Too much of a good thing can be bad.
Take a look at a rainforest environment and you’ll see it’s crucial that each species exist in a specific ratio to maintain the harmony. Each creature has a job, a crucial interaction must take place between the organism and the environment.
Sadly, in our modern world, we see all sorts of new technologies, reducing biodiversity and having detrimental effects on our rainforests. Overgrowth of a helpful organism can very quickly create a harmful impact on the entire ecosystem.
If you are wondering how this applies to you as a wellness professional, recall the similar system contained within each of us: the delicate balance of our gut flora.
Similar to a rainforest, our gut micro-biome relies on balance to thrive in the best interest of our bodies. When modern living and medical interventions cause imbalance, we may begin to see our bodies acting in the best interest of a harmful organism.
Case in point: Candida
A refresher on the basics: Candida is a fungus (more specifically, a yeast) that when in balance, assists in digestion and proper nutrient absorption. However factors like antibiotic therapy, high-sugar diets, and prolonged physical or emotional stress can allow yeast to overgrow. This kick-starts the domino effect of nasty symptoms and illness that follows.
If you’ve ever had a client battling with Candida overgrowth, you know the struggle is real. Symptoms can be debilitating in some cases, and a huge barrier to proper treatment as the Yeast Beast takes hold.
Mood swings, brain fog and mental health imbalances, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, gastrointestinal issues, skin, sinus and nail infections, oral thrush, vaginal & urinary tract infections, and of course food cravings are all common symptoms of this imbalance.
To get the Yeast Beast in check, a very strict Anti-Candida Diet must be followed to starve and kill-off the overgrown Candida and allow the flora to rebalance.
This cleansing diet removes all forms of sugar, which the yeast uses as food.
Other foods avoided include those that actually contain yeast, high-starch foods that convert to sugar, and foods likely to weaken the immune system.
Since sugar and starchy carbs form the bulk of a standard diet, there’s no sugar-coating it, an Anti-Candida Diet can be extremely hard to stick to.
Often the hardest part of recommending an Anti-Candida diet is educating your clients on just how much sugar they are eating without realizing it. That even natural, healthier sweeteners and fruit will affect blood sugar and feed Candida. Not to mention all the foods that break down into sugar (including our precious, complex carbohydrates) can be a problem when the Yeast Beast has taken hold.
Planning is essential for success!
As the Candida population begins to starve and die, it will do everything to stay alive (can’t blame ‘em for trying) including manipulating the host to seek sugary foods.
Finding a way to stick to a completely sugar-free diet while still enjoying food can be a challenge. Preparation is key here, so that when the sugar cravings strike (and they will) your clients are armed with knowledge… and prepped with a fridge full of sugar-free foods.
That Clean Life for Business members know the value of an amazing meal plan for helping clients stick to their healthy diets and reach their health goals.
We're excited to share that we have created a ridiculously simple and fun 7-Day Anti-Candida Diet Program that makes it easier and more enjoyable than ever to stick to a Candida cleanse. This plan checks all the boxes: from a variety of delicious recipes that are Candida cleanse friendly, to assembling a super simple prep guide, which makes it easy to stay on track during the toughest moments of a candida cleanse.
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Living happily ever after...
Once the Yeast Beast has been defeated (Hooray!), most people can expand their diet to contain a moderate amount of complex carb sources. Low-sugar fruits like berries, and starchy veggies like sweet potato or squash are well tolerated by most people.
Excess sugar, refined flour, processed foods, and large amounts of uncultured dairy products are best avoided permanently. The Yeast Beast may be tamed, but given the opportunity, it will strike again!
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