staying clear through the holiday party season

the holidays are fast approaching, and with the onset of holiday work parties and huge family gatherings comes our primal tendencies to binge and celebrate on overdrive. we get it – it’s cold outside, the sun makes a pathetic appearance for months on end, and the last thing you want to do is stay on top of your acne-safe lifestyle. it’s tempting to stay out ’til dawn, partying in the club and bingeing at the corner pizzeria, but this might not help you on your journey to clear skin.

the unfortunate truth is that sugary drinks, sporadic sleep and inflammatory substances like alcohol and sweet holiday foods can all contribute to acne by activating the body’s stress response. even though you may not feel stressed out mentally or physically, your body is working hard to combat the stressors of the holiday season, and sometimes it will let you know by producing a map of inflamed acne across your face.

we want to help you prepare for and adapt to the stress and stressors of the holidays, so here are our tried and true tips for making it through this party season with clear skin:

maintain your skin regimen. try your best to keep your morning and evening skincare habits afloat, even after a hard night of hard liquor. sleeping in makeup that has been caked onto your face for hours can be damaging to the health of your skin, as the ingredients in makeup can irritate pores and contribute to inflammation. plus, we can’t underestimate the importance of washing away the polluting particles that lodge themselves into our skin throughout a day of city-living. nightly cleansing is extra important if you are a smoker or if you are consistently exposed to second-hand smoke, damp and stuffy bar air, or if you interact on an intimate level with people who use cloggy products. if you have a more complex regimen that involves multiple serums, don’t worry about the extra steps – just be sure to cleanse, tone and moisturize in the morning and before bed. we love taping a step-by-step regimen card to the bathroom mirror so we don’t have a chance to forget this important nightly ritual. if you really can’t bring yourself to wash your face, at the very least, wet a makeup-removing sponge with some water and cleanser and wipe off the day’s dust. i must admit that even i have been guilty of saturating a toner pad with mandelic toner, moisturizing and calling it a night on occasion.

stay away from excess sugar. this can be a tough one throughout the holidays, when sweet spiced lattes beckon on every city corner and when the work fridge is packed with pumpkin pies and festive snacks. if you know you can’t make it through december without the tastes of the season, try making your own versions of classic holiday desserts, like a paleo pumpkin pie with low-glycemic coconut sugar instead of refined white sugar, or an apple pie that features an almond-flour crust for an added protein-boost. substitute ghee for butter in this recipe for chocolate-covered chestnuts and you’ll be invited back to holiday parties for years to come. rainbow grocery and whole foods usually offer a plethora of low-glycemic holiday sweets to choose from. bring these tasty treats to work or parties so you have something that you know is acne-safe to munch on. we wouldn’t want you to feel left out of the holiday fun! try your best to moderate your sugar intake, but if it’s not always possible, don’t stress – just remember to have a good time. opt for dark chocolate and fruit, and if you truly can’t resist the temptation of your uncle’s famous homemade pumpkin pie, have just a bite or two to satisfy that craving. as for alcohol, choose clear liquor with no added sugar – just a twist of lime or some bitters and sparkling water will do the trick! check out this site for a comprehensive guide to the sugar content in wines and steer towards the dry side. and don’t worry, dairy-free egg nog can totally be on the menu.

eat a well-balanced meal before or with drinks and skip the late-night mcdonald’s binge. in order to decrease the likelihood that you will face a punishing hangover after a wild night out, eat a good-sized meal with protein and healthy fats like avocado, olive oil and fish beforehand. eating before drinking will also help you steer clear of late-night fast food choices (it’s never fun standing in line at the pizzeria at 2am anyway). if you do end up craving a midnight snack, gnaw on some jerky or an avocado to balance out the blood sugar rush that accompanies a night of drinking. some late night san francisco snack options include the tamale lady, tacos without cheese or sour cream, street dogs on mission (hot dogs wrapped in bacon – yikes!) or crepes without dairy. and of course, if you are really craving some pizza, try a cheese-less slice.

hydrate. we can’t emphasize this one enough. drink plenty of water through the winter season. sometimes we can forget to drink enough water when it’s cold outside because our bodies don’t register dehydration in the same way that they do when they’re faced with a sweltering heat and harsh sun. this may mean that your body doesn’t offer the same thirst signals that it might during the peak of summer, so remember to always fill up your water bottle and sip from it all day long. and drink extra water if you know you’ll be consuming dehydrating alcoholic beverages – have ‘water bumpers’ between drinks by alternating alcohol with water all night. also, think about the hangover you’ll likely feel the next day – maybe that is enough of a deterrent from doing 151 shots?

get your beauty sleep. getting a good night’s sleep has not only been linked to more stable blood sugar levels throughout the day, but also with the ability to make better food choices, which is extra crucial this time of year. it makes sense – if you make it through the night with only five hours of sleep, you’re likely to wake up tired, reaching for that sugary coffee drink just to function at work. pair that with a fluffy pastry and you’re setting up yourself up for another afternoon crash. so try to prioritize this precious rest time and aim for a solid eight hours of sleep each night. just remember: you don’t have to go to ALL of the parties your invited to. you can always say no. if you do tend to your every social obligation, cut some of them short or party alcohol-free. allow a couple nights a week for your body to rest so that you don’t end up with a nasty cold that puts you out for days.

don’t leave home without your sterilizing toner. skinSALVATION’s sterilizing toner has many benefits throughout the holiday season. first, it’s a fantastic antidote to any type of hot and heavy behavior that may occur in the club. if you find yourself sweating buckets on the dance floor, simply swipe some sterilizing toner across your face as a way of freshening up while preventing the spread of acne-causing bacteria deep into your pores. and if you find a special someone on the dance floor and end up locking lips, the sterilizing toner can be a great way to help ensure that their cloggy products won’t interfere with your clear skin journey.

icing – if you haven’t already jumped on the icing bandwagon for clear skin, get on it! icing is a great way to decrease the redness and inflammation that sometimes accompany hormonal and stress-related acne. if done in conjunction with your regimen, icing also creatures micro-fissures in your skin that allow potent product like mandelic toner to penetrate more deeply. so if you don’t already have an ice pop, come by the shop and pick one up! then, head home, cleanse your face, pop in home alone and start icing your face for 20-30 minutes. be sure to move the ice constantly in order to avoid ice burn and follow it up with toner and moisturizer. it’s an easy and relaxing way to heal current acne and to prevent new acne from forming. icing is both a great way to relax before hitting the sack after a night of drinking AND a perfect pick-me-up on a hungover morning.

prepare for a long night out. if you know you’ll be spending the night at a friend’s house, pack an overnight bag full of 2oz travel size skinSALVATION products and a clean pillow case. don’t sabotage your clear skin journey by settling for your pal’s bacteria-filled linens. bringing your own pillow case also ensures that your skin won’t be exposed to any residue from her cloggy products. similarly, you won’t have to scrub with her coconut oil-infused bath and body bar if you think ahead and pack a travel bag of acne-safe face products.

take a minute to slow down. the holidays can be stressful as we rush around town in a frenzy, seeking perfect gifts for our loved ones while making holiday feasts for friends, hosting parties and still attempting to keep up with work deadlines. it’s a lot to handle. so take a minute to slow it on down everyday and either meditate or acknowledge a few aspects of your life for which you are thankful. this is the season for giving but we often get so caught up in giving to others that we forget to take time out for ourselves. so next time you need a few minutes for an epsom salt bath or a few sun salutations, don’t feel guilty. instead, recognize that you are making positive choices for yourself and for the people around you by allowing your holiday stress to melt away. we love the meditation app, simple habit, which has a ton of great 1-5 minute meditations that can be done anywhere – in a cab on the way to an event, on bart before walking to the office, or on your morning walk with the family pup.

at the end of the season, try out a liver cleanse. this can be especially important if you went a little overboard with the cigarettes/cocaine/molly that some random person offered you in the bathroom line at the bar. our livers work overtime during the holidays to process all of the added substances we feed our bodies, so it’s good to give our star quarterbacks a break every now and then. this is why january is such a popular month for cleanses and whole30s and detoxes. when you feel like your body has had enough of the drugs and alcohol, try nourishing it with liver-supporting herbs like dandelion and burdock roots, nettle and milk thistle. consuming these herbs as teas alongside a diet free of processed foods can help give your liver a much-deserved break. we love sipping on detox teas all through the cold winter months. when our livers are functioning properly, they become the front line of defense against acne, as they flush toxins and excess hormones like estrogen from our bodies. if the liver is overwhelmed, the skin becomes the next organ to take on the responsibility of flushing out these nasty little invaders. so, the less mess we put into our bodies, the more energy our livers devote to helping us maintain clear skin.

one of my favorite clean green soups to make involves simply steaming a ton of green vegetables (kale, broccoli, spinach, zuchinni) and blending them with the water from steaming (that’s where all the nutrients are). add half an avocado for creaminess, a bunch of cilantro, dill or parsley, and a hearty squeeze of lemon, and you’ve got yourself nutrient-dense detox powerhouse. i love this soup on cold mornings with a poached egg and some sauerkraut. you can also down some chlorophyll (not to be confused with chlorella, which is not acne-safe), to boost your daily dose of beauty greens. Check out these tips to get started on a gentle post-holiday liver cleanse for clear skin.

so what’s the bottom line? the holiday season is a time for celebrating with friends and for indulging, so have fun and don’t beat yourself up if you stray a bit from the acne-safe lifestyle. do your best and celebrate small victories, like the dairy-free pumpkin pie you brought to your holiday work party, where nobody knew the difference.

what are some of your favorite ways to celebrate the holidays acne-safe?

acne AND candida safe soy sauce cooking alternatives

so a lot of our asian clients cook with a lot of soy sauce and when they cut down, they clear up.  we realize though how challenging it can be to substitute this in the kitchen – so here are some safe alternatives!

coconut secret coconut aminos

– coconut secret’s coconut aminos is a great soy sauce substitute.  it’s many times more nutritious than soy sauce, and is very rich in amino acids.  it takes almost like a spiked teriyaki soy vinegar.  **candida safe

ginger & green onion sauce!

– chinese steamed chicken with ginger and green onion is one of my most favorite foods.  i made a batch and found that the ginger/green onion sauce is delicious on EVERYTHING!  try steaming different foods and topping them with this sauce.  the recipe is: 2 whole bunches of green onions, a large knob of ginger, blended or chopped up in a bowl, then add about a 1/4 cup hot olive oil and some stock (if you have some around).  add salt to taste.  (shout out to SF’s mama for the recipe 🙂 )   **candida safe

spicely organic vindaloo curry powderthai kitchen organic coconut milk

– curries can be made easily and acne-safely with curry powder, coconut milk, and  bit of pink salt.  you can also add chopped up aromatics like anti-inflammatory turmeric, digestion enhancing ginger, or fragrant lemongrass (just beat it up a bit with the back of a knife to get the flavor out of it before simmering it with the sauce). **candida safe

herb chart from http://www.happycow.net/blog/?p=908

-fresh herbs can add a lot of flavor to dishes – they may seem subtle at first but once you start working with them you’ll discover they pack a lot of punch!  rinse them well, dry and pick off the leaves to cook with/eat, you can compost the main stalk upon the tasty leaves grow.  **candida safe

pesto, image from http://samandlaurenbattershell.blogspot.com/2011/06/pesto-pesto-pesto.html

– any green pesto.  in a blender, combine 2 cups of packed greens (basil, kale, spinach, arugula, any kind of green!), 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup of nuts (pine nuts are traditional, but you can use any nut – roasting them first on a hot pan til fragrant definitely hooks it up with flavor) and a couple of squeezes of lemon juice.  blend it up and add salt and pepper to taste..  if you google recipes, you’ll find that they often include cheese – add this at your own risk!!  anyhow, you can eat this with pasta and or top your steak, fish or veggies with it!  ***candida safe if you use candida safe nuts and NO CHEESE!

olive tapenade from sheknows.com

– olive tapenade pesto – for a twist, you can also add some olives to the above mix, creating a sort of green tapenade.  or you can just do olives and omit the greens.  check out this site here for other great spread ideas (just watch out for the dairy!).  ***candida safe if you use olives that were NOT packed in vinegar!

garlic & lemon

– garlic and lemon are one of the most easiest combinations – i bet you have these 2 things in your kitchen right now.  one of my favorite ways to prepare salmon is to lay the salmon on a baking sheet, chop up some garlic cloves, slice some lemon, and get a few sprigs of rosemary and lay these aromatics underneath and on top of the fish..  then drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper.  roast at 400F for about 15-20 mins and voila!  ***candida safe

candida safe noodles (updated 7/7/13)

as we all know, an important part of doing the candida cleanse properly is to avoid processed foods, and stick to whole, nutrient-dense, organic foods.  basically, the closer to the natural state a food is (how it looks when it’s still growing in the field, or on a farm), the healthier it is to eat.  whole grains (like brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat) are a good way to help get fiber while on the cleanse, but should be eaten moderately.  i’d say a 1/4 cup of grain per meal is safe.

but sometimes you just CRAVE a noodle.  so here are some candida-safe ones, but remember to eat these like a treat and not as a staple, since they are processed and extruded under heavy heat and machinery to create the noodle shape.  the heat basically kills off all nutrients, and the fine grinding of grain turns into sugar faster once it enters the digestive system.  for more information, you can read this article to find out why extrusion-processed foods are bad news.

eden 100% buckwheat soba noodles

100% buckwheat soba noodles, though expensive (around $8 a pack) would be a great candida-safe staple, especially since it is so high in fiber and protein.  these are the only ones i have been able to find that are 100% buckwheat – they are often combined with regular wheat flour, so make sure to read those labels carefully!

brown rice noodles

another candida-safe find is brown rice noodles (about $3 a pack).  these cook up quickly and can make for a quick soup or stir-fried noodle dish.  what i also like to do is cook up noodles and mix it up with a salad, making for a really yummy and filling and nutritious meal.

acne and candida safe – homemade mayonnaise

hey guys.  so i am finally doing the candida cleanse, after making so many of you loyal sS’ers do it for clear skin 🙂  except that i am doing it to help with my allergies, and overall health.  ill post more about my journey, but for now here’s a great recipe for homemade mayo – one of the things that have definitely made the cleanse much easier for me.

one of the things i’ve quickly learned is that though the candida-diet can be strict, it just takes a little research and creativity to recreate your favorite recipes.  alls you have to do is substitute ingredients to make it candida friendly.

for this recipe, ive included 2 ingredient lists: 1 candida safe, and 1 acne safe.  try them both out and let us know what you think!

zucchini cakes & home made mayonnaise!

CANDIDA-SAFE HOMEMADE WHOLE EGG MAYO

candida-safe ingredients:
– 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder (mustard seeds will do in a pinch, especially if you have a vitamix to pulverize them)
– 3/4 teaspoon salt (pink himalayan preferred)
– 2 whole eggs (local and pasture-raised eggs preferred – especially since the eggs in this recipe are consumed raw)
– 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice (i personally love 1TB of each in a batch)
– 2 cups olive oil (i use this one, that i got from farmer joe’s in lower diamond, oakland)
OPTIONAL: you can blend in some fresh garlic or herbs if you want to make aioli!

acne-safe ingredients:
– 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
– 3/4 teaspoon salt (pink himalayan salt preferred)
– 2 whole eggs (local and pasture-raised eggs preferred – especially since the eggs in this recipe are consumed raw)
– 2 tablespoons vinegar (any kind, get creative!)
– 2 cups any acne-safe oil (no corn/canola, soybean/vegetable or coconut oil)
– OPTIONAL: fresh garlic, herbs, or even avocado & cooked bacon..  yum!

directions:
1.  in a blender (or with an immersion blender), blend up the first 4 ingredients.
2.  while the blender is still running, slowly drizzle in the 2 cups of oil.  the blending action will emulsify the mixture and it will soon start to thicken.  if you are going to add the optional ingredients, you can add these in now, too.
3.  once everything has been blended up (this happens quickly, no more than a minute or two), try the mayo out!  you may want to add more mustard or salt or a splash of lemon juice/apple cider vinegar to your taste.
4.  transfer to a storage container (glass mason jars are what i like to use) and stick in the refrigerator to further thicken.
5.  eat on EVERYTHING.  i love these on my shredded zucchini cakes, as pictured above – recipe for that to follow! 🙂

enjoy!

the CANDIDA cleanse

UPDATED 4/9/13

hello fellow sS’ers!

you may recall from a previous post that candida albicans is a yeast that we all naturally have in our digestive systems. a variety of different factors like antibiotic usage, diets excessive in sugar, and even stress can throw off the balance of bacteria in our systems and cause an overgrowth of candida.  this overgrowth can lead to an endless array of symptoms such as chronic yeast infections, depression, bloating, gas, constipation, fatigue, joint pain and of course….ACNE.

when kimmy started seeing kim in december of ’09, she literally felt “clear” after the first treatment. but some time passed and she started breaking out again. this time, the breakout didn’t go away no matter how many times she came in for treatment.  along with the stubborn acne, she was having frequent yeast infections, and had an itchy rash on her face that just wouldn’t go away!  after much probing (both at her skin and into her life!), kim came to the conclusion that she had a candida overgrowth and would need to do a cleanse to get clear.

since sS was still fairly new to the candida cleanse, kimmy was sort of the guinea pig who tried and tested the crazy amount of information out there. now, after 3 rounds of the cleanse, hours of reading, and lots of frustration trying to navigate all of the conflicting information, we hope these tips she learned will help you and save you from all of the trouble she went through.

first, a few very straightforward pointers:

1. JUST DO IT. if you’re following the sS acne-free lifestyle, coming in for treatment as prescribed, and following your regimen and you’re still not clearing up; if you get chronic yeast infections, have poor digestion, crave sugar and carbs, have all around poor health and get sick all the time, just. freakin. do. it!!!

the good news is: it can’t hurt. “cleanse” is a misleading word because really, the “candida cleanse” is just following a healthy diet – and this way of eating will benefit you whether or not you have candida.a few months may seem like a long time but it is nothing compared to the months and years you will suffer with acne and all the other candida symptoms you may experience if you dont just nip this in the bud now. and lets just be honest, most of us could do with a few months of cleaning up our diets (and perhaps our livers too…)

2. don’t bother doing it half-assed. if you’re gonna do it, do it all the way! the first two times kimmy did the cleanse, she did it for two weeks each. her symptoms got better then got worse again. finally, she gave in and ended up doing it for the full two months. in the end, instead of just doing it for the full two months in the first place, she wasted time doing it half- assed because she was being lazy. also, yeast thrives on sugar — and yes, that means just a tiny drop of alcohol or a little bite of chocolate! don’t do the cleanse and cheat (even if its just a little bit) because ultimately, you’re just cheating yourself.

3. be prepared! don’t just decide to do the cleanse tomorrow without preparing and definitely don’t decide to do it right before vacation: you’ll be setting yourself up to fail and you’ll be really, really hungry. when the time is right, gather up some recipes, get some snacks in that fridge, and be prepared to spend a little time in the kitchen. if you’re someone like kimmy who’s scared to boil a pot of water, don’t worry!  we promise you, this doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming – but, you are going to have to get over your fear of burning down the house or poisoning someone every time you prepare food. and who knows, by the end of the cleanse, you may even enjoy cooking and be confident in your skills in the kitchen… as you should be! you can do it 🙂

now, on to the nitty-gritty!  we’re gonna warn you, you may start reading this list of foods to avoid and find that everything you eat is, well, a food to avoid. don’t run away just yet!  we promise you won’t be hungry and there is still a ton of things that you can eat! so, here it goes…

FOODS TO AVOID!

SUGARS (try xylitol or stevia instead!)
sugar, honey, syrup, lactose, sucrose, fructose, chocolate, molasses, rice syrup, artificial sweeteners, agave nectar, coconut sugar, candy, cookies, snack foods

ALCOHOL
ALL. OF.  IT.  wine, beer, spirits, liquors, cider.  yep.  sorry.

BEVERAGES
coffee, decaf coffee, black & green tea (or any caffeinated tea), diet & regular soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, coconut water, fruit juice, rice milk, kombucha (it has caffeine from the tea and sugar!)

MEAT
all pork products, cured meat (like: salami, pepperoni, pastrami, hot dogs), processed meats (lunch meat, bacon, spam), smoked & vacuum packed meats

GRAINS/GLUTINOUS FOODS
wheat, rye, oats, barley, bread, enriched flour, white or wheat pasta, spelt products, corn, corn by products, cereal

FRUIT (lemon and limes are fine!)
fresh fruit, dried fruit, canned fruit, fruit juice

VEGETABLES
potatoes, corn, carrots, sweet potatoes, yams, beets, peas, parsnips, yucca, all winter squash,  basically anything starchy, which the body will turn into sugar upon consumption.

DAIRY
cheese, milk, cream, buttermilk, yogurt.  PASTURED and organic butter however, is ok in small amounts.

CONDIMENTS
ketchup, store bought mayonnaise (homemade that you make yourself is ok), regular mustard, relish, horseradish, soy sauce, salad dressings, vinegars.  in place of vinegars, you can use apple cider vinegar, lemon and limes ONLY.

FATS/OILS
peanut oil, cottonseed oil, corn oil, coconut oil, vegetable oils, canola oil, soy oil, margarine, shortening, lard

MUSHROOMS/MOLDS
mushrooms, truffles, imported teas, cheeses, even dried spices (fresh herbs are best)

NUTS
cashews, peanuts, pistachios

PHEW. you still with us? now, lets talk about the foods you CAN eat.

we know most of you have a diet right now that consists entirely of foods in the last section.  we also know how intimidating it is to read the list that you’re about to read and to never have cooked or even heard of some of these foods.

amaranth? is that a perfume?… buckwheat? wasn’t that a character from the little rascals?… um, NO. these are foods that for some strange reason are not a part of our american diet… but they should be! most of them are affordable, easy to make, full of nutrients and delicious.

take buckwheat for example. buckwheat is one of the gluten-free grains allowed on the cleanse. it can be found in the bulk section of most supermarkets and is usually even less expensive than rice. it’s high in quality plant proteins, both essential and non-essential amino acids, the powerful antioxidant rutin, and vitamin e. compared to rice, it has twice as much zinc and copper, over three times the amount of calcium and iron, and over five times the amount of potassium and magnesium. buckwheat takes less time to cook than rice and can be eaten as is or put in soups (like we like to do).

the point is, don’t be scared by foods you’re not familiar with. a fancy name doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s hard to cook or expensive.

now, onto the full list of FOODS TO EAT:

VEGETABLES
artichokes, asparagus, avocado, beet greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, collard greens, cucumber, dandelion greens, eggplant, endive, garlic, green beans, kale, kimchi (raw – with no sugar or vinegar!), leeks, lettuce, okra, olives (as long as they are not in vinegar – apple cider vinegar is ok though), onions, peppers, radish, rutabaga, sauerkraut (raw), snow pea pods, spinach, summer squash, swiss chard, turnip, zucchini

NON-GLUTINOUS GRAINS (keep at a minimum, up to 25% of each meal)
amaranth, buckwheat, millet, canahua, oat bran, quinoa, wild and brown rice

BEANS  dont eat these more than 1-2 times a week max. they are high in carbohydrates, which turns to sugar. if you want to be super conservative, don’t eat them at all!

MEAT (be sure to use organic, hormone-, antibiotic-free and local products as much as possible!)
beef, chicken, lamb, turkey, wild game, eggs

FISH
anchovies, herring, sardines, wild salmon

NUTS AND SEEDS
almonds, almond milk (unsweetened), coconut milk, coconut cream (unsweetened), flax seeds, hazelnuts, hemp seeds, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts

OILS/ FATS
olive oil, sesame oil, pumpkin seed oil, macadamia oil, almond oil, flax oil, safflower, sunflower, ghee, organic butter. (traditionally coconut oil and butter are allowed on the cleanse, but are not recommended for the acne-prone, so it’s best to avoid them)

HERBS AND SPICES
basil, black pepper, cayenne, cilantro, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, curry, dill, garlic, ginger, nutmeg, oregano, paprika, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, turmeric (fresh is always best, to reduce the possible amount of mold dried herbs can harbor)

SEASONING
black pepper, sea salt, lemon juice, coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar, mustard powder

BEVERAGES
chicory root “coffee” (aka inka), herbal teas (meaning, non-caffeinated like chamomile, senna, peppermint, etc.), fresh vegetable juices (avoid the not-candida-safe veggies like carrots and beets, though – also no fruit!).  pau d’arco tea is known for helping with rebalancing candida levels.

SWEETENERS
stevia, xylitol

let’s want to walk you through a typical day of food on the cleanse:

breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled with greens (kale, collard greens, spinach) in olive oil, oat bran w/almond milk, cinnamon and sliced almonds or coconut shreds (unsweetened), or even candida-safe grain porridge (you can eat this savory with leftover veggies and meat, or sweet with almond milk, cinnamon and almonds or unsweetened coconut)

snack: celery/bell peppers w/hummus or almond butter, mixed nuts

lunch: salad w/avocado and quinoa & dressed w/olive oil and apple cider vinegar, chicken

dinner: roasted brussels sprouts, cajun spiced fish, millet/buckwheat

all of these meals are super easy, economical, and easy to pack up and take to work or school.

here are a few tips while you’re on the cleanse:

you may experience “die-off” symptoms, a.k.a.: sugar withdrawals. as you starve the yeast, it releases toxic byproducts into your system and this can cause symptoms ranging from sweating to headaches to fatigue. if this happens, don’t stop! it simply means that the cleanse is working and your body is cleansing itself of the yeast.  just try to take it easy, and be gentle with yourself.  take extra time to rest, have relaxation time, take epsom salt baths, take up a new hobby like coloring or reading paperback books 🙂

try not to eat out too much during this time: it will just make you really frustrated.  if you must, mediterranean restaurants are a good choice because a lot of the dishes are yeast free.  you can also go to a high end restaurant that serves good, clean locally grass-fed beef or organic free-range chicken or wild fish, and ask that they prepare them with only olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic.  they often will also have veggies you can ask to have as sides instead, and have seasoned the same way.

MAKE SOUP!!! soups were kimmy’s saving grace during the cleanse!  she’s all about the easiest and fastest way to do things and making a soup is a great way to make something easy, fast and economical. every saturday, she went to the alemany farmers market, bought tons of organic veggies and made a soup that would last me almost the entire week.  no cooking everyday, and super easy to reheat and eat?  hallelujah.

CANSOL is an herbal tincture recommended by naturopath, dr. anstett, to be taken in conjunction with the diet. dr. anstett says there are a lot of candida cleanse kits on the market and most of them are garbage. the manufacturer of cansol, pure herbs, is the one he trusts and uses in his own practice.  we have also heard success with taking oregano oil, but haven’t tested this out.  let us know how it works out for you!

CANSOL INFORMATION from pure herbs, the manufacturer:

CAN.-SOL – (CANDIDA yeast – SOLOMON, formerly known as CAN. COMBINATION) Kills stubborn yeast infections. This unique Combination was designed and formulated by the much loved and admired, living, Amish Herbal Practitioner, Solomon Wickey, for severe cases of Candida and other persistent yeast infections. Part of Solomon’s wisdom in choosing two of the herbs in this combination was to observe Nature and note which plants can and do live in dark and moist or wet environments and never have problems with a fungus infection such as yeasts. The roots of Purple Loosestrife (loves to be near or in water) and the White Pond Lily fill these requirements exactly, and lend their strength to us for protection against yeast and other fungus infections. Indiscriminate use of antibiotic treatments, which are in reality yeasts themselves, do kill bacteria, but, at the same time, encourage the growth of fellow yeasts and other types of fungus. Often, normal yeasts associated with the body, such as candida, are pushed to an overgrowth type of situation by the use of antibiotics and cause an even worse problem. Yeast infections can be sexually transmitted and traded back and forth between sexual partners. This must be guarded against while a person is using CAN.-SOL, so it can do its job properly. Avoid all “sweets” and refined carbohydrates such as white flour products, bread, cookies, crackers, stuffings, etc. during use of CAN.-SOL. Also, avoid vinegar, beer and wines. Some natural sweets such as fruit juices and fruits can be enjoyed, by some, during this time. Do use a bowel program that produces at least 2, and preferably 3, easy and complete evacuations per day, to clean out the area in which yeasts can house and use as a base of operations, from which they can continue to invade the rest of the body. (SEE: Cascara SagradaC.C.E.-WBuckthornSennaBlack Root) It may also be necessary to eat only organically raised meats, as commercially raised farm animals are often routinely fed antibiotics in their food and passed on to us. CAN.-SOL does offer a welcomed solution and relief to this modern scourge of stubborn yeast infections.
COMBINATION:   Greasewood, Purple Loosestrife, White Pond Lily.DOSE: take 3 dropperfuls, 3 times a day, in conjunction with the candida diet for the best results. Do not be alarmed if cleansing discharges occur; persist and rejoice!

VERY IMPORTANT: make sure you have 2-3 long and formed bowel movements a day, to flush the excess candida completely out of the gut. you can drink extra water, eat more fiber (marshmallow and parsley teas, flax seed, fibrous veggies like celery, cauliflower, broccoli), eat more salad and raw veggies, do some digestive yoga poses.

dr. anstett also recommends you drink ONLY distilled water, and eat organic/locally sourced/antibiotic-free meat and produce.

and last but not least, keep in touch! you can email or call us anytime if you need help, have questions, or you just want to vent your frustration.

we’ve got a pinterest board where we’ve collected tons of recipes and tips. let us know if you find something good to add to it!   just remember, beans (in general) should only be eaten sparingly (1-2 times a week at max) and many of the recipes on our pinterest have garbanzo beans (so don’t go crazy with those recipes!).

we hope this helps and we wish you all the best of luck!