Candida Cleanse: Day 1 ‘The Starting Point, The Herbals’

Nicole Chayka, co-author of Fringe Dweller on the Night Shift,& Canadian gal on a journey to live off the Grid with Middle Earth HomeI, Nikki, am Blogging my crazy thoughts and cravings during my on-going Candida Cleanse, in a step by step journal titled The Candida Chronicles , so I can share with you the Dietary Rules, the Meal Plans and Recipes , the Tips and Facts, and most importantly, the Results.If I can lick this problem, letting ‘Food be my Medicine’ and only using Herbals then you can too!

Take the preliminary Candida Quiz to see what Candida is, and if you have the Symptoms of this nasty Yeast condition affecting both women, and men.

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The Recipes for a Candida Cleanse_PC Monica Holy

The Candida Chronicles, Candida Cleanse Day 1,  The Starting Point,  The HerbalsOn a personal note I am grateful at the moment that I am not nearing my moon cycle when the Cravings are at their worst. I was hoping for a few days reprieve to wade into the waters and figure out what a routine might look like. This reminds me of the time I quit smoking..cold turkey. I find having a powerful ‘reason’ that you can lean on in times of doubt or difficulty is a good thing to set up in your mind ahead of time. Of course with Candida most of us have C.R.S.S. (can’t remember shit syndrome) so perhaps writing it down and posting it to the fridge is a better idea (grin).

It’s true that eating this way will be a little bit weird for awhile and that is why it is so important to create a menu plan for the next week or two so I can stock the fridge with the ingredients that I CAN HAVE, and a plan for what to do with them. Ordinarily I would give away or toss out everything I can’t have for the next few months as an act of kindness, or perhaps I just know myself too well. Unfortunately since I don’t live alone I will have to exercise more self control then I am used to. In a nutshell I’m a Taurus. Need I say more?

Incidentally I am also taking Herbals at this time..some for Hormones, some for Candida so I will share what my day looks like and explain to the best of my ability why I am taking them but as always…you are unique. Your needs are unique. Run everything past a Naturopathic Doctor; but also do your own reading from many sources to supplement your learning. I don’t expect any two people are on exactly the same path to healing what ails them so look at my herbal regime with a grain of salt.

An Herbalist acquaintance, and a Naturopathic Healer both gave me the following advice… on diet and herbals for this Candida cleansing journey:

Herbal Supplement Acidophilus Bifidus for good Flora, image by Monica Holy Take Acidophilus daily to introduce the good flora back into your body. I take mine with warm water, on an empty stomach about 20 minutes before breakfast. *You must keep Acidophilus refrigerated or the cultures will die. I use Natural Factors Acidophilus & Bifidus with 5 billion active cells. Take THAT ye bad yeasties!

An overall body cleanse will help assist your organs of elimination as the toxins pile into your blood stream. I have been forewarned it will feel like a ‘Healing Crisis’ as the body attempts to get rid of all the junk. This is the equivalent to the Flu like Symptoms you get when you are all over achy, headache-y, and fuzzy thinking…so in other words for me…situation normal – only more so. As I have enough on my plate I’m going to skip the organ cleanse and drink more water (with lemon juice in it) to flush the baddies along…and to assist my liver as it does it’s job. I anticipate feeling like hell in about a weeks time.

A Daily Multi-Vitamin will give your body the building blocks it needs to assist the immune system and to repair itself.

 Herbal Supplement Liquid Bentonite Clay, image by Monica HolyHerbal Supplement Caprylic Acid, image by Monica HolyBentonite clay + Caprylic Acid assists you in clearing out all the toxins hanging out in your intestines by binding it within the bentonite. Then it scrubs gently cleaning out the poop shoot and the build up of junk that has embedded itself there. Your body will have an easier time absorbing the nutrients from food which in the past may not have been able to entirely get through. I use ‘Nature’s Harmony’ brand of Liquid hydrated Bentonite and Caprylive (Caprylic Acid Solution).

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Herbal Supplement Magnesium Calcium, image by Monica HolyMagnesium/Calcium blend (1:2 ratio) is taken just before bed on an empty stomach. The magnesium is needed to help the body absorb the calcium properly, and has the added benefit of ‘relaxing’ the muscles deeply making it easier for your body to ‘repair’ itself during your sleep cycle.

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Herbal Supplement Ginko, image by Monica HolyHerbal Supplement Alaska Salmon Oil, image by Monica HolyI also started taking Ginkgo as it enhances memory and cognitive functions, and 100% Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil for my Omega 3, 6, and ? which assists ? function.(that was a joke…read ginkgo again)

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Herbal Supplement Zyflamend, a Natural Pain Killer, image by Monica HolyLast but not least I deal with inflammation in my joints with the help of New Chapter’s Zyflamend as it has helped immensely with this discomfort. I cringe to use the word arthritis lest the words make it real, but that is another symptom I hope to alleviate; joint pain and inflammation.

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Herbal Supplement Femaherbe, image by Monica HolyUnrelated to my yeast issues (mayhaps?) is my hormonal imbalance. I am dealing with this by taking Femaherb by Wild Rose. The main ingredient is Dong Quai a Chinese herb. I have an embarrassing little side effect to my hormones jumping the track these past years which is a bad case of acne.. at 43 you’ll understand I thought those days were behind me. I think the body is not separate from its components, therefore I would not be surprised to learn that there is a link between my Candida and my Hormones. As I clean out one perhaps I will see an improvement in the other. I’ll let you know.

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The Recipes for a Candida Cleanse_PC Monica Holy

Now it’s time to eat! Let’s get cooking!

Now if you’re ready for some yummy recipes,  link out to the Recipes below. I think I’ve bastardized the original recipes just enough to make them taste half decently. If I sound a little jaded forgive me but I like flavour and have a tendency to ‘tart up’ just about every thing that comes across my desk. Sometimes I wonder if all these cookbooks were written by people in WWII when they had nothing to work with? Be as it may…MY food tastes like something other than cardboard. I miss my regulars to be sure (Worcestershire sauce, Soy, Knorr bouillon, rice vinegar, wine, butter, and cream.. but I’ll survive.. and so will you.)

I start off the day by allowing the liver to have a kick start. I use Lemon Water an hour before eating with Herbals. Then it’s onto something solid that sticks to the ribs.

Breakfast:

Hot Rice Cereal with Cinnamon and Apples*

Lunch:

Rice Crackers with Salsa and Soy Cheese, as a snack while on a Candida Cleanse, image by Monica Holy

Fresh made Salsa on Brown rice crackers, with Soy Cheese

Dinner:

Coconut Chicken Curry over cooked Quinoa for a Candida Cleanse Recipe_PC Monica Holy

Thai Coconut Curry Chicken over Brown Rice or Quinoa *

Cook ahead meal:

Curried Turkey with Wild Rice Soup

Evening Snack:

Roasted Salted Peas for a Healthy Snack, image by Monica Holy

Roasted Salted Peas-Dried salted peas (miss the crunchiness of chips…try this on for size)

'Fizzy Bubbala', for a Candida Cleanse Recipe,an Experiment using Food as Medicine,Chronicled by Nicole Chayka, image by Monica Holy

‘Fizzy Bubbella’ –(apple juice* and sparkling water)

*Tomatoes, chick peas, apples, and coconut were the only ones in question for the Candida Cleanse. I didn’t find out concretely until day 10 that these were on the NO List. So until day 10, I included them in my diet, especially Tomatoes, as they were the basis for so many dishes. They are okay to include, however, in later stages of the Cleanse.

Next Candida Journal Post…

Image Credits: Monica Holy , newagecrap

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