I’ve written quite a bit about Candida in the past, both about my own issues with this yeast overgrowth and how to deal with it, from what you can eat on an anti-Candida diet to how to treat it with supplements like Caprylic Acid.
I know firsthand how difficult Candida can be to treat, and how frustrating it is to be told how much you can’t eat, when really all you want to know is what you can! So when Rebecca Richardson offered to send me her self-published book Candida Can Be Fun! recently, I jumped at the chance.
Rebecca has suffered with Candida all her life, but was only diagnosed a few years ago. The changes to her life since have been extraordinary, working with her nutritionist Katherine, Rebecca has turned her life around and now published her cookbook in a bid to help others do the same.
What I love about this book is that Rebecca herself has been through the process of eliminating excess Candida and knows all about the pitfalls of getting a diagnosis – with many sufferers made to feel like hypochondriacs when they visit their GPs.
A holistic approach does seem to be the best way to deal with Candida, and indeed the Candida diet is a fundamental way of reducing the yeast in the body. However cutting out refined sugars, yeast, citric acid and many other ‘yeasties’ as Rebecca calls them, can be difficult.
Like me, Rebecca found other Candida cookbooks uninspiring with no pictures and black and white text covering the pages, so she set about developing and photographing anti-candida recipes herself.
As Rebecca demonstrates in her book, following an anti-candida diet doesn’t have to be boring, offering a wide breadth of dishes for both meat eaters and vegetarians. The 100 recipes include replicas of staple dishes including Spaghetti Bolognese or Shepherd’s Pie that are free from any yeast, dairy, sugar, gluten etc!
I personally can’t wait to put her Black Bean Jambalaya and King Prawn Spaghetti to the test.
The thing I loved the most about the book are the resources chapters with information including web addresses for suppliers of supplements and ingredients that are often used in an anti-candida diet. This should help to negate the somewhat daunting task of finding interesting things to eat with no pesky hidden sugars!
All in all, I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone with Candida. It’s packed with tasty and interesting recipes, as well as more information on useful supplements and stockists. For more information and to order your copy, visit the Candida Can Be Fun website. You can also follow Rebecca on twitter @candidacanbefun. While you’re at it follow me too! @munchforhealth.