Hi all, hope your enjoying February so far? This month started full steam ahead for me with a client trip away so I have been in London with one of the ladies I support which has been lots of fun, we went to the Thriller stage show and the Harry Potter Tour which I loved just as much as her, pretty good start to the month right?!
Now I have some time to pop in and say hi I thought I would share some of the things I have been eating which are safe when doing the Candida diet. Last time I did the diet I lost a lot of weight, felt and looked awful but this time I had a lot more knowledge behind me and was able to eat food which was healing and did't leave me looking gaunt and unwell. I have lost a couple of pounds which was obviously welcomed but thats not from not eating much, I've been eating loads!
One thing I have been eating on a daily basis is coconut oil, yes the wonders of coconut oil seem to be never ending and if your suffering from Candida then get eating it! Coconut oil is a great anti fungal and has been found to be an effective way to fight the candida yeast. I cook with it, put it on my jacket potatoes, blend it into coffee and even have it for breakfast on rice cakes.....
The coconut oil on rice cakes for breakfast has got to be one of my favourite ways to eat it, simply topped with some salt and pepper its delicious and actually really filling. Other breakfast options have been rice cakes with hummus and cucumber, eggs and veggies or an avocado.
Snacks can be hard when your looking for stuff without sugar, yeast and gluten but I managed to find a few that weren't just veggie sticks!
You can't go wrong with a plain pack of crisps, they feel like a naughty treat but with only potato, oil and salt they actually aren't all that bad and can give you the quick fix you need when out and about.
I was sent these lightly salted lentil waves from Burts Chips to try not long ago and these too are a great snack that don't contain any nasties so something to think about trying. They are really tasty and with only 99 calories you can't go wrong.
Ok time to confess I have become a complete bombay mix addict! The health food shop I go to in Hastings makes some that has nothing bad in it at all and this is great if you need a snack that isn't boring and kicks a flavour punch, love it!
Other snack ideas are veggie sticks with hummus or almond butter, spoonfuls of almond butter if like me you can't get enough of it, plain nuts, boiled eggs or an avocado.
Main meals have come easy to me as I love to make my own food and making everything from scratch is the safest way to make sure there are no hidden nasties. I have been eating a lot of white and sweet potatoes, rice and pasta along with fish, chickpeas and an abundance of veggies. I haven't eaten much meat because so much of it is injected with sugar and antibiotics plus the organic option is so expensive I'd rather not bother. I've also been making my own sauces and dressings because nearly all shop bought options are loaded with sugar in some form, I found one pasta sauce dressing that's safe to eat but can't remember the brand.
Potatoes are great because they are really versatile and soak up flavour a treat, for this dish I teamed them with chickpeas and veggies and made a sauce with chillies, red onion, garlic and fresh parsley. Fresh herbs are a life savour because they bring so much flavour and they are all natural yay!
A nice quick lunch I like to make when at home is steamed and raw veggies with tuna, oil, salt and pepper...easy peasy : )
More potato joy which is so simple, this is literally potato and veggies all fried up in coconut oil, lots of garlic is the key and I also par boil my pots to make sure they are nice and soft.
Rice is another versatile ingredient, I use both white and brown for my meals. This was white basmati rice with veggies cooked in coconut oil and topped with a hummus dressing. My hummus dressing is so easy to make I put hummus, almond milk salt and pepper in a pot and mix until it is at my preferred consistency then pour.
My meals never take more then 30 minutes to make and usually taste pretty dame good as well as being healthy and filling which is a must because you can feel real hungry when cutting sugar.
Obviously chocolate is out because all sugar is out but there is one treat (if you can call it that!) you are allowed which has been a life saver for me these siesta carob bars have no sugar, dairy or gluten and are safe to eat. I love them although they are quite dry tasting which doesn't bother me Dale on the other hand spat out the piece I gave him so its definitely not for everyone! Worth a try though if your desperate for something.
I hope this post has been of some help, maybe given you some ideas on what to make and what to eat. The rule really is to make most food yourself because thats the safest way of not eating anything that contains sugar, yeast, dairy and gluten but there are some options out there you can buy you just gotta read all the labels religiously!
Whats your favourite sugar free meal or snack?