Candida Diet ~ Week 4 & Easter Weekend

Woo-hoo! Candida Diet is over! Did I finish strong like I wanted to? Eh, not really, but are holiday weekends ever that easy? We’ll put it this way, I could have done worse, and I absolutely enjoyed myself.

My mom made a spaghetti pie in lieu of lasagna and we had this gorgeous coconut cake for dessert. It was a sunny and warm out so we made sure to get in a long walk and spend time outside. A really, really nice Easter spent with my family.

xx Tammy

Candida Diet ~ Week 3

Wow, guys. Love moves. I want to thank all of you who read and shared my last post about Garry. Knowing that it reached so many people is incredibly touching. Garry had so much love for others, and being able to share that, I am just so grateful. So, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Saturday, in honor of my friend, I went solo to our favorite restaurant, Miya’s Sushi. I hadn’t been since he passed. I wasn’t sure if I would ever be able to go back without him, but it’s one of my favorite places and the dining experience is like no other. It was an emotional night for me, as I expected it to be, but I am so happy I went. Thanks to Bun’s abundant generosity and Frank’s humor, this was truly a special night for me.

Sunday I had high hopes of returning to the diet in full swing, buuut that didn’t really happen. It’s like every craving and bout of hunger consumed my entire being and I literally fed into it. I try not to beat myself up about these things because they happen. It was one “bad” weekend, and I move on. Since then I’ve been doubling up on the supplement I take that helps rid candida from the body. I had some mild headaches in the beginning but those quickly subsided. Going into this last week of the diet I want to finish strong. I just feel so good on the inside and that is extremely motivating!

This weekend is Easter and I am very much looking forward to enjoying the day with my family. It looks like it’s going to be sunny and 80 degrees! I am so ready for the warmer weather, aren’t you? It feels like it’s been a long winter. I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend, and I will touch base next week as I wrap up the candida diet.

Happy Easter!

Candida Diet ~ Week Two & Green Smoothie Bowls

Rise and shine, and Happy Tuesday! I’ve successfully made it through week two of the Candida Diet and feeling great! Sugar cravings have subsided, finally. Weekends are a bit of a struggle, but I feel like that is more out of bad habits than actual cravings. Overall, I just feel so much lighter!

The weather is also starting to get warmer, and with that I am craving lighter foods. I want steamed veggies instead of roasted, big salads, less oils, grains, and of course, more green smoothie bowls! I’m a little obsessed. I make a smoothie bowl at least once a week. They’re just so simple and a great way to pack in so many nutrient dense foods and supplements. I love them!

All of my smoothie bowls contain some sort of green: spinach, kale, salad blends, and even some sprigs of parsley. I feel like a health warrior loading up my smoothies with fresh greens. They’re high in dietary fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, potassium, magnesium, as well as phytochemicals and antioxidants. So many essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need are found in leafy greens. #eatyourgreens

Adding avocado to my smoothies makes them thick and creamy. I love this because it holds up nicely in a bowl and can be eaten with a spoon. I also add in a protein powder and collagen peptides. The protein helps keep me full through the morning, and the collagen is great for skin, hair, nails, joints, and digestion. Sprinkling in spices can add extra flavor and health benefits as well. I like to use cinnamon and ginger. Both anti-inflammatory and contain some anti-fungal properties which can aid in healing the body of candida.

Green Smoothie Bowl

1-2 cups greens – spinach, kale, spring mix, or combination
1 scoop Collagen Peptides
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (I use plant-based)
1/4 avocado
1/4-1/3 cup frozen mixed berries
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup almond-coconut milk
1/2-2/3 cup filtered water to desired thickness

Add all ingredients to your high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with whatever your little heart desires.

Topping a smoothie bowl might be the best part. Some of my favorite toppings are shredded coconut, chia seeds, nuts, toasted pumpkin seeds, and buckwheat groats. I like the way crunchy toppings combine with the creaminess of the smoothie. It adds a really nice texture, and I’m all for foods that incorporate multiple senses.

So, who’s making a smoothie bowl this week? What are your favorite combinations and toppings? Share in the comments below!

xx Tammy