Let Food Be Your Medicine: Candida Cures

Candida Cures

During the Fall and Winter I tend to eat lots of sweets, basically from Halloween through New Years. And I think so do a lot of other people…. Unfortunately, in addition to exciting your taste buds, these seasonal eating habits add unwanted weight to the body and unwanted bacteria to the gut which can lead to imbalances in the body, namely Candida. So many people experience symptoms and side effects of Candida but they don’t even realize they have it. Common symptoms include: depression, anxiety, crying spells, low libido, poor memory, nausea, indigestion, stomach aches, athlete’s foot, hives, persistent cough, mucus in throught, sore throat, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, PMS and menstrual irregularities, yeast infections, and much much more1

The harsh reality is that everyone has Candida and most people experience one or more of these symptoms. In my unprofessional opinion I recommend doing the diet for one week to one month this holiday season will dramatically improve your health, your gut flora/bacteria, and your overall happiness in your body.

I, myself, recently found that I was experiencing a variety of Candida symptoms and am going on the diet for the next month. It’s a bit challenging as a vegetarian, and I will admit some rules will be broken for the sake of improving my health. But if you’re a strict vegetarian who may be experiencing these symptoms, don’t be scared away! You can still do the diet and be a vegetarian.

I’ve noticed that there is a huge emotional battle that happens when you try to rid the body of Candida, so just be aware of that. It’s like have the devil sit on your shoulder and tell you that not eating sugar is wrong. My guess is that this happens because your body is going through sugar withdrawals and sugar is 8x more addictive that cocaine.

Up above I took a picture of my groceries for Candida Care:

(From the left) Celery, Broccoli, Vaginal Yeast Suppositories, Salmon, Artichoke Heart, Olives, Sesame Seeds, Almond butter, Kyolic Garlic Supplement, Free range eggs, Plain Kefir, Zucchini, Zucchini squash, Lemon, Spinach, Candida Care, Licorice & Peppermint tea, Miso Soup, Quinoa, and Plant Based Abult Probiotic.

Being on the Candida Diet means not only avoiding sugar, but anything that can turn into sugar including: Rice, Sweet Potatoes, Honey, Wine, Alcohol, Bread, Oats, Pasta, Fruit, Carrots, all cured meat products, and so on. If nothing else, getting on a good probiotic will help a ton, but unfortunately not as much as giving your body a break from the sugar overload.

The only two things that are not food are the vaginal yeast suppositories and the Candida Care Tincture. The suppositories are for women, they are made up of boric acid and tea tree in gelatin capsules. They are inserted vaginally as needed. As a women, let me tell you, in my experience, they are the fastest relief to any irritation downstairs. The Candida Care Tincture promotes healthy intestines, heals the body of Candida albicans overgrowth, and supports the immune system and contains, Desert Willow, Usnea, Echinacea, Milk Thistle and Chaparro Amargosa. The tincture is taken orally and is a great addition to the other supplements useful on this diet/cleanse.

Yeast Suppositories:http://dancingwillowherbs.com/vaginal-yeast-suppositories.html

Candida Care: http://dancingwillowherbs.com/candida-care.html

To get recipes, Do’s & Don’ts, and more information about Candida follow the link bellow:

http://www.thecandidadiet.com

Sources:

  1. “The Candida Diet.” The Candida Diet. Perfect Health, n.d. Web. 20 Oct. 2015.

Please note that any and all posts on this blog do not substitute for professional medical help, diagnosis or treatment.I am not a health care provider my any means. The content provided on this site is designed to be used for informational purposes only. The content is based on personal experience and outside research. 

Yoga for Sleep

It seems to me that the busyness of our lives seems to take hold of us into the night. This can make it hard for us to fall asleep or have good sleep. As requested by a friend of mine, here are pm yoga techniques to help you fall asleep and stay asleep:

Yoga Sequence

Meditation

The best way I have found to relax the body is through meditation. After a long day, take time to sit in a comfortable position on the floor or in a chair. Put on a tape and listen to your favorite meditation (mine is Deepak Chopra, which you can buy on iTunes or listen to for free on spotify) or sit in silence. If you don’t have much time, set a timer. This goes for any point during the day when you need to schedule rest, even if it is for only 5 minutes, take time to sit with yourself. Allow the mind to become focused and calm. You do not have to worry about trying to make all the thoughts in your head stop. Just take a moment to take the back seat view of them, just observe them. Focus on your breathe and let that be the foundation of your awareness.

You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes everyday, unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.” ~Old Zen Saying

Candle Gaze

Light a candle by the side of your bed level with your third eye and look at it until you blink. Once you blink, blow it out. This will set an action of drawing the mind into the meditative state and set an intention that it is now time to sleep.

Reclined Breathwork

There are two things that can be done here.

  1. Lay on your right side. Take 7 deep, long breathes. Switch to the left side. Take 7 deep, long breathes. Return to the right side and take 7 deep, long breathes. Most people fall asleep before they finish this routine.
  2. Bellows Breath: Bellows breath, also known as Bhastrika, can best be described as a the bellow used to fan the flames of a fire. To begin this pranayama, lay in a comfortable position, sit up in your bed or on the floor. Begin by taking in a deep breath and then exhaling forcefully through the nose. Continue to breath this way 10-100 times before bed. Generally start with 10 of these breathes. Once you have done 10 breathes for a week you can move to 20. Once you have done 20 breathes for a week you can move to 30 and so on.

Yoga Nidra

When I am having a hard time falling asleep, one of my favorite things to do is listen to a Yoga Nidra meditation. The word Nidra means sleep and Yoga means union, so really this translates into Union with sleep. It is a systematic method to relax the body and calm the mind. Here’s a link to one of my favorite ones:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfIikxpis9s

Spaghetti Squash Pasta Alternative

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Hello! As promised, here is a recipe for spaghetti squash spaghetti! It’s a healthy alternative to pasta and just as savory!

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Ingredients

1 Large Butternut Squash

Coconut oil

Salt

Pepper

1/4 cup yellow onion

3 cloves garlic

1 large portabello mushroom

1 head of cauliflower

1 small zucchini

1 can of tomato sauce

Toppings

Fresh basil

Pine Nuts

Parmesan

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Take out a large baking pan, cut the squash in half, grease pan with coconut oil, generously sprinkle salt and pepper over squash. Place the squash skin up and place in the oven for 40-45 minutes. Meanwhile, cut up onion and garlic and allow to simmer in frying pan with coconut oil in it for 2-3 minutes on medium/low heat. Add in zucchini, cauliflower, stir and let cook with a lid on for another 2-3 minutes. Add portobello, turn heat up to medium, season with salt and pepper, give your pan another stir and let sit for another minute or two. Be sure to watch your vegetables carefully, if they get to hot, feel free to turn the heat down. Once the mushroom and other veggies contents have softened, add tomato sauce. Put sauce on low heat until squash is ready. Stir occasionally. Once your squash is done, get out a big spoon and carve out the pasta-like strings and place into serving bowls. Add sauce and toppings of choice! ❤

Quinoa Chili for the Soul

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My hole life I have made the same chili recipe, but I have decided to branch out and try something new. This one is completely different that the other chili recipe I usually make, click here to check it out. But it is so good I can’t tell which one I like best! So here it goes, folks! Hope you enjoy ❤

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Ingredients 

1/2 cup Quinoa

1 large Sweet Potato

1 tbsp Olive Oil

1 15oz can Black Beans

1 yellow Onion

1 15oz can Fire Roasted Tomatoes

3-4 cloves garlic

2 cups Veggie Broth

1 tbsp Cumin

1 tbsp Chili Powder

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Pepper

1 lime

Toppings

Avocado

Pepperjack or Cheddar Cheese

Cilantro

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Start out with a small pot and bring 1 cup of water to boil. Once boiling add quinoa and turn down to medium heat. Do the same in a medium pot, filling it half way with water, peel and chop sweet potato into bite sized pieces, add to water, and cover with a lid. Allow for the water to boil for 10-15 minutes or until potato is soft. In a large pot add in olive oil, chopped onion, black beans, garlic and diced tomatoes. Turn heat to medium/high and let simmer. Once onion is transparent, add veggie broth, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Check on both your quinoa and sweet potato, once they are finished, add them to the large pot. Stir and allow the contents to warm on medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Once appropriately warm to eat, dish out your bowls and add the toppings of your choice.

A Little Treat for the Sweet Tooth

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These are super easy to make, but I recently was introduced to them and have used them as a way to mitigate sugar cravings! These little guys have practically cured me! I have gone 4 weeks without any sugar and I brilliantly now crave these guys less, so now they really do feel like a treat when I make them! They are called Mochi!

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Mochi is a traditional food from Japan made with sweet rice and they are super easy to make! They take about 10 minutes to make! Just preheat your oven to 450 degrees and bake for 8-10 minutes. They puff up into these delicious, yummy pastries!

I, personally, like to get the cinnamon raison kind. Once they’ve been baked I drizzle honey over them and sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over it! So good!

What’s great about mochi is that the ingredients are only sweet brown rice, filtered water, raisons, cinnamon, and sea salt. They are a great alternative to any baked good full of excess sugar.

Thanks for reading! Be sure to check back for more recipes! Follow my blog to get more info on ways to be sugar cravings, coming soon! ❤

Pose of the Week: Downward Facing Dog

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Downward Facing Dog

ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA

Ego says,’ Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.’ Spirit says, ‘Once I feel peace, everything will fall into place.'” ~Marianne Williamson 

Benefits of the pose:

  • Decreases Stress & Mild Depression
  • Wakes up the body
  • Stretches shoulders, hands, spine, & calves
  • Strengthens hands, arms & legs
  • Relieves insomnia, headaches, and back pain
  • Helps with digestion

Asana Breakdown:

I want to take you a little farther down this path than maybe you have gone before. Practically everyone has done Down Dog at least once in their life, but I’ve found a lot of people, myself included, don’t really know how to do it. I had been practicing it for about 7 years before someone showed me how to properly do it. Here’s what I mean: Begin in table pose, flat back, hips stacked above knees, shoulders stacked above ankles. Curl onto your toes and lift up your legs. And allow your hips to move both upwards and backwards. This is about as far as people usually go, but wait, there’s more! From here, Root down through the first three knuckles of your palm so that they touch the mat. Allow for an external rotation through the shoulders. By this I mean that your collarbones should move away from one another, and that your shoulders should physically turn outward. Usually, this compromises the tailbone and causes the chest to beam forward. Correct this by energetically wrapping your ribs into your sternum and tucking the tummy inward. Check to make sure you haven’t compromised your hips, continue to move them upwards and backwards. Now, for the final element of the posture: feel an energetic pull between both of your forearms as if they were moving closer together. Put all of this together and you, my friend, have yourself a downward facing dog!

For a visual break down check out my youtube video: https://youtu.be/Zn3-XJlBltU

As always, leave any questions or comments bellow! If you have a request for the next pose of the week let me know! ❤

Sources:

“Downward-Facing Dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana – Yoga Pose.” Yoga Journal. Cruz Bay Publishing, 28 Aug. 2007. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

Spicy Sweet Potato Carrot Soup for the Soul

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Hey friends! Let’s jump right into this one!

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2 Russet Potatoes

1 Large Sweet Potato

2-3 Carrots

1 Yellow Onion

2-3 Ribs of Celery

Salt

Pepper

Cayenne

Chili Powder

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Begin by peeling your potatoes and and chopping them into 1/2 inch pieces. Take out a big pot and fill it 1/2 way with water. When the water begins to boil add your potatoes, chopped carrots. Allow for them to cook for 10 minutes then add diced onion, and celery. Allow to cook for 10-15 more minutes then pull off the stove, and strain out half of the water. Make sure you don’t pour out all of it, you’ll use it as your broth base. Take the remaining water and vegetables and place in a blender or food processor. Once everything is creamy and smooth, pour back into your pot and season to taste with salt, pepper, cayenne, and chili powder. And you’re done! Easy as that! This meal makes a bunch and it is so nourishing to eat during this cool months.

Enjoy ❤

Comfort Food for the Vegetarian Heart: Baked Potato

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My first Winter/Fall as a vegetarian was a bit brutal. I couldn’t figure out what exactly to eat to fill me up and give me the nourishment I needed to feel fed and warm. This is a recipe my mother taught me and boy is it good!

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Ingredients

1 potato

2 Portobello Mushrooms

1 bunch of Kale

Vegan Butter or Coconut Oil

1 Red Bell Pepper

2-3 shells of garlic

A pinch of Salt

A pinch of Pepper

Cheese

Sour Cream

Pine Nuts

Serves: 1

Cook Time: 45 minutes-1 hour

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Preheat the oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit. Take out a baking pan and tin foil. Grab your potato and poke several holes in in with either a knife or a fork about 1 inch deep. Then wrap your potato in tin foil, place in the pan or directly in the oven. Set the timer for 45-55 minutes or until soft. In the last 15 minutes on the timer, pull out a frying pan, add in coconut oil and garlic. Allow the garlic to simmer on low/medium heat for a few minutes. Chop the kale (about 2-3 leaves), red bell pepper, and portobello. Add them into the pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put a lid on the frying pan and let cook on medium heat for several more minutes. Keep an eye on the kale to make sure it doesn’t wilt. Once the veggies are soft and the potato is cooked, load up your potato with butter/coconut oil, veggies, cheese, sour cream, and pine nuts.

Enjoy ❤

As always, leave a comment or message bellow! Let me know how you liked it and let me know if you have any suggestions for further posts or recipes!

Gratitude: An Infectious Way of Thinking

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When I was younger, I used to suffer from severe depression. I expressed my sadness to my father one day and said, “I feel so depressed all the time and I don’t know why or how to stop it.” With loving eyes he handed me the sandalwood Mala you see in the corner of my yoga mat. He said,”take this and every time you feel sad, hold a bead and think of one thing you are grateful for. Keep moving through the beads and your saddness will go away.” And he was right. So now every time I practice I keep my Mala in the corner of my yoga mat to remind me that happiness is a choice and gratitude is the key component in making it a part of our everyday life. I’ll admit, I still struggle with depression. It haunts me all the time. When I drop into that place it’s nearly impossible to be grateful or find anything to have gratitude for. But, for me, it’s just another part of the practice. Being a yogi doesn’t mean happy all the time. Being a yogi means making a continue choice and using continual effort to express truth and find divinity within the aspects we find to be most human and banal.

Meet Your New Favorite Snack: Broccoli Tots

Broccoli Tots

Broccoli is the new potato this season, folks! These little tots are heavenly and will make you wonder why you’ve been wasting your time eating frozen pieces of shredded potato your whole life. Trust me.

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Ingredients

1 cup Broccoli

1/4-1/2 cup Cauliflower

1/2 Yellow Onion

Coconut oil

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Pepper

2 Eggs

1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese

1/2-3/4 cup Italian Bread Crumbs

Dipping Sauce

Ketchup or Ranch Dressing

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To begin, set the oven to 400 degrees. Take your broccoli, cauliflower, and onion and chop finely. Place in a large or medium sized bowl and add eggs, shredded cheddar cheese, salt, pepper, and breadcrumbs. Mix the contents with a machine mixer or your hands. Take out a baking sheet and grease it with coconut oil. Make your tots and then place in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Once they are golden on the top, take them out and let them cool for five minutes. After that grab yourself some ketchup and you are ready to go! This meal is a great side dish or a nice snack. ❤

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