This year, I embarked upon another healing jouney...and that was to heal my body of yeast, which I mention in another blog post (HERE). There, I share information about my 30-day detox which allowed me to shed unwanted weight, waste material and also parasitic invaders...for me, yeast. When I started the detox, I was limited to mostly green, fresh foods which created a healthy environment in my body for healing, but disturbed and agitated the yeast colonies in my intestinal tract. The goal was to flush out all that had been parasitic colonies growing inside my body from the time I was a child. Candida, or yeast is not easy to get rid of and it takes sheer will, a commitment to self, and a clear understand of why one is doing it in the first place.
While I'm all for using holistic and homeopathic remedies for treat whatever ails me, I decided to use a professional health practitioner, as yeast, or candida, can be difficult to treat. This lead me to enlist the guidance of Kelley Porter, Certified Transformation, and Personal Development Coach, who has helped individuals rid their bodies of harmful parasites, while teaching them the connection between personal and emotional health.
Fast forward. It has been four months since the body flush and I am feeling great! My skin is healing nicely, I've lost fifteen pounds, two inches of belly fat and I'm enjoying all of the alkalinizing foods I've been prescribed. As I mentioned before, yeast can be troublesome and often very difficult to treat, so I decided to continue my treatment plan, as I want to be rid of yeast completely. If you've suffered from a sugar addition - I have since I was 12 years old - the process for ridding the body of parasites takes time...and I'm patient.
Speaking of alkalinizing foods, there were specific food groups I was encouraged to eliminate in order to heal my body and bring it back back into alignment, which including the following:
Fruit (except green apples)
Nuts & Seeds (except almonds, flax, chia, pumpkin)
Breads & Grains (except amaranth, kamut and buckwheat)
Sugar (of all kinds, Stevia acceptable)
Meat/Animal Flesh, including fish and eggs
Dairy (of all kinds)
Now, this may sound a bit extreme, but the goal is to create a healthy environment for my body and disrupt the yeast colonies...essentially, to STOP feeding them!
You may have seen Oprah's Weight Watchers commercial where she proclaims "I LOVE bread!" Oprah, I understand, girl...so do I. However, I knew eating bread would be counterproductive and continue feeding the yeast. However, I wanted something that would satisfy, yet stay within the guidelines of the accepted foods list. This led me to begin experimenting with buckwheat, a grain I hadn't used very often. So, I researched recipes for crackers and breads only to find them tasting like paper with no flavor or the desired texture I wanted. After many trials and errors, I found the missing ingredient...psyllium husks! What could I have not known. I mean, I've used psyllium in my vegan petit fors, but I hadn't considered how psyllium would provide the chewiness I wanted in a bread. Thus, my Flaxseed Buckwheat Flatbread was born... Huzzah! To take it up a notch, I often add various herbs, garlic and spices, just to give it some pizzaz. This recipes literally saved my life when I needed a bread fix.
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Regina Thomas Dillard is the author of "FEED: Living Food Recipes to be Made and Eaten with Love", and founder of Inner + Sanctum Wellness, a business dedicated to assist others as they embark on their holistic journey. All products are handmade and sourced from reputable organic and natural ingredients purveyors.