I started a detox 3 weeks ago and it has been going way better than I expected. I used a product called CandiGone to aid the cleansing process and kept my diet strict by not consuming any wheat, dairy, sugar (not even fruit), alcohol, yeast or caffeine. First two days were the worst and I had terrible sugar cravings, but then I bought some Granny Smith apples (only acceptable fruit) and raw almond butter and that’s been my fix for it.
Surprisingly I didn’t miss pasta or bread almost at all during this time. Also, I was easily able to go through the days at work without any caffeine and actually had way more energy than on a regular, caffeine-filled day. Instead of coffee I enjoyed some herbal teas (peppermint) without sugar.
|Granny Smith apples and raw almond butter for sugar cravings|
First couple of days after starting the cleanse I experienced constipation (maybe because of the strong herbs), my skin started breaking out a lot (especially chin area) and I had quite serious sugar cravings. I did hot vinyasa yoga almost daily, had just one day each week for rest and that aided the cleansing process. After every yoga class my skin seemed clearer and in couple of days it was back to normal. Also, I became very regular and felt overall much lighter and energetic.
|Kale salad with quinoa and black beans|
This is a tough diet if you don’t know your way around the kitchen, meaning cook all your food from scratch daily. Because as it turns out, everything has sugar, yeast, whey or wheat. It’s extremely hard to find sauces, bread or even gluten-free crackers that don’t have one of those ingredients.
What is Candida? (Read about it in Finnish here)
Candida albicans is the most common digestive yeast and is present in small amounts in most people. When Candida growth leads to an imbalance of intestinal flora, a Candida cleanse can be helpful to promote intestinal balance.
What is CandiGone?
CandiGONE is a blend of natural herbs and ingredients that have been traditionally used to help maintain a healthy balance of intestinal flora. This 2-part formula includes vegetable capsules and a tincture for a comprehensive Candida cleansing experience.
What to eat during candida cleanse?
YES Sprouted grain breads: (millet, quinoa, flax made with baking soda)
Steel cut oats (for oatmeal)
Fruit: Granny Smith apples, lemons, limes, unsweetened cranberries
Almond or cashew butter
Legumes: includes hummus, all beans
Eggs (natural/organic are best), eat sparingly – a few times a week
NO Wheat grains, wheat products
Fruit juices; fermented beverages such as ciders
All other fruit, fresh or dried
Alcoholic beverages, sodas, coffee
Milk: includes milk products, sour cream, buttermilk, cheeses Peanuts, pistachios
YES Herbal teas (ex. chamomile, peppermint)
Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds (soaked overnight, preferably raw) Carrot sticks, celery sticks
Almonds (preferably raw), almond butter
Unbuttered fresh-popped popcorn
All fresh vegetables (raw or lightly steamed)
Green vegetable juices (with lemon, Granny Smith apples to taste)
NO Fruit or fruit juices
Nuts (nuts in general are acidic and hard to digest)
Peanuts, peanut butter
Microwave popcorn (typically contains harmful hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated oils)
Carrot juice, beet juice, tomato juice, tomatoes
Canned vegetables, mushrooms
YES Yeast-free grains: millet, quinoa, basmati rice, amaranth, brown rice, khorasan wheat, teff, buckwheat, rye.
Red-skinned potatoes (sparingly)
Olive oil, flaxseed oil (cold-pressed if possible)
Soy milk, rice milk, almond milk
Tofu (if tolerated well)
Rice, soy, almond cheeses
Goat milk, goat cheeses, goat kefir
Bragg® Liquid Aminos (in place of soy sauce)
Raw apple cider vinegar
Rice flour, rye flour, soy flour
NO Wheat, wheat products
Yeast-containing foods (ex. breads, pastries)
White potatoes, russets, yams, sweet potatoes
Artificial sweeteners: (ex. aspartame, Sweet’N Low®)
Sugars: honey, maltose, raw sugar, date sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, maple syrup, maple sugar, fructose, molasses, lactose, glucose, mannitol, sorbitol, galactose, sucrose
Condiments, sauces, vinegar-containing foods (ex. mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, pickles, MSG)
Tomato sauce (or sauce with tomatoes)
Packaged/processed foods (including enriched flour products)
I ate lots and lots of kale salads, veggie stews and soups (mainly lentil and cabbage). I will definitely keep going with this low-sugar and low-gluten diet, because it gives me so much energy. But I’m adding the fruits, because it’ summer, and I love fruits. Watermelon, here I come again!