Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cajun Tofunaise

What I loved most about my old diet was dips, sauces and spreads.  I have really found that it takes so much effort to make tasty sauces and then they really don't compare to shop bought ones.  My favourite was spicy mayonaise, I really missed it.  That is until i discovered the versatility of Tofu.  I bought a pack of silken tofu from my health store not really knowing what to do with it (I have a bit of an addiction to buying random stuff I don't need!).  I ended up tossing it into the blender with some spices and was shocked and amazed at the outcome!

So here are my ingredients:
1/2 cup of silken tofu
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp Salt
5 drops of Stevia (optional or to desired amount)
3 tbsp of water (or more depending on desired consistency)

Put all the ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth.  At this point taste it, if you prefer it extra spicy add more chilli powder.





This is lovely lashed onto chicken tortilla wraps, sandwiches or on anything you would have used a shop bought spicy mayo for in the past.

Happy dipping,
Shiny

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Pizza that could have been.....

I have found it difficult to find a pizza base recipe that is a really good substitute and one you would want to make again.  I've had a few failures but you could at least eat them.  However, the last attempt was truly stomach wrenchingly disgusting! The texture was like gum, you just couldn't stomach it.  The most annoying part was the fact it looked and smelled fab.  I could not wait to mow into it!!!  This is it before it went into the oven for the last time.....



I don't know where the problem came from.  I used xanthum gum for the first time, maybe this was the cause or the fact that the recipe just said to use a gluten free flour. So I randomly put a mix of flours in.  Has anyone got a really nice pizza base recipe for me to try?  I have a major pizza craving that i really need to sort out especially now that im on stage two and can have my beloved pineapples.

Would love some suggestions
Thanks
Shiny

Monday, March 28, 2011

Falafels

Falafels are my favourite for lunch.  There one of the few things I had in my candida feeding days that I still have today with only a few tweaks.  I love these so much I can't believe I'm only putting the recipe up now.  They are so simple to make, once you have a tin of chickpeas your are usually good to go!

Ingredients:
1 tin of chickpeas, drained
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoons of fresh coriander, chopped
2 tablespoons gluten free flour
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

Method:
Drizzle olive oil in a baking dish and heat in the oven to 180 Celsius.  While oven is heating, mash chickpeas with potato masher or in food processor. Add remaining ingredients to make a thick paste.

Shape into golf ball sized pieces and place in the preheated baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes, Time may be less depending on oven.

You can serve these with Humus and salad. Use Tahini dressing on the salad if you like.  I used Kristen's tahini dressing recipe to dress the salad only slightly changing it using 1 cup of water instead of a half as mine was still too thick with only a half cup.  That may be the difference in brands. 

Enjoy
Shiny

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The ones not enough Buckwheat Brownie!

Lately I am having difficulties staying on track with this diet.  I think it is because I am now feeling better and that makes me think I can stray.  Of course, this is not the case and I will quickly go back to the way I was If I'm not careful.  So I decided to spend some time creating some sweet treats to help me continue the diet. 

I always had a massive place in my heart for chocolate cake, the heavier the better.  I would even leave half of my main course just to fit in the hot chocolate fudge cake with ice cream.  Oh those really were the days when I didn't have to pass on the dessert.  It hasn't really been a though few months as the pay offs have been worth it.   But now I have created a buckwheat brownie that is egg, diary, gluten, yeast and sugar free.  And yes it tastes amazing.

These are so good in fact that I was lucky to even get a photo.  Here is a pic of the last two just before I also devoured them.






I'm not really sure how candida friendly these are as there is unsweetened cocoa in them.   Not sure if you are allowed cocoa, maybe someone else knows, please let me know if you do.  For my next version I'm going to try it using carob powder instead.

2 cups buckwheat flour
2 cups agave inulin powder
3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup water
1 cup olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract 
2 full droppers of NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia

Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius.  Prepare a baking tray with either parchment paper or oil/butter the tray.  Blend all the ingredients in a food processor and poor into the prepared tray.  Bake for about 20 minutes, test the brownies by putting a fork or skewer into the middle, the fork should come out clean, once this is the case your brownies are ready.  If possible allow to cool before cutting, I failed at this step, I just had to try them!

Enjoy
Shiny
xxx

Friday, February 11, 2011

New Love on Valentines Weekend!

I have to admit I am a lip balm junkie.  I am completely obsessed with them.  Its probably due to the fact that if I don't have one on hand at all times my lips become very unsightly in a matter of hours.   In fact, the mere realisation that I have left the house without a lipbalm in my bag almost immediately results in a feeling of panic, that feeling when your heart sinks to the bottom of your stomach! Stupid really since dry lips are not the end of the world.  

If you had read my last post, I was going in search of a new lip balm that contained no yeast.  I was hoping Nuxe reve de miel would save my lips but it turned out to have citric acid in it, so a big no no.  But I have stumbled upon ROC Enydrial or should I say it fell for me on valentines weekend.  I was standing in the pharmacy having my usual look for a lip balm I picked up a bottle of cream and knocked over another product which I managed to catch.  It was a yeast free lip balm! I took it as sign and immediately purchased it.  Now I think I'm in love.  This is the nicest lip balm I have ever had, within a matter of minutes my lips felt really soft and soothed.  It has a nice non-sticky consistency and doesn't leave your lips dry.

I also noticed in the ingredients that it contains Capric/caprylic triglyceride.  Could this be the same caprylic that I have been drinking to kill off my Candida?  I have no idea but a big plus if it is as it might keep future craps at the sides of the mouth at bay.  It also is free of petroleum which is good because I reckon that actually dries out the lips.

I will update you if my love continues to blossom!
Shiny

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Crispy Lips

Today I have reached the 3 month mark of my anti candida diet.  I must say, I am feeling so much better.  I don't fly off the handle as much, my mood is much more stable now.  I was always a very happy and positive person but at times I would go from being relaxed to seeing red in a split second.  Maybe its the diet or maybe no fiery situations have come my way.

My bm's have greatly improved.  I would even say they are normal now.  Never thought I would say that!  Of course, this is with the help of the attogram phase 1 products,  I am almost at the end of my second month on the Whole Approach program.  If I make a mistake or give in to temptation I don't feel like I pay for it later like I used to.  I sure this slows my healing progress but at least it causes no suffering.

One bad thing though, last week I developed little cuts in the corners of my lips, I put on loads of lip balm but the more I put on the worse they got.  I googled my condition and well wasn't too surprised to see the words candida albicans pop up in the causes.  Turns out this is a little candida infection.  I also checked the ingredients of my lip balm as it didn't seem to help in any way.  Turns out there was citric acid in the lip balm.  So there I was rubbing yeast into my yeast infection!!!  Needless to say I have thrown that lip balm away! 

I am now wondering if these cuts were caused by the anti-biotic I was talking or if they were caused by the lip balm.  Probably a combination of both.  I already have the driest lips in the world so am currently trying to find a good replacement that contains no evils.  I have tried the trilogy one that contains only natural oils but haven't had much success. 

If you have found a lip super soaker that works and has no yeast please let me know.
Yours Crisping Away,
Shiny

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tomato Soup

It seems as though I have a bit of a tomato buying fetish.  My boyfriend asked why I had bought more tomatoes since the fridge was already full of them.  So I decided I needed to make something to use them up. 

On Friday I got braces on my teeth.  Now they are very sore as they are starting to move for the first time.  As a result to add to my already complex diet I can now only eat soft foods! 

So I thought the best way to use up the tomatoes and satisfy my soft food requirement would be to make some tomato soup.

Ingredients:
2 Carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
2 Sticks of celery, sliced
2 medium onions, peeled and roughly chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
Olive oil
1 Chicken and 1 vegetable stock in 1.8 litres of boiling water
12 ripe tomatoes, chopped (I used a mix of plum and regular tomatoes and roughly blended them in food processor)
6 ripe tomatoes, left whole
bunch of basil (about 20 leaves)
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Put the olive oil in a large pot, add the carrots, celery, onion and garlic.  Cover and cook for around 10 minutes until the carrots begin to soften.  Add the stock and all the tomatoes and bring to the boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer for a further 10 minutes.  Then add the basil and season with salt and pepper.  Remove from the heat and put it in a food processor and blend.



Enjoy
Shiny

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Feeling lighter!

When I first started on the anti candida diet I was 10 stone and 8 pounds, a bit to heavy for my 5ft 2in!  I was going to the gym 4 to 5 nights a week and following a gym program for over a year.  My instructor could not believe I had not changed weight in all this time as she could see my fitness progress as it was all computerised.  I was very disheartening. 

I ended up leaving the gym at the same time as I started on the anti candida diet.  I instantly began to loose inches but no weight.  I even dropped a dress size and remained the same weight.  I thought this must have just been the bloatedness disappearing.  As I had looked about 3 months pregnant and now had a flat stomach.  Then last week I was in hospital and they weighted me. I was under 60kg!  I wasn't sure what this was in stones but I knew it was not 10st 8 either.  When I got home I weighted myself again and true to form the spindle shot up to 10st 8! 

The next day it dawned on my that my scales was broken.  Although it was wishful thinking as I had been 10 st  8 on the gym scales too.  But it was enough for me to run into town and get another one.  But I'm so glad I did now as it has given me a massive boost to keep going on the anti candida diet, as am now weighting in at 9 st 1!!!  I nearly fell off the scales laughing.  Best candida news ever :D

Yours lighter!
Shiny
xxx 

Friday, January 14, 2011

Oh no im on an antibiotic!!

Yesterday I had to have my four wisdom teeth surgically removed.  To my horror at the end of it I was handed a prescription for an antibiotic.  I have to take augmentin for 5 days.  I did consider not taking it as it has been prescribed only to prevent an infection in the gums.  However my face is so sore already when the pain killers wear off that I'm not really willing to chance getting an infection too!

I'm going to double my dose of probiotics for 10 days and hope this helps combat the negative effects of the antibiotic.  If you have any other suggestions I would love to hear them.  How far back is this going to set me on my anti candida diet?

Nervously!
Shiny
xxx

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Chicken Stir Fry

Before I started on the anti candida diet I always passed on the veg.  As soon as I found out all the food I would have to exclude I new I would have to get over my veg issues especially since I could not have any fruit.  The thoughts of this was a nightmare until I made this chicken stir fry.  There is great flavours from cumin, ginger and tamari sauce and they hide the taste of the veg.  I now don't mind the veg on their own either.

More amazing for me though is the peppers.  I had a major pet hate for peppers.  I wouldn't even eat an apple that had been sitting beside a pepper as I could taste the pepper off the apple! People who know me are amazed to see peppers in my fridge or in my lunch at work! Of course I'm yet to eat an apple that has been sitting beside the pepper as I am still in phase one of the diet.

I think this stir fry is great for you want something quick or for lunches because you can just heat it up in work.   This recipe would also be lovely with beef or pork.  I don't use pork at the moment because if you have issues with diary you can often have an issue with beef too as it has the same fat content.

Ingredients are for 1 so just multiply as needed
Ingredients
Fillet of chicken cubed
1 small red onion roughly chopped
Ginger thinly sliced approx. 1.5cm
1 garlic clove crushed
3 spring onions chopped
2 florets of broccoli broke into small pieces
1/4 red pepper cut into strips (or any colour or mixed)
Handful of peas in pods
juice of half a lime
1 tsp of ground cumin
1 tspn of Tamari (wheat free soy sauce, i like Clearsprings as there is no alcohol in it)

Heat your oil on the pan, then add the chicken, onion, garlic and ginger.  Allow to fry until the chicken is white all around then add your remaining vegetables.  Fry for about 1 minute then add your lime juice and cumin. Fry for another minute then add the Tamari sauce. Continue to fry until the chicken is cooked throughout. So simple yet so tasty.  You can use whatever vegetable you like.



Enjoy
Shiny
xxx

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Mexican Fajitas Night

I mentioned before how I love fajitas, every now and then I get a massive craving for guacamole so I just have to a Mexican night.  That's what happened last night.  Normally I would use chicken but for a change I used a pork fillet. 

Ingredients:
1 pork fillet
1/2 red pepper
1/2 green pepper
1 medium onion
fajitas seasoning (see my yeast and sugar free recipe here)
Tortilla wraps (see my dairy, wheat, yeast, sugar, corn and gluten free recipe here!)
Sunflower Oil

Guacamole:
1 Avocado
Juice of half a lime
Small bunch of coriander leaves
small garlic clove crushed (optional)

Salsa:
2 large vine tomatoes, chopped
Small bunch of Chives, chopped
3 Spring Onions, chopped
Juice of half a lime

Add the oil to the pan, once hot add the onion, peppers and pork.  Allow the pork to slightly brown all round.  At this stage you can add the fajitas seasoning.  The fajitas seasoning is liquid and as the meat cooks it forms a paste around the meat and veg.  Once this has happened your meat should be ready.

For the guacamole roughly mash the avocado.  Add the garlic, lime juice and coriander leaves and mix together.  I do not add any garlic to my guacamole as I prefer it without.  If I'm not making salsa I add a chopped tomato to the guacamole.  You can also use a lemon instead of a lime but I think the taste is far superior with the lime.



For the salsa, mix all the ingredients together.







Then just roll it up and dive in!

Enjoy
Shiny
xxx

Monday, January 3, 2011

My Current Program

I began the attogram program on the 7th of December and I have to say I really feel it helps.  Before I started to do the program I was randomly taking different anti fungals and was getting die-off symptoms and just generally feeling crap.  I decided to start the attogram program with whole approach so I would have some structure to my program.  I'm very happy so far and have even ordered my second months supply.

First thing in the morning I get 8oz of water and add 1 tbsp of Bentonite Magma and 1tbsp of Caproyl Medical food and 1 rounded tsp of Psyllium Powder (Husks and Seeds). I do not eat for an hour and a half after the drink.  I have the drink again in the evening 2 hours after my evening meal.

The attogram program also includes a probiotic but you cannot buy it if you are overseas or so I originally thought.  I have since found out that they will send it to you in the winter but not the hot summer months. I will be taking their probiotic next time but for now I'm continuing to take Udo's Super 8 until my next order.  I take one tablet with every meal.

I really expected this drink to be foul, but even though you couldn't describe it as delish its not that bad. It just taste really bland. 

What is the best thing you have used to get rid of candida and what caused the worst die off?

Shiny
xxx



Feeling Sick

I was feeling really nauseous yesterday with major stomach pains and vomiting.  It all passed after about 6 hours. 

I've no idea if I caught a bug or if it was something I ate or maybe even die-off.  I had drank a small glass of my kefir water and ate some buckwheat pancakes with rashers and garlic butter.  I was pretty much feeling lousy immediately after eating.  I have had the pancakes before so maybe it was the kefir water or a bug.

I am now too afraid to drink the remaining batch of kefir water but have continued to make some more and will try it again to see if the same thing happens.  I really hope it was just a bug as I have read great stories about kefir and its health benefits.

Feeling much better now.
Shiny
xxx