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Whole, Natural, Healing-Food Diet
The Whole Approach Candida Diet is a healing, low-glycemic diet planned around hypo-allergic foods that do not promote yeast growth. The Whole Approach Diet emphasizes highly-nutritious and easily digestible foods. The preferred foods help to clear mucous and reduce inflammation, while minimizing or avoiding foods that don’t support candida cleansing.
Abstinence from hard-to-digest foods, allergens, contaminants or additives, helps encourage intestinal healing and whole body detoxification. GMO-free and organic foods are emphasized as much as possible. The Whole Approach Support Forum, provides guidance and support for healthy eating. Tarilee Cornish, CNP (Certified Nutritional Practitioner) provides support and other helpful tips for navigating food quality and food safety issues inherent in our global, industrialized food system.
Corresponding educational reference resources further augment the WholeApproach food lists, including the Food Notes and Candida Diet FAQs. An overview of the Whole Approach Candida Diet can be found below, as well as a description of Tarilee's healthy eating guidelines.
Customized to Individuals Needs
The Whole Approach Candida Diet is customized by each individual according to their improving score on the WholeApproach Candida Symptom Assessment Questionnaire. Food choices are selected from a Food List download, divided into easy to use, color-coded, OK, Limit and Avoid categories. Members choose foods according to their nutritional needs, preferences, and tolerances. Progress on the transitional diet is determined by the candida symptom questionnaire score.
Diet Rules - Are They all Essential?
It's common for those of us on a self-healing path to come across a multitude of health theories, therapeutic diets and eating styles. The sheer quantity of information can be overwhelming and the contradictions are often downright baffling. Some people go from diet to diet in the hope that one of them will fit just right. Others study all of the theories and try to accommodate all of them into one diet.
The candida diet itself, being low-carbohydrate, can be rather challenging. We caution against trying to follow so many rules that it makes your diet plans into an absolutely stressful and impossible feat. Try to remember that every diet rule is not applicable to every person. If you attempted to follow every diet rule out there, the combined restrictions would probably prevent you from eating anything.
In the hope of preventing you from getting lost in a maze of diet theories, we have created the WholeApproach Candida Diet. This includes a careful selection of what we consider to be the most important diet considerations to enhance your recovery from CRC. It not only incorporates recommendations to support recovery from candida overgrowth, but also includes considerations for boosting immunity, detoxification, energy, brain health, blood sugar balance and intestinal regularity.
The Whole Approach Candida Diet can be challenging for some people, especially when it represents a dramatic change in habits. Balancing your diet rules with a calm, immune-boosting state of mind takes practice and time. As you settle into a diet that feels right for you, the anxiety around your choices will fade away.
We can't emphasize enough how important it is for you to learn to listen to your body. As you move forward, you will learn what works best for you. Your diet notebook will prove invaluable in helping you evaluate the effectiveness of your food program.
Tarilee’s Approach to Nutritional Guidance - T L Cornish, CNP
“I encourage a holistic approach to healing through a self-monitoring diet and health diary. I believe it's important to be mindful of the way our diet and lifestyle choices affect our health. My coaching approach also encourages awareness of environmental influences on well-being. I am more of an educator, than an advisor. I encourage people to get in touch with their bodies, to learn about healthy food and a healthy environment, and to learn about candida recovery and healing. Choosing a healing path that feels right for them helps individuals develop confidence in their own intuition. I also encourage an emphasis on the advantages offered by lifestyle improvements rather than deprivation due to diet changes.
To help promote a positive attitude of learning and culinary discovery, I emphasize the benefits of diet and lifestyle change. I believe our language and thoughts about our self-care are as important as what we choose to eat. For example, the word 'diet' is so loaded in our society, conjuring up thoughts of hunger and unsatisfied cravings. As much as possible on the Support Forum, I refer to the Whole Approach Candida Diet as "food therapy" in an effort to help paint it with the self-loving brush that is intended. To provide maximum support in the direction of positive change, I try to help minimize the negative and immobilizing emotions like fear and guilt, striving instead to cultivate excitement and planning for a healthier future.
As we navigate the path of healing, we have different needs at different times, so ongoing self-observation is essential. At the beginning of our healing program, we may need something different than at the middle or end. Other variations and cycles in our health can also be at play as well, so daily attention to what our body is telling us is helpful. For instance, fatigue, stress, travel, hormone cycles, weather and environment can all affect our healing experience.”
Tarilee’s Top Ten Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Your Candida Recovery Program
- Use of the Whole Approach Diet instructions and food lists.
- Well-informed, natural food selections with home food preparation as much as possible.
- Emphasis on nutrient-rich, organic, and minimally-processed whole foods.
- Diversity in the diet to help increase nutrient balance and prevent food intolerances. Consider following a four-day rotation diet.
- Drink plenty of purified water. Drink half your body weight in ounces (for example if you weigh 140 lbs, you should drink at least 70 ounces of water).
- Food sources rich in essential fatty-acids and Healing fats and oils; purchased carefully and selected appropriately for cooked or raw use.
- Use of healthfully prepared beans, nuts and seeds (see Candida Diet FAQ’s for more information).
- Exercise regularly. Allow adequate time for sleep. Develop effective stress management and relaxation skills to help combat both physical and emotional stress.
- Avoid unnecessary use of antibiotics, steroid drugs and birth control pills whenever possible, since they promote the overgrowth of candida. Drug use, alcohol consumption and smoking lower your immunity - so strive to avoid them.
- Use of a diet and health journal for self-monitoring feedback and motivation.