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!


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!

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,