My Candida Update: Do I still Have It?

05 Mar 2018

The past few months have been a VERY interesting time for me and so I figured I would sit down to write a blog post on a highly requested topic… my candida update.

As you may recall, a few months ago (I mean, I actually cannot believe it was already three months ago I was heading to Africa!) I shared something that was incredibly scary for me.

I admitted that I had candida.

Now, I have been pretty open with you since the day I started my brand. This is because I want people to be able to look up to me and know that what they are going through is not in isolation. We all deal with various trauma, hardships, and struggles in our life.

Yet, admitting that I had candida was something that it took me a long time to share. I felt ashamed and overwhelmed that I couldn’t control it. Oh alas, that good word: CONTROL. I’ll get to this shortly, because it has to do with the treatment!

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However, sharing this was one of the best things I’ve done for many reasons. You all were so incredibly kind, loving, and generous with your comments and recommendations. I was truly touched that you came back with  such loving comments both on my IG and here on the blog. I was overwhelmed.

The other reason I so grateful that I shared this? It led me to a mentor that I had been asking for. This woman  is one of the greatest human beings (I don’t actually even believe she’s fully human she’s so intuitive) who has helped me move past the candida in so many interesting ways. So, let’s dive into the story a bit further + some of my biggest tips. PS- if you contact her, mention my name!

Have I cured my candida?

 

 

The short answer: YES, I have. I almost don’t believe it and am still nervous it will come back, however most of the symptoms I had have disappeared. It’s been over two months now with little-to-no symptoms and so I have to believe and trust that what I’ve been doing has been working. There are certain things that seem to trigger it, but this has all been part of the learning process over the past few months.

Before I start this off, let me tell you that I was about ready to do the full 6 month candida clease, which in all fairness made me want to jump off a building. To deprive myself of foods that I love, moderation when it comes to alcohol, and a very clean diet in exchange for incredible strictness for months on end did not seem like a good solution.

Yet, it was what I thought needed to happen. I spoke with other wellness experts who said I should at least fully cut alcohol out for on month (I cut it out for 20 days in November while in Africa) and stick to a high protein low carb diet for this time. The problem is, I am mainly vegan (who occasionally cheats, as I call it) and adding in more animal products doesn’t thrill me. So, I decided to at least eat more vegetables, cut down on fruits and alcohol and up my supplements.

WHAT I TOOK:

  • Adrenal fatigue supplements
  • Probiotics
  • Aged garlic capsules
  • Coconut + essential oil inserts (5 teaspoons unrefined organic coco oil mixed with 3 drops Geranium, 2 drops Tea Tree, 1 drop Patchaouli. Mixed then allow to harden, form into 1/2 tsp inserts for vagina)
  • Candida shots (homemade + bought, see photo below)
  • Real unpacked foods. Even if they were healthy, it’s still not as good as you making your own food.
  • Apple cider vinegar + coconut kefir. 1 shot of each every day

 

If you have candida there are certain ingredients that you absolutely should be having, and yes some you should not be. This is by no means a full list, and please consult your doctor or naturopath if you believe you have candida, however the recommendations below can help anyone to achieve a healthier body, candida or not.

HAVE: Apple cider vinegar, oil of oregano, ginger, turmeric, coconut kefir is one I personally recommend, lots of green vegetables, green juices + smoothies, anything alkaline food-wise

DON’T HAVE: Sodas, honey or sugar, aside from small amounts of stevia, smaller quantities of fruit, little to no alcohol (clear liquors like tequila and vodka are better, no wine), starchy foods like potatoes, bananas (this was hard for me, but I did them in smaller quantities – this is because candida feeds off sugar)

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WHAT DID I LEARN?

These all seemed to work well. The big thing to know about candida though, is that it typically kicks off because of stress. Like most disorders in the body, they flare up when you have stress and my life over the past years hasn’t been tremendously low in this area.

So working with Jennifer, she helped me to understand that the candida was very localized in my body and was not all over. It was there more so to teach me a lesson and when I realized this it was one of those OH SHIT, REALLY?! Moments. Like DUH, this makes so much sense now. It really made me look at some of my behaviors and the way that I do and don’t treat myself with love. It was all fascinating stuff that totally hit the mark.

Once I learned this, and paired with a cleaner diet (I already eat very clean so this last bit was really just eating out less), less fruit, less alcohol, and the correct supplements, my body seemed to be nearly healed!

The last thing that rounded out having the candida go away: working on my stress levels.

Because you see, when you are stress your body goes into fight or flight mode, produces adrenaline and cortisol, the stress hormone, and then it just floats around your body, causing chaos. This is why it’s so bad that we are on our phones so often, because they cause the same effect in our body, and in the past, the fight or flight mode went into effect when we needed to Ruuuuuuuuuuunnnnn! There’s a lion! Whereas now, it’s just your heart rate spiking because your ex- boyfriend is pictured with another girl. But your body can’t tell the different in your levels of stress.

So I had to think: how do I get rid of the stress?

 

  • Traveling. This actually reduces my stress and I feel more peaceful, so I went to Paris and Bali
  • Meditation and journaling. This was another essential thing to calm my mind and put my body into a parasympathetic state (out of fight or flight mode)
  • Doing my detox. This takes away food stress, at least for me, since I know what I’m eating and know I’ll feel good. (You also have a lot of turmeric and apple cider vinegar in this detox, as mentioned above that it’s essential for combating candida)

 

The only time I would have a flare up is if I found myself getting really stressed out. It was a wakeup call that I needed to take a step back and understand WHY I was stressed out and rectify it with a change.

Like most things that happen to our body, this is, was, and has been one of the greatest learning lessons because it’s really shed light on how much stress is in my life and how bad it is for us. It’s taught me that I need to do more self love and care, and that the stress I have will never be a match for the body system we have that loves balance. Stress, caused from jobs, families, partners, lack of money, social media drama, etc etc can have a huge impact on our bodies. It’s so vitally important to understand where stress if your life is showing up.

I know for one thing I used to binge-eat a lot when I got stressed a few years ago. It took a lot of trial and error, learning, and putting things to practice to change this. But it wasn’t until I realized why I was doing it could I change it. This is also something I’m really exciting to be diving into in my new book, Meal Prep Your Way to Weight Loss, which has an entire chapter dedicated to ending emotional eating / binges. {The book is out May 1, 2018 and I can’t wait for you to check it out}

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It’s vitally important that we take a step back from our day-to-day lives to see what is cause this dis-ease in our body. For me, it was lack of love for myself, which manifested in candida. And ironically (obviously not, but is kind of funny) is the solution was to slow down and show myself more self-love.

TELL ME:  have you gone through anything similar? What worked for you with candida? Or have you had any other dis/eases (I say it this way because disease in the body = dis / ease of something internally, so figure out where the dis / ease is and you’ll cure the disease) that you’ve fixed?

Would love to hear your thoughts below!

Tons of love,

Nikki

 

 

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