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Cleansing is an interesting journey to say the least. Just when you think you cannot handle another day without the foods you love (bread, dairy, sugar) you find the courage and push through. At least that’s the goal anyways!

My ultimate weakness...sigh.

My ultimate weakness…sigh.

This blog was preceded by “Diary of a Recovering Chocoholic“, Part One of my anti-candida cleanse. After reading The Body Ecology DietI set my sights on remaining sugar-free for 8 full weeks. The first two weeks were definitely the most challenging but as time passed my body adjusted to the new cleaner way eating and I started to feel great, no cravings!

My progress and report from weeks 1-4 can be looked at by going to my previous post.

Week 5: The good news is that by week 5 I still had absolutely no sugar cravings. My body began to adjust to this new way of eating. The only real problem I seemed to be experiencing was boredom. The thought of eating another bowl of cold quinoa with steamed greens and dulse just wasn’t cutting it. I longed for my blueberry, banana, flax oil protein shake I was eating prior to cleansing.

Week 6: Has it already been a full moon cycle? I knew it must have been since my mild (used to be severe) cravings for sweets was returning. I managed to continue eating clean, no cheating and my period was the easiest it has been in months! No pain, minimal acne and mild moodiness. I hope this is the new normal.

Week 7: I started introducing some new foods into my diet as I became a little bored with the current regimen and was worried I would end up cheating. I created a yummy smoothie with blueberries, 1/4 of an avocado, almond milk and vegetarian protein powder. It was so delicious! I am still experiencing lots of energy and overall feel great!

Week 8: It’s incredible how much stress can affect your diet and the choices you make. During my eighth week on the The Body Ecology Diet I applied for a new job (three interviews in three days) and got hired. Wow, amazing but what about my cleanse!? How will I manage? My life as I knew it was about to change in a big way. Although I wanted to commit to 3 full months, I also knew that eating the way I was could not be maintained in the same way.

I have been off chocolate, ice cream, cookies and tropical fruits until this past week. I have also kept up on my daily intake of sauerkraut, kefir and apple cider vinegar. I even made it through a delicious Easter weekend potluck without indulging in any sweets. I feel great, my digestion is better than it has been in a very long time and I no longer crave the sweets like I had in the past.

The two most important things that I plan to continue is remaining wheat free, and including fermented foods in my diet. These are now permanent dietary changes for me, since I feel so much better!

For anyone looking to break those sugar craving habits please check out this book and see for yourself how amazing you can truly feel!

The Body Ecology Diet


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I’m someone who believes in natural medicine; that our bodies have the innate ability to heal themselves given the opportunity and correct support and that with determination we can achieve anything we put our minds too.  Although Western medicine still has its place, letting nature take it course is a motto I tend to live by.

I want to share my most recent experience doing just that, allowing natural medicine to aid me through my battle with candida.  Until recently, I had never truly realized the extent of detrimental effects sugar has on our bodies. I have struggled for many years with both minor and major health concerns that just seem to hang on no matter what I do. Growing up in a home where sugar and sweets had their own cupboard space my addiction started early! It’s not overly surprising that so many of us battle with sugar cravings and addictions because, as I also recently discovered, sugar is only one molecule different than that of alcohol…one of the most widespread addictions!

This past Christmas my wife and I received an Amazon gift card from a relative. One evening we began searching through the online directory in search of some new books. I stumbled across one I had skimmed through a few weeks earlier at the local book store called,
The Body Ecology Diet

The Body Ecology Diet
Although I have many self-help books, I often find myself browsing the pages looking for specific topics, sometimes leaving entire chapters unread. I can’t say I’ve read very many cover-to-cover. That was definitely not the case with the The Body Ecology Diet, I could not put this book down. It offered so much relevant information in an easy to understand format that I devoured it in three weeks. Anyone who is struggling with a sugar addiction like me or looking to get on the path to better health should definitely read this book.

I have now been following the anti-candida diet (a form of cleansing that destroys the overgrowth of yeast in the body), as outlined in the book, for four weeks. I have not had any sugar, fruit, dairy, bread or pasta.  I have been enjoying vegetables, eggs, chicken, quinoa, millet, fresh herbs and herbal teas, and lots of sauerkraut and kefir- fermented foods that really aid the cleansing process. I began seeing improvements in my health after just two weeks!  

Week 1:  The first three days were the worst.  I felt pretty horrible!  I had a terrible headache, felt very foggy and developed a slight fever on nights two and three. As the week went on these symptoms lessened but I was feeling more weak and tired than usual.

Week 2: I still felt quite tired and found it difficult to get motivated to exercise (certainly a new experience for me).  It took all the energy I had to go to work all day and manage a 30 minute walk to and from the bus.  Lots of rest, walking and yoga were crucial during this time!

Week 3: My body began to regain its energy and I got back to my regular active lifestyle. Aches and pains disappeared and I began to feel more clear. I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t had any cravings for chocolate or cookies so far- until my period. Those first two days were difficult but I persevered and treated myself to some Granny Smith apples instead. Wow, they never tasted so good!

Week 4: At the end of week four I developed a head cold. Apparently this is part of the cleansing process. Candida has the ability to thrive in various places including the sinus cavities! Otherwise I’m feeling pretty good, and I’m noticing the acne on my back and neck is much better. I’m reintroducing sweeter apples into my diet now.

According to The Body Ecology Diet it can take anywhere from three months to three years to completely heal the body of candida. I am on a mission to complete three months and will be giving monthly updates on how I feel as things progress.  The diet alone is not enough to kill off the overgrowth of candida so taking an anti-candida supplement is key.  I’m using CandidaStop by New Roots and ensuring I take ample amounts of acidophilus everyday to replenish the good bacteria that my body needs.

I am thankful my wife has been so supportive and understanding of my restrictions, even attempting some new and unusual foods (millet amaranth veggie burgers, anyone?), and oh yeah, my constant reek of garlic thanks to the supplements. Lol!

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Have you ever wondered why you get that re-occurring phlegm or coated feeling in the back of your throat after eating dairy? Why you feel bloated and lethargic after eating bread or pasta? Or maybe what’s causing that chronic constipation or diarrhea? Our bodies are like cars; if we take good care of them by keeping them oiled, fueled up and perform regular maintenance, they function far more optimally.

Note to anyone looking to embark on this worthwhile mission: timing is everything!

I have done several different body cleanses over the past 8 years ranging from liver, kidney, candida, parasite and colon. Cleansing, in simple terms, means cutting out things in our diet that can cause sensitivities, put internal stress on our organs and lead to overall poor health. The more we know about the foods we eat and understand their impact on our bodies, the better equipped we are to make sound meal choices.

Cleansing can be a life changing experience for some and for others, a way to get their healthy eating back on track, learn a new recipe or two and just feel a lot better.

Here’s a basic run down on how to approach a cleanse:

1- Pick a date. I usually plan a cleanse around what food I have at home that I should finish and when it makes the most sense (I have often found Monday is a good day to start). Cleansing is best tolerated by the body in the spring and fall, because not only are these “shoulder” seasons naturally conducive to change, but they also provide an abundance of fresh produce, which is necessary while cleansing. Trying to do a cleanse during the Christmas holidays or summer BBQ season is not the best plan!

2- Get a cleanse kit from your local health food store. I would start with either a 7 or 14 day cleanse, especially if you’re a first timer. Some easy to follow starter cleanses are: “The Wild Rose 12-day”, “The Herbal Cleanse 7-day” or the “Floressence Daily Tea Detox”. Cleanse kits are special formulations of herbs (pills, tinctures or teas) that when taken in conjunction with a proper diet, aid the body in excreting toxins and helping your organs function more optimally.

3- Make a meal plan. Look online or purchase a cleanse cookbook (you can buy a “Wild Rose” Cookbook at most health food stores) to help you decide the best things to eat during your cleansing period. In order to make the most of a cleanse you should avoid the following: all types sugar (except in some cases whole fruit), all types of flour, dairy (except plain yogurt), alcohol and excessive amounts of caffeine. You’re free to eat as many vegetables as you like (cooked and raw), good quality meats (organic or free range), fish, whole grains, herbal tea, tons of spices and lots of water. Don’t be alarmed- it sounds more intimidating than it really is!

4- Complete the program to the best of your abilities and feel better! One of the first things many people notice is how much clear-headed and less anxious they feel. A cleanse is a great way to lose unwanted weight in the healthiest possible way. It can also help you get out of an negative ‘eating rut’, away from highly addictive and allergenic foods and on track to better health.

Cleansing is like quitting a bad habit or starting a new routine. It means more than just good meal planning and preparation, it’s about your mind set and your will power to stick with the plan! I have always found that completing a successful cleanse requires organization and setting an attainable goal that makes it worth it.

Best of luck with your future cleanses, and please feel free to share your stories. 🙂

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Last week I received a comment from a regular reader; she wanted to know more about wheat grass. So, I decided to investigate this vibrant coloured “superfood” and I have a feeling she is going to be very pleased with what I found.

Although wheat grass has been on my radar for several years now, I have never added it to my daily food regimen nor can I even remember tasting it. I decided that what better time to give it try, then now!? Seeing as I work at Whole Foods Market, I didn’t have to search very far to locate wheat grass. A few days ago I ordered a shot from our juice bar and was surprised at how sweet it tasted and how satisfying it was.

After my initial taste test, which proved so positive, I needed to know why this grass had gained such popularity. What I discovered is that wheat grass does not contain wheat gluten- the main reason I had been avoiding it all along! What it does offer is chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins and enzymes; a perfect addition to a healthy diet.

It’s available in a liquid (juiced) form or in a powder. You can also grow wheat grass yourself at home, which is obviously more cost effective. Like most things, if I had to choose I would consume it as a liquid: the fresher, the better. Although freeze-drying herbs and greens is a convenient alternative, drinking a shot of freshly squeezed wheat grass is ideal. The good news is that you can now find wheat grass on many juice or smoothie bar menus.

It’s not surprising that something like wheat grass that has been around for over 80 years is so amazing. Another major benefit of this greens is that it detoxifies the body by pulling heavy metals from your blood. Whether you’re cleansing or just looking for an additional serving of vegetables, wheat grass is a sure bet!

My fiancee and I are 1 month away from our wedding and have planned a two week cleanse to purify our bodies before the week of indulgence! We are definitely going to make wheat grass a part of our detox program…thanks Aunt Claudia!

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