Is Candida Sabotaging Your Health?

Candida Sabotaging Health? Bloating, gas, rashes, brain fog plus a whole host of other nagging health issues are signs your body needs attention.

 What Is Candida albicans?

First, before I get into the details about Candida, I would like to share with you why this is a topic that I know a lot about. I found out a while back that I was actually born with Candida overgrowth and have had multiple health challenges in my life where Candida was the culprit.

I had to figure out on my own how to get rid of it and it was a daunting process.

It has come back a few times in the past twenty years when I’m under quite a lot of stress or I eat a bit off my usually sugar-free, clean diet.

Unfortunately, once you’ve had it you’re more prone to having another bout with it.  I will go right back on the diet, deal with my stress and take a natural anti-fungal if needed.

I can honestly say that I’m blessed to have had the experience (I’m done now though!) of having Candida overgrowth because now I can share the information that helped me with my clients.

After working with clients for 15 years I noticed that up to 80% of people that walked through my door had some level of  Candida overgrowth.

This is why I decided to specialize in helping women with this issue. Candida overgrowth is very common and my goal is to educate people on how to get back into balance and feel better!

So what exactly is Candida albicans?

It is a type of yeast that is present in the gut flora of a healthy human body.

You may be shocked to learn that we each house two to five pounds of live bacteria inside our bodies!

The balance of these bacteria is what’s important as they fend off foreign invaders plus a lot more. The balance of Candida is normally controlled by bacteria in the intestines. But when something destroys helpful bacteria, the yeast begins to invade and colonize the body tissues which can lead to what is termed “leaky gut”.

This is where the tissues become porous allowing these yeast colonies to release powerful chemicals called mycotoxins into the bloodstream, causing a variety of symptoms that I’ve listed below.

 

Is Candida sabotaging your health? Pain, gas, itch and brain fog are signs your body needs attention.Microscope slide of esophageal candidiasis via wikipedia

 

Signs and Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth

Both men and women can have candidiasis, however, women do experience it more frequently and usually more severely. 

Candida symptoms fall into these main four areas:

Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Symptoms

These include gas and bloating – Candida produces carbon dioxide in the intestine, the result is persistent gas and bloating, thrush, coated tongue,  constipation, chronic diarrhea, rectal itching, indigestion, heartburn, bladder infections,  recurrent yeast vaginitis, vaginal burning and itching, vaginal discharge, “jock itch”, loss of sexual feelings and inflammation of the prostate.

Allergic Symptoms and Skin Symptoms

(These symptoms occur with the passing of toxins into the bloodstream.) These symptoms include hay fever, earaches, hives, headaches, sore throats, coughing, recurrent bronchitis, acne, nasal stuffiness, congestion, runny nose, chemical sensitivities to tobacco smoke, perfume and foods, “sick all over feeling”, athlete’s foot, nail fungus, rashes, dry scaly skin, frequent colds.

Glandular and Organ Symptoms

These include infertility, menstrual problems, PMS, ovarian failure and ACTH deficiency, inability to lose weight,  hypothyroidism, chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, diabetes mellitus, impotence, and endometriosis.

Emotional and Mental Symptoms

These occur because of central nervous system involvement. These include brain fog — poor memory, fatigue, drowsiness, feelings of unreality, coordination problems, numbness and tingling, muscle and joint pain, muscle weakness, irritability, inability to concentrate, confusion, anxiety and severe depression.

Other imbalances in the body can cause similar symptoms as well.

I feel it is important to rule out other issues like gluten or dairy sensitivity, adrenal burn out, blood sugar imbalance issues, emotional issues, and even general fatigue before diagnosing yourself with Candida overgrowth. There are always “layers” to our healing process.

If you have several of the symptoms for a Candida imbalance, following some simple steps for re-balancing your body should help move you in a healing direction whether or not the root issue is a Candida imbalance, or if the Candida imbalance is a symptom of another issue.

If you are experiencing many of the symptoms mentioned above and need some help getting it under control I offer VIP health coaching programs that will help you ditch Candida for good. Contact me today to schedule your free 30-minute Health Discovery Session to see how I can help you get rid of Candida overgrowth for good.

It can be overwhelming when there are so many things going on with our health and I know if I would have had someone to help me way back when I was going through all of my Candida symptoms I would have felt less overwhelmed, confused and felt better much faster!

There are so many factors to be aware of and it’s always smart to be sure that there is not a deeper imbalance going on that needs professional attention. No need to suffer if you don’t have to, it’s a positive step to seek help.

 

Candida Diet Recipe: Turkey Sausage Patties

 

Candida Diet Recipe Turkey Sausage Patties

The question I get asked most about the Candida diet is “what can I eat for breakfast?”

 

It’s one of those things where the diet can leave you scratching your head as to what’s left if toast, oatmeal and cereal are out!  I was such a cereal “junkie” that it was a challenge for me to find something I could get excited about eating for breakfast on the Candida diet.

After much trial and error I now have my go-to meals and like to offer up my choices to my clients as well.  I’ve been amassing my Candida diet recipe ideas (which I will be sharing more of in future posts) for well over 15 years now.  I know what I like but it has been a challenge for me to come up with ideas for the all the different tastes that people do have and is part of what makes my job fun!

I love hearing that the recipes I shared were delicious and easy to make. If I can help take some stress off of what otherwise is a very stressful time for those healing from Candida then I’ve done my job.

These two Candida diet recipes for turkey sausages are a favorite of mine for breakfast.  I like that they can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge or frozen and defrosted for those busy mornings.  Just add some sauteed veggies and a half an avocado and you’ve got yourself a hearty, nutritious Candida diet friendly meal. You’ll also have lots of energy and focus until lunch.

Enjoy!

Turkey Sausage #1
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. ground turkey
  2. 1 tsp. sea salt
  3. 1 tsp. sage
Instructions
  1. Mix all together, make patties and cook in frying pan.
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Turkey Sausage #2
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 lb. ground turkey
  2. 1 egg white
  3. 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  4. 1/2 tsp. fennel seed (optional)
  5. 1/8 tsp. sea salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl; mix well. Shape mixture into 4 patties and chill at least one hour. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray; place over medium heat until hot. Place patties in skillet; cook 5 minutes on each side or until done. Place cooked patties on paper towels to drain; serve warm.
Notes
  1. This makes 4 servings but I usually double the recipe and put the leftovers in the fridge for another day’s breakfast.
  2. Also I have made these and not put them in the fridge to chill and they came out fine.
  3. **Always choose the highest quality meats when possible.
Adapted from Simply Colorado Cookbook
Adapted from Simply Colorado Cookbook
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Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite Candida diet recipe for breakfast?  Do you have any new and interesting breakfast ideas?

 

 

Sugar Detox Diet Program

Sugar Detox Diet

 

Looking for a sugar detox diet plan. You’re in the right place. I’m excited to announce my Ditch the Sugar Fall Clean Eating Program coming soon!  I’ve been putting the finishing touches on this sugar detox program and I can’t wait to share it with you.  If you are wanting to crush those relentless sugar cravings this program will be the jump start you need to take control of your health so you can feel amazing.   Does dropping unwanted weight and sleeping like a baby excite you?  Um, it does to me. Sleep is high priority for me, how about for you?  Digestive troubles? Candida wreaking havoc on your hormones?  Immune system not kickin’ into gear?  All of these things can be a sign of toxicity and inflammation.  Refined white sugar is inflammatory and also highly addictive for many people. Inflammation is what is now known to be the instigator in most, if not all, health conditions.

I will admit that I was a sugar addict once upon a time.  I had to take control of my health and how I was eating because my health was suffering.  It was really hard to do but I did it and I’m really glad I did. It has changed my life in a myriad of ways; clearer skin, more energy, stronger immunity and best of all no more Candida!  This is why I created the Ditch the Sugar Fall Clean Eating Program. I’m going to share with you what I have learned and how this program can help get you started so you can break free from those nasty sugar cravings, drop some unwanted “lb’s” and get your energy mojo back.  Subscribe to my newsletter or my feed to get all the juicy details in your inbox on how you can get started.

You’re gonna rock this!

XOXO

Paige

Anti Candida Diet Dessert Recipes :: Coconut Cupcakes

Sugar free, Candida diet friendly Coconut Cupcakes

 

Anti Candida Diet Dessert Recipes

 

These candida diet coconut cupcakes are gluten-free, dairy-free, lactose-free and sugar-free and guess what, they are delicious! This Candida diet recipe would be perfect for a birthday treat for a child or an adult, just add candles. :o)

Still looking for a way to stay on the Candida diet without going crazy?  I know it all too well! 

 

 

I was a sugar-addict and remember the first few days of the diet were torture for me. I made it through though but I had to figure out how I could maintain the healthy diet while also having a few healthy treats here and there. 

I found quite a few anti-candida diet dessert recipes and started experimenting with the ingredients I knew were safe for me on the diet.  I substitute the sweeteners in recipes with Stevia and Erythritol.  Some recipes work and some don’t so beware if you try a recipe that calls for honey or a liquid sweetener as it can flop. 

These coconut cupcakes are the perfect little treat to quiet the call for a little bit of sweet. Let me know if you try them and how you liked them!

Tools to help you make this recipe:

Coconut Cupcakes
A delicious Candida diet approved treat!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 TBS coconut oil
  2. 1/4 cup blanched almond flour, packed
  3. 2 tsp. vanilla flavor or coconut flavor (alcohol-free from Frontier Brand)
  4. 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut, ground into a meal
  5. 1 TBS sifted coconut flour
  6. 1/4 cup coconut milk
  7. 1/2 cup xylitol or erythritol
  8. 1/8 tsp. sea salt
  9. 3 large eggs
  10. 1/2 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325° F
  2. Grind the shredded coconut into a fine, powdery meal with a food processor or a Magic Bullet blender.
  3. Pack the almond flour into measuring cup with your hands (like you would w/brown sugar) and sweep it level.
  4. Mix the finely ground coconut, almond flour, coconut flour, xylitol or erythritol, sea salt and baking power in a bowl.
  5. In a separate bowl melt the coconut oil (if needed), and beat in eggs, vanilla flavor, and coconut milk.
  6. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients, and beat together for a couple of minutes.
  7. Line a mini muffin pan with mini muffin papers and spray w/extra virgin olive oil spray OR grease mini muffin wells very well w/coconut oil.
  8. Pour batter almost to the top of the mini muffin cups. Rap muffin tin gently on the counter to pop air bubbles.
  9. Bake for about 23 minutes until springy and firm to the touch. You might have to bake these longer or shorter depending on your oven and where you live. (high altitudes usually require longer cooking times)
  10. Remove cakes from muffin tins as soon as they are cool to the touch, and cool on a wire rack.
  11. Dip cakes into glaze and sprinkle with unsweetened coconut.
  12. Serve at room temperature and Enjoy!
Notes
  1. I did not make the glaze as they were sweet enough for me without it.
Adapted from Healthy Indulgences
Adapted from Healthy Indulgences
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Coconut Milk Glaze
Top your coconut cupcakes with this sweet glaze.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup full fat coconut milk, chilled
  2. 4 tsp coconut flour
  3. Xylitol or Erythritol, to taste
  4. Tiny pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Whisk together coconut milk, and sift in coconut flour.
  2. Whisk in coconut flour until there are no lumps, then add a pinch of sea salt, and sweeteners.
  3. Taste and adjust sweetness level if necessary.
  4. Dip cakes into glaze and sprinkle with unsweetened coconut
Adapted from Healthy Indulgences
Adapted from Healthy Indulgences
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Adapted recipe from Healthy Indulgences Blog – Thanks Lauren!

Paige’s Protein Smoothie, Candida Diet Recipe

 Sugar-free Candida Diet Recipe - Paige's Protein Smoothie. Perfect breakfast recipe for those on a sugar-free or Candida diet. #cleaneating #health #sugarfreerecipe

 

Paige’s Protein Smoothie Recipe

Candida Diet Recipe Breakfast Option

 

When starting out on the Candida diet I had to come up with some easy but super nutrient breakfast options or I would have seriously faltered on the diet.  I scoured the internet for ideas on what I could eat for breakfast and found a couple of ideas but I eventually came up with my own favorite Candida diet recipe for breakfast.

 

 

I was going to a Medical Intuitive at the time and she suggested a protein shake to help keep my blood sugar stable and my adrenals happy.  I made a variety of different combinations that I really liked so this was a home run for me.  It also keeps me feeling satisfied until lunch. It’s important to get the correct ratios of protein, carbs and fats so that you can last until lunch.  Too many carbs compared to protein and you’re going to be reaching for something to eat within an hour or two not to mention feeding the Candida. Up the protein decrease the carbs (fruit) and you’ll have a great option for your breakfast.

One other note to mention is that usually in the first stages of the Candida diet fruit is avoided so if you are just starting out you may want to leave out the berries and then add them when you’re further along in the cleanse.  This recipe is easy, fast, delicious and nutritious. Enjoy!

 

 

Reader Feedback: Are you a smoothie fan?  If so what is your favorite combo? 

Paige's Protein Smoothie Recipe
Super Food Breakfast Smoothie
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Start With
  1. Crushed ice
  2. Water or Unsweetened Almond Milk or Coconut Milk
Add a Protein
  1. 1 Scoop 100% Egg Protein Powder (Healthy-n-Fit Brand) or Hemp Protein Powder to equal at least 20 gms protein or Whey Cool protein powder
Add Greens
  1. Spinach or Kale (Stay with me here...you can't even taste it and you'll get your greens in!)
  2. Add Healthy Fats:(choose 1 or 2 in small amounts)
  3. Coconut Oil
  4. Hemp Seeds (33% protein, 9% omega-3)
  5. Chia Seeds (great source of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein and dietary fiber)
  6. Avocado
  7. Flax Seeds or Flax Oil
Other Additions
  1. Berries of your choice (Phase 2)
  2. Raw Cocao or Cocoa Powder
  3. Carob Powder
  4. Pumpkin
  5. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  6. Turmeric (anti-inflammatory)
  7. Cinnamon
  8. Alcohol-free Vanilla Flavor (Frontier Brand)
  9. You may also add in other herbs such as liquid Elderberry, Slippery Elm Powder or Ultimate GreenZone.
Instructions
  1. Blend in a Bullet Blender or Vita-mix.
Notes
  1. Enjoy!
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