If you are craving a particular food that you need to avoid, see if you can store it out of your sight or ask family members if they would be willing to abstain with you in support.
Try to fill your cupboards and fridge with tasty food that you want to eat and can enjoy healthfully.
Focus on the great effects of the diet has on your body and mind.
Stick with it long enough for your body to start to crave what makes you feel good.
To feel more mindful about your food choices and more clear about how foods make you feel, keep a food diary.
Rather than setting a time limit on your diet, give yourself progress goals, the accomplishment of which will indicate that it's time to move on to the next step
There is no getting back- there is only going through and forward!
Keep your mind on the goal of health and visualize it happening. Don't forget: "Where intention flows, energy goes"
Give yourself permission to "cheat" once a week. And, while you're at it, why not on your birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, anniversary and 2 other holidays!
Try adding some interest and adventure to your culinary world. Learn to prepare foods you've never tried before.
Writing out a diet plan (either before or after shopping) can help you stick to it.
Keep soaked (or soaked/sprouted and dried) nuts and seeds on hand. These have gotten me through on countless occasions until I had the time to get some other healthy foods into me.
Try some nice herbal teas to see if they can curb your cravings. T
If you're feeling an "emotional food craving" starting - go for some kind of herbal tea instead. Just make sure to drink extra water if the tea you choose is diuretic.
You can wash your vegetables ahead of time and store in ethylene gas absorbing bags in the fridge so they are ready to eat but fresh.
learning to listen to the needs of our bodies (and even of our hearts and souls) while we are pursuing a therapeutic lifestyle can give us a long lasting gift from candida.
Take the symptom assessment either every week or every month to see how effective your approach is. Emphasize "Progress, not perfection."
Slow down or stop when you're hungry, angry, lonely, or tired as this is when you need to watch your step so you don't make food choices you'll regret.
Advice from Ashely Pichon....a member from way back:
"When you start to feel a little better you want it and expect it to last forever, and when it doesn't and you feel poorly again you feel like you're starting from zero--but you're not. Every bit of what you're doing now is helping your body to become stronger, and every time you feed your body good, nourishing food, and allow yourself the time to heal~ you're getting closer to being well."
It took time for us to become ill and it w ill take time to become well.
Make a list of all the ways in which you have ALREADY improved. While you might still feel sick & have a lot of CRC symptoms, you're bound to have some that have already disappeared or lessened.
Don't compare your progress to others. We need to remember in all of this is that there are different factors in each of us that allows candida to grow.
The candida program is not a sentence. It is a spring board to discovering how our diet and listening to our body can help us to heal more completely.
Socializing and Food
Take healthy snacks everywhere. Easy foods to keep in your purse, car, or bag: nuts (almonds, sunflower seeds, cashews, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, etc) and homemade crackers. Also try a container of veggies - carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, celery.
Make some foods from our recipe section and take them along? Others can enjoy them with you and you don't need to make a fuss about eating differently. In the case of an invitation to a more formal dinner party it may be helpful to broach the subject of your intolerances briefly with the host about a week before the party.
You can tell them that you have some food allergies that will influence what you can eat and you'd like to bring along a dish to contribute to the meal that you know you can eat.
Tell them you'd like to bring a dish that complementary to their menu plan so that all could enjoy it along with the rest of the meal. A lot of hosts will appreciate the thoughtfulness.
You can take items like salad dressing or deserts or starches that you can substitute.
Tia has some great tips for the health crusader/social butterfly:
You can always bring a nut butter or homemade dip (guac or veggie dip). I also keep a few tea bags or small seltzer waters on hand so that I can also have something fun to drink. I'll even bring a baggie of homemade cookies or muffins when I know other people will be eating sweets - then there is almost no temptation to eat "real" sweets.
Explaining to Others
Tia about not making a big deal of the food thing with others;
Going out to eat is one of the hardest things to face in the beginning (or anytime really). One of the biggest things that helps me get through social events where you have to eat, is simply the way you present it. To avoid getting into too personal information or having to talk about anything that you don't want to,
You can nonchalantly mention that you have food allergies that impact your health, so you need to avoid certain foods for a little while. Since digestive problems & food allergies seem to be linked our candida problem, it's an easy way to minimally explain, yet still get around the uncomfortable specifics. People can relate to the food allergies idea, whereas they think we're creepy aliens if we mention the horrible word...dun dun dun: (yeast!) If they ask specifics, I wave it off by saying there are too many to list. Hopefully that will be enough of a hint to prevent any other questions.
If you don't know people very well, you don't have to talk about food or let them know you're eating differently. You can just try to have fun and not put much emphasis on food.
When someone says you should eat their treat because it's a special occasion, you can explain that you will be able to enjoy yourself best if you eat what makes you feel well.
Some people won't be able to accept that you eat differently now but there will be others who amaze you with loyalty and compassion.
Emphasizing what you enjoy eating and why rather than what you are not eating can help to normalize your choices. If you're comfortable with your lifestyle changes then others will be more comfortable with them.
If changing your diet all at once feels too extreme, try replacing one food at a time with something healthier.
Know that changing habits is a non-linear process. When we fall off the healthy path we will get to know ourselves better, and each time gain new strength, resolve and understanding of what makes us feel healthiest.
I wish you strength on your own journey to health.