A long post this week, sorry but when I get passionate you can’t shut me up.
Far too often foods sneak back into my diet. Sometimes from lack of knowledge, sometimes from lack of caring. Everyday I fill my brain with more and more knowledge of health and wellness so that I can be the best version of me., sometimes I win, sometimes I stumble.
As Christmas, camping and New Years flew by I was pretty damn happy with myself and avoiding allergens, however sometimes a bowl of pretzels or dark chocolate is a major roadblock. It has been a long time since I consumed anything commercial considering my track record of how my body reacts to these foods that contain numbers and ingredients that even Google pronunciation can’t figure out how to say them.
Everybody reacts differently to foods, some people don’t react to anything (that they’re aware of) and sometimes I curse and envy people that have iron guts and immune systems built of platinum. If however you have indulged over Christmas, looked and scales and are not happy, feel the pants a bit tighter, the bikini not looking as rocking as November 2013 I thought I’d share some knowledge on what might have and unfortunately still happening without you knowing.
My old mate Candida would have to be my least favourite experience to date. If you’re thinking vaginal thrush then no, go to a pharmacist and get some cream for that stuff. I’m talking about this little species of nasty that lays dormant feeds off sugars and is the cause of many an autoimmune disorder. It’s not about eating lollies, chocolates and all that confectionary. Sugars are in a lot of processed foods. Pretzels as salty as they are contain sugar. This last week alone I have mistakenly eating my way through so much more fruit than normal…..ALARM bells!!
Candida exists in the body, it’s a fungus that is a form of yeast. Everyone has it and it is present in our mouth and intestines. When this little sucker is overproduced it affects our intestines and releases toxins into our bloodstream. Heard of leaky gut syndrome? Yep, that little sucker is a contributor that! What I found the most important part of Candida and before you click next and dismiss the topic is what else it causes that you wouldn’t think it could. Candida is a major contributor to a lot of mood disorders, behavioural issues, digestive problems, seasonal allergies, mucous build up, colds and flu, skin changes and even snoring. Yes, what was once just a vaginal thing that was caused my antibiotics or sex or something the doctors have said now expands to a whole lot more…trust me, don’t dismiss this!
So you’re thinking great, you have Candida? Great! How the heck did you feed that little thing?!
• Carbohydrates=sugar feed yeast. Now don’t go cutting all Carbs, I’m talking refined carbohydrates (honey, sugar, maple syrup, flours, rice, refined cereals, all store bought gluten and gluten free products, sauces for more info check out diagnosisdiet.com/refined-carbohydrate-list/). There are still carbohydrates you can consume through vegetable form.
• Alcohol- yep that’s a yeast feeder right there. My nemesis to be honest. Alcohol is still something that I consume, not as regularly as I used to (*cough daily *cough) but it’s simple pleasure that I love. I’ve changed what I do drink though.
• The pill. Urgh the damn pill! It’s been all the news of late, it’s the number one contraception and in that an unavoidable candida feeder for some
• Fermented foods….really I know, it’s heartbreaking!
• Stress. Ha you’re thinking great stress will cause my gut to leak so I have to find a way to never be stressed again. Basically yes!
• Antibiotics. It’s not just a topical thrush problem. Repeated antibiotic use does a lot of damage to your gut, trust me I’ve been there!
So now you see what this thing feeds on let’s talk about what happens when it starts to grow way too much. I mentioned earlier that it’s a major contributor to a lot of issues and disorders, for me when I know that my Candida is getting out of control I notice mood swings, sugar cravings (to the point I don’t even realize that I am eating sugar until after), carb cravings (like wanting to sink my head into a cake) I bloat from nothing, my clothes are tight, I gain 3-4kgs quickly and my skin changes colour, my eyes change, dark circles, rashes, sinusitis, morning mucous (the biggest indictor right there), asthma flare up and of course my favourite toilet troubles. All signs of Christmas indulgence hey?! More like Candida indulgence!!!
But as there is a reaction for every action we can reverse and kill off the little sucker so it sticks to it’s real job and stops making us act, feel and look like something we don’t want to be fulltime!!
Firstly you’ve got to stop feeding it. Sugar has to go, flours, breads and pasta, beans, rice….just eliminate gluten ok. Replacing the bad bacteria with good bacteria. I still consume fermented foods, I cut back on ferments when I’m feeling a little dusty and change to coconut kefir and kombucha and sauerkraut. Getting stress under control is important. Our gut and brain are big talkers, they spend all day chatting about what we are putting in and how it nourishes our bodies. When your brains off, your guts off. Simple stress strategies help. Exercise, yoga, meditation (yes I meditate daily and trust me I would never have thought I could do it years ago). A diet that is rich in good meats, fresh organic wholesome vegetables is important. Coconut oil is a great candida fighter, taking supplements of Vitamin D3, oil of oregano in small doses help with killing of the fungus. Candida can be controlled but it’s important to know the triggers before it gets out of control. If you feel like you’ve upped your sugar, fruit and feel off and not sure why then really consider Candida before you go to the doctor and get given Candida.
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