Foods to Kill Candida Overgrowth

I’m of the school of “Do as I Do” so I started actively killing off the Candida in my system this week - as I was researching about what Candida overgrowth causes. I can tell you from personal experience, it isn’t a fun process. Depending on how much overgrowth of Candida you have, the symptoms of 'Candida Die-Off' can feel flu-like, bring on headaches and gastrointestinal issues..to put it mildly. I’ve been experiencing headaches, dizziness, itchiness and fatigue but there are other symptoms. I’m not telling you this to scare you from choosing to cleanse your body but to arm you with knowledge.

Cleaning up one’s diet and your body from harmful toxins and keeping our body’s flora and hormones balanced are an essential part of being healthy, avoiding illness and feeling our best!! Thankfully, there are things you can do to ease the symptoms of the Candida Die Off and to aid your liver in expelling the toxins!

Foods to Kill Candida

  1. Choose Non-Starchy Vegetables - this starves the candida of sugar (which feeds it and allows it to grow and multiply).

  2. Choose Deep Green Vegetables and Barley Grass Concentrates - these are rich in chlorophyll which supports your liver in removing toxins from your body.

  3. Eat Fresh, Organic, Antibiotic & Hormone-free Poultry - commercial poultry and livestock are fed antibiotics daily and ingesting even low levels of antibiotics can cause a proliferation of candida. Eggs, dairy and red meats have properties that promote candida growth and should be avoided for 3-4 weeks. Avoid processed meats and cold cuts too, as they are loaded with chemicals and sugar!

  4. Eat Wild Salmon, Herring, Sardines and Anchovies are loaded with healthy omega-3 fats that help heal inflammation in the body caused by candida overgrowth.

  5. Choose Non-Glutinous Grains - buckwheat, millet, quinoa and oat groats have high amounts of fiber which are excellent for keeping your digestive system moving and for removing candida toxins from your body.

  6. Eat Aduki Beans and Mung Beans are great for their fiber content and detoxifying effects and they are also among the best foods for limiting candida growth.  

  7. Live Yogurt Cultures found in prebiotic, organic yogurt and kefir are essential in helping your gut repopulate the good bacteria and crowd out the candida.

Extra Credit - Avoiding/Easing Candida Die Off

You’re starting to kill of the candida overgrowth in your body and you’re not feeling so good...But now is not the time to give up! (If your symptoms are severe, you can ease up a little - but only a little!) Add these to your routine and feel better:

  • Increase your water intake to flush out the toxins faster.

  • Take an antioxidant supplement NAC with Molybdenum, 600mg, which help your body expel candida toxins and supports your liver and immune system.

  • Take a quality vitamin C supplement twice a day - I like the Synergy Company’s Pure Radiance C because it is an organic, whole-food naturally derived vitamin.

  • Slow down and rest as much as you can.

  • Drink Chicory Root coffee, Cinnamon tea, Pau d’Arco tea, Ginger tea and Licorice tea as they have anti-fungal properties and chicory root is a great prebiotic, helping repopulate your gut with healthy bacteria.

Don’t give up on your health because of temporary discomfort! Choose to make cooked, steamed or grilled, veggies 60% of your diet, non-glutinous grains and aduki/mung beans 20% and quality protein source 20%. Lots of water, rest and your supplements will cleanse the toxins out of your body faster and ease your symptoms during the process. Follow thru with these recommendations, rid your body of candida and the enjoy the benefits of clean eating!

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Protect your Breasts

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and during this month emphasis is placed on raising money for breast cancer research. Advances have been made, like the identification of the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 genes but there is always more to be done. There is one thing that is more important than research and raising funds - prevention!! Yep! PREVENTION! There are changes we can implement to protect ourselves and our loved ones from this cancer.

Diet and lifestyle are very important but too many they are also easy to overlook. A lot of my clients have the same complaint - ‘it is hard to eat right’. And it can be. In this city, we are often so busy that we forget to eat and then we choose unwisely because we are in a rush. Since it is so easy to make unwise choices when it comes to the food we eat, it is that much more important to learn how to choose well and choose the most nutritious foods above all others.

Choose these Cancer-Fighting Foods

  • Beans and Lentils - are rich fiber, folic acid and lignans. A Harvard Nurse’s Study found that those who consume beans and lentils at least twice a week are 24% less likely to get breast cancer than those who consume these less than once a week. Aim for 1 cup, 3-4 times per week.
  • Cruciferous Vegetables - like cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, watercress, arugula are rich phytochemicals - sulforaphanes and endals - that are potent anti-breast cancer agents. Eat these raw, lightly stir-fried in coconut oil or lightly steamed for maximum benefits. Aim for 2-3 cups a day!

  • Oranges -  rich in cancer fighting vitamin C and folic acid and provide every known class of anti-cancer phytochemicals. A great choice for a mid-afternoon snack.

  • Carotenoid-rich Veggies - like yellow and orange bell peppers, carrots, spinach, collards, sweet potatoes provide cancer protection. Light cooking increases the bio-availability of these powerful carotenoids. Mix these up with your cruciferous veggies!

  • Plums and Peaches - the antioxidants in organic plums and peaches rival those found in blueberries and may help kill breast cancer cells while keeping healthy cells intact. Snack on these to satisfy your sweet tooth!

  • Walnuts - may thwart the growth of breast cancer cells according to research found in the journal Nutrition and Cancer. Aim for 2 ounces a day.

  • Wild Salmon - is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which help reduce inflammation, which is thought to contribute to breast cancer. Eat wild salmon or another cold-water fatty fish 2-3 times a week.

  • Parsley and Celery - are rich in a phytochemical, apigenin, which might actually inhibit cancer-cell growth - according to University of Missouri scientists. Garnish your meals with fresh chopped parsley and celery daily.  

There is no magic solution to breast cancer but if a healthy diet can help keep you cancer free isn’t it worth the effort? According to Cheryl L. Rock, Ph. D., R.D., a University of California professor of family and preventative medicine “A woman can cut her chance of cancer by as much as two-thirds with good nutrition and weight management.” What are you waiting for?? Think Pink and protect your breasts by incorporating these foods into your daily routine! 

Peach-Mango Chia Cacao Smoothie

½ banana

1 cup organic peaches, frozen

1 cup mango, frozen

1 handful organic spinach

2 tbsp raw cacao powder

2 tbsp chia seeds

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

=>Blend well until desired consistency is achieved and enjoy!!

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"Eat Right"?? Dispelling Common Mistakes

What is WRONG with this picture??

What is WRONG with this picture??

There is something wrong with this picture... Yes!! This picture => 

I read magazines and every once in awhile I see them promoting certain foods that are NOT good for you. I have a particular issue with this magazine because it is a ‘fitness and health’ magazine. I would think their staff would be better informed...but who knows what they were thinking when they approved this info-graphic. The other thing I have an issue with is that just by quick glance there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with this information. But there is.

I’ll explain where I am coming from when I say this. I am a Certified Health Coach who has personally experienced what many of my clients have experienced - they think they are healthy and on the surface they are! BUT!! They still are not achieving the results they want and should be achieving!! Which is where I come in. I help them get to the bottom of what is going on with their bodies and many of the times the choices they are making, which they think are “healthy” because of the (mis)information they’ve received, in reality are doing more harm than good.

Let’s go in!

Canola Oil - NOT A GOOD OIL TO CONSUME!! “Vegetable-based oils”? Not the thing to recommend. These oils are highly processed and in most cases come from genetically modified seeds. Ever heard of a Canola plant?? No, right. Because there is no plant called ‘canola’, from whose seeds the oil would be made. Canola (Rapeseed), Corn and Soybean oils are highly inflammatory and have been associated with inflammatory health problems including heart disease and cancer. Precisely the diseases you are looking to avoid!

=>DON’T USE CANOLA OIL!! GO FOR COCONUT OIL or GHEE for cooking purposes

What it SHOULD look like

What it SHOULD look like

Whole Grains - Why are they specifying “whole grains” and misleading you to think that white bread is a whole grain?? White bread and ‘whole wheat’ bread are NOT whole grains! I will give them some credit for having ‘rye, barley and oats’ specified but it is in small print and images speak louder than fine print.

=>WHITE and ‘WHOLE WHEAT’ BREAD ARE NOT A WHOLE GRAINS! GO FOR SPELT, EZEKIEL, MANNA (Barley, Quinoa, Oats are good too) Look for minimally processed breads!

Fruits - they say to eat ‘at least 1 whole fruit’ and ‘1 ½ cups of berries’ but you really should be eating 2-3 fruits a day. Apples and pears are great options but you need to be aware that apples are one of the fruits with the heaviest pesticide residues.

=>GO ORGANIC for the FRUITS you will EAT WHOLE like BERRIES, Blueberries or Strawberries, and APPLES and PEARS

Vegetables - they are encouraging you to eat ‘1 ½ cups of a variety of vegetables a day’ but unfortunately their suggestion falls significantly short of what we all should be eating a day. Considering the day to day stresses and how unbalanced our lives are...our bodies need ample vegetables to help keep it functioning optimally and vegetables give us energy!! Who doesn’t need energy?? (They also encourage weight loss ;))

=>GO for 2 cups of Vegetables per meal (ORGANIC, if they are on the “Dirty Dozen” list) with your Lunch AND Dinner 

Fish - a great suggestion which should’ve been better executed. “3 or more servings a week” is a good suggestion. But, farmed (conventional) salmon is a highly polluted fish, as are most farmed fish. If you are choosing a farmed fish you want to choose sustainably farmed fish. You are choosing fish for their health benefits, when they are traditionally farmed they are pumped with antibiotics and chemicals (which is not what you want in your body).

=>GO WILD, whenever possible! IF NOT, choose SUSTAINABLY FARMED FISH

=>NEVER eat ‘Low-fat’ Dairy - anything ‘low fat’ or ‘non-fat’ (etc) is a Highly Processed ‘Food’

I know it’s a lot of information I just gave you but there’s so much more I didn’t even touch upon!! The things I want to leave you with, for your continued, improved health and well-being are the arrows above and to always do your research. Don’t read something in a magazine and take it as gospel. (or even this post - feel free to ask me questions!!) Choose your sources for the information that will go into making every cell in your body very, VERY, carefully.

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Burn Fat with Cinnamon

It’s Springtime, finally!!! And I am seeing a lot of people hitting the gym in preparation for bikini season. I am slightly amused because they could’ve been ahead of the curve if they stayed true to their New Years’ Resolutions but alas, we are a culture that is obsessed with instant gratification. The thing is that things don’t change overnight. No matter what the TV or the movies say change is something that develops over time. Whether it is change in our bodies or in our health it is consistency that matters the most. I learned this the hard way over the past several years. Fad diets don’t work. Starving myself doesn’t work. Surgery doesn’t work. The results are unsustainable, at best, because there I don’t change my day to day habits!

Now that I am wiser I aim for four things:

  1. Fat loss over weight loss

  2. Nutrient-rich foods - what makes up a calorie matters, NOT just the calorie

  3. Regular Exercise - for the endorphins and the fabulous, fit looking body

  4. 90/10 Rule - Eat healthy foods 90% of the time, leaving room for the occasional treat

Everyone knows that Green Tea encourages fat loss and improves physical performance, which is why it is one of my favorite things to drink. But not everyone knows about cinnamon! To change it up I started drinking a tea made from a cinnamon stick and dried goji berries. Goji berries have tons of anti-oxidants and have a long history of being a longevity-promoting and beautifying food. But cinnamon is also very impressive.

Some top benefits of Cinnamon are:

  1. Boosting brain function

  2. Preventing fat storage, especially in the belly

  3. Anti-microbial properties, which makes it great for fighting colds and flus

  4. Helps control blood sugar level

  5. Rich in Manganese, Iron, Calcium and Fiber

  6. Improves circulation, which helps aid digestion

Cinnamon you had me at preventing fat storage!! I am enjoying this tea daily and I sprinkle ½ teaspoon of cinnamon on my chia pudding or in my coffee as well!

The type of cinnamon you want to buy is Ceylon Cinnamon. You can find it at Whole Foods or your neighborhood health market or on Amazon. Frontier Natural Products is the company that I buy my cinnamon from. Ceylon cinnamon is preferred over the more common Cassia, because it has less coumarin, which is better for the liver, tastes better and is sustainably grown.

Chicken & Dried Apricots Tagine

1 ½ lbs organic chicken thighs

1 medium red onion, organic

1 (~⅓ cup) handful parsley, organic

1 (~⅓ cup) handful cilantro, organic

½ dried Turkish apricots, organic

1 ½ cups water

2 tbsp olive oil, organic

1 tbsp butter, organic

1 tsp Tagine spices

½ tsp Allspice powder

½ tsp ground coriander

1 tsp Himalayan salt

Place the 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp Tagine spices, ½ tsp allspice, ½ tsp ground coriander in a bowl & coat the thighs in the spices. Melt butter in pan & brown the chicken thighs over medium-high heat (~2-3 minutes per side). Transfer to chicken to plate. Start cooking the onions over medium heat (~2-3 minutes). When they are half translucent, add the garlic, and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the parsley & the cilantro, cooking for ~3 minutes. Toss in the dried apricots & cook for ~1 minute. Return the browned chicken to the pan with juices. Add 1 ½ c of water & let chicken simmer over low-medium heat. Simmer for 30 minutes.

You can also use cinnamon oil in your home to disinfect and sanitize surfaces, especially those surfaces on which you’ve prepared raw meats, with a solution of 1% cinnamon oil and purified water.

 

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