into my life, I am not. You shouldn’t be losing who you are for someone else. Period. The truth here is that I want to share my life with someone. I want a partner, a companion, and someone to love for everything they are and visa versa. I want that. My heart wants that. Because of that, I undoubtedly believe that it will happen some day. Maybe it won’t be until the last 10 years of my life, but regardless, it will happen.

So I prayed, really prayed and meant it, for no distractions and a drive to live the life I want. For years I have wanted to do so many things and discover my purpose on this earth. For too long I have talked about doing all of these things and wallowed in feelings of being stuck forever. But here’s the deal: right now is the best time. I have no significant other, no children, no mortgage, nothing tying me to anything. I’ve got all this time right now to find out what I am totally capable of as an individual. The best part is, I have nothing to lose! YOU, my single 30 somethings, have nothing to lose.

Move to that place you have always wanted to live.
Apply for a job you know you’ll love.
Go back to school.
Travel to those places you have always wanted to go.
Surround yourself with people who build you up.
Let go of distractions and things that make you feel stuck.
Face the ugly truths about yourself and make steps to change (this one’s a hard one to face, I’m not gonna lie).
Take steps, even small ones, to get you where you really want to be.

Whatever it is, now is the perfect time to focus on yourself. Learn all the ins and outs and embrace them. Who knows, you may actually like this person. I know I do. I’ve got a lot of plans in the works and I can’t wait to see what happens for me this year.

So if you’re feeling alone this Valentine’s Day and wish that you had someone to share it with, know that I understand what you are going through. My advice to you today is take time to love yourself. You’re actually probably pretty awesome just as you are, right now, this very moment. No one can compete with that.

With all my love, Happy Valentine’s day ❤

xx Tammy