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: https://draxe.com/grapefruit-seed-extract/ 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: https://draxe.com/olive-leaf-benefits/
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: https://draxe.com/berberine/ 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.
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.]
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Melt coconut oil, honey/maple syrup in a small saucepan until starting to bubble and simmer.
- Add vanilla if using.
- In a large bowl, mix the coconut chips and nuts and any optional ingredients if using.
- 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.
- Spread on a parchment paper lined baking dish.
- 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.]
- Remove and let cool, then crumble into granola pieces.
- Store in an airtight jar and use within two weeks.