Earlier this week I had a 24 hour stomach bug thing – NOT fun! And just before my birthday :/ (Fortunately I felt much better on my bday 🙂 So all week I’ve been going easy on my stomach. One thing I’ve been making every […]
What do you do with a bunch of brown bananas? Make (paleo) banana bread of course! My friend was about to toss a whole bunch of bananas that were well beyond ripe. I hate watching food to waste. I simply said those would be perfect […]
Always tired. Always wired. Can’t sleep. Can’t think. Irritable. Moody. Always reaching for the caffeine just to get through the day. Overwhelmed and not even sure you’ll actually make it through the day.
Sound at all familiar? Probably does to at least a lot of you. An estimated 80 percent of people worldwide suffer from some level of adrenal fatigue.
Modern life has brought us here. Here’s what it feels like to be in full on stage three complete fatigue-mode, how stress causes adrenal fatigue, and why you should take preventative steps now.
A Day in My Life with Adrenal Fatigue Stage 3
What it Really Feels like to have late stage Adrenal Fatigue
How did I get here – to Adrenal Fatigue Stage 3?
What Happens to the Adrenal Glands to Cause Adrenal Fatigue
Setting the Stage for Adrenal Fatigue: My Story of Stress and Burnout
The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation and the Serious Health Consequences of Insomnia
The Healing Process Takes Time
Adrenal Fatigue Stage 3. You don’t wind up there overnight.
What Makes us Susceptible to Adrenal Fatigue
Our Bodies are Living in a Foreign World
Curb Adrenal Fatigue before it happens… or at least before it Gets Worse
The Upshot: You Can Heal Adrenal Fatigue – Without Fancy Treatments
Cold soup sounds a little odd at first. Raw soup sounds like one of those new-aged health fads. But in reality, there’s nothing new or odd about gazpacho, a classic dish in Spanish cuisine. While on vacation the other day, my mom served her homemade […]
What is Adrenal Fatigue? Tired after you wake up in the morning. Brain fog. Inability to focus. Reliance on caffeine to get you through the day. Stress. Burnout. Fatigue. Inexplicable symptoms yet clearly suboptimal health. Sound familiar? I’m guessing it probably does, to a lot […]
Seriously, I never thought I’d get excited about a vegetable broth. But this anti-candida vegetable broth is legit delicious!
It’s also super easy to make, cleansing, and honestly would just make a great first course! But the point is to help clear out candida.
Ok first – What is Candida?
There are several strains of the Candida bacteria – the most common and the one in question being Candida albicans. It is the most common type of yeast infection, typically found in the mouth, intestinal tract, and any other areas with mucous membranes. In healthy individuals it generally does not cause major issues. However if the immune system is impaired or if the integrity of the gut lining is impaired, it can migrate to other areas of the body, causing potentially serious symptoms.
At proper levels, it actually helps with nutrient absorption and digestion. But it can overproduce and cause typical symptoms. If left unchecked, it can cause leaky gut syndrome, allowing toxins to escape and enter the bloodstream.
What are the main causes of candida overgrowth?
Diet is a common factor in candida overgrowth. A diet high in sugar, alcohol, and refined carbs creates a perfect breeding ground for candida.
Additionally, antibiotics – particularly antibiotic overuse – can kill both the bad and the good bacteria in the body. These good bacteria keep candida under control. Candida is opportunistic. When they die off after long courses of antibiotics, candida has a hey-day!
Birth control pill use has also been linked to candida issues. Weakened immune systems, diabetes, and oral corticosteroids such as those used for asthma also create the perfect environment for candida to take over.
Finally, cancer treatment has been linked to serious cases of invasive candida (technically called candidiasis in the medical community). Like antibiotics, chemotherapy and radiation can kill off good bacteria as well as the cancer cells. Not to mention, most cancer patients are also put on antibiotics so their systems get a double whammy!
How do you know if you need to do a candida cleanse?
Any of the following symptoms are signs you have candida overgrowth:
- Fatigue/ Exhaustion
- Food Cravings (especially for sweets)
- Bloating & Gas
- Brain Fog
- Weak Immune System
- Frequent Colds
- Sinus Congestion
- Yeast Infections
- Joint Pain
- Oral Thrush (white coating on tongue)
- Bad Breath
- Mood Swings/ Irritability
- Weight Gain
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Loss of Sex Drive
- Food Sensitivities
- Abdominal Pain
- Red, Itchy Eyes
- Psoriasis / Eczema
A Simple Test to Determine if You Have a Candida Overgrowth Issue
Here’s how the saliva test works:
- Spit into a glass of water first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything.
- Wait a minimum of 15 minutes (and keep checking if nothing happens at first) to check whether the saliva stays on top of the water.
- If it begins to ‘grow’ down into the water and you see little white fibers… yup that’s candida.
If you find candida, you may want to think about putting yourself on an anti-candida diet. The best way to quick-start the candida diet is to do a short-term candida cleanse to give your digestive system a little chance to rest and reset.
Candida Cleanse Phase One: And So it Begins
So I woke up the first night I had this soup (after a lot of hydration throughout the day) to pee like eight times. No joke. Sunday was a soft start to the cleanse – I did my morning vegan protein powder drink then all veggies for lunch and a little tahini snack in the afternoon. But I made this anti-candida cleanse vegetable broth in the evening and had it for dinner.
Not gonna lie, it’s surprisingly delicious! I honestly didn’t have high expectations as far as the flavor went – most recipes I found sounded bland (and many admitted it was!). So I decided to add some ginger and spices to the mix, including a little extra heat from cayenne, and the flavor is actually amazing.
For two days I planned to do just the broth – although to be fair rather than straining the vegetables (which is an option), I decided to blend up the veggies and put them back in to make it a little more substantial.
I’m doing the cleanse with my friend and we also decided it was absolutely necessary to add avocado to the soup. Because yes avocado makes everything more delicious. But also because – healthy fats are important and keep you full. And as far as the cleanse goes, avocado is pretty easy on the digestives system.
A minor hiccup and a major health revelation
I started the day with a little sugar-free vegan protein powder drink as well. And then I went to see my holistic doctor and got the results of an adrenal test I took the other week – sure enough I have adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue stage 3 to be precise.
Ironically, my cortisol levels are actually quite low – I’d assumed they were way too high and that was what was keeping me up. But apparently I left that stage behind me long ago, pass through stage 2 where things just get a little wacky and unpredictable, and entered stage 3. Low levels of cortisol all day long – which explains my perpetual fatigue. At least I have my answer!
Fortunately, there is a lot of overlap between the anti-candida diet and the adrenal fatigue diet. So I stuck with my anti-candida cleanse plan but added some more vegan protein powder to my daily diet. And I continued on with the avocado. So far, it’s been manageable. And now after two days of the soup cleanse I am back on vegetables.
The Key Players in Anti-Candida Cleanse Vegetable Broth
This soup packs in some of the best anti-candida foods to kick-start your anti-candida mission.
- Onion – great anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic properties. They also help flush out excess fluids, which is helpful for candida as many experience water retention
- Kale – green vegetables in general are great for the nutritional value – kale in particular helps decrease inflammation and fight cancer
- Celery – one of the best anti-candida foods, an anti-bacterial and high in fiber to keep the gut happy
- Garlic – potent anti-inflammatory and detoxifier, helps reduce intestinal gas
- Ginger – powerful anti-fungal properties, stimulates liver and colon to improve detox
It’s simple – just some veggies, water, and spices!
Anti-Candida Vegetable Broth
A simple yet incredibly flavorful cleansing broth to help clear candida, cleanse the system, and get your gut back in balance.
- 2 medium onions, chopped or one large onion
- 1 large handful kale I use 3 large leafs of lacinto kale
- 6 stalks celery, chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, chopped
- thumb-sized piece of ginger
- 1 tsp sea salt
- spices to taste
- 10 cups pure waters
Optional herbs and spices
- 1 tsp herbs de provence rosemary, sage, other similar herbs work well
- a few shakes of cayenne to boost the heat
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- fresh cracked black pepper helps the turmeric absorb better
Clean and chop all your vegetables.
Add all of the ingredients to a large soup pot and bring to a boil.
Cover the pot and reduce heat to a simmer for 60 minutes.
Option 1 - strain the veggies for a pure broth.
Option 2 - strain the vegetables and add a few back in.
Option 3 (my favorite) - use your veggies and blend it up! Use either an immersion blender, or place all the larger veggies in a blender with a few cups of the broth. You can leave the remaining broth and any smaller veggie bits in the pot. Blend it up and return it to the remaining broth, stir to incorporate. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
Use organic produce as much as possible.
This will make enough broth to last one person about one day on the full cleanse. Otherwise, it makes about 6-8 servings of soup. To make it a bit heartier, add some chopped avocado.
If you think you might be experiencing candida issues and want to ask more, feel free to get in touch!
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Well it’s official – I’m on an avocado smoothie kick! After last week’s green superfood avocado smoothie, I decided to get inspiration from my own recipe and made a dark chocolate avocado smoothie.
Like the avocado chocolate mousse, this smoothie is super smooth and creamy, and full of decadent chocolate flavor. But I went superfood breakfast style and added more greens and a little vegan chocolate protein powder to boost the power breakfast factor.
Give me a Chocolate Avocado Smoothie for Breakfast Please!
Because let’s be real – chocolate and avocados are the best foods ever. And putting them together is actually the best idea ever.
To bulk up the smoothie but keep the sugars on the low side, I added half a frozen zucchini. A lot of people like to add bananas to smoothies, but I prefer to skimp on the sugars and carbs. I know people love bananas for the potassium, but actually avocados have more potassium than bananas. Mind blown.
Not to mention avocados have a slew of other health benefits, which I detailed last week.
Adding Zucchini to a Smoothie is Definitely a thing you should try because Zucchini is Packed with Nutritional Benefits
And yes, I did mean zucchini when I said that earlier. Zucchinis work super well in smoothies – they add both bulk and a bunch of nutritional benefits. Like avocados, they also pack a hefty dose of potassium, as well as folate, fiber, and vitamins A, C, and a bunch of Bs.
These all make it a heart-healthy addition to your diet. Zucchini is also low-calorie – a bonus for anyone concerned about the calories from the avocado – as well as anti-inflammatory. It helps reduce cholesterol, boost immunity, and provides a lot of antioxidants.
Beyond all that, given their high water and electrolyte content, zucchini is great for digestive health. The phytonutrient content in zucchini is great for eye health, while the polyphenols may help regulate adrenal and thyroid functioning as well as insulin levels, making zucchini a great option for diabetes prevention and management.
How to Add Zucchini to your Smoothies
Zucchini blends up super smooth, and you can freeze the zucchini. Clean and chop off the ends and cut it in half before you store it in the freezer. You can also leave it fresh and either add ice – or, as I often do – nix the ice and frozen produce and just drink a fridge to room temperature smoothie!
Also, definitely leave the skin on – the skins of most fruits and vegetables contain a major portion of the nutritional value. Just be sure to clean it well.
Chocolate for breakfast is always a good idea, but a healthy treat that tastes like dessert for dinner? Go for it my friends 🙂
Dark Chocolate Avocado Smoothie Recipe
A smooth, creamy, delicious and nutrient-dense power breakfast in the form of a low-sugar vegan dark chocolate avocado smoothie to fuel your day
- 1/2 medium avocado
- 1/2 medium-large zucchini frozen or fresh
- 2 tbsp organic cacao powder
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder use protein powder of your choice, preferably organic and plant-based
- 1 tbsp Lakanto sugar-free maple syrup, or pure maple honey works, or use 1 serving zero sugar sweetener of your choice like pure monk fruit or stevia powder
- 1 cup nut milk or non-dairy milk of choice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract optional, but brings out the chocolate flavor
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon optional, but adds depth to the chocolate flavor and helps balance blood sugar
- powders and potions of choice
Add all of the ingredients to a blender, and blend it up!
Drink from a large glass or mason jar, or pour into a bowl and add toppings of choice for a delicious smoothie bowl. Enjoy!
Avocado Smoothie for Breakfast Anyone!? We all know avocado toast has become a favorite go-to for breakfast. It’s hard to find a good breakfast or brunch menu without it. But an avocado smoothie!? We all know I’m obsessed with avocados. They make any meal better, […]