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!