Come girl. You’ve been training hard and eating good to get in shape for your figure competition. I know the trials and tribulations of it all. I live the lifestyle and have competed too, and I can tell you that refined carb cravings are more than just a will-power battle.
After several weeks to a couple of months on your program you kind of begin to feel a little run down, right?
You wake up exhausted, your thoughts can become foggy at times, those great changes you were getting have kind of stalled, and that darn belly just won’t go down. To top it off you find yourself craving carbs, but not just any carb, REFINED carbohydrates and sugar.
The Most Simple Answer To Your Sugar Needs And Fatigue May Not Always Be So Obvious…
Does any of this sound familiar? Are you thinking you may be overtrained or hit that dreaded plateau in your figure diet? Maybe, but it could also be the result so something else. If you can relate to the above symptoms, you may not be over-trained, but may a simple yeast overgrowth known as Candida albicans.
Relax. It’s quite normal and easy to take care of to get you feeling your absolute best and back on your program again.
OMG, I Got Candida… (What Is It?)
Don’t stress out. It’s just yeast that occurs naturally in the body, typically the digestive system (mouth, throat, intestines). It’s actually NEEDED since it destroys dangerous bacteria and it protects the body.
A healthy body has millions of Candida albicans, and the immune system keeps it all in harmony with “friendly” bacteria (Lactobacillus acidophilus and B. bifidum).
So far, so good? Ok, let’s zip right along.
Candida’s job is to pick-up any food that’s left over to keep your digestive system to keep it working efficiently. But, poor digestion caused by a bad diet, or previously bad diet, can cause food to be left in your digestive tract. When food is left in your digestive system, harmful bacteria can take the food deposits and reproduce. EEK! This will cause an overgrowth known as Candidiasis, and it can cause all sorts of problems.
Some things that can cause Candidiasis are:
Refined sugars (white sugar, white flour)
Toxins (chemical food additives, preservatives, stabilizers and coloring agents, as well as artificial flavorings and sweeteners, including aspartame)
Antibiotics and birth control pills
Not enough fiber in your diet
Poor production of stomach acid (HCL), frequent in those over 40
Not drinking enough water to meet the body’s requirements
You see, when the amount of “friendly” bacteria is lowered due to any of the above, the Candida out number the “friendly” bacteria and this process will change the Candida from a yeast to a fungus (Candidiasis) and become a threat to the body. When this happens you can experience refined carb cravings, weight gain, fatigue, depression, headaches, a distended stomach etc. All this can bring your figure competition diet to a screeching HAULT!
It’s Not Called The Silent Villian For Nothing…
But I Get Yearly Check-Ups!
Yes, physicians treat women for localized yeast infections in the vaginal tract, however they rarely consider the same yeast can create problems in other areas of the body.
This is largely due to the fact that doctors aren’t taught this in medical school. The primary focuses in medical school are drugs and procedures. Little is taught on actually preventing and curing ailments and diseases. Think about it. What has been the last break-through cure for anything?
What’s worse is there are a lot Candidiasis symptoms and many are similar to other illnesses and diseases.
Candidiasis is often misdiagnosed as cancer. Shockingly, an overgrowth of Candida albicans can show up a cancer on medical testing. I personally had two e-clients who had cancerous cells on their ovaries. I encourage them to do a detoxify cleansing program and within six weeks, both ladies were cancer cell free. Needless to say, their doctors could careless how they did it.
Candidiasis Signs and Symptoms (This is Interesting Stuff…)
As the Candidiasis sits and grows in your body, your refined carb cravings intensify. This overwhelming sensation can cause you to give in to your cravings, allowing the Candidiasis to thrive longer and stronger and keeping you at its whim.
- Sluggish metabolism
- Increased carb and sugar cravings
- Poor digestion
- Food allergies
- Weight gain
- Gas and cramping or bloating after eating
- Feeling light-headed after eating certain foods
- Fatigue after eating
- Feeling drunk after a high carb meal since Candidiasis waste is alcohol
Other Signs and Symptoms can include:
- Intense PMS
- Chest pain
- Joint pain
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Memory loss
- Blurred vision
- Fungal infections (yeast infections, athletes foot, etc.)
- Sexual dysfunction
- Rashes, hives, or other skin conditions
- Excessive mucus in throat, nose and lungs
- Sinus pressure
Other Contributing Factors
You need to have regular bowel movements. Infrequent bowel movements keep fecal matter in the colon too long. You should be having at least three bowel movements a day, if not more. What do babies do them after you feed them? They fill up a diaper! Infants digestive tracts work optimally and they have a bowel movement after each feeding. This is natural and healthy.
You MAY Be A Victim And Not Even Know It…
Are you a Candidiasis Candidate?
- Have you ever or do you use birth control pills?
- Have you ever or do you take antibiotics?
- Have you ever or do you take steroids?
- Have you ever or do you have fungal infections? (yeast infections or athletes foot)
- Do you commonly experience any of the previously mentioned Signs or Symptoms?
You CAN get rid of Candidiasis and you NEED to if you want to compete in a figure competition. When you do get rid of it you will have more energy, think more clearly, clear-up your skin, reduce your stomach pooch, lose fat, etc.
Fiber is great at getting rid of Candidiasis. Fiber helps your body to flush toxins out your bowel. The “friendly” bacteria needs a quality diet that is rich in fiber to survive and to fight off the fungus.
Sweating is an excellent way to detoxify your body and all your major organs. It is imperative that you sweat six times a week for 20-30 minutes to pull out impurities. You need to be sweating through system, not energy sweat, and therefore exercise sweating does not count. Dry saunas would be best. This is a very important step, and if you neglect it, you will be neglecting the detoxifying purpose.
Also, include nutritional supplements, herbs, and probiotics. Taking this natural approach can clear out Candidiasis in about six months to a year. It can take a long time because it thrives on impurities you consume and absorb.
Natural Steps You Can Take To Eliminate Candidiasis:
- Do a Candidia cleanse to purge the impurities
- Drink up to a gallon of filtered water a day to flush out dead yeast cells
- Eat more veggies for fiber
- Eat more whole grains such as rye or millet
- Avoid yeast and mold containing foods (cheeses, grapes, mushrooms)
- Avoid refined foods, sugar, and alcohol
- Avoid artificial sweeteners, additives, preservatives, etc.
- Eat organic foods
- Cabbage is a wonderful source of friendly bacteria.
- Virgin Olive Oil
Supplements Are Actually Good
Even though yogurt has concentrated Lactobacilli that will suppress unhealthy bacteria, the sugar in the yogurt feeds the unhealthy bacteria. So, eating yogurt is not really a good idea to getting rid of yeast. However, freeze-dried L. acidophilus supplement would be a good start.
Supplements You Can Take to Eliminate Candidiasis:
- Potent high-quality multivitamin daily
- Vitamin C – 10-15 grams a day
- Vitamin E – 400 iu a day
- Zinc Chelate 25-50 mg a day
- Pantothenic Acid – 250 mg a day
- Taurine – 500-1000 mg a day
- Essential Fatty Acids (evening primrose oil, black current oil or borage oil) – 6-8 grams a day
- Goldenseal Root – 250 mg twice a day
- Pau D’Arco – 2,000 mg twice a day
- Garlic – 2,000 mg twice a day
- Caprylic acid – 1,000 – 2,000 mg daily with food
- Chlorophyll – 100 mg daily
- Lactobacillus acidophilus – 1 tsp three times a day (Take after 8 weeks of detoxing)
- Digestive enzyme with hydrochloric acid (HCL) before and after each meal. If you have ulcers, choose a digestive enzyme without HCL.
- German chamomile tea before and after meals will help to stimulate HCL
Do you need ALL of the above. No, but taking a few would help greatly. I would start off with a multi-vitamin, C, E, and Pau D’Acro for a few weeks, assess your situation and tweak it from there. At least that’s a very good starting point that would get results rather quickly.
Remember, it could take several months to a year to rid your body of Candidiasis. It thrives on impurities and an acidic environment. Therefore, as you cleanse with supplements, it’s just as important to stop destructive behaviors such as eating the foods that can cause the Candidiasis to grow.
Once you clean the yeast out of your system you will feel and look like a new person. You will find that weight control is not such a struggle and you will feel completely rejuvenated.
Ensure Your Diet Is Clean (This Is ONE Sure Way…)
The only way to get rid of your condition is to make sure you eat healthy, clean and natural. You can do that easily using my “Figure Competition Diets & Recipes” Program. This program includes calorically based diets and recipes to go along. The recipes are 100% all natural for healing, fat loss, and muscle gain.
Karen Sessions – Figure Coach
(Article, Stop Refined Carb Cravings, Written by Karen Sessions)