Author: Heather Andrews

Candida, Insulin Resistance and Diabetes

Candida, Insulin Resistance and Diabetes

Candida overgrowth (yeast infection) is caused by the same root cause as diabetes type 2 and insulin resistance, and that is the wrong food combination.  Meals that contain high fat and high refined sugar are meals that cause candida overgrowth, insulin resistance and diabetes type 2.  There is no sense in debating which is more of the culprit: fat or sugar.  It’s the combination that is the culprit.  Examples are doughnuts, cakes, cookies, pancakes with a lot of butter and syrup, candy bars, soda pop with french fries, soda pop with any high fat food, wine or beer with bread dipped in oil, and any high carb drink with fried food or other high fat food.

Candida and diabetes type 2 are very easy to reverse by simply being aware of the fat and refined sugar content of your meals and by reducing your intake of high fats and refined sugars in combination.

High fat foods are foods like butters, oils, lard, eggs, dairy milk and cream, ice cream, many meats, most desserts, candy bars and even too many nuts or too much avocado.

High refined sugar foods are foods like soda pop, ice cream, syrups, desserts, candy bars and even breads and crackers made with white flour. Lastly, fruit juices are considered refined sugar as the fiber has been removed.


~Eat more whole fruits, fruit meals, fruit smoothies.  Eat fruit as a meal, as a snack and as a dessert! (Fruit is NOT considered to be “refined” sugar.  “Refined” sugar is when the fiber provided by nature has been removed and the concentrated sugar is used as an ingredient or stand alone food.)

~Eat more steamed vegetables such as roots such as carrots and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower.

~Eat more leafy greens. Eat a salad at least once per day.  Watch out for fatty dressing though.

~Avoid or limit butters, oils, lard, eggs, dairy, meats, ice creams, desserts, candy bars, soda pop and breads made with white flour.

~Eat fruit smoothies (instead of fruit juices) as the smoothies are the whole fruit blended and are not “refined sugar” foods.  To thin your smoothies, use water or almond milk, cashew milk etc. or coconut water (not fruit juice). A high-power blender makes the smoothest smoothies!

~Use frozen fruits to make truly fat-free ice cream desserts at home. You will need a high-power blender for this.

~Your high fat meals should include one type of fat at a time and should include the plant fiber.  In other words, eat a half of an avocado OR a handful of nuts OR a handful of seeds, not all three at one time, and eat the whole food, not avocado oil or almond oil, etc.  Eat the intact foods as provided by nature.

~Your high sugar meals should not be “refined.”  In other words, your sweet foods should include the fiber nature intended. For example, eat the whole mango, the whole ripe banana or whole dates for example.

~Eat the high sugar sweet fruits away from the high fat meals in general.

This is so important, I will repeat it:

Eat more fruit!  Eat more raw and steamed vegetables! Eat more leafy greens!


How To Hire A Vegan-Friendly Doctor

How To Hire A Vegan-Friendly Doctor

All of the symptoms my husband and I experienced when we switched to a plant-based diet were positive symptoms such as healthy weight loss, increased vibrancy, leaner body composition, more clarity in thinking, etc.   I completely reversed my recurring Candida disease  meaning I never experienced another Candida overgrowth again since learning the true cause of Candida.  I also learned to avoid constipation after switching to a plant-based diet.  My skin cleared up. My husband  benefited even more, knowing he was finally in control of his cardiovascular health and no longer had to fear heart attacks,  because a healthy vegan diet effectively prevents them. We knew going into the plant-based diet that it was the right thing to do all the way around  and we knew how to do it in wellness, because we had read enough to know how to eat healthy.

But sometimes people experience unwanted symptoms when changing diets. One of the biggest challenges in making changes in one’s diet is our tendency to assume the dietary change caused new symptoms.  It is possible that changing one’s diet can cause a sort of detox effect including temporary unwanted symptoms. It’s possible that the symptom was there before and the person is just now noticing it,  and it’s possible there is no causality between dietary change and the symptoms in question. It’ is also possible that a person is eating too much junk food whether vegan or non-vegan and not enough healthy plant-based nutrition from whole organic fresh foods including some raw (not cooked) fruits, vegetables and leafy greens. Eating  too much of any kind of junk food will certainly cause adverse symptoms.  People  debate about what is junk food; hopefully we can all agree fried food is junk food, pastries and candy bars are junk food. Soda pop is junk, etc. Oil is junk food.  Please note that corn chips are almost always fried and thus are junk food. Caffeine is junk. etc.

Regardless of whether a person experiences adverse symptoms or not  during the transition to plant-based nutrition, it is essential to hire a vegan doctor or at least a vegan-friendly doctor to consult and support you along the way.

How To Hire A Vegan-Friendly Doctor

1.) Allocate 2 hours of time in your calendar.

2.) Google family doctors, general practitioners, or internal medicine doctors, etc. in your chosen area.

3.) Have a notepad and pen ready. Call each office and ask each receptionist “Is the physician vegan-friendly, that is accepting of a plant-based diet?”  If you need to explain it further, you might clarify by saying something such as “In other words, does the doctor push for a diet that includes animal protein or does the doctor accept and even support a plant-based diet?”

4.) Ask the receptionist to ask the doctor and then call you back.

Many many doctors push for the latest meat-based diet. Currently it’s the Paleo diet.  If you are trying to switch to a plant-based diet, avoid these people!  Many of them will proselytize and argue with you and not support your switch to plant-based living.

In addition to finding a local doctor who is supportive of plant-based nutrition, it helps to meet with local like-minded people through social networks such as MeetUp and to read literature and listen to talks provided by the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).  Sign up to PCRM and to your nearest plant-based support group.   Then find a vegan-friendly doctor, and you got this!