Starting off a Candida cleanse with a general detox serves multiple purposes:
1. prepares the exit channels of the body to handle the mass of toxins that will be leaving during the program
2. clears out excess mucus and material from the GI tract, to enhance absorption of nutrients, and leaves behind an environment unsuitable for yeast
3. shortens the duration of the candida program, sometimes by as much as half
As if the reasons above are not enough, a good detox will also allow our lymph to flow optimally, and begin us on our way to balanced blood sugar. All this makes a detox a great first strike for our program.
It also gives us a milestone; after 12 days of detoxing I feel clear-headed, alive, and proud of the accomplishment – which is a wonderful way to start the candida program!
My first enthusiastic urge was to make my own 10-day tea-based detox, along with the diet prescribed in Candida cleansing. This is fine and good; however, when I cleanse, I can get cranky (especially in the first few days). The intial detox will be the time during which some of us (me, maybe you, too) will deal with our worst cravings; so, I’ve decided having to prepare teas everyday is going to be an extra stress I can do without!
For the purpose of keeping it simple, I will be using the Wild Rose 12-day D-tox; it’s an easy to use, pre-boxed detox kit so it requires little effort on my part. It’s also familiar to me and I know how my body reacts when I use it. There are a number of great detox kits in your local health food store, I don’t endorse any one in particular, and I would love to hear which one you have chosen on facebook or in the comments section below.
Another way I can make this detox effort-less is to plan a menu and prepare frozen meals. I plan a large meal for each day, a few sides for lunches and breakfasts, then fill in the corners with cooked or fresh veggies, nuts and seeds, and my daily piece of fruit. For a peep at my menu, click here. I like to double the freezable recipes, then store them for those nights I don’t have time to cook.
1. Be mentally prepped for those first few nights of cravings (flower essence!)
2. Say a sweet goodbye to my favourite food, goat cheese with cranberries (I’ll think of you often, then, not-so-much)
3. Get a promise from my life-partner not to eat junk-food anywhere near me
4. Have my low-effort detox plan, and my squirrel stash of ready-to-eat foods
5. Stay busy: fill the time I normally get cravings with fun activities (for my first night of cleansing, I’m drinking a kava concoction and whiling away the hours reading fortune cards with my dear old friend Miriam)
I believe I am prepared to embark on the first leg of my cruise into Candida-Free land! The next blog will be about cravings and snacking and will be out tomorrow. Look out for Candida-Free Phase 2: The Candida Program sometime before January 17th. Cheers!