Here come some changes on the blog…

Starting with this post, you’ll see even healthier recipes, following a specific anti-candida detox and then anti-candida diet, finally transforming into a healthy low-sugar, low-diary, low-gluten, vegetarian diet. Even if you’re not interested in any particular diet, don’t worry, you’ll still find plenty of yummy vegetarian recipes here! If you are devoted to a specific diet, you might now find it even easier to find recipes that suit you. And if you’re interested in how I reached this decision, I invite you to read the blog post below…

Over the last few weeks, I have been thinking thoroughly about my diet and eating habits. I have always been very conscious about my diet and, in general, I’d say my husband and I follow a healthy, wholesome vegetarian diet, based on natural produce and home-made meals.
We have both made this diet even healthier with more conscious food choices over the last eight months, reducing considerably the amount of sweets and refined sugars and replacing them with healthier fruit-based wholemeal home-made options; reducing the amount of foods like cheese and bread in our diet and treating them as occasional treats rather than daily staple. As all this was accompanied by a better fitness routine, we have both noticed the benefits of it soon after. We both got into better shape, feel better and look better (the latter has been confirmed by compliments from other people, not just the two of us :-) and this continues until today.

However, I recently started to think about refining my diet even further. Given that over last few years I have been prone to various types of skin and nail allergies, infections and conditions of other types, time came when I decided to be much more proactive about those and do something about it. Better late than never.
I started with some detoxing routines, like visits to sauna (not many of those in the UK, but we try to visit saunas whenever we visit other countries with better sauna culture, so relaxing and so advantageous), daily brushing (try that and you’ll say goodbye to cellulite, I promise!) and most recently oil pulling in the morning.
I have also visited my doctor recently to discuss a few minor things and one of them was an overgrowth of yeast in my body, also known as candida overgrowth, which was causing the skin and nail infections. Whilst the main recommendations from my favourite doctor was just some cream to aid the condition, I decided to do some further research and reading at home. During the reading I discovered that candida overgrowth could be responsible for a few more things like my sensitivity to light. But, I have also came across some good advice on how to get rid of it and minimise the effects through a healthy low-sugar diet. And as I have always been a big believer that we are what we eat, I decided to give it a go.

First came excitement. Hurray! A few changes in my diet and I’ll feel and look even better! Then I started reading more about it… Right, so no gluten, meaning removing some grains and flours from the diet, and no diary, so no cheese and milk and so on (at least yogurt is in the good books!). No sweet treats, erm, I’m not sure how my sweet tooth is going to survive that. No glass of vino, even occasionally, at least not for the next sixty days. No fruits in the initial phase? Really? I wasn’t quite sure about that anymore… But I decided to try my best and give it a go. One of the most helpful things, was meeting a friend on one Saturday morning, whom I haven’t seen for a month or so, and hearing her story as she got hooked up on juicing a few weeks earlier and, boy oh boy, you could easily see all the benefits of her changed diet. That must be a good sign. Plus, a healthier diet is always good! And then I just spent some time thinking about it. C’mon, I’ll do just my best, and if I fail on an occasion, I’ll continue trying my best to follow it. Besides, hold on, let’s think about it, if I can’t do it, then who can? All those years spent on reading about healthy diets, superfoods and so on. All those hours spent in the kitchen trying out new recipes and making something out of nothing. All this must come to a good use now. Oh yes, I can do it!

So, now being very positive about it, one thing I’m going to say is that you’ll surely see even more vegetables on the blog. Still yummy, still beautiful, now even healthier. I hope you’ll enjoy it with me!

If you’re interested in finding out what’s to come in more detail, here are some headlines of my dietary plan for next few weeks and months:

Week One: anti-candida detox
Non-starchy high-fibre vegetables like asparagus, peppers, cucumber, radishes, leeks, onions, broccoli all kind of greens and salad greens. As for fruit – that’s just avocado, olives and lemon juice. Oh, and eggs. Plus olive oil, fresh herbs and spices.

Weeks Two – Eight: anti-candida diet
Then, it will get a bit more varied with few more non-starchy vegetables allowed in the diet, plus natural yogurt and kefir for diary and some gluten-free grains and their products (quinoa, buckwheat, millet), some nuts and seeds and even an occasional treat with a natural sweetener such as xylitol or stevia. Still, at least next 60 days will mean a low-sugar, low-diary, gluten-free diet. Gulp!

Weeks Nine – Sixteen and thereafter: diet for life
And then I should be able to reintroduce even more veg, including the starchy vegetables; fruit, especially the berries and other low-sugar fruit; include some yummy beans and pulses in the diet, which provide plenty of protein and are overall healthy, just have too many carbs, so I need to ditch them in the initial phases of the diet. And as I believe that all is good, in moderation, I’m hoping to see some diary from time to time, like the goat’s cheese and some hard cheeses I like so much, and some wholegrain pasta and rice dishes. Overall though, I’m really hoping that the next 60 days will be a great introduction to my new, low-sugar, low-diary, low-gluten healthy diet.

OK, that’s it about the diet and the changes. Let’s get cooking! Today, a very simple starter or a side – grilled aubergines and courgettes. I just loved the photo session of these, with the handsome garlic appearing on the photos, accompanied the rounds of aubergines and courgettes. The red onions give this side dish such lovely sweetness and the smell of grilled garlic and rosemary will fill your kitchen with a lovely summery aroma. Yum!

Ingredients

1 aubergine
2 courgettes
2 red onions
1 bulb of garlic
3 tbsp olive oil
Fresh rosemary sprigs
Fresh thyme leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 200C / gas mark 6.

Slice the aubergines and courgettes about 1cm thick, peel and cut the onions into wedges and place all the vegetables in a large bowl.

Cut the garlic bulb in half diagonally.

Take out a couple of garlic clove halves from one of halves and crush or chop.

In a small bowl prepare the dressing by mixing the olive oil, chopped garlic clove, fresh thyme and half of the rosemary sprigs, season to taste with salt and pepper and mix.

Pour the dressing over the cut vegetables and toss to mix.

Arrange the vegetables covered in dressing, garlic bulbs halves and remaining sprigs of rosemary on a large baking tray.

Grill in a preheated oven for about 20 minutes until the vegetables soften and become slightly chargrilled.
Serve warm.

Bon appétit!
Lena x

Anti-candida diet: grilled aubergines and courgettes
Anti-candida diet: grilled aubergines and courgettes




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