Monday, November 17, 2008

The Candida Cleanse diet is definitely harder than you may think at first. Its good to understand that it is only meant to be so limited for about 30 days to allow your healthy bacteria to trump the yeast (for all you poker players out there). Since Chop and I don't have Candida we may start to allow some vinegars and fermented foods as these are great foods for you in every other capacity. Still NO sugars, fruit, wheat, gluten, syrups et cetera et cetera.

So we went 3 days strict candida, 1 day rash city, and now we are back on track. This weekend was really great. I took part in a workshop that was a very beautiful and spiritual experience. Then on Saturday night there was a Native American Sweatlodge. Some people of the community with the help of a Native American spiritual leader (Carl Big Heart) built the sweatlodge and then he returned to facilitate the "sweat". I didn't know what to expect except that I knew it would be hot. This was a very sacred experience, one that words cannot describe. Native American tradition is deep rooted and is centered around Mother Earth and her blessings. The experience of the sweat was one of surrendering. Because of the intensity of the heat, the small space, and the darkness you had to surrender and just when you didn't think you could take anymore you were able to have a breath of fresh air and some water. I encourage anyone, if the chance ever presents itself to participate in a sweat lodge, even if you don't know what to expect, just show up with an open mind and heart, water and loose clothing.

Yesterday (day after sweat) we went to a nice brunch with friends, then had a great day of walks on this windy island. We had all participated in the sweat the night before so this gave us some time to reflect and talk about our experiences. It was a lot of fun
Now as for the food. Found out that Pumpkin and pumpkin seeds especially are actually really good for candida. I was worried that gourds and squash would be too sweet, but what is nice is that they taste sweet, but their sugar content isn't all that high. Tricky tricky, so they are great foods to eat to satisfy sweet cravings without leading to more sweet cravings. So I roasted my pumpkin and toasted the seeds, and used Stevia to sweeten it with a little cinnamon and nutmeg. (Stevia is an herb that is very sweet but does not turn to sucrose in your body, tastes sweet+doesn't raise glycemic index=sweet sensation! I know corny). The pumpkin was served with wild salmon and dandelion greens (also great for Candida). Dandelion greens are wicked bitter, sometimes they can be hard to eat. I tried to cut the bitter with a little citrus, unfortunately I used a little too much lemon, so they were bitter and sour. Hard to get down. Everything else was delicious. Those are our pumpkin seeds in the background.

For breakfast we've been eating either eggs over brown rice (if you've never tried...DO, its great) or juicing vegetable. Carrots are high in sugar so they are to be eaten in smaller servings and only raw as cooking brings out the sugars in them. So I threw a few in my juice, raw of course. The purple is from purple cabbage, then there was celery, green cabbage, lemon and a splash of aloe vera.

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