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Crock Pot Lamb Curry Stew

2-3 lbs Boneless lamb (I used lamb shoulder, but other cuts will work)
1 onion
4 small zucchini, sliced
2-4 garlic cloves
1 inch piece of fresh ginger
1 tablespoon curry powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon cardamon
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups grape tomatoes cut in half
can organic tomato paste
2 cups broth
3 cups kale
4 cups spinach
Olive oil
Plain yogurt
Fresh mint
Brown basmati rice

Brown all sides of lamb in olive oil and put in crock pot.

Combine spices, onions, garlic to frying pan. Saute for a few minutes, add chopped tomatoes and ginger.

Pour mixture over meat in crock pot. Add kale, tomato paste and zucchini.  Cook on low for 8 hours.

Cook rice.  When it’s almost done add fresh mint and fluff with a fork.

Add spinach to crock pot, let cook for about 5 minutes.

In bowl pour lamb stew over mint rice.  Drizzle plain yogurt over the top.  Garnish with fresh mint or cilantro.  Enjoy!

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Cravings

Hi Everyone,

I’ve been having some difficult cravings lately.  Last night I was going crazy for something sweet :(  I was strong and drank a large glass of water with some lemon squeezed in it.  I wasn’t really hungry, so hopefully that’s not going to become a reoccurring side effect.

This morning I had my annual doctor visit with my Gynecologist.  Have I mentioned how much I love her?  She’s excellent.  I really appreciate those few excellent doctors, they are so rare to find.  She gave me a prescription for my anti-fungals so I can start those soon.  She was very encouraging about my diet.  She also agreed with me that tomatoes shouldn’t be an issue.  Do any of you know anything about why tomatoes aren’t in the cleanse or phase 2 approved foods list?  It really doesn’t make sense to me.  I’d also like to start adding bell peppers or any kind of peppers.
I think I overdosed on veggies the last few weeks, because I have to force myself to eat them.  I used to love them.  I think I need new veggie recipes.  Also, I’m thinking about taking a break from my next colonic (scheduled for tomorrow)  I feel like I need a full week of going on my own, if you know what I mean. I think I need to add more fiber to my diet, because I’ve been having trouble in the number 2 department.

Last night I prepared a lamb, spinach and etc stew and put it all in the crock pot before work today.  I can’t wait to get home (after boot camp) it’s going to be so good!  Stay tuned for the recipe.

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Meatza Pizza

I usually like to make something a few times before posting the recipe, but here goes.  This one is super simple and fairly quick. 

1 pound ground turkey
1 egg
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
1teaspoon garlic powder

Toppings: fresh spinach and kale diced, black olives, organic homemade pizza sauce (or whatever you prefer), onions, mushrooms (not approved for phase 1 or 2)

I plan to mess around with other topping ideas next time.  Feel free to post any of yours (especially phase 2 approved)

Preheat oven to 350. Mix uncooked meat, egg and seasonings in a bowl. Mix with hands until thoroughly combined (next time I’m going to mix spinach and kale throughout meat mixture) Spread thin, but evenly across 13 by 9 cookie sheet or baking dish. *I used Bar Pan by Pampered Chef. Bake for 25minutes.

I took a paper towel to remove some of the excess grease. Then added assorted toppings.

I increased oven to 450 and cooked for 10-15 minutes

You may be able to eat with your hands, but I used a fork.

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Cucumber Subs

Take one organic cucumber.  Clean thoroughly with veggie brush.  Slice in half length wise. Scoop out seeds with a spoon.
The great thing about these “Subs” is you can customize anyway you like.
I used fresh deli meat, olives and mustard.  I also added a small bit of plain yoghurt (trying to sneak it in as much as possible)

Recommendation:  Eat open faced. A lot easier to eat!

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Avocado Coleslaw

So the way that I usually cook is to blend a few different recipes together. So feel free to substitute anything you don’t like.

  • 6 cups finely shredded purple and green cabbage
  • 2 ripe avocados (original recipe called for 1, I used 2)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion (recipe called for red, I used white)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro leaves, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of black pepper

Original recipe had you toss all the ingredients in a large bowl.  I preferred to mix 1 avocado with some of the lemon juice until it was creamy and then add it to the rest of the ingredients in the large bowl. This is how I ended up with 2 avocados, because I wasn’t able to get it creamy enough mixed with everything.

Additional things to add:

various peppers (Candida Phase 3 or later)

hemp seeds (Possibly Candida Phase 2)

Lime juice

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Colonic

My first colonic: I had researched colonics at length, but I still wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. The first place I went to, I arrived and filled out the forms. I asked her if I could use the restroom prior to the colonic (as I had to pee) she told me that I could just go in the room. I was a little horrified, but told her that I’d prefer to use the bathroom if it was alright with her. After, she led me into a room and I was to get naked from the waist down, and straddle the machine and put a sheet over myself. She came back in and showed me how to insert the “pencil thin tube” and turned on the water. She handed me a hand massager and placed a heat pack on my belly. Turned on Sex in the City for me and off she went. She checked on me a few times while I was in session.
Colonics are not for the faint of heart. I think they are pretty awful, but I appreciate that they can be very helpful especially in my situation (Candida). It seems important to let as much water go through as possible (holding on tight) and then letting go once it starts to hurt, or you just can’t hold on any longer.
My 2nd colonic:I decided to find another place, because I wasn’t overly satisfied with the first place. I finally found a place that had better hours and was closer to work. I’m so glad that I decided to look further. This place was so much better. The technician actually massages your feet at the beginning to relax you, then she massages your stomach (hurts like heck) but helps to break up the toxins, and finally she massages your hands to relax you again. The part when she is massaging your stomach is pure torture, but no pain, no gain, right? I decided to continue all of my colonics at this place and the next time I went back I did the sauna before. It was hot but I felt great! Colonic is definitely a vital part of the candida detox cleanse. Also, I highly recommend to watch the mirror on the left side of the bed so you can see everything that comes out. You will be shocked! It’s disgusting, but also interesting.
I chose to have 3 colonics on Week 2 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) of the cleanse and then I’ll keep up with once a week for a few weeks into phase 2 and see how I feel.
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Begining the cleanse

Day 1
I wanted to start on a Saturday so that I could see how my body reacted to the cleanse a full two days before having to try doing it at work.  I definitely recommend doing it that way.  You never know how your body will react.  1st day was pretty easy actually.  I woke up and drank the detox drink (gross) It looks like dirt water, and tastes pretty chalky but it’s tolerable.  After about two hours I had some fresh veggies (broccoli, tomatoes and cucumber slices)  A few hours later I had another detox drink.

For dinner I went overboard and sauteed every vegetable I had in the house with garlic and olive oil.  It was delicious.  I really don’t recommend doing this though, because you really have no where to go from here.  Start small eating just a few variations of vegetables, so that in your second week you have some new stuff to add.  I love avocado’s so I had a half of one almost every day.  If I ever had to do this again, I’d try to hold off and not eat them until the second week.

I did the liver flush and went to bed.  No unusual side effects.  So far so good.

Day 2
On Sunday I made a bunch of veggie type stir fry dishes so that I could easily take them to work for the next few days.

In hindsight I did this all wrong… I should have came up with great recipes before the cleanse so that I could space out my different options.  I’ll post some of my favorite recipes, so you can pick and choose what works for you.  I searched vegan/veggie recipes and tried to substitute what I couldn’t have.  There aren’t a lot of options since we don’t have much ingredients to use.

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Up Your Game Fitness

http://www.upyourgamefitness.com/

Also, for the last several months I’ve been going to a hard core boot camp class twice a week.  She posts W.O.W (workouts of the week) on her FB page and I try to keep up with those as well.  I’ll post a few here so you can see what they are like.  She’s a great motivator, and really seems to find exercises that help shape and build muscle while also losing fat.    Here’s her page Tiffany Perez  http://www.upyourgamefitness.com/

UYGF W.O.W #3

The trick for this one is to do as many as you can the first round (1 minute each) and then see if you can beat your time the 2nd time around.  I’ll list my reps in () so you can see how I did.  I got lazy and didn’t finish the 2nd set.

Jump Rope (85)

Lunge Jumps (15)

Pushups (19) I did girl style with knees down

Butterfly situps (15)

Burpees (8)

Jump Squats (16)

Tricep Dips (20)

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Cleansing!

After much research and a lot of help from friends. I’ve decided to do a hard core cleanse for two weeks.  Everything I’ve heard about candida, says that if you cheat even for a second you are kind of risking the whole thing.  Candida thrives on sugar, and the cleanse rids your body of all the toxins and etc.  Therefore allowing the candida to die off.  However, if you cheat and eat even a piece of fruit you are giving the candida a chance to stay alive. The cleanse is harder than it sounds, so I highly getting yourself ready for it before you begin.  Removing any temptations from your house, stocking up on the stuff you can have and making sure you have support from the people around you.  It was instrumental for me.  Here’s a sample of the plan I followed.  I followed the website http://www.thecandidadiet.com. I recommend you go check out their website I’ll post of lot of the info that I used, but there’s definitely a lot more info on the site.  I researched in other areas too, but this one seems to have most of the info in one place.  It’s great for reference. 

 

Option 1: A detoxing diet (the easier option)

This is a strict (but very healthy) diet, with some detox drinks and a liver flush added too. Think about what you eat each day. Fast food is overloaded with additives, beef has added growth hormone, and fish are full of the various chemicals that are pumped into the oceans. You can do a very effective detox just by cutting out these toxins, without necessarily doing a colon cleanse. Eating fresh, organically grown vegetables is a great start and will stop any more toxins from entering your system. Always remember to drink lots of water too.

  • Eat only raw salads and steamed vegetables
  • Buy organic if you can
  • Drink a detox drink (recipe) twice each day
  • Drink a liver flush (recipe) every evening, at least two hours after your last detox drink
  • Do the cleanse for 7-14 days

Avoid starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, yams, corn, all winter squash except zucchini, beets, peas and parsnips. They all contain sugar and can lead to Candida overgrowth. Raw salads and steamed vegetables might not sound that exciting, but you can use salt, pepper, lemon juice and various herbs and spices to liven them up. See our list of foods that you can eat while on the cleanse for more information.

The detox drinks must be taken on an empty stomach, so don’t eat anything for an hour before and after you drink it. The easiest times are usually first thing in the morning, in the afternoon, and two hours before bedtime.

Note: If you are experiencing an irregular heartbeat, nausea or any other worrying symptoms, you should stop the cleanse immediately and consult your health professional.

 

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Battling Candida

I asked her what I could do to get this out of my system?  She told me certain diets and restrictions, but that it was a real possibility that I may never get rid of it.  Many people just maintain it.  Ugh!

She told me that I should eat more vegetables, and meat with less grains and pasta.  Etc.

At this point I was also still going to the Acupuncturist, and she had a very strict diet for me to follow.  She was sure it would cure me.
Fruit (one at a time, no mixing)
Vegetables (pretty much as many as I want with each meal)
Small portion of meat with lunch and dinner.  Eat steel cut outs or eggs for breakfast
No dairy, wheat… Gluten free stuff only

I followed this diet for three months. I did feel a little better, but definitely not 100%.  Nothing got worse though.  Then I was set to go on vacation to Seattle….and there went my diet.  I just couldn’t resist.
Everything stayed the same for about seven or eight months.  That’s when things began to get bad again.  Sever stomach pain, excessive bloating… Just all around feeling crappy.  So I started researching my options.  I found this great website that really helped me with a basic game plan… I did a lot of cross referencing and double checking and I encourage you to do the same.  Candida effects people differently, and what works for one may not work for the other.  But so far this plan had been working the best of all the other avenues I’ve tried.  Stay with me on my journey and feel free to ask any questions along the way.  I’m not medically trained in any way.  So take my advise at your own risk.  I think I have to say that.  :)
Good luck!

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