Breaking up is hard to do…{Saying goodbye to Candida}

The time has come to say goodbye.

To part ways after probably a decades long relationship, with no mutual benefits.

Farewell Candida Albicans!!

A user and a taker. Draining vibrant health and weakening immunity.

And with it goes all things sweet and yummy, coffee and tea, wine…and Raisinets!!

Dearest Husband and I have embarked on a Total Candida Cleanse which will last for 8 weeks.

EEKK!

I’m a little nervous.

Breaking up just may be hard to do.

Years ago, when I first got seriously interested in attaining overall optimal health, I became aware of Candida. Having a few symptoms then (and a few more now), I opted out of the strict Candida diet and just ate as healthy as possible most of the time.

And that has certainly worked okay for the most part.

However, at 52 with mid-life stress swirling, I have seen my symptoms increase over the last year.  And I hear the Great Physician speaking clearly.

Face the reality of how harmful Candida can be systemically and take care of the situation before your body really begins to fail.

We’ve been researching, talking and praying about the Total Candida Cleanse, which excludes among other things, chocolate, honey, raisins, sweet potatoes, all fruits, alcohol, dairy, tea, coffee, potatoes {read KETTLE CHIPS!}, carrots and corn, as well as gluten containing grains and the nasty white flour-white sugar items so many crave and consume on a regular basis.

Green veggies, though, are definitely on the list of edibles during the strict diet phase{and beyond}, plus lots of other goodies like lean, organic protein, nuts, quinoa, herbal teas and even xylitol (a natural sweetener found in many items and Spry gum which I love!)

Some of the symptoms of Candida toxicity include abdominal gas and bloating, headaches, anxiety, inability to think clearly or concentrate, blurred vision, mood swings, mild, intermittent depression, sinus inflammation, dizziness, irritability, sensitivity to fragrances and/or other chemicals, athlete’s foot, acid reflux, muscle weakness and chronic pain, just to name a few.

Candida albicans is a naturally occurring yeast in the human body found in the intestinal tract, mouth, throat and genitals. Problems start when something upsets the balance of bacteria, allowing the yeast to proliferate and affect healthy organisms and systems. As Candida does its lifecycle thing inside the body, it also emits more than 70 different toxins.

YUCK!

I’ll post updates on how we are doing, to help keep us going! As with any fast, I have no doubt that much more than our temples will be cleansed over the next weeks.

Wonder what darkness lurks in the deep recesses of our hearts and souls.  We shall see.  And it will be to the Lord that we turn for healing and strength — body, soul and spirit.

While we generally eat organically and healthy, we will miss those occasional sweet treats. But, after the cleanse, once Candida is conquered, sweet foods can be eaten in limited quantities, infrequently.

A great recipe we tried last Saturday: Raw Swiss Chard Roll Ups
Ingredients

4 Swiss chard leaves, spines removed and cut in half lengthwise
Red pepper, cut in thin strips
Bunch of scallions, sliced on the diagonal
Arugula
Alfalfa sprouts
Ripe avocado
Grated, fresh ginger {HOT, so use accordingly}
Garlic clove, minced
Half a lime, juiced
Sea salt, oregano and dulse flakes to taste
Bragg’s aminos

Mash the avacado with ginger, garlic, salt and spices.  Spread a spoonful on a chard leaf.  Pile on the remaining prepared raw veggies.  Roll up and ENJOY!

The Longings End team gave this recipe two thumbs up!

So here’s to a healthy second half with a clearer mind and lots of energy for all the things we love.

Hoping to sound as cheerful and optimistic in my next Candida post…

If anyone reading this post can relate to the symptoms I am describing, be wise in diagnosing yourself.

I am not a medical doctor and the information or experiences I share are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. With all medical conditions consult a qualified medical professional.

~sheila

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8 thoughts on “Breaking up is hard to do…{Saying goodbye to Candida}

  1. Mike filled me in a bit on this new adventure! I’m praying that this cleanse will restore balance and vitality to you both…I know that’s the Father’s heart. BTW Breaking is CHARD to do… 😉 (couldn’t resist)

    • Mike? Who’s Mike? OH you mean Michael:) THANKS for your prayers, Jay…the cravings can set in once the “Law of Sweets Forbidden” is imposed! Last night in the supermarket, I lingered longingly in the Entenmann’s aisle! And we never even buy that stuff!! LOVE your play on words. Witty!

  2. Sounds great, and all the best with it! I’ve been on a similar diet for the past year (with occasional lapses!) and it’s helped heaps. Have managed to find quite a few yummy alternatives that don’t bring on symptoms. It’s great to feel more healthy in every area. Thanks for the recipe too – yum!

  3. I was on that diet in the mid 80’s. It didn’t help enough, so I had to take meds. Be encouraged – all my symptoms disappeared after menopause!