New Candida Tricks

Contemplating lessons learned is a great way to start the new year. The intricacies of gut health are never-ending. Obviously, different people may have varying responses to the same treatment. That’s another reason this is so complicated. It’s equally important to learn the ins and outs that are helpful for you. Basically taking all the optimal diet information pertinent to your illness and fine-tuning the details depending on your body’s responses to treatment.

In a past blog, I said I would try Berberine recommended by Dr. Axe for Candida overgrowth. I did try it and it had been working well. When I find I need something more powerful for a more instant relief from a potential yeast infection, I still reach for the grapefruit seed extract, but only take it for a week. Then I stop taking grapefruit seed and go back to using Berberine. Berberine is good for ongoing maintenance without harming other bacteria in the gut. Grapefruit seed extract is like dropping a bomb and leveling everything. It’s great for an emergency, but long-term will lead to killing other good gut bacteria.

So let’s talk about the “emergency” that revealed this technique of flexing in between Berberine and grapefruit seed extract. I got the “plague” in December. Many of you have probably gotten it too or know people who have. The flu this year with coughing, fever, chills, and exhaustion seemed like it would never end. I had it for 2 and ½ weeks with intense congested coughing. I actually coughed my ribs out of place. The pain was pretty intense. I didn’t realize what it was at the time but eventually went to the chiropractor 2 weeks into this plague, and she put my ribs back in place. During this whole experience, my tongue felt like it had a coating and nothing tasted good. This was starting to feel like I was going into a Candida overgrowth relapse. I also developed a sore under my tongue. This was a full-blown war on my immune system. That’s when I stopped taking Berberine and subbed it for grapefruit seed extract for a week. I stayed on my Candida Combat probiotic sold by Dr. Axe and the other supplements I take. My chiropractor also recommended I take Colloidal Silver to help drive the flu virus out of my system. Many people were thinking I needed a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia or bronchitis. I was almost there, but I wanted to see my chiropractor/nutritionist first. I am so glad I did. She thought I would kick this flu in the next few days with Colloidal Silver spray. Popping my ribs back into place made the next few days bearable. That was so painful. I will have her continue to check my ribs over the next couple of months. Once they are out, they seem to pop in and out for a couple months before stabilizing.

Another thing I learned over the past month was the difference between blanched almond flour and making almond flour at home by just grinding almonds. Since I was on vacation, I tried blanched almond flour. My finished baking products came out less grainy when I used the blanched almond flour. Either way works, but again blanched flour will produce a smoother end product. You can read how to blanch your own almonds here and follow the pictures

Blanching almonds


Raw unsalted almonds, more or less as needed



  1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil.
  2. Place your raw almonds into the boiling water. Let them boil for exactly one minute. Don’t boil for any longer than 60 seconds, or your almonds will start to soften.
  3. Drain the almonds immediately in a colander or strainer and rinse them with cold water to cool them.
  4. Blot the almonds dry with a paper towel. You’ll notice that the skins will be slightly shriveled.
  5. Use your fingers to gently squeeze the almonds and loosen the skin from them.
  6. Once you remove the skins, let the almonds dry off completely. Discard the skins.

Get Away without Sabatoging Your Diet

At first, the Candida diet can seem overwhelming. It is a different way of thinking and problem solving, especially when eating out. Planning grocery shopping is intimidating as well. Over time, I have gotten more comfortable with all that. Occasionally, I still have that moment of panic, but it is usually because I have waited too long to eat, causing my thought process to freeze. The longer I put this diet into practice, the better I feel. It does get easier. Anything worth doing is difficult at first. Practice creates the mental and physical habits that will lead to success.

We recently planned a surprise trip to Legoland for our kids. The week before we left, I found a great deal on the Legoland hotel. This was my son’s dream, but it had been too expensive for us in the past. I couldn’t believe the deal I was getting and kept thinking it was too good to be true. My husband and I were so excited. It was difficult to keep this secret from our kids. I had to sneak pack their clothes and hide them in my car. I also started a meal planning list to ensure I stay on my diet, and the kids had some good food to eat. I premade some Paleo chewy granola bars and put them in the freezer. Then I took them out of the freezer and put them in the refrigerator the night before we left.  This was our breakfast in the car as we drove 2-3 hours. Otherwise, I knew I would end up in the drive-through in the morning and that would not be good for me.  For lunch, we made chicken salad sandwiches with leftover chicken and took some fruit. The recipe is listed below. I packed some homemade hummus and veggies for me. The snacks we took into the park were nuts and organic dried cranberries made in apple juice. This would at least keep us going for a while and keep my wandering eye off the food stands.

We had a great day at the park. We got there early, and the kids got to ride with very little wait times. All our food worked out great. Every time I got hungry, I just reached into my bag. The kids got a special snack later in the day. My husband and I also shared something.

Finishing up our day, we stopped by the Aquarium which was really cool. There were so many wonderful exhibits. We could have spent more time in there, but it was close to closing time and we were getting tired.

The hotel surprise was killing me, but we managed to keep it from them all day. We told the kids we were going to check out the hotel lobby. We looked at some of the cool exhibits there, and then we wandered over to the counter. I pulled out my reservations and “surprise!”

Our room was adventure themed, like Indiana Jones. It was so fun. Taking the elevator was a disco party. They seemed to have thought about every detail when it comes to kids, from low peepholes on the hotel doors to dance parties. Every aspect reminded me of celebrating the moment. It was such a great reminder. Celebrate the moment right now with those you love. Leave everything else behind. All the burdens you walked in with, leave them at the hotel entrance. You can always pick them up when you leave or maybe forget to take them home altogether. Sometimes I forget how many burdens I have picked up throughout the week or months. How long had I been carrying them? It easily steals my joy or lightheartedness. Then I forget to have fun. Wow, maybe “everything is awesome” like the Lego movie says. I need to remember to be a kid sometimes.

After solving a mystery and opening up a treasure chest in the room, the kids went swimming in the heated pool. Then we ate dinner at one of the hotel restaurants. It was great to eat at the hotel because we were all getting so tired. We chose high protein meals with veggies and enjoyed everything in a family-style manner. It was better that way because the kids ate the carb portions of the meals that I shouldn’t be eating.

After dinner, we went up to our room to shower and watch tv. We knew we had another early drive in the morning to get my husband to work. I had packed our breakfast to avoid another potential drive-through temptation. Hard-boiled eggs, non-GMO bagels, gluten-free bagels, and cream cheese. We do not eat bagels often so the kids viewed this as a treat.

After dropping my husband off at work, we headed the rest of the way home. I had packed extra snacks for in-between meals, like non-GMO pretzels for the kids, Inner peas for me, nuts, and homemade popcorn from an oil popper. I pop our popcorn with coconut oil and top it with olive oil and Himalayan pink salt.

All in all, it was an amazing trip because we were together. No schedules. No interruptions. Lots of play time. I also stayed on my diet. I enjoyed a few bites of carbs here and there, but for the most part, bringing food helped me stay on track.

In closing, I want to encourage you to stay the course. It is worth doing. Celebrate your victories. It is not easy. Celebrating with the people you love is the most fun. Get-aways can give you a break from the routine and being prepared will encourage you to stay on the right path.

I’d like to share the chicken Salad Recipe from

Chicken Salad Recipe




  • 3-4 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 2-3 cups diced celery
  • 1 cup sliced red grapes
  • ⅔ cup paleo mayonnaise (I use Kefir. It gives a tangy taste while providing probiotics.)
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined.


I am thankful as I look back. Being free from financial debt, having less stress in my life, and more getaway adventures with my family have all been a blessing. Experiencing less “pain” days and having so many more good days has been encouraging as well. As the overall bondage of the mind and body is lifted, as healing takes place, I can’t help but be in wonder.

I think of that slice of pumpkin pie I put in the deep freezer that is approaching 2 years old. That’s when I completely committed myself to this Anti Candida journey, a few days before Thanksgiving 2 years ago. It has become a mile marker for me. I don’t know whether to destroy it out of fun or keep it as a memento. It’s the place I came from called desperation, holding out for the day I might be able to eat it again. Even though I follow the Candida diet and rarely have carbs or sugar, I am ok with not eating that piece of pie now. I may have a slice of one I make this year. I might experiment with a no sugar pie and a gluten-free crust or a crustless pie. The point is that I am free now. That piece of pie doesn’t hold the allure it once had in my life. I can take one day at a time and not feel oppressed anymore.

I also want to share a new supplement I have been taking the past 3 weeks. Candida Combat by Dr. Axe. I stopped taking olive leaf extract (anti-fungal) with astragalus because this supplement uses oregano (anti-fungal) and astragalus. I haven’t been drinking Pau d’Arco tea because Candida Combat contains this ingredient too. Not only does it seem helpful to consolidate what I am taking, I feel better too. I have also stopped taking grapefruit seed extract. This means I can spend less money and not have so many supplements to take. This may be what I was looking for to break the healing plateau I hit many months ago. I will keep you posted on this.

To review, I will go over the supplements that aid healing or reduce symptoms caused by Candida overgrowth. Vitamin D is for immune health, Omega 3 EPA-DHA 500 EC is for brain function, Candida Combat is for gut health, kombucha for gut health, and trace minerals for proper body function. This is the first time I have gotten it down to these few supplements and felt well. I am very excited. So far, these supplements are standing up pretty well even with the extra stress I have had the past week. The cycle of stress, physical pain, mental overload, and yeast infection symptoms seems to be broken.

Oddly enough, this is the first time I don’t feel guilty about recovering. I have been holding on for reasons I cannot explain. I don’t know if I felt guilty in light of everyone else’s suffering or maybe that I don’t deserve it individually. Was this another thought process that was affected by Candida overgrowth? I guess I will never know.

I’m ready to let go, to not be defined or held back by this illness. I will continue to make healthy choices for myself and family. I will focus on the good things the Lord has given me, and the beauty He makes out of ashes. He has given me the wisdom to make better choices for my family. He has strengthened our family bonds. He has given me the wisdom to help others climb out of their sicknesses or achieve better health. He held me together when I was the most broken, and walked me through the darkness.

There is much to celebrate and be thankful for!

In closing, I’d like to share a dessert:

No Bake Paleo Pumpkin Cookies

 Yield: 18


  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon*
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg*
  • 1/4 tsp ginger*
  • 1/4 tsp cloves*
  • 1/4 tsp allspice*
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  • *Or 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I like to use the different seasoning for a better flavor.)


  1. Mix everything except coconut in a large microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Stir until well combined and nuke for 20 seconds. You can skip this step if you don’t like using the microwave, but it melds the flavors of the sauce.
  3. In the same bowl, add in shredded coconut and mix well.
  4. Scoop 1 tablespoon mounds onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Refrigerate for 2 hours to set.
  6. Move to airtight container and store in fridge for up to 5 days.

Candida, Gut Health, and Continuing Education

I have been learning a few things. This road has a lot of twists and turns, and I think I have been running away from them. Going through my own version of Groundhog’s day over the past month has been a little frustrating. On the other hand, I did receive some encouragement that reminded me of how much I have overcome. Maybe that’s another tool that assists me to keep on, remembering where I have come from. The place I never want to return. That place was full of inflammation, pain, fear, anxiety, and depression. I have never been that sick since I started this journey 2 years ago. That is reason enough to press on.

In general, I have been trying to wean myself from grapefruit seed extract. It is an amazing supplement that has helped me immensely, but it does have a downside. It is a powerful candida fighter, but it can also deplete the good bacteria in the gut. You can read more about this supplement here: Dr. Axe advises not to take it long-term. He also recommends taking probiotics an hour after taking this supplement. This is to ensure your probiotics retain their effectiveness and to help support good bacteria in the gut. I have been doing this as well.

So here we go again. The balance between good and evil in the gut is ongoing. I have been on grapefruit seed extract for about 2 years straight. Every time I had stopped taking it for a couple of days, I would experience Candida symptoms. I tried more recently to wean myself again, and I had successfully been off of it for at least three weeks. After that, I had to resume taking it again. I guess it comes down to being flexible and making the best choices I can at each moment. I have to remember not to beat myself up when I feel symptomatic. Continuing to listen to the body and adjust is key for success. I start with the best plan (plan A) but know that Plan B or C may have to be implemented when things get rough.

I started experiencing symptoms off and on for a couple of weeks. After the second week, with pain and discouragement creeping back in, I went back on grapefruit seed extract for a few days which turned into 2 weeks. I also take olive leaf extract daily.  This is another natural antifungal. I have been taking it in capsule form and have not discovered downsides to this one. You can read more about the benefits of olive leaf extract here:

There’s yet another supplement I just discovered through Dr. Axe. I haven’t tried it yet. Berberine 500 mg 3x per day with a meal. You can read more about Berberine here:  I may try to see if this helps replace grapefruit seed extract.

Another important element to healing is sleep. It can never be overestimated for repairing the body. I have been reading in Jordan S. Rubin’s The Maker’s Diet how “some researchers believe that every minute you sleep before midnight is the equivalent of four minutes of sleep after midnight.” I totally feel a difference when I wake up the next morning after going to bed at 10pm or earlier versus going to bed after midnight or 1a.m. I tend to feel sore, sometimes achy, not fully rested, and have brain fog when I go to sleep after midnight. It doesn’t seem to matter if I get more hours of sleep on those nights. It’s almost as if I can’t get enough sleep at that point.

I continue to stress the importance of an organic/grass-fed/free-range/wild caught/heavy on the vegetables diet, supplements, and rest. They are paramount to healing.

I would like to conclude today’s blog with another great recipe. It does contain a little bit of honey. If you are in the position to add a little sugar back into your diet in the form of honey, I recommend using local, raw honey. My kids enjoy this recipe on top of their plain yogurt, which means they are getting probiotics, too. My husband loves the granola all by itself. You can also pour coconut or almond milk over it. This recipe comes from Wellness Mama. Wellness Mama has a lot of great tasting and healthy recipes. I recommend The Wellness Mama Cookbook by Katie Wells. She has some great online resources as well.

Coconut Granola

prep 5 mins

cook 20 mins

total 25 mins

author wellness mama

yield 4 +

A coconut based granola recipe that is easy to make and is a grain free sub for regular breakfast cereals.


  • 2 cups coconut chips
  • 1 cup of nuts of choice [I use 1/2 cup of nuts and 1/2 cup of seeds.] (I like a mix of cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and pecans)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup OR 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • optional: vanilla (1 tsp), cinnamon (dash), chia seeds, raisins or other dried fruit of choice (up to 1/2 cup) [I use 1 tsp vanilla, 1TBS cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, and 1/2 cup organic dried cranberries.]


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt coconut oil, honey/maple syrup in a small saucepan until starting to bubble and simmer.
  3. Add vanilla if using.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the coconut chips and nuts and any optional ingredients if using.
  5. Pour honey/maple syrup/coconut oil mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well. The consistency will vary some depending on the honey, coconut chips, and coconut oil you use. If there is not enough of the honey mixture to lightly coat all of the ingredients, add slightly more melted coconut oil and honey in equal parts.
  6. Spread on a parchment paper lined baking dish.
  7. Bake for 15-20 until starting to brown. [Mine only takes about 12-15 minutes. Be careful not to overcook as coconut chips over brown quickly if you are not careful.]
  8. Remove and let cool, then crumble into granola pieces.
  9. Store in an airtight jar and use within two weeks.

“Eat” Life, Laugh, and Love

Our family has enjoyed a great summer, and I have not been as diligent with my blogging. We have never traveled so much and enjoyed as much down time. Part of this was due to the financial burden of debt that was lifted as I talked about in a past blog. Part of it was due to a concentrated effort of de-stressing and taking the time to enjoy each other. The value of family can never be discovered in the busyness of the rat race nor can it be assigned a monetary figure. Maybe we should think of our family’s net worth as a large net in which we catch as many memories and heart felt moments as we can because this life is temporary. Our treasure won’t last forever, so cherish while possible.

The more I experience life in the big world, the more I notice the sicknesses of others and their desperation to feel better. There seem to be a couple trains of thought. One is to do everything western medicine tells you and keep on every medicine prescribed. Another is to seek out any natural method you can in order to heal naturally. This is through whole organic foods, no medicine, limiting toxins in your environment, and adding a naturopathic doctor to your team. Some people incorporate both of these trains of thought and marry the two in a way that is comfortable.

Candida overgrowth changed my life. My views on healthy meals, my doctor interactions, my diet, my thought processes, my grocery shopping, and the order of importance in my life have all changed. I have never felt so passionate, scared, hopeful, excited, and disappointed depending on where I am in this battle. It’s crazy! It’s all that and a bag of chips (kale chips, of course). I have never spent so many hours researching health information and collecting recipes as I have during this journey. I often pray and confess to the Lord, “I know you can heal me, but please help me with my unbelief.” Like the story in Mark 9:23-29 When a father is asking for the healing of his child.:

“Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’

Very few things in my life remain the same. In some ways, it is better. I can help my kids make better choices. I can help others as well. Although I get discouraged at times, I know there is a greater purpose.

While I can’t tell people what to do, I am very passionate about my experiences and seeing others get well. I am so tired of seeing digestive issues tear people up and don’t even get me started on cancer. Our gut is the place where great health begins and ends. Without taking care of our gut, we neglect our immune system, leaving us open for whatever ailment enters our body. We either eat “life” or “death” every day. Food can be medicine if properly administered.

Our choices are cyclical. Let me give you an example. Candida feeds off carbs, sugar, and caffeine. When Candida is multiplying in my body, Candida makes me crave foods that feed it. If I start to make bad food choices, it not only makes the Candida multiply, but it also cranks up my cravings for those foods. My emotional state and stamina get compromised and it is more difficult to refuse that food. On the other hand, if I make good choices, the cravings decrease and sometimes get replaced by good cravings. My example focusses on just one specific bacteria in the gut. Scientific evidence shows that there are good and bad bacteria in the gut. It is important to have more good bacteria than bad bacteria for obvious reasons. We can upset the gut balance depending on our eating choices, stress, and antibiotic use.

Supporting our good bacteria is helpful. Eating probiotic foods that contain live cultures is one way. Working in the dirt and not using antibacterial chemicals are other good ways to support good bacteria. Yogurt, kefir, and kombucha are all probiotic-rich foods. I have homemade sauerkraut and kombucha recipes from past blog posts that will be helpful. Be careful not to buy anything with added sugar or high amounts of sugar. That will defeat the purpose. Lactose naturally contains sugar and that is ok, but nothing more. Some Kombucha flavors have higher amounts of sugar and I avoid those, too.

In closing, I want to give another great resource for wellness. The Maker’s Diet by Jordan S. Rubin. It is eye-opening. I can identify with him on some levels, but the difficult times he went through makes my life look like a cake walk. He was dying and no one seemed to be able to help him. He tried so many things. When he finally started getting better, he wrote a book to share his journey in hopes of helping others.

Jordan S. Rubin works with Dr. Josh Axe. If you have been reading my blog, you know that I agree and reference Dr. Josh Axe’s work a lot too. He has some great recipes and holistic remedies. You can look online for his resources at


Time For A Candida Jailbreak

If stress was the primary cause of Candida overgrowth in your life, we probably have a lot in common. Being a people pleaser, overcommiter, worry wart, empathizer, a determined to get things right person, has definitely contributed to my sickness. Because these elements are so deep in my personality, it takes a reworking of thoughts and behavior patterns. Just as much as the Candida diet takes reworking, behavior and thoughts are no different. This is a lifestyle change all around. That’s why the beginnings of this journey seem so difficult, but I pray that others will see there is hope. Taking one step at a time and reaching small goals makes life after Candida a little easier.

Looking at my personality defects or strengths, however I want to judge them, I can see there is a need to step back and relax or refresh. Of course, I am not good at taking time off or relaxing. There’s always dishes to be done, homeschool field trips to orchestrate, or income to be earned in order to propel us forward. Sometimes, I just have to “run away” and do it. Getting away from the house may be what it takes in order to get that much-needed rest or reconnection with family.

Candida affects the brain. It not only makes you crave foods to feed the Candida, but it also creates symptoms of depression. I tended to isolate myself when I went through harder bouts of it which further pushed me into those depressing thoughts. I had to consciously push myself out of my feelings and just do it.

Going away can cause additional stress, especially after embarking on this journey of whole, organic, home-cooked meals. It’s almost counter intuitive if you have been practicing great health choices at home. Preparing ahead of time will relieve stress.

My family had a great opportunity to go to Catalina Island on a ship out of San Pedro, California. It was a family science camp that the homeschool was sponsoring. The trip was through Mountain and Sea Adventures. I hadn’t been on a ship since my teenage years. I am prone to motion sickness. I bought the motion sickness bracelets for the whole family because I thought it was the best option. I try not to take meds even over the counter options because of the effects on the body. Having Candida has made me painfully aware of the negative effects of ingesting anything less than nutrient dense food or herbs. My friend also recommended taking Saltine crackers and club soda. I took these for the rest of the family as I shouldn’t have Saltines.

The galley on the ship was providing food on the trip, and I submitted my special diet, but I wasn’t sure if I would get enough veggies. It’s so hard to explain the Candida diet to people who aren’t familiar. People tend to understand allergies or gluten-free diets, but it’s harder for them to understand no carb, no dairy, gluten-free, no sugar. “No, I’m not allergic, but I have other issues.” Sometimes it is embarrassing because I think people may judge me…”Why is this thin person such a pain? Like a carb would kill her.”

As I prepared for the trip, I had additional limitations I had to face. There would be limited refrigerator space. We were also informed that anything we brought had to be “nut” free because of an extreme nut allergy. My original plans of taking nuts or almond flour muffins had to change. I packed a few fresh vegetables like organic grape tomatoes, carrots, and snap peas. I also packed hard-boiled eggs. I bought a few canned organic vegetables, including refried beans I could eat out of the can. I bought some dried vegetables that Trader Joes sells in foil packages like okra, and inner peas. I also took thick coconut flakes. Of course, I checked all the ingredients to make sure no added sugar or GMO oils were added. The great thing about Trader Joes is anything with their label on it, is non-GMO.

I’m sure I overly-prepared, but it made me feel better knowing I would have what I needed. I was nervous that I would be out of my comfort zone, out of my diet, and physically exerting myself. All three of these things together could bring on symptoms. I made sure to take all my supplements, but I wasn’t able to take my Kombucha. Kombucha has been so powerful in my recovery that I wasn’t looking forward to being without.

I did get seasick on the way out to Catalina. The crew said it was best to lay on the bow of the boat stomach against the deck to exert pressure. I lay there most of the way out. My husband brought me the Saltines and club soda, and it was working, but I was worried about the carbs. I stopped eating those and just lay there. Another person gave me ginger supplements later to take. It seemed to help, but I had been sick for at least three hours, so I decided to take Bonine the next morning. I don’t recommend this normally, but I felt desperate.

The whole rest of the trip was amazing. We got to snorkel, kayak, explore tide pools, mud flats, dissect squid, and jump off the ship and swim in the ocean. The crew was wonderful at working with in my diet, and to my surprise, there were many others that were gluten-free or had other allergies. I snacked in between meals with all the food I brought.

It was an amazing time to connect with family and enjoy nature. I am so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone. The kids loved this trip and will talk about it for years to come. I didn’t suffer any symptoms, and actually felt invigorated. I took naps in between activities, while the kids played with other kids onboard. I think there were 9 families total. It was a great dynamic on board with the wonderful staff and beautiful families.

It’s important to step away from daily stress whenever possible and go play somewhere. Don’t let your illness keep you captive. Make it a priority because work and stress will always be waiting for you. Time with family is limited.




Onions Have Layers. Candida Recovery Has Layers.

When I talk about Candida overgrowth in this blog, I am referring to Candida Albicans. An overgrowth of yeast can occur in the large intestine. As it flourishes, it becomes parasitic. It leads to inflammation throughout the body causing aches and pains. There are many symptoms including thrush, vaginal yeast infections, exhaustion, and depression. The causes of this overgrowth are stress, a high-sugar diet, or lots of antibiotic use. I have talked about this in my early blog posts.

Being on this relatively new Candida journey presents new challenges to my life. Being born with an allergy or affliction obviously is different from developing it later in life. I’m in no way saying one is better than the other. I feel that I am still “new” to this process. I am hoping that my learning curve benefits others by exposing this condition, building support, and demonstrating the necessity of ongoing self-educating.

With any new challenge in life, comes fear, anxiety, maybe even excitement at times. Looking back, I had so much fear at the beginning. It is cyclical. The more anxiety I had, the more cortisol (sugar) my body produced, insulin production went down, and Candida thrived off that “sugar stress.” As time went on, learning to navigate Candida within my own body, became easier. My stress levels have come down, not only dealing with Candida but also in general. I have made decisions to cut some stressful situations out of my life. My husband and I were also able to pay off our business debt in April. Thank God for that because that had been a huge stress in my life. Debt is bondage. It robbed my spirit of joy and left me with a sense of hopelessness. I recommend strongly to get out of debt and seek Dave Ramsey’s resources like Financial Peace for financial counseling. Click here for more info: I am so thankful that my stress level has lowered tremendously. It makes a huge difference when battling Candida.

There are so many layers to this journey. Getting on a good diet is #1. The diet I started with was The Ultimate Candida Diet. For more information, you can click here: Finding a functional medicine doctor to guide you on this journey, and minimizing stress in your life are the other pieces to the puzzle. Doing all three will ensure your success. These are the beginning steps. It also takes time. Success occurs with consistency over time. In the beginning, I thought Candida overgrowth happened to me overnight. I suddenly got sick. Nothing could be further from the truth. I let myself go down this path for a long time until it smacked me in the face and beat me down. I had no choice but face it at that point. That being said, recovery is not going to just happen overnight. It will take practicing good health choices for months or even longer to get strength and good health back. It is achievable.

Once I got these steps down, I became healthy enough to start experimenting more with diet. Many Paleo recipes are suitable for Candida overgrowth. Just watch for added sugar or dairy and make adjustments. There’s a lot of recipes online that are very beneficial and easy to access. Dr. Axe has a lot of great recipes online and I highly recommend his books. I also went to the library this past week and got a lot of amazing cookbooks. The Wellness Mama cookbook by Katie Wells and Against All Grain by Danielle Walker are among my favorites. Since my kitchen was well-stocked with the Candida diet ingredients, it was an easy transition to pick up these cookbooks and start cooking.

If you want to prepare your own kitchen with Candida health ingredients, here are some great gluten-free, low-carb, low sugar staples. I choose organic whenever possible to keep toxic intake down.

Coconut flour

Pure stevia powder (Be on the lookout for anything added to ingredients, like maltodextrin =sugar. Get the pure stevia only)

Cassava flour

Arrowroot flour (thickener)

Full-fat coconut milk in a can (The carton coconut or almond milk has a lot of unidentifiable ingredients)

Unsweetened shredded coconut (gives sweet taste without sugar)

Free range eggs

Cinnamon (gives sweet taste without sugar and has health benefits)

Turmeric (anti-inflammatory)

Many fresh and dried herbs to create diverse flavors

Unrefined coconut oil

Virgin olive oil

Local raw honey

Coconut aminos (soy sauce substitute)

Himalayan pink salt

Cashews and almonds to grind into flour, make into milk, blend into nut butter or use whole (store nuts in freezer to avoid mold and nut butter in refrigerator)

Fresh lemons or limes to season with juice or use zest

Unfiltered raw apple cider vinegar with the mother

Pure vanilla extract (adds sweet taste)

I hope this encourages you today to fight the good fight. The war is won by all the little battles we fight and all the good choices we make. We may fall down from time to time, but we are not out. Keep fighting! I will end this post with a great gluten-free pizza crust I found.


Serves: 10-12 inch crust



  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and line a baking sheet(round if you prefer) with parchment paper
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, tapioca or arrowroot, 3 Tbsp of the coconut flour, onion and garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt. Stir well to fully combine.
  3. In a measuring cup, combine the water, oil, and vinegar, then pour into the dry mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until a dough forms.
  4. Now stir in the whisked egg to combine well. Once you have a sticky mixture, you will slowly add the remaining coconut flour. I recommend adding a Tbsp at a time and mixing well until you have a dough that’s still a bit sticky yet able to be spread out. Don’t add more than 3-4 additional Tbsp of coconut flour in this step.
  5. Sprinkle extra tapioca or arrowroot on your parchment lined baking sheet, transfer the dough to the sheet and sprinkle with more tapioca/arrowroot. Work the dough into a 9-10 inch circle (12 for a very thin crust), then bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes depending on how crispy you want the crust. I baked mine for about 12 minutes before adding my toppings, and baking again. Bake time will depend on the toppings you plan to add, how crispy you want the crust, and how thin you spread it out.
  6. Top your crust however you like! Enjoy!