A Healing Diet
TLC’s new Healthy Living and Candida Recovery e-course blog will feature a series of nutritional and lifestyle topics to enhance your overall healing and increase the effectiveness of the Whole Approach® anti-fungal candida cleanse. Learn the foundations of healthy eating with our first course module, A Healing Diet, below.
Tarilee will be available to answer questions related to the topics covered in this module on Thursday August 18th in a live chat from 11 am to 1 pm Central Time. Instructions to access the group chat will be posted here on the day of the event.
These days nutrition headlines, opinions, nutrition claims, and endless specialty diets are abound. Luckily we really don’t need to understand or follow them all. There is no one diet fits all. We need to eat in a way that is uniquely right for us. This course will help you to refine your knowledge and intuition about the best way to meet your unique nutritional needs.
In addition to looking at the foundations of a healing diet, we’ll cover tips and tricks for managing your candida diet, how to thrive during your recovery program, stock your pantry with healthy, ethical foods, optimize your digestion, and learn to navigate cravings and food sensitivities.
In this first following module we’ll look at the best and worst types of foods. Then we’ll look at optimizing our food choices and selecting the right food for the right time. We’ll review a summary of diet tips. And, finally, we’ll review three questions that will help us simplify and customize our diet choices.
A healing diet maximizes food choices that are:
- organically grown and local if available
- healthy fats and oils
- pasture raised animal products
- low carbohydrate and low glycemic (does not raise the blood sugar rapidly)
- easy to digest (including sprouted or naturally fermented foods with more digestible proteins and starches)
- cleansing (help the body eliminate waste or toxins)
A healing diet minimizes foods that are:
- hard-to-digest or allergenic or overly processed
- genetically modified (GM/GMO) or derived from GM sources
- artificially preserved or texturized
- oxidized, fractionated, or trans fat oils (see healthy fats article)
- high residue foods (promote mucous, inflammation, skin eruptions or constipation)
It’s important to eat the good stuff but it is at least as important to make sure your body can assimilate it. In this world it’s not really possible to eat a perfect diet all the time. Try to be kind with yourself and remember to accept your best efforts. Even a mostly healthy diet can have a healthy impact when the mind is trained to default to calm and positive.
While doing the best you can to eat well, it can be helpful to remember the old adage, “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good”. You can maximize the goodness and minimize the negative impacts of everything you eat by adopting an attitude of appreciation. Also, regular self regulating practices like yoga or meditation can actually strengthen digestive power and reduce toxic residue from a meal.
Try taking some moments to breath slowly and calm your state before eating. Focus on what’s good about what you are about to receive and of the privilege of being the beneficiary of all the human and natural efforts that went into bringing it to your plate.
Another important part of eating for health and happiness is to refrain from bemoaning the foods you ‘can’t’ eat. When your self-care requires some avoidance, skip the sabotaging thoughts. Your meal can deliver the most nutritional (and emotional) benefit when you eat it with acknowledgement that it's an advantage to eat healthfully, not a deprivation.
Tune in to your Needs
In addition to selecting the right foods and appreciating them, you can tune into your body’s changing needs at different times. Fatigue, stress, travel, hormone cycles, emotions, activity levels and even weather and environment can influence your diet needs.
Do you need more fat and protein when you exercise? Do you need less when it’s hot? What foods calm you, or help you feel light and energized? What foods are easiest for you to digest when you are worried or excited? What eating patterns enhance your sleep and how refreshed you feel when you are awake? Do certain foods cause irritation, inflammation? Do some foods make you feel happy?
You can become intuitive about your own unique diet needs by listening to your body and tracking your positive and negative responses to your diet choices. Try keeping a diet notebook to evaluate which choices feel best for you.
Here's just a few brief diet tips that will be revisited in future course modules.
- Use the Whole Approach candida diet as a guide, (to starve candida and nourish you)!
- Eat quality food in its most simple, natural state.
- Make vegetables at least 50% of your diet, some of them raw.
- Prepare your own food when possible and eat in. It’s underrated!
- Diversify your diet to prevent food intolerances.
- Diversify the colors on your plate for a range of vitamins and minerals.
- Drink pure water, at least half your pounds of body weight- in ounces.
- Consume only healthy oils and prepare them gently.
- Soak and sprout seeds, nuts, beans and grains before eating.
- Choose your food to suit your activity level, time of day and energy level.
- For better digestion, optimize your emotional/mental state before eating.
- Use a diet and health journal for self-monitoring feedback and motivation.
When you’re hungry or planning your meals try simplifying your choices with these simple questions in mind:
1- What are the healthiest, (ideally, seasonal, organic, and local foods) that I have access to?
2- What is the healthiest and tastiest way to prepare them?
3- Which of these foods should I eat and when, in order to feel my best?
Tarilee Cornish, CNP (Certified Nutritional Practitioner) provides support to help you find healthy food with a maximum happiness footprint.