Kill Candida Naturally!

Along with creating art, I’m wanting to continue to update followers who, like me, are healing Gut Issues. Today’s post is on Candida.

Candida albicans is a naturally occurring, and usually benign yeast, that grows in the gastrointestinal tract. When it over-proliferates in the body, though, the symptoms can be debilitating:

Anxiety
Fatigue/lethargy
Brain fog
Shortness of breath
Lack of concentration
Recall memory problems
Bloating
Nausea
itchy skin
Gas
Diarrhea
Some acid reflux
Heart palpitations
Lowered blood pressure
Weight gain
Heat intolerance

One way to diagnose yourself is to check out your tongue for a white coating, which is candida:
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What causes an overgrowth of Candida? A crummy diet, stress, and prolonged exposure to any of these:

Birth control pills

Antibiotics

Toxic metals (non-organic foods, mercury dental fillings)

For a very thorough, all natural approach to fighting back Candidiasis, visit Pure Healing Foods- go here.

Here is a list of the regime I used to eradicate an overgrowth of Candida in 60 days. Before I tell you, let me just say that the HARDEST THING IN THE WHOLE DIET IS ELIMINATING SUGAR. Okay, I’ve got that off my chest, and I’ll share with you how I finally gave up the biggest addiction ever.

1. Eliminate all sugars and straches and fruits from your diet (they feed the candida)

2. Herbs for eradicating Candida from your gut:

Oregano — Oil of oregano has many antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Garlic — Fresh, crushed garlic is a potent antimicrobial and immune booster.
Grapefruit seed extract — The phytochemicals in citrus seeds have been found to have potent antimicrobial properties
Berberine — This potent yellow plant extract comes from goldenseal and barberry
Tannins — These are the astringent compounds found in tea and the bark of trees
Isatis tinctoria — This Chinese herb can be a useful adjunct to treating intestinal imbalances
Caprylic acid — This is another useful compound for treating yeast
Pau D’Arco-
Cat’s Paw-

Monolaurin -Derived from coconut oil, anti fungal, anti viral

 

3. If you don’t feel changes within 30 days, you may need to consult with a Naturopath and take an anti fungal like Nystatin

I also recommend taking two to three activated charcoal capsules every four to six hours during the day. Taking a soluble fiber supplement that contains guar gum, alginates, psyllium seed, or pectin to bind to yeast toxins before bed can also be helpful in reducing the “die off” reaction. I took Molybdenum for that and it was a major help to keep functioning!

Okay. I’ve been dodging the sugar, honey, sweetener thing for years. I substituted raw honey for the past 2 years and thought I was all saintly. Time to get real and here’s how I did it: Erythritol, Xylitol, and Stevia. You can buy them all affordably here. Grind them in a coffee grinder and use 3 parts Erythritol to 1 part Xylitol for baking or sweetening stuff.

Here is a killer, killer, killer recipe for grain free, sugar free BROWNIES:

3/4 cups Almond Flour
1/4c coconut floUr
1/2 c shredded coconut
3 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup erythritol (powdered)
1/2+ cup cacao powder

1/2 cup salted grass-fed butter
1/2 cup coconut oil–add last

6 large eggs (room temperature)
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp chocolate liquid stevia
1 scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder
2 tsp instant coffee

3/4 cup Lily’s Chocolate Chips

Instructions:
2 small pans
oven to 350F.
Undercook. Start watching at 18 mins

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Everyone an artist

Listening… a little to Bon Iver, Holocene & The Wolves so gorgeous…then made a little shift to Sigur Ros…& how easy it is to draw & paint listening to this music

it’s another overcast/rainy day here, perfect for lingering over a pot of coconut earl grey tea from Wonderland Tea & finishing my early portraits from Misty Mawn‘s workshop. I loved this project, I think I will do it again soon…started from magazine images, painted black background, on a Cigar Box lid.

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I’ve been thinking about who is living an artist’s life? Everyone of us. Since everyone is living a life, and the creative force of the universe is inside each of our nervous systems, our spirits, then no matter what life we’re leading, we are all artists. The cement layer with their trowel, the lawnmower with their rows, the long haul driver with wild mind full of paradise thoughts, the painter at their easel or house going for color, smoothness, lines, the doctor cross referencing a thousand remedies and wounds to apply the right salve. We’re all artists.

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“…so this this the sound of you
here and now whether or not
anyone hears it this is
where we have come with our age
our knowledge such as it is
and our hopes such as they are
invisible before us
untouched and still possible.”

~from To The New Year, WS. Merwin

Renewal

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I’ve learned a lot while laying in bed off & on, fighting this cold, for over a week now. Each day, I soak in a mineral bath, listening to Tara Brach‘s calming meditations, and ponder this good life~watching the trees through the curtains. In the evening, H and I slowly walk through the woods around Lake Padden. Its the first few days of Spring. Mary Oliver’s words are ringing in my mind
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”

For now, I’m shifting away from being a mom. I am still trying to get a grasp on how or what it means… it will come, I just need to let it ferment a little longer, while my heart & head are both swirling with feelings of change~ and renewal. About myself, about others, about life. I think this 10 days have been precious and that I am transforming in some great way.

“To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go”

~Mary Oliver

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I’ve been working on this, while listening to Sigur Ros Radio on Pandora.

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“The risk it took to blossom”

Thank you from my heart to Misty Mawn. Her angel of inspiration has come my way. Anaïs Nin: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”

I’m bumbling through a painful transition these days. I’ve been laying in bed all week with the first bad cold in a few years, and thinking. My sweet son is growing up and away so fast….he got his license and a girlfriend in the same week. The center of my life has grown wings and is mostly out flying these days. Its all been so sudden and my heart has been aching. I’m nostalgic for his younger self, and want to go way, way back to the beginning– where I could smell his sweet hair and just hold him in my arms. Instead, I’ve been moody and listening to soulful music and painting.

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Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale
by Dan Albergotti

Measure the walls. Count the ribs. Notch the long days.
Look up for blue sky through the spout. Make small fires
with the broken hulls of fishing boats. Practice smoke signals.
Call old friends, and listen for echoes of distant voices.
Organize your calendar. Dream of the beach. Look each way
for the dim glow of light. Work on your reports. Review
each of your life’s ten million choices. Endure moments
of self-loathing. Find the evidence of those before you.
Destroy it. Try to be very quiet, and listen for the sound
of gears and moving water. Listen for the sound of your heart.
Be thankful that you are here, swallowed with all hope,
where you can rest and wait. Be nostalgic. Think of all
the things you did and could have done. Remember
treading water in the center of the still night sea, your toes
pointing again and again down, down into the black depths.

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ReMixed Media: Martian Girl

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This is a funny kind of other-worldly looking thing. It got left in the bin of unfinished pieces for a year.  I was learning from Mindy Lacefield about applying color and marks to create background elements.

A year went by. I pulled this out and added some hair and a body. I can’t believe how sweet she turned out! I really enjoy the freedom of mark-making in the background.

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Every weekend comes, and I’m so eager to get back into my art room and go deep, fast and find that perfect spot where every piece comes together. Its so hard when pieces don’t work out. I’ll feel mopey and go eat a lot of treats and make more early gray tea…that’s usually when something comes through.

Here’s a little quote I’ve been loving lately.
“She said she usually cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful & life was so short.” ~ brian andreas

 

Mixed Media: Diva Espana

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The Swimmer, Italian Pastry, Diva Espana are a fun series of collages that I made in January with my sweet friends over at my house. We gather when we can and love all things crafty. We all have a creative focus in our lives. Dancers, store owners, zumba queens, each of us with our own distinct, female style. I love our mix.

As with all my pieces, Diva Espana begins with layers of paper, images and paint. The little piece of sheet music is called “Robins on the lawn,” from a favorite piano piece I played when I was young.

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I love her blue-black hair.

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The background elements are like puzzle. Finding pieces that add to the composition, but don’t crowd or steal away is one of my favorite parts. In the end, her rosy neckline and skin tone were my favorite parts to work on.

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One of my gorgeous sweet nieces sings opera. She’s a light to all who know her, and her lovely young husband– who also sings opera. I’ve always loved the idea of the exquisite Diva. I really believe each of us is a Diva of our own life, if we allow ourselves.

“We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own and other people’s models, learn to be ourselves and allow our natural channel to open.” –Shakti Gawain

Happy International Women’s day, to all women everywhere, and especially those who came before me and did so much work toward liberation.

 

Fresh Start?

Helpful excerpts from Dana Claudet on Fresh Starts.

If you’ve been feeling stuck, blue, or bored – a fresh start may be exactly what you need.

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A fresh start can fill us with optimism and excitement.

It’s not always convenient to make a fresh start. After all, there’s already so much going on and so many things we’re committed to. 

Here are a few signs that a fresh start may be overdue:

1. You’re always late.

Lateness is often a big sign of chaos or disconnection from the day. It’s a sign you’re not as committed as you could be.

2. You feel perpetually uninspired.

When you can’t find pleasure in simple things– or even big and splashy things, this reflects that your deepest self may be deprived.

3. You’re waiting for a breakthrough because you’re tired of the way things are.

Monotony doesn’t end through magical acts of intervention by the universe, like a big lottery win or meeting your twin flame soul mate. Most of the time, you have to actively choose to break out of the rut you’re in!

4. Clutter overwhelms you. 

All around your spaces, your car, your room, is peripheral mess. Try organizing it, getting rid of it, paying attention to it: it moves energy.

5. You feel drained by your days rather than energized by them.

If your routine takes the life out of you rather than bringing you fulfillment, you may need a fresh start.

6. You’re tempted to make excuses and blame people for how you feel.

When the boredom, drained energy and chaos carries on for too long, I notice that’s typically when responsibility flies out the window and its everyone else’s fault. But, can you be clear how you are responsible for creating something that feels really exhausting, repetitive or dull? It will help.

7. You have a lot of mood swings. 

This is when the roller coaster ride of chaos seems to really be setting in and it’s become a habit to feel cluttered, overwhelmed and drained. The misperception is “I never have time to do what I really want”- which isn’t true.

8. You perpetually talk about making a big change, but don’t do it. 

The breaking point usually comes when it feels far better to take a risk and dare to break old habits/make a fresh start– than to stay miserable.

You probably want to know how to startmaking that fresh start.

For some, a fresh start is daring to take a big vacation from daily grind, and for others it’s making a plan to change careers, committing to a new way of eating or living, really focusing on your creative art, or finally leaving an unfulfilling relationship, 

There’s no instruction manual for the fresh start you specifically need, but lots of life coaches focus on getting to a deeper part of yourself.

Ask yourself these questions:

1. Analyze your happiness:

What have been the 10 peak experiences in your life so far? (Include times in childhood). Who were you with? What were your thoughts? What were your emotions? Analyze your happiness.

2. Analyze yourself in relationship to others:

Who are your favorite people? How do they make you feel? What do you value about them? Who are you when you’re with them? 

3. Analyze your days:

What the part of your day where you feel most focused, alert, engaged? How would you enhance your awareness and deepen your experience in that part of your day?

4. Analyze and deepen your creativity: When do you feel most creative, imaginative, full of ideas, or like your brain is energized? What are your I textual or artistic creative outlets? How can you enhance their place in your daily life?

Here are a few Basics to generate energies for a fresh start:

Clean your house/office/studio

You’d be surprised how much a detailed, clean space can do for your mind!

Water

Water is the element of fresh starts. You might want to take more baths or swim if you can. Ice baths have been proven to creat euphoria for up to 5 hours after soaking in water with 2 bags of ice!

Go Adventure

It’s one of the best ways to get rid of  bad habits and  habitual thought patterns. Vacation.

Create

Create art, write songs or poetry, take photos, paint, garden, write your biography, design food, sculpture, or sing. There are tons of guides and tutorials online to support you. Your creative energy is the best–and endless–source of living a great life. 

What ways do you create a fresh start for yourself? Share…we all need to hear the encouragement.


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