Candida Diet Approved Sweeteners

 
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When starting a Candida diet or even when a person wants to eat a healthier diet, I always get questions concerning which sweeteners are a good choice:

  • Can I have honey?
  • Okay, I’m giving up sugar but is there something else that I can use as a substitute?
  • Will an artificial sweetener make Candida yeast grow?

The good news is there are some good options but first I will share the sweeteners you’ll want to avoid.  Even if you aren’t on a Candida/Yeast clearing program this information is beneficial for everyone. Sugar in excess in anyone’s diet is a hazard to your health.  

The No No’s

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is at the top of that ‘NO’ list as far as I’m concerned. This means no commercial sodas — which all contain HFCS.

There has been a flurry of interest in a cactus-based sweetener called agave nectar, because of its low glycemic index (which means it does not cause a spike in your blood sugar levels like honey or sugar might.) Unfortunately, agave is a processed food, and it has a higher fructose level than HFCS (57% to 90%). It does have a low glycemic number, but its use can actually create insulin resistance, which can lead to Type II diabetes over time.

Artificial sweeteners are also on my “NO” list. Beware of the phrases “Sugar Free” or “No Sugar Added” (commonly seen in baked goods, like pies). This is code that the product is sweetened artificially with products like Sweet ‘n Low (saccharin), Splenda (sucralose), aspartame, etc.). Though you will hear much controversy regarding these products the studies on the ‘positive’ side most likely will be funded by the industry that manufactures the artificial sweetener.  Several interesting studies have shown that artificial sweeteners are counter-productive for weight loss because they actually trigger the desire for sweets — without satisfying it.  That’s the last thing you need!

Makeup of Sugar

The newest studies on regular sugar show that it’s fructose that is the biggest problem. Table sugar (sucrose) is made up of 2 sugars called glucose and fructose in roughly equal parts. Honey is 70% fructose and though it has some healthful properties it should be avoided when on a Candida diet and used in moderation for most people.

If you get most of your sugar from natural sources like fruits and vegetables you are going to be okay, especially if you take a quality probiotic supplement because the sugar from these foods won’t interfere with the action of the probiotic. If you want sweetener in your coffee, tea or lemonade then there are some much healthier choices than those on the ‘no’ list above.

Acceptable Sweeteners on the Candida Diet

Sugar Alcohols

Xylitol and Erythritol are from an interesting family of sweeteners called ‘sugar alcohols’. The body processes them in a completely different way than it does sugar. In fact the body doesn’t really see them as sugars and mostly won’t digest them. In large quantities they can cause diarrhea and/or gas but in small quantities they can make a nice sugar substitute, with the side benefit that they don’t promote tooth decay. In fact, Xylitol is antibacterial and anti-fungal.

There are many different sugar alcohols but Erythritol and Xylitol are my first choice. The others you see (all ending in -itol) are cheaper to make: forms like sorbitol, mannitol, etc. Erythritol and Xylitol (choose sources made from birch instead of corn) can be found in your health food store or online and is close to being as sweet as sugar.

I recommend Xyla brand because it’s made from the purest North American Birch. and non-GMO. I toured their plant in Broomfield, CO and was extremely impressed with the integrity of the company. It was really interesting to see the machines cranking out their tasty little mints and candy. It smelled heavenly in that warehouse!  

*Important note: Sugar alcohols are NOT safe for animals.

SteviaSweeteners to Avoid & To Use on Candida Diet | Stevia | Natural Health Answers

One last and probably the best natural sweetener to use is Stevia. This plant-based sweetener is available at your health food store or online. This is a very good sweetener but it does have a bit of an aftertaste that some don’t like. It will depend on the brand you buy just how much or little of an aftertaste there is. The more pure the processing of the plant (using just the leaves and not stems for instance) the better it will taste. I use SweetLeaf Stevia because to me it has no bitter aftertaste.

The food industries are starting to patent various forms of Stevia which are reduced to just the sweetest compound chemicals of the Stevia plant. Truvia is one you might see; another is PureVia. Although these manufactured sweeteners start with the Stevia plant, they add additional ingredients and processes so they can patent their products. I recommend you avoid these and stick with the natural forms of Stevia.  
 

 

Here’s a handy chart to use for Stevia to Sugar conversions in your recipes:

 

Stevia Conversion Chart | Candida Diet | Natural Health Answers

 

Looking for a sweet treat that’s Candida Diet approved? Check out my delicious Coconut Cupcakes recipe which uses only a candida diet approved sweeteners.

If you have insulin issues, you should avoid sweeteners altogether, including Stevia, as they all can decrease your sensitivity to insulin (insulin resistance).

I hope this has helped you have at least a fairly sweet life despite having to fight off Candida overgrowth. Don’t be discouraged: the good news is that as you get the Candida under control, your craving for sweets will become much less. Hang in there, steady and focused wins the race.

Keep taking your preventative supplements and eating the recommended foods and stay ahead of the yeast’s attempts to come back. 

 

Reader Feedback:  Have you tried Xylitol, Erythritol or Stevia yet?   If so, how did you like them?

 

 

Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing

Dairy-free Ranch Dressing Recipe | Candida Diet Recipes | Natural Health Answers

 

This dairy-free ranch dressing is the bomb dot com!

 

I recently found this recipe from Ashley over at Blissful Basil  and wanted to try it ASAP.  I didn’t have the fresh ingredients that she had listed for the recipe but my creamy ranch craving took over and I dove in anyway.  

 

I raided my herb cabinet and scanned for the closest ingredients to the original recipe. Boom. Nailed it.   

 

Of course if you have all the fresh ingredients please create your masterpiece from Ashley’s original recipe. You can mix and match and make this recipe your own with tweaks to your taste buds liking.

 

Even my hubby offered the “this is really good” and “what did you say was in this?”  comments while inhaling the tangy creaminess on a blue corn chip.  He’s not a fan of coconut and is a dairy fan so I thought this was a bit of a coup for my kitchen skills.

 

I made this again today and forgot the nutritional yeast that I had added on my first batch and I noticed that I liked it a bit better with the nutritional yeast added.  Nutritional yeast is a seasoning that does not contain yeast and does not contribute to Candida overgrowth.  If you haven’t tried it yet, it has a “cheese-like” flavor although I really don’t think it tastes that “cheesy” to me.  

 

Although nutritional yeast does not contribute to Candida overgrowth it’s important to be aware that some will be sensitive to it while dealing with a Candida imbalance. When trying a new food on the Candida diet it’s best to start with a small amount to see if you react in any way to the food.   

 

Some of the things to watch out for are fatigue, racing heart, brain fog, headaches, stomach upset, diarrhea, gas, etc. after eating a new food which will alert you to a sensitivity.  Also you may not feel the effects of the food for up to three days later!  So only introduce one new food at a time so you will know exactly which food is causing the symptoms.  It’s best to leave out any foods that cause any problems until further along in your healing.

 

So with all of that being said I hope you enjoy this recipe, with or without the nutritional yeast!  

 
Reader Feedback: Are you a ranch dressing fan?  Have you been missing the creaminess from dairy on the Candida diet?  Let me know if  this gives you hope! 😉

 

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Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing
Makes 2 cups
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight (do not use light coconut milk)
  2. 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  3. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  4. 2 teaspoons onion powder
  5. 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  6. 2 teaspoons dried basil
  7. 1-1/2 teaspoons dried dill
  8. 1 teaspoons nutritional yeast (optional)
  9. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  10. black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Open the can of coconut milk and scoop out the coconut cream of the top of the can and add to a large bowl or a magic bullet or nutribullet cup. Leave the coconut water in the can.
  2. Add 4 tablespoons of the coconut water into the coconut cream in your bowl or cup (whisk until smooth if using a bowl). Keep the leftover coconut water in case you need an extra tablespoon or two after refrigerating your dressing depending on how thick you like it.
  3. Add in the rest of the ingredients. Stir or blend to combine.
  4. Refrigerate dressing for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld together.
Notes
  1. Enjoy the dressing over your favorite salad, use as a dip for your favorite veggies or use it in a wrap or on a sandwich (with grain-free bread of course!).
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Candida Diet Approved – Kale Chips Recipe

 

 

 

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Have you tried Kale Chips Yet?

I’m a fan of snacks.

I know some people who don’t really need to snack and others who feel like a snack keeps them going during the day.  I have one snack during the day between lunch and dinner and then  something small after dinner. 

Sometimes I think it can be habit but I also feel better when I have something small to tide me over until dinner since I feel it keeps my blood sugar more stable.

Also snacks just taste good! 

You’ve probably seen a lot of Kale Chip recipes all over the web but I wanted to share this one with you just in case a) you may not have seen this recipe before and b) it may inspire you to make these, like now!

I really, really dig Kale Chips.

They are crunchy which is my fave and also salty another fave. I also like eating them with or in a salad.

Since giving up pretzels, potato chips, crackers and other crunchy, salty and otherwise unhealthy snacks I was glad to have tried Kale Chips. 

If you’re just now transitioning to a more whole foods diet and are ready give the regular chips the ole heave-ho may I caution you to wait a bit to try Kale Chips.

They are sometimes an acquired taste but if you season them correctly they can be a fantastic replacement for the snacks that are loaded with harmful fats, refined salt and high in carbs.

Another thing to be aware of is that our taste buds usually adjust to the change in diet after about about 3 weeks and then they’ll be ready for some yumminess that is Kale Chips.

Reader Feedback: Have you tried Kale Chips yet?  Yay or Nay?

Kale Chips
Serves 2
A delicious, healthy alternative to chips, crackers and pretzels.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 bunch kale (washed and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces)
  2. 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  3. 1 tsp Garlic Powder (or to taste)
  4. ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250°
  2. Place kale in a large bowl
  3. Drizzle 1/2 the coconut oil over kale, massage into kale
  4. Sprinkle 1/2 the garlic powder over kale along with 1/2 the salt
  5. Massage into the kale and then repeat steps 3 and 4
  6. Place kale on parchment lined baking sheet
  7. Bake at 250° for 8-10 minutes until kale is dark green and crispy (check often so they don’t turn brown as they will taste bitter)
  8. Cool and serve
Notes
  1. You'll want to eat these the same day you make them. I've tried saving them for the next day and they lost their crunch.
  2. Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Dairy-free.
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Understanding Healing Crisis

 

 What is a healing crisis?

 

 

When Changing Your Diet or Doing A Cleanse You May Have What’s Called A Healing Crisis or Herx Reaction

When a person begins using herbs and begins to make healthier food choices they may have a healing crisis indicating they are starting the detoxification process. Most people stop using the herbs as they think the herbs were making things worse. It’s really the exact opposite and they would be wise to return to those herbs, usually starting at a lower dosage and then increasing back to the suggested amount, to ride out the cleansing and healing process.

Many people are caught off guard and fail to understand and interpret the symptoms and changes which follow a change to a healthier lifestyle. Many of these symptoms and changes are unpleasant but they are short in duration and are sporadic and are a necessary part of the healing process.

Here are 8 reasons why this may happen:

  1. The body and mind begin to show changes because the quality of nutrients coming into the body is of higher, quality than the tissue of which the body is made. The body begins to discard the lower grade materials to make room for the superior materials. The discarding of the material can come through the bowel causing diarrhea, through the kidney causing back ache, through the respiratory system causing a cold or through the skin causing boils, acne, rashes, psoriasis, etc.
  2. Indigestion, heartburn, flatulence, bloating and burping usually starts soon after you start herbs. This happens because your body is not used to digesting these nutrients which often indicates that you have been deficient of these nutrients for a long time. The body’s digestion usually improves in a week or two. Taking the herbs with meals or with papaya mints will often help.
  3. Suppressed body functions will be stimulated to detoxify the body, sometimes inducing colds, diarrhea, fevers, swelling, acne, boils and vomiting. This is temporary and is part of the healing process. The body will return to at least the same level of health as before if not superior health UNLESS you do something to suppress this progress.
  4. Nervousness, headaches, fatigue, irritability and depression often happen when you cut out any artificial stimulants such as sugar, chocolate, coffee, tea, soda, tobacco, caffeine or recreational drugs. You will not get the desired result if you substitute one artificial stimulant for another. It is important at this time to rest and sleep more. Once the artificial stimulants are eliminated the body is ready for the building process. The energy of a healthy, well-nourished body is superior to any artificial stimulant.
  5. Moderate weight fluctuations often occurs (either weight loss or weight gain). If you continue the healthier lifestyle the weight will stabilize.
  6. Skin eruptions, warts, boils or acne. The skin is the largest eliminating organ, so the concept of toxins coming out through the skin is easily understood, even if it is hard to face.
  7. Aches, pains and arthritis will often get stirred up, even if you haven’t been suffering with it for years. This happens because uric acid and toxins aggravate these conditions as they are cleansed from the body.
  8. Fevers are not uncommon when dormant bacteria and virus are being cleaned out.

This sounds discouraging, but the healing crisis doesn’t last very long and the benefits of cleaning the body of these toxins and disease elements are vitally important. These bacteria, virus or toxins are going to show up sooner or later. You can either have a healthy body handle them on your terms or it will come out when it overpowers your weakened body. It is better to go through small healing crises than a full blown health crisis.

Be sure and read my post,5 Tips To Support Your Lymphatic System & Ease Your Candida Cleanse for things you can do to improve the detoxification process.

If you are in doubt about whether what you are experiencing is a normal part of healing seek professional guidance.

 

What Causes Candida Overgrowth?

What causes Candida overgrowth? Fill out this Candida questionnaire to find out of Candida may be an issue in your health challenges.

 

Many things can cause Candida overgrowth leading to an imbalance.

Some of them include:

  •  Over use of antibiotics without replacing the lost beneficial bacteria (probiotics)
  •   Nutrient Poor Diet:  that is rich in refined sugars and refined carbohydrates (bread, potatoes, rice pasta, ice cream, sodas, processed foods, etc.)
  •   Constipation: this common problem can be caused by Candida. However constipation can also lead to Candida. A digestive tract which is constipated is slow moving and becomes very alkaline. The more alkaline the digestive tract the more Candida growth.
  •   Parasites and Intestinal Worms: Some researches have estimated that over 85% of all people living in North America and Canada have parasites. These unwelcome guests destroy friendly bacteria in the intestines making yeast overgrowth possible.
  •  Excessive Stress: Stress can cause yeast growth for several reasons. It raises cortisol, a stress hormone, which depresses the immune system, raises blood sugar which feeds yeast cells allowing them to grow quickly. Another thing to be aware of is that cortisol can be addicting to the body. It raises sugar and relieves inflammation. There are several simple nutrients that help lower cortisol levels back to normal by telling the nervous system to relax.
  • Hormonal Imbalance: It has long been recognized that an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone can be a cause in yeast overgrowth.
  •  Birth Control Pills or Device: Oral birth control pills are mostly the hormone estrogen. Supplemental estrogen in the synthetic form has been found to promote the growth of yeast. A common complaint of women on birth control pills is yeast infection. The copper IUD is another possible promoter of yeast.
  •  Hypothyroid: The thyroid gland has an important effect on the immune system and digestive system.
  • Heavy Metals: Toxic metals show up consistently in people experiencing Candida. They are Mercury, Copper and Arsenic. These metals disable the exact part of the immune system that seeks to control Candida! They are often found in dental fillings and in tap water. As they pass through the intestinal tract they can stimulate the growth of more Candida. It’s important to get rid of the yeast before removing heavy metals since clearing them first will spread the yeast!
  • Other things that may contribute to Candida overgrowth include drugs and alcohol, antacid use, diabetes, hypothyroidism, excessive bowel cleansing, an imbalance of minerals such as copper dysregulation.

Wondering if your health could be affected by Candida overgrowth?

Here are some questions that can help determine if you may have Candida overgrowth:

1. Do you have skin issues like acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes?
2. Do you have mood swings, irritability, anxiety, depression?
3. Are you typically bloated, especially after meals?
4. Do you have trouble losing weight?
5. Do you have constant cravings?
6. Do you have thrush (a white coating of the tongue)?
7. Do you suffer from frequent colds or flu?
8. Do you have night sweats?
9. Have you used antibiotics or birth control pill in the last 2 years?
10. Do you have gas or bloating?
11. Do you have sugar cravings?
12. Do you have low blood sugar?
13. Do you have history of yeast infections, vaginal, oral, athlete’s foot, or
jock itch?
14. Does your partner have a history of yeast infections, vaginal, oral,
athlete’s foot, or jock itch?
15. Are you sensitive to smells?
16. Are you sensitive to alcohol?
17. Do you suffer from symptoms that your doctor cannot explain like;
headaches, migraines, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, IBS (Irritable Bowel
syndrome), itching, menstrual or sinus problems?
18. Do you feel fatigued all the time?
19. Do you have a hard time concentrating?
20. Do you just not feel right?

If you said “yes” to any of these questions it would be in your best interest to make sure Candida isn’t part of the problem.

Fill out the full Candida Questionnaire.

If you scored high on the questionnaire and need help with getting it under control you are welcome to schedule a free 30-minute Health Discovery phone session with me to see how I can help you get things balanced with a program designed just for you.

Read the first part of this post “Is Candida Sabotaging Your Health?” to learn more about Candida and it’s symptoms.