A raw food diet can be an ideal approach for overcoming Candida. However, even among some of the prominent leaders in the raw food movement there is a lot of debate about what is the best diet for treating Candida.
On the one hand, some raw food experts have the opinion that a high-sugar diet can be an important contributing factor in the development of Candida. They advise adhering to a low glycemic diet that completely eliminates fresh fruit in the primary stages of treatment.
While others believe that the true cause of Candida is unrelated to fruit intake but rather occurs when there is an excessive intake of fat. A high fat intake can reduce insulin sensitivity, causing sugars to remain in the blood for a longer time, thus exacerbating an overgrowth of yeast.
Everyone is different so a single dietary approach doesn’t work for all people. Some individuals do well on high-fruit regimes, while others still struggle with candida after months or years of following low-fat raw vegan diets. Others seem to do better on low-glycemic eating plans or on a vegan ketogenic diet. You may need to do a little experimentation or work with your health professional to discover the best dietary adjustments for you.
Just about everyone agrees that elimination of foods high in sugars is recommended including raw honey, agave nectar and dried fruits, especially in combination with concentrated fats, such as in the form of raw desserts.
It is also just as important to avoid overeating, late-night eating and complicated meals that contain a combination of protein and starch, because this has a negative impact on the function of the digestive system, which may ultimately support the growth of Candida.
What Are The Best Raw Foods For Candida?
Here is a selection of foods that you can incorporate into an anti-Candida regime. Aim to include a variety of these in your diet every day.
The majority of those who adopt a raw food diet to cure Candida don’t need to eliminate fruit entirely. Fruits are valuable for healing Candida because they cleanse the lymphatic system and enhance immunity. However it may be best to emphasize low-glycemic fruits, such as berries, citrus and apples, and avoid fruit juices and dried fruits, at least in the initial stages of treatment.
The non-sweet fruits including tomatoes, cucumber and peppers are ideal for a Candida diet as they are hydrating, cleansing and very low in sugar.
Leafy Green Vegetables
These are perhaps some of the most important foods to eat in abundance if you are struggling with Candida. Leafy greens are high in minerals and have an alkalizing effect that discourages the growth of yeast and bacteria.
Leafy greens provide you with the most benefits when consumed raw, especially when juiced or blended, such as in green smoothies. Examples include kale, spinach, arugula, lettuce, dandelion greens, parsley, bok choy and watercress.
Sprouts provide your body with life force energy and are regarded as being some of the greatest healing foods available. Some of the best sprouts in terms of flavor and nutrition include sunflower, clover and broccoli sprouts.
Onions and Garlic
These foods are yeast killers but many people are sensitive to them when they are consumed raw. If you do well with these foods add them liberally to your salads and other raw meals. Most people find red onion, green onion and chives easier to tolerate than raw garlic.
Another alternative is fresh ginger, which has different properties but has a very positive effect on digestion and inflammation, which can produce an improvement in Candida symptoms. Garlic, onions and ginger are also avery effective anti-parasitic foods.
Many fresh herbs – such as oregano and thyme – contain specific compounds that can limit the growth of yeast. You can add them to salads or sauces to enhance their flavor as well as taking advantage of their anti-microbial effect.
Herbs can be quite strong so it’s best to use them in small amounts, so they don’t overpower the flavor of your meal, or produce nausea and digestive discomfort due to a die-off reaction if the yeast are destroyed more quickly that your body is able to eliminate.
Coconut is a source of lauric acid, which is a well-known and very effective anti-fungal agent. Fresh coconut is best for a Candida diet because dried coconut can sometimes harbor mold, as well as being heated to high temperatures during processing.
If you can’t get fresh coconut a great alternative is extra-virgin coconut oil, or raw coconut butter, which is made from whole coconut, slowly ground at low temperatures to preserve its optimal nutrition.
Examples of cultured foods include raw sauerkraut, kimchi, and coconut kefir. These foods reintroduce healthy flora into the digestive system and establish a balanced microbiome.
In order to obtain the greatest benefits from these foods it is important that you purchase products that are guaranteed to be raw, or better yet, make your own.
Seeds are a valuable source of healthy fats and protein in a raw food diet and much easier to digest compared to nuts. It is best to emphasize those high in omega-3 fatty acids, which includes hemp seed, chia seed and flaxseed.
Omega-3 fats have been found to enhance insulin sensitivity, which results in better blood sugar balance, and they also have a positive effect on immunity, which allows your body to naturally overcome any infection, including Candida.
The Best Diet for Candida
A diet emphasizing a high intake of raw foods including leafy green vegetables, sprouts, raw seeds, cultured foods, coconut and fresh fruits in moderation can be very helpful as a component of a holistic program for overcoming Candida. However, in most cases it is not necessary to completely eliminate fruit, or even eat a fully raw diet in order to implement a way of eating that will produce beneficial results.
A diet containing at least 80% raw foods is recommended with an emphasis on those that will provide essential nutrients, while avoiding complicated meals and overeating. This approach will support the health of your digestive and immune systems, while simultaneously reducing the population of Candida, so as to support your goal of achieving a complete recovery.
Bali has become somewhat of a paradise for raw food enthusiasts in recent years. It has some of the best tropical fruit in the world and an ever-increasing number of restaurants and cafes catering to those following a plant-based diet.
However, while there are lots of fantastic choices for raw vegan food in the town of Ubud, it can be more difficult to find raw food options in the Canggu area, with the exception of smoothie bowls. So if you are planning a trip to the surfing mecca of Bali, here are some of the best places where you can find a satisfying raw vegan meal.
My number one find in our recent trip was this great cafe that offers a selection of raw vegan meals, as well as catering for all kinds of dietary preferences. This would be a place to go if you have friends or family who have not yet discovered how good plant-based food can be. They either can try some tasty raw vegan food or enjoy one of their gourmet burgers and everyone will be happy.
I recommend you start with a Super Green Goddess Juice containing celery, apples, kale, pineapple, cucumber, ginger and mint. My favorite dish on the menu is their Tangy Papaya Rolls, which is simply a wrap made from dehydrated papaya and filled with mango, herbs and crunchy veggies.
They also make more traditional spring rolls filled with crispy raw veggies and served with Balinese satay sauce. This is not a completely raw dish because it contains rice paper, roasted peanuts and the sauce is heated, but it is still very light and fresh.
Their raw vegan salad is also a good choice and comes with sunflower seed bread, mushroom and red pepper patty, smashed avocado, lettuce, tomato, beets, cucumber and a tangy mustard vinaigrette dressing.
They also offer zucchini noodles with a choice of two sauces. The highlight was their Creamy Coconut and Mushroom noodles with dill and nut parmesan.
If you are in the mood for something more hearty you can try the Sun-dried Tomato Marinara with Vegan Meatballs.
In The Raw
Despite what you might expect, In The Raw, only really has a few raw vegan dishes on offer. They specialize in cold-pressed juices and smoothies but also offer an eclectic western/Balinese fusion menu to suit all dietary preferences.
Their Raw Pad Thai is quite a hearty dish made with zucchini noodles, carrot, red pepper, mung bean sprouts and Asian greens with a rich peanut sauce.
My favorite dish on the menu is the Raw Vegan Sushi but it is a very small portion so I like to pair it with their crisp Green Salad. It comes in two varieties – Papaya & Avocado or Rainbow Vegetables with Shiitake Mushroom.
This is a little vegetarian cafe connected to a yoga center, which also hosts the Sunday farmer’s market in Canggu. There’s not a lot of raw food on the menu but they have a nice and lively Gazpacho, Fresh Spring Rolls as well as a Raw Lasagna. Unlike many raw lasagnas this one was not too heavy on the nuts and oils. They serve the pesto sauce on the side so you can choose to use all of it for more flavor, or just a little bit if you want to keep your fat intake lower.
Cafe Vida has a great atmosphere, which feels like a traditional Balinese home and is well worth a visit. They have a wide selection of health shots and fresh juices and their superfood smoothies are a work of art.
While they specialize in coffee you can also choose one of their alternative drinks made with coconut or almond milk such as matcha, turmeric, dandelion and red velvet beet lattes. Additionally they have raw vegan desserts, raw chocolate and vegan coconut ice cream.
I love their Tropical Fruit Salad which comes with fresh coconut yogurt and grain-free granola. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of savory items on the menu for strict raw vegans except for one dish – Raw Paleo Zucchini and Cherry Tomato Zoodles with Hemp Seed Alfredo.
If you are a bit more flexible with your diet I would go for the Rice Paper Rolls that are filled with rice vermicelli noodles, crispy tempeh, avocado, fresh veggies and herbs, served with a green papaya salad and two dipping sauces – fermented chili and coconut-peanut. You can also order a side portion of kimchi or sauerkraut. There are a few other cooked vegan options on the menu and their Pumpkin Soup with turmeric, orange and coconut yogurt is probably the best I’ve ever had.
This vegan cafe undoubtedly has the tastiest plant-based food in the area...
I recently had the opportunity to interview Markus Rothkranz, a raw food enthusiast who has inspired people all over the world to transform their lives by using simple core laws of nature we inherently all know are true.
In this article he shares advice on how to succeed on the raw food diet, recommended techniques for detoxification and healing, as well as some of his favorite living foods for maintaining optimal health and wellbeing.
How did you become involved in the raw food lifestyle?
I wasn’t born healthy, I almost died when I was four. Although, I had prior struggles with health it really wasn’t until years ago I realized the profound effect raw foods have on your life. I was unhappy with my life. My job, my money situation I gave it all away. I took my clothes off and went into the desert and literally had forty days alone not knowing if I’d make it back alive.
What I learned out there in the desert was I had all the food I needed. I could survive off plants and raw food provided straight from the earth. This experience changed my life and committed me to a lifetime of raw veganism.
What elements do you attribute to your long-term success with this lifestyle?
Not being too extreme and having fun with life itself. Too many people become so extreme with their lifestyles they actually decrease their own health with stress, worry, etc. I don’t stop going out to restaurants just because they aren’t vegan friendly. I demonstrate in this video how to eat healthy when going out to any restaurant. I enjoy being raw vegan and it’s much more sustainable. But the real motivating factor is how I feel and look. At 55 I feel better and more alive than when I was 25!
What common mistakes may stop someone from receiving the potential benefits of a raw food diet?
That’s why I wrote my book “Heal Yourself 101” to outline the basic same mistakes people make. The main one is everyone naturally always goes for the sweet stuff and “comfort” versions. It’s all fruit, fruit juice, honey, agave, sweet smoothies, sweet deserts etc., and not a lot of greens or bitter stuff which is what we need more of to really be healthy.
Fruit juice for example is highly concentrated sugar and out of balance. We need that fiber! Fiber is the main food source of probiotics, which is 90 percent of our immune system. That’s why I recommend blending over juicing.
How important is detoxification for those wishing to heal chronic illness?
Super important! When you are trying heal something you have to be 100% or your body will be in defense mode and your body will not be able to heal properly. You need to be in the letting go mode, not in the tense mode. You have to be eating uncooked, raw plants. While detoxing, it helps to do enemas, juice fasting, green juice fasting, water fasting and a raw vegan vegetarian diet.
Do you recommend any specific techniques for cleansing the body?
Enemas are a great way to cleanse the body! Water is the universal solvent and with enough time can help cleanse away the body’s debris. I also recommend a parasite cleanse every three months. You need powerful herbs to blast parasites, shred them to bits, and kill them.
Can you tell us more about some of your favorite healing foods?
I love apple cider vinegar, it contains over ninety different healthy substances!
Also, pineapple – Pineapple has powerful enzymes that digest protein, like bromelain. Pineapple is an all natural sweetener fruit high in vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients. Include it in your salads, meals, deserts, drinks and smoothies!
Healthy fats are also great, do not raise insulin and they give you enough energy for a long time so you don’t get hungry between meals and snack. Examples of healthy fats I like are avocados, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, etc.
Do you have any other advice for those who want to heal using natural methods?
Yes, there are so many methods to help. I recommend to visit my YouTube channel for more ideas.
Don’t get caught up in the hype of certain trends (for example: Himalayan sea salt, alkaline water, etc.) and follow tried and true methods. Don’t look at the diet change discomfort as bad, it is only short term discomfort for a long term gain. : )
I’ve already posted a few examples of some of the delicious raw and vegan meals I’ve been eating in Bali. There are so many options for healthy eating now and it has been fun to explore many of the local restaurants and cafes offering what has truly been some of the most amazing food I’ve eaten in my life.
This is more of an example of what I eat on a cleansing day when my intention is to detox and keep things simple. While I would love to eat gourmet raw food or vegan restaurant dishes every day, I’m not yet at the stage in my healing where my body can handle such complicated combinations all the time. I can get away with it for a little while but for the most part I feel more balanced keeping to fresh juices, fruits and light salads.
This day was quite low in calories, and remember I am only 4’11”, so my energy requirement is going to be much less than most people would require – especially if you are physically active. So again, please don’t take this as a recommendation on what you should eat because we are all unique and have different needs.
Without doubt I have consumed more coconuts in the last six months than ever before. In Bali they are abundant and inexpensive. We’ve had them delivered to our home in glass bottles at least several times a week, which is super-convenient because they can take a lot of effort to open. I love starting my day with fresh coconut water because it provides instant hydration and a boost of energy from electrolytes.
My first solid meal for the day was three guavas, which I bought from the organic farmer’s market that is on every Sunday morning in Canggu. These are seriously the best guavas I’ve ever had!
Their bright pink color is amazing, they are really sweet and have tons of flavor. The texture is a combination of creamy and grainy – kind of like a mixture of mango and pear but not as juicy. The seeds are really hard and I don’t love them but the taste of the fruit makes up for that. You just have to be careful not to bite down hard and to gently chew your fruit. They have one of the highest levels of vitamin C and are certainly a rich source of fiber!
In the tropical heat it is even more important to stay hydrated so I always have fresh juice every day. This one is called Blossoming Beet and has beets, cucumber, black grapes, celery, mint and lemongrass. It’s really refreshing and not too sweet.
This soursop is another fruit that I found at the organic market. Yes they are sour but there is enough sweetness to balance and the flavor is reminiscent of citrus and pineapple.
My favorite way to eat them is to simply remove the seeds, then blend and eat like a pudding. With this method I avoid any potential negative effects on the teeth because of the fruit acids but it’s also nice and creamy this way. They are quite a large fruit so half of one is a good amount for me.
Soursop has a lot of potential benefits including being anti-viral and anti-parasitic. In more recent years it has been touted as being a powerful anti-cancer fruit. After eating this one I felt a sudden boost of happiness. Obviously it was really good for my body at that moment but then I looked into it a bit more and discovered that soursop is also very concentrated in the amino acid tryptophan, which acts as a precursor to the “feel good” hormone serotonin.
Soursop is not a fruit that is always easy to find but definitely give it a try if you have the opportunity. They also make a fantastic smoothie blended with fresh coconut, raw honey and vanilla.
I very often enjoy eating fruit and drinking juice all day but towards the late afternoon I almost always crave something savory and that’s pretty normal for most people following a high-fruit diet. On this day I enjoyed a salad called “The Farmacy” from a local cafe. It’s a combination of watercress, herbs, raw veggies, sprouts and two kinds of fermented vegetables – red cabbage sauerkraut and curried carrot. It also came with a pumpkin seed butter dressing.
This is much smaller than the kind of salad I would normally make for myself and I was feeling a bit hungry a few hours later so I had some local tangerines that are also known as Siamese Oranges. They are really sweet and juicy with a thin skin that is easy to peel.
I normally don’t like to eat fruit after eating other foods but I have found that acid fruits like citrus and pineapple don’t cause any issues when eaten in small amounts with or after a salad based on raw veggies and healthy fats. I would never eat citrus for at least five or six hours after a high-starch meal like rice or potatoes because this is poor food combining and will most definitely lead to digestive distress.
While there is nothing I love more than a beautiful raw gourmet meal, I can also feel just as satisfied eating more simply as long as the food is high quality. Mono-meals containing just a single fruit at a time can often be the best approach overcoming chronic illness as there is less work required from your body for digestion. This means more energy is available for healing and regeneration. There is also no better way to truly appreciate each individual food in terms of its nuances of flavor and how it affects your body.
If you’ve been following my Instagram it’s no secret that I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with smoothie bowls since we’ve been in Bali. Almost every day of our trip I’ve enjoyed a smoothie bowl and I’m sure I’ve tried more than thirty different ones and well over a hundred in total. At this stage I think I can regard myself as a Bali smoothie bowl expert! So if you want to know where to find some of the best smoothie bowls in Bali then you are in the right place.
It was too difficult to choose just ten Bali smoothie bowls so I narrowed it down to my ten favorite spots where you can get the best smoothie bowls. While many travelers and expats enjoy eating smoothie bowls in the morning, almost all of these cafes and restaurants serve their bowls all day. I’ve eaten them for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Just about every smoothie bowl will come topped with toasted granola, so I always order mine without to keep it raw and gluten-free. I like them much better this way as it allows for more ease of digestion and greater benefit from the health-promoting effects of the delicious tropical fruits.
We’ve been staying in the Canggu area, which is also the best part of Bali to be in if you love smoothie bowls. While I am sure there are some delicious bowls I’ve yet to discover, and there is always a new healthy cafe to explore, what follows are some of the Bali smoothie bowls that I have most enjoyed, in no particular order. They are all fantastic in their own way!
The Shady Shack
This vegetarian restaurant is one of the coolest hangouts in Canggu, which has a wide choice of vegan dishes and something to appeal to everyone. Their raw desserts are some of the best in the area, especially anything with chocolate.
They offer five different smoothie bowls that are all delicious and I’ve definitely enjoyed more bowls here than any other place in Bali. I love them all but I tend to most often go for the Berry Bush, pictured above, which is a combination of blueberries, red dragonfruit and banana blended with almond milk and topped with coconut, bee pollen, papaya and pineapple. I added extra goji berries as well.
If it is your first visit I would recommend the Lost Paradise – an icy blend of dragonfruit and banana, topped with coconut, chia and a selection of the best of the island’s tropical fruits. Their Cacao Dreams bowl is super-indulgent and gives you permission to eat a creamy raw chocolate dessert for breakfast.
Two Trees Eatery
This relative newcomer to the Canggu scene has recently become our number one option for Sunday brunch. Their selection of smoothie bowls are really unique including superfoods like moringa, mangosteen, activated charcoal, pumpkin seed butter, ashwaghanda, colloidal silver and rosella.
I really enjoyed the Sunny Days bowl – a blend of mango, banana, coconut oil, raw honey, turmeric, lime and coconut water and topped with cacao nibs – accompanied by their Evergreen juice containing pineapple, moringa, basil, mint, celery, cucumber, lime and apple.
Samadi Kitchen is connected to a popular yoga center and serves up healthy vegetarian food all day. Try to visit on Sunday morning when they have an organic market with fresh fruit and vegetables as well as other locally made products.
If you have a healthy appetite you can try the Glow Bowl made with pineapple, banana, fresh coconut cream, turmeric and cinnamon topped with coconut flakes, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and sliced almonds. The Pink Is Punk bowl was a delightful blend of red dragonfruit, strawberries, banana and fresh coconut milk, topped with coconut flakes, chia and a generous helping of extra strawberries and banana.
This vegan cafe is one of the most popular in the area with some of the prettiest smoothie bowls like the Blue Island Bowl that comes decorated with dragonfruit dolphins and papaya palm trees. It is a blend of banana, blue majik spirulina, coconut milk, dates and cashew butter. However, my choice would be the Green Bowl – a combination of mango, banana, spirulina, moringa and coconut water.
This is one of the few places that only serves their smoothie bowls for breakfast, so make sure you arrive before noon. After that time they offer delicious fresh salads, raw tacos and veggie burgers, but if you are still craving breakfast you can get avocado toast all day.
In The Raw
Probably the biggest selection of smoothie bowls can be found at In The Raw. More Passion, Less Fashion is a combination of pineapple, papaya, passionfruit and coconut. The Bali passionfruit is super-sweet and an absolute must-try during your visit.
My favorite smoothie bowl on the menu is the Komodo Dragon, which has red dragonfruit, pineapple, mango and coconut. They also have an Acai bowl and their Chocoholic bowl lives up to it’s name. Additionally you can get your fix of cold-pressed juices here.
The bowls at Cafe Vida are like a work of art thanks to their very talented smoothie baristas. This is the Amazon Acai with mango, banana, blueberries, strawberry, acai topped with superfoods and grain-free granola. My favorite would probably be the Bali Bliss which has pineapple, papaya, banana, lime, spinach, moringa, matcha, basil seeds, turmeric, ginger and coconut milk topped with passionfruit, blueberries, shredded coconut and flaxseeds.
The Avocado Factory
There is only one smoothie bowl on the menu at the Avocado Factory but it is something special. The Avo Bliss is creamy blend of avocado, coconut yogurt, dates and banana topped with more avocado, strawberries, coconut, chia and sunflower seeds.
Kynd community is a cute little plant-based cafe located in Seminyak. It felt like one of those places where the cool kids go to be seen and snap photos for their social media. All the bowls come topped with words spelt out in mango letters like “Be Kynd”, “Self Love” or “Good Vibes” adding to the Instagram appeal.
I did enjoy their Berry Tropical smoothie bowl made from frozen dragonfruit, banana, berries and coconut water. It’s probably the only smoothie bowl I’ve had that didn’t contain any added fats like coconut so it was very light and refreshing. They also have a green bowl with banana, mango, spinach, spirulina, flax, maca and coconut water.
Here’s another example of what I eat in a day on the raw vegan diet. I can’t say it is a typical day, because what I eat varies all the time, but these are some of the foods that I often enjoy.
Remember that I’m not recommending that this is the perfect way of eating and what I eat may not be right for you. I’m simply sharing what works for me and hope to inspire you to include more fresh fruits and veggies in your life and to give yourself the opportunity to feel the positive effects of eating a plant-based diet.
I started my day with some herbal tea as usual. Normally I also have coconut water every morning but on this Sunday we decided to go out for an early breakfast at our new favorite healthy cafe called Two Trees Eatery. I began with their Evergreen juice – a refreshing combination of pineapple, cucumber, celery, mint, parsley, lime and moringa. Moringa leaves are well known to be a superfood and the trees thrive in the tropical climate of Bali.
I must confess I have become a bit of a smoothie bowl addict since we came to Bali and almost always that is what I choose for my first meal of the day. On this day I changed it up a bit with a chia pudding. It contained chia seeds soaked in fresh coconut milk topped with blended mango, fresh grated coconut and banana.
These bananas are called pisang susu – which translates as milk banana – and they are some of the creamiest I’ve ever tasted. If you’ve only ever eaten regular supermarket Cavendish bananas you are missing out! The bananas in Asia offer so many more nuances in flavor and texture and no doubt contain greater nutrition as well.
It was a really hot day so just a little bit later I was feeling the need for some hydrating fluids. One of my favorite drinks in the hot weather is the Detox Drink from Bali Buda. It’s a super-refreshing combination of mint, lime, aloe vera, ginger and honey.
Lujan and I also shared a Turmeric Elixir – which is a popular herbal remedy you will find all over in Bali and a very effective general health tonic.
Because it was so hot and the chia pudding was quite sustaining, I didn’t feel like eating a lot in the middle of the day but by early afternoon was craving something cool and sweet. It seems like I can’t get through the day without a smoothie bowl in Bali!
This is called the Pipeline Bowl and it contains a pineapple, banana and coconut milk blend topped with fresh mango, coconut and bee pollen. Bali smoothie bowls are the best! For the purists bee pollen isn’t vegan since it involves animals to be produced, so technically this is a plant-based smoothie bowl. I’m not opposed to using raw honey and pollen but I use these foods with restraint and with great respect for their powerful medicinal properties and the amount of work that it takes for the bees to produce them.
A few hours later was dinner which I began with a green juice. Well, actually this is more like a green smoothie because the ingredients are blended rather than put through a juicer. It contains pineapple, cucumber, mint, spinach, kale and lime.
I followed this with a Superfood Salad containing kale, spinach, grape tomato, cucumber, corn, quinoa, parsley, jicama, carrot, broccoli and pickled daikon radish with a herb ginger dressing. Everything was raw except for the corn and quinoa. The dressing tasted similar to pesto and I loved the large sprigs of parsley in the salad. It’s fantastic for kidney health.
Since early childhood I was attracted to parsley and even at that tender age I preferred to eat the parsley garnish rather than the party snacks. My instincts were intact as my little hands reached for the parsley sprigs on the plate, avoiding the cheese squares, deli meat and cocktail onions (it was the seventies), while all the adults were laughing at what they perceived as a very strange choice.
The salad also came with gluten-free bread on the side, which I didn’t eat. For quite a while I was enjoying gluten-free bread often, mostly as avocado toast, but I began to get the feeling that it wasn’t serving me well. I was finding my digestion was suffering and I was experiencing an increase in body pain and brain fog, especially in the morning. So I made the decision to completely remove all bread, as well as other cooked starches, from my diet and very quickly began to feel much better.
Personally I really am at my best when my diet is focused on fresh fruits , juices and raw vegetables. Observing my responses to various foods over the past months has made it clearly apparent that it is time to dig deeper again and focus more on detoxification. There is still much work to do on my own healing. Recovery from Lyme disease is a long road and in my case I was undiagnosed for seventeen years with a very severe case so there is a lot of damage to be undone.
Some people may do fine with a wider variety of foods but many of us who have been battling a long-term chronic illness need to maintain a greater vigilance when it comes to our personal dietary balance. Dr. Terry Wahls has stated that those who have overcome illness from following an anti-inflammatory diet free of grains and legumes probably should maintain that way of eating for the rest of their lives in order to avoid a potential relapse. I tend to agree, although with an effective detox, once the digestive system is healed and immunity is rebalanced, we should be able to get away with an occasional treat without any negative consequences.
I would say I am a foodie at heart and I love to try different foods, especially when I arrive at a new place, but when it comes to healing simplicity is always best. I really didn’t want to give up the avocado toast and sweet potatoes but it was getting to the point where the after-effects just weren’t worth the temporary enjoyment of eating those foods. It may just be a matter of finding the balance that works for you but if you are stuck on a plateau or have lingering symptoms then you too may benefit from focusing solely on raw fruits, fresh juices, and to a lesser degree, the vegetables for a time so as to allow your body to reset and eliminate toxins.
Remember, If you want to see more photos of the delicious raw, vegan and plant-based foods I enjoy you can follow me on Instagram.
They say that necessity is the mother of invention and I have definitely found this to be true with recipe creation. This oriental cabbage salad is one of those recipes that came about at a moment when there were very few ingredients to choose from. In these situations I am often surprised how an interesting dish can come together with the simplest of combinations.
I find I have my favorite ingredients that I usually go to on a daily basis. I tend to enjoy salads with lettuce, cucumber, tomato and avocado because they are so hydrating and refreshing. But there are so many other veggies you can eat raw to create a delicious salad and it doesn’t always have to involve a base of leafy greens.
I created this red cabbage slaw recipe at the end of the week, the day before our regular grocery haul, so there wasn’t much in the house. I found some red cabbage and one carrot in the fridge along with a handful of sugar snap peas and Thai basil. It didn’t look promising but I went with the inspiration from some of the salads I enjoyed in Thailand and added a sweet and spicy dressing and was pleasantly surprised how it turned out.
This salad seems like a nice option for the cooler months when cabbage is in season. Red cabbage is a superior choice than regular white cabbage because it has a much better nutritional profile. Compared to white cabbage the red ones have twice as much iron, vitamin C and vitamin K, and ten times more beta carotene.
Scientists have identified 36 anthocyanins in red cabbage, which are antioxidants that may protect against cancer, improve brain function and support a healthy heart. Research also shows that much of the anthocyanin content is destroyed by cooking, so eating red cabbage raw is the best way to gain the benefits of these phytonutrients.
Cabbage in general is also a good choice if you are on a budget as it is generally inexpensive and goes a long way. It is ranked fourth on the “Clean 15” list from the Environmental Working Group, which means it is one of the vegetables with the lowest likelihood of containing pesticide residues. So this also makes it less important to buy organic compared to other vegetables.
To shred the cabbage I like to use my ceramic mandoline because it slices the veggies really thin, making a nicer texture as well as being easier on digestion. If you don’t have one just try to slice the cabbage as finely as you can. I used a regular box grater for the carrots.
Thai basil has a really unique flavor, which is more pungent with a hint of aniseed. I really enjoy it and it is part of what makes this a Thai salad – even though this is not a traditional Thai recipe. If you find it too strong or if it isn’t available in your area then regular basil should work just fine, or you could try it with cilantro. A combination of basil and cilantro would also be nice.
Normally in a Thai salad I would use shallots because they are crunchier and have a slightly milder flavor, but red onions was what I had on hand and they worked just fine. I also sliced these thinly with the mandoline.
The garlic and cayenne can be pretty strong but it wouldn’t be a Thai salad without some heat! Of course if you are sensitive you can reduce the amounts or just leave them out.
The recipe contains Vega Omega Oil , which is one of my favorite oils to use in salads for its mild nutty flavor and for a boost of essential fatty acids. If you prefer you could try using hempseed, sesame or even a good quality olive oil instead.
I think of this recipe as more of an appetizer salad or side dish, rather than a complete meal in itself. There’s only so much raw cabbage most of us can eat since it is more difficult to digest than the tender leafy greens. Though if you add half an avocado on the side, along with some other raw or steamed veggies, this could become a pretty satisfying meal.
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My last post about what I eat in a day in Bali on a plant-based raw diet got some positive feedback, so I am going to share with you more examples of some of the beautiful food I’ve been eating. Like I mentioned previously my daily diet can be highly variable. Some days I do just fruit and juice until dinner. Other times I might eat some cooked veggies. Then there are also moments when I really need some (raw) chocolate.
So please don’t take this as a recommendation of what you should eat, or what is a nutritionally balanced way to eat each day. We all have different needs at different times in our life. It’s just a little look into the kinds of foods I have been enjoying recently on a plant-based diet.
I start almost every day with a glass or two of coconut water. It is so hydrating and provides a great support to the adrenals due to the naturally occurring electrolytes it contains. I love the subtle energy boost it provides and wouldn’t want to live without it!
Bali is the land of smoothie bowls and I’ve probably had at least a hundred of these in the last few months. This one was a blend of red dragonfruit, banana, maqui berry and almond milk, topped with banana, strawberry, mango passionfruit and coconut flakes. I never get tired of Bali smoothie bowls for breakfast.
A little later I had another glass of coconut water to which I added a scoop of Sunwarrior Ormus Supergreens. I find this supplement really convenient when I’m craving something green. I just add a scoop to the coconut water and stir or shake and its ready. Sometimes I also add a teaspoon of chlorella powder.
This is a great way to enhance your nutritional intake and also helps balance the sweetness of the coconut water. The supplement contains alfalfa, moringa, barley, oat and wheatgrass. Grasses are the only foods that provide a full spectrum of 92 minerals. Adding grasses to your diet can provide nutrients that you might otherwise be missing out on.
Lunch was a little bit gourmet but still nice and light. These are fresh spring rolls with the wrapping made from papaya. Inside is mango and crunchy veggies including carrot, daikon, cucumber and cilantro. They came with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce but I like it hot so I added extra fresh chillies!
It was a very hot day so perfect to enjoy this healthy treat in the afternoon containing blueberries, fresh coconut milk, thyme and vanilla.
For dinner we ordered gojek delivery, which is a fantastic service that brings food to your doorstep from many of the great Bali restaurants and cafes.
This is the raw zucchini noodles with a coconut cream, mushroom and dill sauce topped with nut parmesan from Nude Cafe. It was a really delicious dish and the coconut sauce was so rich and creamy with very well balanced flavors. There was a subtle hint of garlic and I even tasted some lemongrass. I don’t usually like raw mushrooms but they worked well in this dish.
Because it has so much fat this is not the kind of thing I eat very often, but it is nice once in a while to enjoy some gourmet raw food. I also had a simple side salad with it that helped to balance the meal (which I forgot to photograph), containing lettuce greens, grape tomatoes, sliced radish and red onion.
After gourmet raw food like this my digestive system needs some support so I enjoyed my favorite peppermint tea by Traditional Medicinals. If you love your tea strong and minty then this will not disappoint. Personally this is the only brand that gives me the benefits I need for enhancing digestion and relieving gastrointestinal discomfort.
It is also essential in my detox toolkit for dealing with nausea, as well as being the best remedy I’ve found to calm an upset stomach or gallbladder related to the effects of an overload of toxins in the system.
I hope you enjoyed this post. If you want to see more photos of the delicious raw and plant-based foods I am enjoying you can follow me on Instagram.
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Caesar Salad is one of the most-loved dishes in America but some restaurant versions can contain over a thousand calories in one serving! For a petite woman like myself that would supply about two-thirds of my daily energy requirements in a single meal. The traditional version is made with romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, egg yolk, and croutons that are often seasoned with butter, so the majority of those calories are coming from saturated fats.
The original salad was invented by Italian-American restaurateur Caesar Cardini in the 1920’s in Tijuana, Mexico. According to his daughter Rosa, on July 4th 1924, Caesar created the salad at his restaurant. Apparently he was running low on supplies and didn’t want to disappoint his customers so he came up with the recipe with what he had available. The dish became a hit and people soon came to the restaurant just to eat this salad. It became so popular that it in 1953, the International Society of Epicures in Paris designated it as most important recipe to originate in America in fifty years.
Even though this plant-based version is a long way from Caesar’s original creation, it still has many of the elements that make Caesar salad so great. Crunchy romaine leaves are tossed with a creamy, garlicky dressing along with other components to add textural interest and flavor.
A great Caesar salad is all about the dressing and this one uses avocado and cashew nuts to provide that satisfying creamy mouthfeel, while offering up heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. These good fats have other benefits too. They improve insulin sensitivity, support weight loss, enhance calcium absorption, may reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and can alleviate depression.
This recipe also features avocado oil, which has recently gained popularity for its nutritional properties and mild, buttery flavor. Research supports its benefits for the prevention of diabetes, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, obesity and arthritis.
Avocados and avocado oil are a fantastic addition to a salad dressing because they also boost the absorption of carotenoids including alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein from vegetables. These antioxidant compounds are fat-soluble and rely on the presence of dietary fats to be properly absorbed. Dietary carotenoids are thought to provide significant health benefits by enhancing immunity, decreasing cancer risk, protecting the skin from sun damage, preventing eye disease and reducing inflammation.
Instead of croutons this raw food version of Caesar salad uses chopped red peppers to add a satisfying crunch. These veggies are are well-known for their high carotenoid content, which you can be sure you will benefit from due to their enhanced absorption in the presence of avocado. (Romaine lettuce is also rich in carotenoids). Red peppers are also very hydrating and a fantastic source of vitamin C. I included 1/2 a cup of red pepper in each serving for this recipe, but if you enjoy them you can include even more.
I also included some white onion which has a crisp texture and nice mild flavor, perfect for eating raw. You could also include any other raw vegetables you like such as cherry tomato, grated carrots and diced cucumber, but the more veggies you add, the more it becomes like a garden salad, rather than a Caesar. Both ways can be delicious.
Even though many recipes for Caesar salad include anchovies, Caesar Cardini’s original version didn’t contain them but instead got its flavor from Worcestershire Sauce (which does contain anchovies as one of its ingredients). Anchovies are full of “umami”, the fifth flavor discovered by the Japanese, which enhances the taste of all the other ingredients in a dish. In this plant-based version we get the umami from white miso and garlic.
If you like the salty ocean flavor you can sprinkle some dulse seaweed on top of the salad. Personally I like it this way but dulse can have quite a strong flavor so I recommend you try a little bit first to see if it works for you. It is well worth trying since seaweed is a rich source of minerals, including iodine, which specifically benefits the thyroid gland.
I also included some raw pumpkin seeds on top to add even more crunch. The combination of pumpkin seeds with garlic, onion, avocado and raw veggies also makes this a good recipe for a parasite cleanse program, due to the natural anti-parasitic properties of these foods.
This recipe is not strictly vegan, since it does contain raw honey, but if you prefer you could substitute this with agave nectar or dates as an alternative sweetener.
Because of the cashews this is probably not ideal when you are following a raw food detox diet for cleansing, but it can be good for providing some balance in between your more strict detoxification phases. In situations when you are more focused on healing chronic illness with a strict fruit and vegetable diet you can easily adapt the recipe by omitting the nuts and miso, reducing the amount of sweetener, and using just as much water as necessary to create a smooth, creamy dressing. It will be a more simple dressing but still delicious.
Juicing is one of the easiest ways to boost your intake of health-enhancing phytonutrients. When I undertook a 20-day juice fast I learned a lot about the benefits of juicing, which also gave me a new enthusiasm for juice. It wasn’t until juices became the foundation of my nutritional intake that I realized just how fantastic they can be for recovering your health.
Liquid nourishment allows the digestive system to rest while providing your body with a super-nutritious food source. When your body is not engaged in the process of digestion there are more resources available for healing. Juicing is also one of the best ways to get quick energy any time during the day. I especially like to start each morning with fresh juice but I also often enjoy it as an afternoon pick-me-up.
I was so excited about juice after my fast that I decided to invest in a good quality juicer. Now I can’t believe it took me so long! I had heard about a few of the most popular juicers among raw foodies but I wasn’t sure what would best suit my needs. But when a friend told me about the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer, I was intrigued, as it seemed like a unique machine.
I’m really happy with this investment so I am going to let you know some of the things I love about this juicer so you can decide if it is the right juicer for you as well.
The Kuvings Cold-Pressed Juicer
Kuvings is a Korean brand with a few different juicers in their line. The one that we purchased was the Whole Slow Juicer B6000 which uses slow-rotating masticating technology to produce cold-pressed juice by crushing and squeezing instead of shredding the produce.
This slow rotation system minimizes the amount of air introduced into the liquid and allows for a much greater preservation of nutrients and enzymes compared to a fast-spinning centrifugal juicer. Slow juicers also generally do a better job of juicing leafy greens.
Appearance and Features
This juicer is BPA free and comes in a choice of a few colors, but we were instantly attracted to the red one. It really does feel like a quality machine and looks very nice on your countertop. Additionally, the juicer comes with a ten-year warranty and a 100-page recipe book and lots of special features.
One of the things that makes the Kuvings unique is the wide feeding shoot, which allows you to juice large pieces of fruit and vegetables. This dramatically reduces preparation time and makes it super-fast to create your juice. One of their selling points is that it can fit a whole apple, and it can, but I found it worked best to at least cut them in half.
This Juicer is Really Quiet
The first thing I noticed and really appreciated when using the juicer was just how quiet it was. I’m accustomed to a high-speed blender, which can be so loud it sounds like construction is going on in your apartment. But with the Kuvings juicer, I would have no problems using this machine early in the morning, even with neighbors in an adjoining building. It really is quite amazing.
It is also really fun to use. As you juice your fruits and veggies the liquid is collected in the main chamber as it rotates and there is a cap over the exit spout. This allows all the different ingredients to mix together in an even blend, then you can release the juice when you’ve finished adding everything. I have to say it is a really satisfying feeling when that juice pours out!
What Can You Juice In This Machine?
The Kuvings juicer works wonderfully for making fruit juices. It did heavy duty on the watermelon juice for us every morning for many months. While living in Malaysia I was making about two or three quarts each day and that is the way we started our mornings, often adding grapefruit, lemon, lime, and ginger to enhance the detoxification benefits. But any kind of fruits make a delicious juice and some others I have tried include apple, grape, pineapple and pomegranate.
Green juice prepared in the Kuvings juicer using pineapple, cucumber, guava, parsley and kale.
It can also make a pretty decent green juice – although it works best if you cut the greens into smaller pieces, no more than three or four inches long. I found this was necessary for vegetables like celery and kale otherwise, they tend to get twisted around the central juicing element, requiring you to stop the juicer and release the fibers. A similar thing occurred when I attempted to juice entire bunches of grapes including their stems.
When making juices with leafy greens it is also helpful to alternate them with more water-rich fruits and veggies like cucumber, apple or pineapple. As long as you follow these guidelines the Kuvings makes an excellent green juice. It is also possible to make wheatgrass juice, which is an added bonus. You just need to cut it into pieces no longer than two inches so that it doesn’t clog the pulp ejector port.
It doesn’t seem to like tougher veggies like carrots and beets as much – but it is possible – and again if you alternate with juicier produce like apples or cucumber it works much better. And another feature is that you can also use the juicer to make fresh nut milk, although I haven’t tried this yet.
Cleaning The Juicer
Like I did, you probably want to know what is involved in cleaning the Kuvings juicer. I previously owned a high-speed blender but juicing seemed like too much work – especially cleaning the machine – which is probably one of the main reasons why it took me so long to invest in a juicer. So I was pleasantly surprised how this juicer is really easy to clean.
The machine comes apart quickly and easily and just takes around five minutes to clean. It comes with a rotating cleaning tool, which makes it simple to remove the fiber that gets caught in the juice strainer, as well as a smaller brush that looks like a toothbrush for getting into harder to reach areas. Cleaning really is a breeze so there are no excuses for not having fresh juice every day!
This Juicer Can Also Make Ice Cream
One of the things that got me excited is the extra attachment – which you can see in the center in front of the juicer in the above image – that allows you to make frozen fruit desserts. This extra part really enhances the versatility of the machine, and if you enjoy Raw Banana Ice Cream or other fruit sorbets you will absolutely love this!
Red dragonfruit and banana ice cream made in the Kuvings juicer.
You can use any frozen fruits you like either alone or mixed together to make a delicious healthy ice cream. If you want to add any extra ingredients like additional sweeteners or nut milk you could stir these in afterward. I tried adding them directly into the juicer but it doesn’t create a uniform blend. Although the mixture might not look that attractive coming out of the machine, it does create a pretty delicious frozen fruit blend with a nice consistency.
The juicer also comes with an attachment for making smoothies but I didn’t have much success with this. It seemed to waste a lot of the pulp and the machine blocked up very quickly. I’m not sure if it was because I was doing something wrong but after a couple of tries I gave up and decided I’d much prefer just using a regular blender to make smoothies.
Mango and banana ice cream topped with bee pollen.
The Bottom Line
Not only is the Kuvings a great juicer, producing delicious cold-pressed high nutrient juice, it also doubles as a frozen fruit ice cream machine. If you are interested in trying this juicer you can get the best price on Amazon via the link below:
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