Candida overgrowth can trigger unreasonable cravings that feed the candida rather than reduce it. Another trigger for cravings is stress and emotional family situations, both of which are common during the festive season.
I can help to remember to frame our candida diet as positive changes that are an advantage, not a deprivation.
We are learning ways to balance our emotional health, physical health and weight through a health blood sugar balance and healthy nutritious foods, AND choosing not to pollute our body with unhealthy ingredients in both festive and everyday snack foods and fast foods.
This is good for both short term and long term health and it can be even more beneficial for us if we learn to embrace rather than resent the changes. Rather than thinking of our healthy choices as being strict and disciplined, we can focus on learning why we crave things that are not good us and aspire to the long range benefits as our new goal - to replace the goal of immediate gratification.
I like to say, "Nothing tastes as good as health feels." I find this statement reminded me that indulgence of such cravings never leads to true or lasting satiation.
Instead of indulging in something less healthy I can direct my energy to creating something wonderful that I can feel pure guilt-free pleasure about eating.
Over time, as our taste buds recover from the over-stimulation of fat and sugar and msg-laden foods, we learn that the candy bar doesn't really even truly taste good- it just gives us that sugar buzz that, shortly after, makes us feel yucky. We learn to celebrate true food quality and we realize that nutrient-rich nourishment can taste as good as it feels.
Unfortunately just learning about food cravings does not make them go away. Many of us have food allergies, and intolerances that cause us to feel a strange kind of a buzz- either stimulating or sedating, when we eat certain foods - like an addition.
Eating those foods creates a cycle of craving the foods and the states that they create in our body. Also, as Molly mentioned, eating one food you are intolerant to, can trigger such overwhelming cravings for all the other foods you are intolerant to, that a domino effect of breaking all your promises to yourself can follow.
In an ideal world, we would be surrounded by delicous, healthy, nutritious, hypo-allergic foods- especially at holiday time when everyone wants to enjoy food AND feel their best to enjoy time with family.
Sadly, most people are hugely unaware of the impact of food on their emotional , mental and physcial health. Reading the labels, learning about the food ingredients and explaining to those around you the reasons you choose healthier foods will help you change your own world. And the more people who choose to eat this way, the easier it will become for those of us who do.
By eating the diet you believe in that is good for you, you are helping to change the power of supply and demand. In a way, you are a pioneer in changing the state of our food supply!
The more aware (through self education and working with your food diary and food experiments) that you can become about what foods are allergenic for you, the easier it will be for you to find satisfying ways of eating that will help you keep on tract. If this is too much for you this season you
Even with increased awareness and intention, some of us will yield to sweet temptations to choose taste over well being. If this happens, it's important to be ok with this and to relax with the reality that we chose to feel a certain way in order to have the short term reward of the food.
It's natural to reach for food sourced pleasure and indulgance especially when it is still our habit. This transition process away from a habit takes practice but it can can create a transformational excitement and sense of discovery like no other.
Be kind to yourself, in every way you can this holiday and stay as healthy as you can by practicing self care in every way possible.e