A few nights ago, we had a couple of friends over for dinner who are also partaking in The Community Cleanse. One of my friends’s – let’s call her Roxanne – has a skin condition, a type of fungal rash that she’s had for years. As we sipped our POM (pomegranate) and sparkling water “martinis” she said, “My skin thing is at bay. It’s still there, but it’s not bothering me right now. I swear it’s going away.” We all cheered and talked about how great we’re all feeling on the cleanse.
It was a special occasion so the girls brought “Luna and Larry’s Dairy Free Coconut Bliss Ice Cream”. After our cleanse friendly Thai dinner, we put the “ice cream” into four bowls and sat down to eat it. Roxanne said, “Oh my God. I love this stuff. I’ve been eating a pint of it mostly every day. Laura, you have to give me other ideas for desserts,” she whined. “I’m dying without desserts.”
I was quiet for a moment and then asked, “Are you serious? You’re eating a pint of this stuff in one sitting?” Roxanne nodded in between hurried spoonfuls. “Roxanne, you’re not supposed to overdo it,” I said. “You really shouldn’t be eating this every night. I mean there isn’t any “sugar” in it, but it contains agave which of course is much, much healthier, given it’s a plant and has a low glycemic index value. But I think you might have…” and here it was the C-word, “Candida.” A hush came over the table and Roxanne looked into her empty bowl. “I don’t think you should eat this anymore,” I said. “If you have Candida, eating large amounts of agave or honey can feed it. I think you need to stay clear of anything sweet.” Roxanne pouted, but she knew she was going a little too loopy for Luna and Larry’s treats.
Once home, Roxanne texted me the following, “Thanks to you both and especially the chef (that would be Jay), for a great meal and laughs. I don’t want the nickname “Yeaste”…so from this point on I have added no desserts to my list for the cleanse.”
I leave you with deep thoughts by The Healthy Junkie…”The key to life is moderation. The trick is figuring out what that means.”