Monday, October 17, 2011

Ham and Egg Scramble

UPDATE:  Deli meat is not part of the anti-Candida diet.  Dayna, one of my readers, kindly brought this to my attention shortly after I posted this "recipe."  I did a little reading and found a comprehensive list of diet "do's and don'ts" on Candida Control Diet. So, please disregard all my references to deli meat below and use a meat such as chicken which has been baked or broiled. 

Ok, this is kind of a no brainer "recipe" but I thought I'd share anyway. I eat TONS of eggs on my anit-Candida diet because they are quick and easy to prepare, which is a rarity when adhering to this diet.  (Does anyone else spend way more time in the kitchen than they would prefer?) Last week, I decided to spice up my daily lunch routine of scrambled eggs.  Whole Foods ran a special on their ham deli meat chicken, so I scooped some up and got to work.

First, saute chopped onions in olive oil until they are soft. 

Then, finely chop the lunchmeat chicken (yes, I know it looks like ham lunchmeat, but it should be chicken) ...

 ...and toss it in with the onions to warm up.

Season your eggs with salt, pepper and some paprika and scramble.

Cook, plate and enjoy (and savor the fact that you prepared a meal in less than 5 minutes!).  

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Brown Rice Salad

I was surfing the Real Food in Little Rock blog and stumbled across a fabulous looking recipe that can easily be modified to adhere to the anti-Candida diet.  Now, I haven't made this yet but I'm planning my menu today and this recipe is on it!

Julie has excellent rice cooking tips I'm not including here so be sure to check out her post.  Here is the recipe:

Brown Rice Salad 
  • 3-4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/4 cup (or more) diced red onion or shallots
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped (optional, but I like garlic!)
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup (or more) dried fruit, like cherries, cranberries or raisins*
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
Make the below vinaigrette and pour over cooled rice:
  • 2 T local honey*
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar*
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • couple pinches of red pepper flakes, or a dash of cayenne pepper
Mix everything together, refrigerate, and taste.
*Obviously, the starred ingredients need to be modifed or left out completely.   
  • Dried fruit is a no-no and I'm stumped on a substitute (any thoughts?).  
  • Honey is also out so I may add a TINY bit of Stevia in place of the honey.  However, hubby is a sweetener snob and refuses to eat anything containing Stevia "because it doesn't taste right (insert whining tone)!"
  • Instead of balsamic vinegar I'm going to try lemon juice. 
I'll update once I've tried this recipe and let you know how it turns out with the modifications!!  Have a happy day :)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Grapefruit Seed Extract – I’m Sold!!

I’ve never been in to taking supplements for a variety of reasons.  In the past week, however, my bias against supplements has begun to lessen. In my previous post, I mentioned I recently had a nasty die off reaction which promptly evolved into tonsillitis and further difficulty breathing (so fun).  I wasn’t sure what to do or how to treat it.  I just knew I didn’t want to visit my doctor who would take one look at my tonsils, whip out his prescription pad and tell me to take antibiotics for the next 10 days. No thank you! 
I talked to my Mom, who recommended I take Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE). She spent about 30 minutes extolling the benefits of this extract and an hour later, I was shuffling into Whole Foods to purchase said miracle elixir *wink*.   I faithfully took GSE 5 times a day and after 3 days my tonsillitis was nearly gone!  I still had a few white patches on my tonsils but overall felt fine.  It has now been 5 days and I’m so excited to report that I’m all better!! I’m honestly stunned at how well GSE worked to clear up my tonsillitis AND helped the pain in my lungs.  I plan to continue taking GSE long term, as it is also a powerful antifungal.  YAY for killing yeast!!
I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned about GSE this past week*:
  • Grapefruit seed-extract is used in humans to battle many types of internal and external infections caused from single and multi-celled parasites, fungi, viruses, and bacteria.
  • The greatest benefit of grapefruit seed-extract is due to its multipurpose effect.  Grapefruit seed-extract remains effective even if the cause of an infection is identified, misdiagnosed, or unknown.  Grapefruit seed-extract naturally detoxifies, enhances and supports the immune system.
  • Another important benefit of grapefruit seed-extract is that it alkalizes the blood. Alkalizing body fluids can be defined as raising the pH level.  Raising the pH level is an important health regeneration benefit; because disease causing microforms, such as parasites, fungi, viruses, and bacteria cannot survive in an alkaline oxygenated environment.
  • Grapefruit seed-extract is also claimed to be a natural alternative to strong antibiotics, without callous side effects.
  • The greatest benefit of grapefruit seed extract is due to its broad spectrum anti pathogenic effect! Grapefruit seed extract remains effective even if the cause of an infection is known, misdiagnosed or unknown. Since we rarely know for sure the individual pathogen or mix of pathogens responsible for our infection. No other known compound can demonstrate such versatility.
  • Grapefruit seed extract is mild in comparison to strong antibiotics that can destroy beneficial intestinal bacteria and deplete the immune system! Without these beneficial bacteria life could not be sustained. The beneficial bacteria can thrive much better after the harmful pathogens have been destroyed!
Suggested Uses For Grapefruit Seed Extract

CAUTION: ALWAYS DILUTE! Do not use full strength. Do not put in eyes. Avoid all contact with sensitive areas. May cause irritation if used full strength on skin. If full strength contact or irritation occurs, flush with water for at least 10 minutes. Irritation is temporary and may last up to 48 hours. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

Internal Uses

Internal Use: (Never use full strength) Orally. Adults, mix 1-5 drops of Maximum GSE into a glass of water or juice (5 oz. or more), 1-3 times daily, with or without meals. Children (5 years and older), 1-3 drops mixed into a glass of water or juice (5 oz. or more), 1-2 times daily, with or without meals. Do not use full strength in mouth.

Throat Gargle. Stir 1 drop of Maximum GSE into a small glass of water (3 oz. or more). Gargle several times. Use as often as needed. Always dilute.

Ear Rinse. Thoroughly mix 1 drop of Maximum GSE with 1 oz. of glycerin or alcohol. Apply 1-2 drops of this solution in affected ear 1-2 times daily. Use as often as needed. Do not use full strength in ears.

Nasal Rinse. (adults only) Mix 1 drop of Maximum GSE with 6 oz. of water. Use one full eye dropper of the mixed solution per nostril. Tilt your head backward and release the solution from the dropper into your nose. Swing head forward and down (head is now upside down) to force solution up into the nasal passages. Return head to the normal upright position and allow nasal passages to drain. Do not inhale through the nose during this process. Always dilute.

Vaginal Rinse. Mix 3-5 drops of Maximum GSE with 6-8 oz. of water. Douche once daily for one week or as directed by a healthcare professional. Always dilute.

External Uses

External Use: (Never use full strength) Facial Cleanser. Thoroughly moisten (splash) face with warm or cool water. With hands still wet, apply 2-3 drops of Maximum GSE to fingertips and gently massage facial area with circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with cool water and pat dry. A tingling sensation may follow. This is an indication of the deep cleansing properties of Maximum GSE. Always dilute.

Skin Rinse. (minor skin irritations) Dilute 1-3 drops of Maximum GSE with 1 tablespoon of water. Apply this solution directly to affected area twice daily. Do not use full strength on skin.

Nail Treatment. Dilute 1-3 drops of Maximum GSE with 1 tablespoon of water or alcohol. Apply this solution directly on surface of nail along the cuticle and underneath the front of nail, or soak nails, twice daily for as long as desired. Do not use full strength on nails.

Scalp Treatment. Add 2-4 drops of Maximum GSE to each shampooing (mix in hand or on head with shampoo). Massage into scalp and leave on for at least 2 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water.
Household Uses

Toothbrush Cleaner. Stir 2-4 drops of Maximum GSE into a glass of water. Immerse toothbrush for 15 minutes (or leave in between uses). Rinse toothbrush before using. Change water and remix every few days.

Vegetable/Fruit or Meat/Poultry Wash. Sink washing - Add 20 or more drops of Maximum GSE to a sink full of cold water. Briefly soak any vegetables, fruit, meat, or poultry. Rinse if desired. Spray washing - Add 10 or more drops of Maximum GSE to a 32 oz. pump sprayer bottle filled with water. Spray on any vegetables, fruit, meat, or poultry. Rinse if desired.

Dish and Utensil Cleaning Additive. Add 10-20 drops of Maximum GSE to sink dishwashing water or to final rinse. Add 10-20 drops to automatic dishwasher with detergent or to final rinse.

Cutting Board Cleaner. Apply 5-10 drops of Maximum GSE to cutting board and work into entire board with a wet sponge or dish cloth. Leave on for at least 30 minutes. Rinse with water.

All Purpose Cleaner. Add 15-30 drops of Maximum GSE to any 32 oz. pump sprayer bottle filled with water or cleanser. Use on all surfaces around the house.

*All information regarding GSE was obtained from the following sites:

I have not been compensated to review GSE.