On YOUR personal journey to reaching Optimal Health, be aware that some people experience food cravings that are difficult to control. These cravings may be more than just wanting to eat. They could be a more serious symptom of a condition called “candida”. Candida is a fairly common condition caused by an “overgrowth” of yeast. This overgrowth triggers cravings because your body needs sugar to feed the yeast.
Do you feel like you have no will power when it comes to sweets and sugar? Does a single cracker turn you into a carb junkie? You are not alone in this fight—and this battle requires more than mere will power. If you have candida, the yeast organisms may be infiltrating your body at a very systemic level. You don’t have a chance without some intervention!
Candida is more common than you think because the American diet is based on massive consumption of sugar. We also tend to over-prescribe antibiotics, which can interfere with the body’s immune response and lead to greater incidence of candida. Too often candida goes undiagnosed and untreated because its symptoms do not resemble a regular yeast infection. Candida can often remain unresolved since a person may be asymptomatic, experiencing no obvious tell-tale signs of the condition.
If you have candida, don’t worry…we can help! Our Optimal365™ team has the knowledge and tools to get you back on track and help you eliminate these cravings!
As a client on the Optimal365™ Optimal Health and Weight Loss Program, you’re already enjoying a food regimen that helps starve the candida yeast overgrowth in your body. If your Optimal365™ Health Coach suspects candida, they will ask you some more specific questions to determine whether or not a more specific candida treatment is appropriate for you. We can offer you supplements to kill off the overgrowth of bad bacteria and provide you with some probiotics to rebalance the good bacteria. Our Optimized Candida Weight Loss Solution helps bring the body’s PH balance back into alignment.
The Bottom Line: candida is an issue a lot of people struggle with and never know they have it or what to do about it. Now you can eliminate this roadblock on your Journey to Experiencing Healthy. We can help and will work with you to resolve the condition and help you stay on your Journey.
The Optimal365™ Candida Cleanse Solution
The Optimized Candida Cleanse Solution is mirrors our Weight Loss Solution and your Optimal365™ Health Coach will guide you every step of the way. While the eating plan is quite simple, candida sufferers are often confused by the different stages they will go through when losing weight. Below is a brief explanation of what to expect. Don’t worry, we’re with you all the way!
- Phase One: You’ll cleanse your systems and flush toxins out.
- Phase Two: You’ll begin a modified Weight Loss Program that follows a strict anti-candida food list, and you’ll begin taking probiotics and antifungal supplements.
- Phase Three: You’ll reintroduce other foods once your candida overgrowth has gone.
Approved Candida Cleanse Food List
Artichokes, Asparagus, Beet greens, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Collard greens, Cucumber, Dandelion greens, Eggplant, Endive, Garlic (raw), Green beans, Kale, Kim Chi, Leeks, Lettuce (all types), Okra, Olives, Onions, Radish, Rutabaga, Sauerkraut (raw), Seaweed, Snow pea pods, Spinach, Summer squash, Swiss chard, Tomatoes, Turnip, Zucchini
Live Yogurt Cultures:
Plain yogurt, Probiotics, Kefir
Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Turkey, Wild Game, Eggs
Anchovies, Herring, Sardines, Wild salmon
Nuts & Seeds:
If you are simply doing an Optimized Detox program you may have the following:
Almonds, Almond milk (unsweetened), Coconut Cream, Coconut milk (unsweetened), Flax Seed, Hazelnuts, Hemp Seeds, Macadamia Nuts, Pecans, Pine Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower, Seeds, Walnuts
If you are on the Optimal365™ Weight Loss Program, you may have the following:
Almond milk (unsweetened), Coconut Cream, Coconut milk (unsweetened), Flax Seed, Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds
Avoid all grains while on Optimal365™ Weight Loss program.
If on an Optimized Detox program, you may select grains from list below:
Amaranth, Buckwheat, Millet, Oat Bran, Quinoa, Wild and brown rice
Herbs and Spices:
Basil,Black Pepper, Cayenne, Cilantro, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cumin, Curry, Dill, Garlic, Ginger, Nutmeg, Oregano, Paprika, Rosemary, Tarragon, Thyme, Turmeric
Optimal365™ Weight Loss Clients: Virgin Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut oil
Optimized Detox Clients: Virgin Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Sesame Oil, Pumpkin seed oil, Macadamia Oil, Almond Oil, Flax Oil, Safflower, Sunflower ,Coconut oil, Coconut butter, Organic butter
Black Pepper, Sea Salt, Lemon Juice, Coconut Aminos, Apple Cider Vinegar (Organic, Raw, Unfiltered), Mustard Powder, Mustard made with apple cider vinegar
Chicory root coffee, Kombucha, Cinnamon Tea, Clove Tea, Chamomile Tea, Pau D’arco Tea, Peppermint Tea, Ginger Tea, Licorice Tea, Lemongrass Tea
Why are these foods on the approved list?
- Vegetables starve the candida of the sugar and mold that feed it.
- Vegetables absorb fungal poisons and carry them out of your body.
- You should avoid starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, yams, corn, all winter squash, beets, peas, parsnips and all beans (except green beans). These vegetables convert to sugar.
- You should buy your vegetables fresh and eat them raw, steamed or grilled. Add a little garlic and onions for flavor. A double bonus: candida doesn’t like onions or garlic!
- Kim Chi is made of fermented vegetables such as cabbage, onion, cucumber, peppers, garlic, or radishes. The probiotic bacteria in Kim Chi will help kill off the candida in your intestine. Raw sauerkraut works in the same way.
- Olives are acceptable as long as they are not in distilled white vinegar.
- All types of seaweed including chlorella and spirulina are excellent in fighting candida.
LIVE YOGURT CULTURES
- Live yogurt cultures (sometimes called “probiotics”) help your gut to repopulate itself with good bacteria. The live bacteria in the yogurt will crowd out the candida yeast and restore balance to your system
- Live yogurt can be very useful after a course of antibiotics.
- Yogurt from goat and sheep milk is best. These yogurts tend to contain fewer chemicals.
- Good bacteria from live yogurt cultures will also produce antifungal enzymes that can help you fight candida.
- Plain yogurt does contain a small amount of lactose (a form of sugar), but this is not enough to aggravate your candida.
- Fresh cuts of meat are free of sugars and mold, so they fill you up while restricting the candida yeasts in your body.
- You should eat only fresh and organic meat. Avoid processed meat like lunch meat, bacon and Spam, which are loaded with sugars like dextrose and preservatives like nitrates and sulphates.
- It is also best to avoid smoked or vacuum packed meats.
- A helpful note: most Atkins recipes will also work reasonably well in a candida diet.
- To avoid ocean contaminates, eat wild salmon and sardines. They do contain some contaminants, but in much lower amounts than other seafood.
- You should still only consume fish a few times a week.
- Buy your fish fresh, or packed in olive oil or water.
NUTS AND SEEDS
- Nuts are good for you, but they can be tough on the digestive system for candida sufferers. Consume them in limited amounts. Each person reacts differently, so watch out for digestive symptoms.
- You should know that some nuts contain small amounts of mold. It can be removed by soaking them in water and fresh lemon juice then air drying them, or putting them in the oven on low heat until crispy.
- Another tip to remove mold from nuts before eating: spray with a diluted solution of grapefruit seed.
- If you like nuts, stick to freshly cracked or whole ones, they have less mold
- If you consume ground flax seed, remember that it goes bad very quickly. Buy whole flax seeds and grind them with a food processor or coffee grinder. Then eat it right away.
- Grains contain a high amount of fiber. They are excellent for keeping the colon clear so candida doesn’t get a chance to multiply.
- Grains also act like a pipe cleaner in your intestine, grabbing nasty toxins like pollutants, chemicals, pesticides and heavy metals on their way through!
- Most products derived from the list above are acceptable—e.g. quinoa crackers, and buckwheat flour. You can find these in the gluten free section in health food stores.
- Oat bran is different from oatmeal, and contains lots of soluble fiber
HERBS, SPICES AND CONDIMENTS
- Besides enhancing flavor, many herbs and spices contain antioxidants and possess anti-fungal properties.
- Some herbs and spices can also increase circulation and reduce inflammation.
- Many herbs and spices can improve digestion and alleviate constipation.
- Most herbs and spices are beneficial in your fight against candida, and they can really give your food extra flavor, especially while you’re on a restricted candida diet.
- If you’re looking for a great alternative to soy sauce, try Coconut Aminos.
- Please remember that mustard made with distilled vinegar is not allowed when you’re combating candida.
- You should only use cold pressed oils. Be sure and check the label!
- Remember, when you heating oil you destroy many of its nutrients.
- All of the herbal teas listed above have antifungal properties – great for fighting candida.
- Chicory root is also a great probiotic (it contains 20% Inulin), so it can even help to repopulate your gut with healthy bacteria.
- Use stevia in place of sugar. It doesn’t affect your blood sugar levels at all!
- Look for gum or mints with Xylitol to take care of bad breath.