April 1, 2012, Day 1: I admit, it wasn’t the best time to start the Candida cleanse, but truthfully, when is a good time? I was on vacation in Key West for the weekend, so I loaded up on nuts, seeds, avos, etc. and I planned to do my best. I didn’t want to start the cleansing drinks (more on this in a bit) yet because I believe that would have proven to be a little annoying while staying at a friend’s house. I was determined to start on APRIL 1, so I knew I would have to make it work in the Keys. Look, there will always be some reason to keep putting something like this off, but you just to commit, so that is what I did.
Okay, so let me tell you how today went. I started off with an avocado and raw sunflower seeds when I got up. Well, let me back up. Last night, I was a bit sad because I knew I would not be having any of my sugary sweet faves for a while, so I was INTENT on having dessert after dinner. I didn’t care what it was (well, of course it had to be vegan)! We went to our friend’s restaurant (an awesome Japanese place in Key West called Ambrosia) and she fed us all sorts of amazing vegan dishes and banana tempura for dessert. It was “okay”. I needed chocolate though (a true sign of a sugar addict and plus I am not really a fan of fried foods), so I didn’t care what time we got home, I was determined to enjoy a chocolate chip cookie as my last hoorah. And I did. And it was good. And it will be a long time before I get to enjoy that again. Cest la vie.
So, boyfriend and I went to a crepe restaurant for breakfast this morning because he was excited about it and after all, this was his vacation too. So, I did my best. I ordered a galette crepe, which is made from organic buckwheat (which does not contain wheat and is okay for Candida). Now mind you, this was not the best choice for the first phase of the diet, which is the cleansing phase but again, I was doing my best. I had it with mixed baby greens and avocado (yay, more avocado!) and some olive oil. Later that day I had some raw pumpkin seeds and then after that, the rest of my crepe I had left over from breakfast.
All weekend I was looking forward to getting a green juice or a fresh salad from Help Yourself (a cute little juice bar/restaurant in Key West) today and we missed it being open by 24 minutes. Total tear. Turns out, a lot of places close early on Sundays. But let’s not freak out…we can find something. So we ended up at a Chinese restaurant where I ordered steamed broccoli and eggplant and a side of brown rice. It wasn’t super tasty but again, it was the best I could do given my situation. I felt good having no sauces or anything that I knew for sure had sugar or gluten in them.
We made it back to S. Beach in 3 hrs and made it to Whole Foods just in the nick of time and I bought some things to take to eat at work tomorrow. Included are cucumber slices, celery, (which I will eat with sunflower seed butter) a big ol’ glob of that smashed avocado/chickpea goodness I have been raving about on Facebook, which I will eat with rainbow chard leaves, a gigantic bag of salad greens, and some almonds. I will also bring my detox and liver cleansing supplements to make my drink (pictured above).
So, the supplements I will be starting on will be the following: psyllium husk, food grade bentonite clay, milk thistle and grapefruit seed extract. Right now, I am only going to be concerned with the psyllium husk and the bentonite clay. I will use them both to make my “Detox Drink”, which is 1 cup of water, 1 tbsp. psyllium husk and 1 tbsp. bentonite clay. Sounds tasty, I know.
In phase 2, I can introduce the milk thistle (liver cleanser) and the grapefruit seed extract (anti-fungal).
I will also need to make another drink of 1 cup water, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 clove garlic and 1 small chunk of ginger. Jealous?
I also consulted my naturopath, Dr. Michael Slezak and he recommended a high grade anti-fungal by Thorne Research, which I will look into and let you know what I find.
I realize this will take me a bit of time to get the hang of, but I am all in if it helps me feel better. Wouldn’t you do the same?? If you are interested in taking this journey with me or just getting some tips on which direction to go if you are suffering from Candida overgrowth, you can always contact me for help!