Friday, April 30, 2010

Candida Diet: Candida Questionnaire

Candida Diet: Candida Questionnaire

Candida Questionnaire

Here is an abbreviated version of a questionnaire, created by Dr William Crook and designed to test for Candida.

The main difficulty with testing for Candida is that everyone has it! It is not the presence of Candida that is a problem, rather is is the overgrowth of Candida that gives you all those nasty symptoms.

Simply complete the test then scroll down to the bottom to see how to interpret the results.

Question Yes Score
1. Have you taken repeated or prolonged courses of antibacterial drugs? 4
2. Have you been bothered by recurrent vaginal, prostate or urinary infections? 3
3. Do you feel "sick all over," yet the cause hasn't been found? 2
4. Are you bothered by hormone disturbances, including PMS, menstrual irregularities, sexual dysfunction, sugar craving, low body temperature or fatigue? 2
5. Are you unusually sensitive to tobacco smoke, perfumes, colognes and other chemical odors? 2
6. Are you bothered by memory or concentration problems? Do you sometimes feel "spaced out"? 2
7. Have you taken prolonged courses of prednisone or other steroids; or have you taken "the pill" for more than 3 years? 2
8. Do some foods disagree with you or trigger your symptoms? 1
9. Do you suffer with constipation, diarrhea, bloating or abdominal pain? 1
10. Does your skin itch, tingle or burn; or is it unusually dry; or are you bothered by rashes? 1
11. When you wake up, do you have a white coating on your tongue? 1
My gender is: Male

Click on Submit for your test results

Interpreting the Results


A score of 10 or greater indicates that your health problems may be connected to a yeast overgrowth.
A score of 13 or higher suggests that they are almost certainly yeast connected.


A score of 8 or greater indicates that your health problems may be connected to a yeast overgrowth.
A score of 11 or higher suggests that they are almost certainly yeast connected.

Candida Diet: Foods to Eat

Candida Diet: Foods to Eat

Foods to Eat in the Candida Diet

Category Foods to Eat Why? Notes / Exceptions


Asparagus, Avocado, Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Eggplant, Garlic (raw), Kale, Okra, Onions, Peppers, Radish, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnip, Zucchini

  • Vegetables starve the Candida of the sugar and mold diet that feed it
  • They also absorb fungal poisons and carry them out of your body
  • Avoid starchy vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, yams, corn, all squash except zucchini, beets, peas, parsnips and all beans except green beans
  • You should buy your vegetables fresh and eat them raw, steam or grill them. Add a little garlic and onions for flavor as they are especially helpful with Candida


Plain yogurt


  • Live yogurt cultures (or probiotics) help your gut to repopulate itself with good bacteria
  • The live bacteria in the yogurt will crowd out the Candida yeast and restore balance to your system
  • Especially useful after a course of antibiotics, or when a patient is suffering from Candida
  • Yogurt from goat and sheep milk is even better, as they tend to contain fewer chemicals
  • Good bacteria will also produce antifungal enzymes that can help you fight Candida






  • Proteins almost completely free of sugars and mold, so they fill you up while restricting the Candida
  • Eat fresh and organic meat if possible - processed meat like lunch meat, bacon and spam, is loaded with dextrose nitrates, sulphates and sugars
  • Smoked or vacuum packed meats are also best avoided
  • Most Atkins recipes will also work reasonably well in a Candida diet


Nuts and seeds that don't contain a high mold content

  • Nuts are a high protein food that starves Candida and restricts its growth
  • Avoid peanuts and pistachios as they tend to have a higher mold content
  • You can remove mold by soaking the nuts in water
  • Another tip to remove mold - spray the nuts with a diluted grapefruit seed extract solution






Spelt products


Wild and brown rice

  • Grains contain a high amount of fiber, excellent for keeping the colon clear so Candida doesn't get a chance to multiply.
  • Grains also act like a pipecleaner in your intestine, grabbing nasty toxins like pollutants, chemicals, pesticides and heavy metals on their way through.
  • For your breakfast cereal, try a low-sugar variety of oat bran or rice bran

Candida Diet: Foods to Avoid

Candida Diet: Foods to Avoid

Foods to Avoid in Stage 1

Category Foods to Avoid Why? Notes / Exceptions


Fresh Fruit

Dried Fruit

Canned Fruit

Fruit Juice

  • The high sugar content in fruit feeds Candida
  • Fruits like melon may also contain mould
  • A squeeze of lemon is OK
  • In Step 2 you can reintroduce low sugar fruits like apples and berries


Cheeses aged for 6 months or more

  • Holistic practitioners recommend that Candida sufferers dramatically reduce their dairy intake
  • Candida prevents the body from processing fat properly
  • Only aged cheeses need to be eliminated completely
  • A small amount of Swiss or Mozzarella cheese every once in a while should not hurt


Citric Acid

Anything on the list of ingredients that you don't know or can't pronounce!

  • Citric acid is derived from yeasts
  • Chemicals can disrupt your friendly bacteria and allow the Candida yeast to flourish
  • Citric acid is often found in tomatoes
  • Non-organic food like meat or eggs can also contain residual levels of antibiotics and steroids that were used during the farming process





  • Alcohol is high in sugar that can feed the growth of the Candida yeast
  • Alcohol also puts stress on your organs and immune system
  • Mixing alcohol and Candida is like opening all your windows in a house fire - you don't want to feed the problem
  • Alcohol can be reintroduced in Stage 3, when the diet starts to work, but in small amounts




Energy drinks

  • Caffeine, sugar and sweetener all kickstart Candida
  • Taurine in energy drinks is another culprit
  • Even decaf tea and coffee are to be avoided, as they contain residual levels of caffeine



Chocolate drinks

  • Candida loves the sugar in chocolate
  • Candida sufferers often get sweet cravings. Put your Candida on a starvation diet - don't eat chocolate.


Anything made with wheat, rye, oats or barley, e.g. white bread, rye bread, pasta

  • Some Candida sufferers have high sensitivity to Glutens
  • Give your immune system a break and allow it to focus on the Candida



Spicy foods

  • Curries can kill the friendly bacteria in your gut and allow the Candida yeast to flourish


Nuts that are high in mould, e.g. peanuts

  • Ingesting mould can promote a Candida outbreak
  • Nuts that were cracked a long time ago, for example sliced almonds, also have time to develop mould
  • If you like nuts, stick to freshly cracked or whole ones




  • Candida loves to feed on mould and fungi
  • Leftover food can contain mould that will feed your Candida
  • If you can't buy fresh, keep leftovers frozen and then cook on a high heat in the oven (not the microwave)







Soy sauce

Salad dressings

  • Condiments tend to be high in sugar and can exacerbate your Candida
  • For an alternative salad dressing, try Paul Bragg's Liquid Aminos, or a simple olive oil and lemon juice dressing








  • Condiments tend to be high in sugar and can exacerbate your Candida
  • Stay away from the soft drinks too
  • Sweeteners can also make your Candida worse
  • Sugar-free diet coke can feed your Candida as much as a sugary soft drink


All vinegars, except for Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Vinegar is made in a yeast culture, depletes the stomach of acids and can also cause inflammation in your gut
  • One particular vinegar, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, can actually be helpful in combating yeast

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Cilantro-Garlic Shrimp with Brown Rice and Peas

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and garlic; saute 5 minutes or until shrimp are done.
Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat, and add cilantro.
Yield: 3 servings (serving size about 1 cup)

Serve over whole wheat pasta or brown rice! Add your favorite veggies on the side!

This is a Weight Watchers Recipe from the "Five Ingredient 15 Minute Recipes" Winter 2009 Cookbook.

I did it...finally donated my hair to Locks of Love!

I have been wanting to donate my hair for a few years now, but it seems like I always have it bleached or something that makes it so my hair is not able to be donated. Well, I have been wanting to get my hair cut for several months now. I went to the Beauty School here in Yakima. When I told them how I wanted it cut, they said I could donate my hair to Locks of Love! I said go for it! So here is my new do!


Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.


Locks of Love is a non-religious, non-political, not-for-profit entity. Further, Locks of Love does not take positions or align itself with any special interests. Any event taking place as part of a religious, political or any other special interest group does not reflect the views or opinions of Locks of Love.

Yeast-free, huh? So, what can I eat?

This is the first time I have ever done a diet where I have to eliminate certain foods...which makes me focus on what I CAN'T eat instead of what I CAN!

So let's start of on a positive note on the things that I can eat!

All meats, fish, poultry, and eggs.

Vegetables: green beans, peas, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, green peppers, turnip greens, beet greens, collards, Brussels sprouts, kale, okra, carrots, squash, yams, sweet potatoes, cabbage, eggplant, cauliflower, parsnips, scrub bed potatoes, tomatoes, and avocados.

Legumes: lentils, peas, soy beans, dried beans-pinto, navy, northern, kidney.

Whole grains: barley, corn, millet, oats, brown rice, wheat, and whole wheat pasta.

Whole-grain muffins, biscuits, pancakes, waffles, rice cakes, whole wheat tortillas, and corn tortillas.

Hot or Cold cereals: wheatena, oat bran, cream of rice, zoom, oatmeal, wheat hearts, grits, shredded wheat, spoon-size shredded wheat, shredded wheat and bran, puffed wheat, puffed rice, roman meal, cracked wheat.

Unprocessed nuts and seeds. Almond and Cashew butters.

Butter and cold-pressed oils, such as walnut, linseed, olive, sunflower, and safflower.

Milk, plain yogurt (use as a sour cream substitute) buttermilk, cream cheese, ricotta cheese, cottage cheese.

Use catsup, mustard, mayo, miso and soy sauce very sparingly.

Now for the big NO NO list!

Foods to Eliminate:

Avoid all sugars, and sugar-containing foods, including table sugar, fructose, corn syrup, honey, molasses, maple syrup, maple sugar, and date sugar.

Avoid all white flour, and refined grain products or any type, including white pasta.

Avoid yeast breads, pastries; avoid anything that contains yeast, including brewer's yeast, bread, baker's yeast, crackers, pretzels.

Avoid all cheese except for cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, and cream cheese.

Avoid sweetened or fruit added yogurt.

Avoid all fruit juices and fruit.

Avoid all coffees, teas, and all herbal teas.

Avoid leftovers that have been in the refrigerator too long.

Avoid obvious fungus, such as mushrooms.

Avoid peanuts and peanut products.

Avoid processed meats, such as bacon, sausage, ham, hot dogs, luncheon meats, corned beef, and pastrami.

Avoid all products soaked in vinegar, such as pickles, relish, and sauerkraut.

Avoid all artificially sweetened drinks and food products.

I am to follow this plan for 4-6 weeks. I am hoping that I will see improvements in my headaches, back aches, fatigue, and acne along with a few other symptoms!

The hardest part is going to be not focusing on what I can't have because I feel that will make me want it even more! It is going to be very hard for me to give up coffee, but I am willing to do it for better health!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Time for a Major Change in How I Eat!!

Today I went to the Doctor...he specializes in allergy and wellness. I have been struggling with acne for several years now along with back pain, headaches...the list goes on. He started me on a few different supplements, but the most eye opening this is the yeast-free diet! He gave me the book Back to Health A Comprehensive Medical and Nutritional Yeast Control Program.

(here is something from the book)

Anxious, depressed, and can't remember things? Do you suffer with heartburn, indigestion, gas, and pain or diarrhea? Do you crave sugar, chocolate or alcohol? Is weight control a constant battle for you? Are you tired, weak, sore all over, and do you have trouble just making it through the day? Do you have: emotional problems, poor memory, hypoglycemia, hyperactivity, food cravings, acid indigestion, mistrust, tired muscles, psoriasis, heart burn, asthma, confusion, bloating, depression, headaches, menstrual problems, sore throat, trouble concentration, rash, panic, hives, nausea, gas, acne, food sensitivities, ineffective work habits, lethargey, indigestion, migraines, irritability, thrush, cough, anxiety, eczema, low self esteem, sleep disturbance, easily angered, skin infections, sinus pressure, pms, chemical sensitivities, loss of interest, diarrhea, fatigue, gastritis, cystitis, muscle stiffness, vaginal yeast infections, fussy thinking muscle cramps, irrational fears, constipation, intestinal pain, weight gain?

If you suffer from these, this book is for you! While yeast occurs naturally in the body, it is generally harmless at controlled levels. When out of control, however, it becomes the body's enemy. Producing toxins that can affect organs and cells in all parts of the body, it can manifest itself in dozens of symptoms that can be difficult to diagnose. Getting back under control can correct many conditions that were once considered chronic, such as hypoglycemia, depression, insomnia, anxiety, and arthritis.

The book is written by Dennis W. Remington, M.D. and Barbara Higa Swasey, R.D.

So as I travel down the road of Yeast-Free eating, I will keep you up-to-date on the progress. I will try to include recipes and food ideas for others that wish to follow such diet!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Today's Workout....Pilates!

I absolutely love this workout DVD! If short on time, you have the options to do just specific body parts or if you have 50 minutes to commit, it is a great total body workout! I love that use of the bands which helps get a deeper stretch!

Includes five 10-minute workouts to shape your body:
* Upper Body Pilates - In this segment, the band really takes Pilates to the next level! You'll chisel and firm your arms, shoulders, back more dramatically than you ever could with non-equipment based mat Pilates. * Lower Body Pilates - The toning band will tone, lift and re-shape your lower body like nothing else. Once you try it, you'll see how adding this simple tool to your Pilates workout can lead to dramatically better results! * Pilates for Abs - This workout is an innovative take on classic Pilates exercises designed to do one thing: flatten your tummy! As a bonus you'll also strengthen your powerhouse and sculpt definition in your abs. * Total Body Pilates - Use your band to enhance this calorie burning, body sculpting challenge. The workout uses ultra-efficient compound movements to give you MORE results in LESS time. * Pilates for Flexibility - This dynamic stretching segment will leave you feeling fantastic. Keep using this segment and your entire Pilates practice will noticeably improve!

Can I exercise with Osteoarthritis?

Exercising With Osteoarthritis

Taking control of osteoarthritis

Should I exercise with osteoarthritis?

While you may worry that exercising with osteoarthritis could harm your joints and cause more pain, research shows that people can and should exercise when they have osteoarthritis. Exercise is considered the most effective non-drug treatment for reducing pain and improving movement in osteoarthritis.

Three kinds of exercise are important for people with osteoarthritis: exercises involving range of motion, also called flexibility exercises; endurance or aerobic exercises; and strengthening exercises. Each one plays a role in maintaining and improving your ability to move and function.

Speak with your doctor or physical therapist about exercising with osteoarthritis and the specific exercises that are best for you.

Range of motion/flexibility: Range of motion refers to the ability to move your joints through the full motion they were designed to achieve. When you have osteoarthritis, pain and stiffness make it very difficult to move certain joints more than just a little bit, which can make even the simplest tasks challenging.

Range-of-motion exercises include gentle stretching and movements that take joints through their full span. Doing these exercises regularly – ideally every day – can help maintain and even improve the flexibility in your joints.

Aerobic/endurance: These exercises strengthen your heart and make your lungs more efficient. This conditioning has the added benefit of reducing fatigue, so you have more stamina throughout the day. Aerobic exercise also helps control your weight by increasing the amount of calories your body uses. Furthermore, this type of exercise can help you sleep better and improve your mood.

Strengthening: Strengthening exercises help maintain and improve your muscle strength. Strong muscles can support and protect joints that are affected by arthritis.

Does stress affect OA?

Yes, having a chronic disease like osteoarthritis can be stressful. Stress, in turn, can make dealing with a disease like osteoarthritis more difficult – and painful.

That’s because when you feel stressed, your body becomes tense. This muscle tension can increase pain, making you feel helpless and frustrated because the added pain may limit your abilities. This, in turn, can depress you. Stress, depression and limited and lost abilities can all contribute to pain, which then perpetuates the cycle. If you understand how your body reacts physically and emotionally to stress and learn how to manage stress, you can break the destructive cycle.

How will losing weight help?

Excess body weight is a risk factor for the both the development and progression of osteoarthritis. For every pound of body weight you gain, your knees gain three pounds of added stress; for hips, each pound translates into six times the pressure on the joints. After many years of carrying extra pounds, the cartilage that cushions the joints tends to break down more quickly than usual.

Conversely, losing weight can reduce additional stress on joints that can cause cartilage to wear away. Easing the pressure on joints by shedding extra pounds can also reduce pain in osteoarthritis-affected joints, which will help you feel and move much better.

If osteoarthritis runs in my family, is there anything I can do to keep from getting it, too?

Although you can’t do anything about the genes you inherit from your parents, you can and should take extra care in minimizing your other risk factors – primarily excess weight and joint injuries.

By maintaining a healthy body weight you avoid putting additional stress on your joints. This stress can wear away at cartilage more quickly than usual and lead to osteoarthritis in weight-bearing joints such as the knees.

Injuries from routine falls or severe bangs and bumps during athletic activities can cause major damage to the cartilage. These injuries can cause cartilage tears, or they can permanently alter the way your joints move so that they wear down cartilage more than usual. You can avoid injuries that may lead to osteoarthritis by taking care of your body. Warming up and stretching before athletic activity and exercise can help you prevent serious injury. If you do injure yourself, see your doctor to receive proper treatment. Injuries left untreated may heal improperly, which could lead to further damage later on.

This article is from Arthritis Today

What is Osteoarthritis | Arthritis Today

Some of you may be wondering what is Osteoarthrisis? I found an article that tells some about it...

Osteoarthritis | What is Osteoarthritis | Arthritis Today

Breakfast Pizza

That's right...Pizza for Breakfast!


1 1/2 cups frozen loose-pack diced hash brown potatoes with peppers and onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 1/2 cups egg substitute, or 6 eggs, beaten

1/3 cup fat-free milk

1 tablespoon sniped fresh basil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 14 ounce Italian bread shell (Boboli)

1 cup shredded part-skim mazzarella cheese (4 ounces)

2 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise and sliced (optional)

1/4 cup shredded fresh basil


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat over medium heat. Add potatoes and garlic. Cook and stir about 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

2. In a small bowl, stir together egg, milk, and 1 tablespoon snipped basil, salt, and pepper. Add oil to the skillet; add egg mixture. Cook, without stirring, until mixture begins to set on the bottom and around the edge. Using a large spatula, lift and fold partially cooked egg mixture so uncooked portion flows underneath. Continue cooking and folding until egg mixture is cooked through but is still glossy and moist. Remove from heat.

3. To assemble pizza, place the bread shell on pizza pan. Sprinkle half of the cheese over the bread shell. Top with cooked egg mixture, tomatoes, and remaining cheese.

4. Bake about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with the 1/4 cup shredded basil. Cut into wedges to serve.

Serves 8. Prep time: 25 minutes. Bake: 10 minutes.

This is one our favorites for breakfast or brunch! Hope your family enjoys it as much as we do!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Got My Workout in Tonight!

It has been a long day...did some gardening at my mother-in-law's, struggled with the kids to behave all day long, stayed for dinner, and came home to heaps on laundry on the loveseat (thanks to my wonderful husband for doing the laundry). I knew I really needed a workout since I had eaten a few "goodies" over at Mom's, but also knew I needed to get the laundry folded. So, I decided I could do both! With the kids in bed, I pulled out my 30 Day Shred DVD with Jillian Michaels and did a hard-core 25 minute workout! It felt great! Plus, I folded the laundry when I was finished! I feel so accomplished tonight...that's what this is all about, small changes that will reap huge benefits to you!

I encourage you to check out the 30 Day Shred DVD! Let me know what you think of it!

My Transformation

Before...I started at 193lbs


You can change your life! You have the power to do that! It is a journey well worth taking. I did it with 3 little kids at home...I know you can do it too!

When you start your journey to a healthier you, I encourage you to do a few things first. First, you should take some before pictures. Take a few from the front, back, and side...the less clothing the better so we can see your progress, but I also understand being uncomfortable in your own skin. So, please do whatever makes you feel most comfortable allowing us to see the change. Along with the photos, you should take some measurements. You should measure your chest/bust, waist, thighs, calves, hips, and upper arm. To take body measurements use a cloth or plastic tape measure to measure the sites. The tape should be placed against the skin and pulled snug, but not too tight. Chest/bust: at the nipple line and right under the breast. Waist: one inch above the navel. Right thigh: just below the buttocks. Right calf: midpoint on the calf. Hips: at the maximum width. Upper arm: midway between the shoulder and the elbow. Make sure to to measure at the same point each time. Do the measurements and pictures once a month!

Together we will set out to be healthy and fit for years to come!

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Thank you for taking the time to come check out my blog. I am starting this to help inspire others! I lost 45 pounds in 9 months and have kept it off for 9 months so far! It has not been the easiest journey, but let me tell you it has been worth it! I will post some of my progress pictures, recipes, workouts, and words of encouragement. I am here to help you succeed and finally reach your fitness goals! Please feel free to leave comments and your insights! ~Toni