About Amy

Amy L Huebner

Hi!  I am a board certified holistic health coach and a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  In 2007 I became very ill and after months of tests and doctors visits I finally found a doctor I trusted and the correct diagnosis.  We discovered that what was causing all of my symptoms was an overgrowth of Candida throughout my entire digestive system.  This imbalance had taken root over the past ten years due to my American diet based on carbohydrates and sugar, my use of birth control pills and high levels of stress.  Sound familiar?! I became my own doctor, read everything I could about Candida, changed my diet, my lifestyle and started learning how to cope with stress and what it means to be healthy.  Healing myself from this whole body illness was the most difficult thing I have ever done and it’s changed my life in so many positive ways.  This blog is a way to share what I have learned including diet guidelines and recipes along with general tips for overall health and wellbeing.  Everyone can benefit from stress reduction, less sugar and carbohydrate consumption, more restful sleep and…the list goes on!  If you are interested in the Certified Organic Fire Cider I make specifically for Candida balance check out my other site www.FireCider.com and thanks for visiting!

 

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  2. Kara Goldsborough
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 17:39:26

    This is very admirable. Thanks for sharing your story!

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  3. Amy Huebner Health Coach
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 19:17:32

    Thanks for reading : – ) hope you enjoy the recipes!

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  4. Sassy Stephanie
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 20:21:37

    Ahh, so relieved to have found your site. My hubs suffers greatly from candida. We are in phase one of a cleanse. Although we thought we were eating healthy the past few years, we have learned there are so many more things we can do to take control of our health issues. So glad to have found your site.

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  5. casspav
    Feb 17, 2012 @ 00:06:17

    Everything happens for a reason…. I just stumbled onto your recipes since Im new using coconut flour for a less carb diet. just lost 60lbs and am at my set weight. Now I read your story and holistic approach and see where I was meant to find this site for helping me “live out what I know” about using food as medicine and optimal health via proper eating. There’s lots of recipe sites filled with toxic , but low carb, recipes. Holistic is not embraced by many low carbers: and it’s refreshing to know I can learn from like minded sages such as your self.

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  6. sarahroseberry
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 02:31:13

    Hi, Amy!!! So glad I found you! I am ALSO an IIN grad!!!! Just went to a holistic physician here in NY for a host of issues. Thought he was going to tell me I had a dairy allergy and the beginnings of auto-immune issues. Instead, he believes I have candida and adrenal fatigue. Boo. Went to the store and was really disappointed that there was only 1 candida book, and it was really unappealing and overwhelming. So I am glad to have found you!!!!
    I may have a question or two for you. It looks like I can have coconut oil and stevia? Can I have ACV? (My doc said no vinegars.) And I heard I can have some goat/sheep milk cheeses, but not feta? Any ideas there? How about garbanzo flour? He also said the only fruits I can have are bananas, currants and cranberries. (?) Seems there are disputes about some of these. Trying to create some parameters for myself. Going to the store to pick up supplies tomorrow. God help me in my quest to give up coffee…

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    • Amy Huebner Health Coach
      Apr 16, 2012 @ 14:06:20

      Yup, coconut oil is super healthy and is a yeast fighting food. Stevia is a no carbohydrate natural sweetener, so go for it! Apple Cider Vinegar, like other living, fermented foods like tempeh, sauerkraut and full fat yogurt, is helpful to someone with Candida and is also great for a whole lot of other things as well. I eat cheese, as long as it’s from a healthy animal (no kraft, no super market cheese), it’s good for you. I eat feta, blue cheese, brie, etc. DO not eat fruit, or anything that has a high carbohydrate count like breads, potatoes, bananas….def no dried fruits, those are concentrated sugars! Try mate as a coffee alternative, the caffeine it contains is gentle plus it has lots of minerals, vitamins, Iron and antioxidants : – )

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  7. Lulu Miura
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 13:41:23

    Hi Amy,
    I have been very sick and it’s been such a long time now that I don’t know where to trace back from. I have been told by many doctors that it is not A, B, C etc (whatever their speciality is), which makes me feel very fortunate – but still very weak, sick, fatigued and riddled with all forms of fungal symptoms etc. I am sure that I have candida issues en masse and it is great to read your blog. I am on day one and am trying to be positive but the diet is so so restricting 😦 Finding blogs like yours helps a great deal, thank you and take care.

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    • Amy Huebner Health Coach
      Apr 16, 2012 @ 13:59:20

      Happy you found me! The diet is pretty tasty, once you get the basics down. Go slowly and be generous and kind to yourself. Start with food changes and then add in immune support and finally anti-fungals. You are your own best doctor and you can heal yourself!!

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  8. Esme
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 05:31:25

    I have had candida for years, and tried many different protocols. I did a vegan diet for a while followed by raw, but went back to eating chocolate and coffee and now it is has come back with a vengeance. I have constant candida die-off. Have gone back on anti-fungals, probiotics, coconut oil, vitamin c, etc.

    Due to food allergies I have cut out gluten, eggs and do very little dairy (greek Yogurt, some cheese). Is it possible to do a Candida cleanse while on a strict vegetarian diet? I always read that quinoa, brown rice, tofu ,nuts & seeds(because of mold), fruit, certain beans (especially canned), corn, and oatmeal are all bad. What is left if you are a vegetarian? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Amy Huebner Health Coach
      May 01, 2012 @ 16:49:03

      It’s important to eat as few carbohydrates as possible so that eliminates fruits, starches/grains/beans and refined anything. Tofu and eggs are a great protein source, personally I think tempeh is the best soy food since it’s a fermented living food. Stay away from non organic gmo soy foods, esp the processed stuff like fake meat and nuggets! Nuts and seeds are awesome, full of fiber and healthy fats so definitely include those. Bone broth made from healthy animals is especially helpful in rebuilding your immune system so consider including that on a daily basis for the first month. You may need to include animal protein (again, from organic, healthy animals) until you are well enough to eat a wider variety of foods. Hard cheeses and yogurt are great from sheep and goat milk, also ground hemp has lost of protein. Hope this helps! Also, you can contact me for a free one hour consult if you are looking for more support during your recovery!

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  9. Laurie Pia Buffum
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 19:45:48

    I am in complete amazement of this information! Today is 06/18/2012 and for more than nine years I have been suffering from ‘something’ and have been diagnosed with every acronym and food allergy you can think off. Once I knew I was allergic to all nuts and all fish, I knew what to stay away from, but I was still having some reactions at the oddest times. I could not pin-point my skin reactions to any one thing. My stomach is either bloated or upset. So this past month I started to google images and came across something called Candida and have been researching online. I think I have found the problem.

    I think I want to give this life style change a try.

    Then I started my day one of trying to eat healthy. I didn’t stop for fast food or a ice coffee. I made my breakfast at home and prepared a lunch to take to work. I’m okay. It is 3pm. Now I’m craving something sweet. That has been a horrible craving for the past few months. So I google candida desserts and I came across Amy’s recipes. I thought it was interesting and some do-able but because of my nut allergy, I won’t be able to try to create most of them.

    So I’m intrigued and I started to read about Amy and I saw the word Pittsfield. I thought to myself, there is no way I have come across a blog from someone who is from or journalling from Pittsfield, MA, a nice little town in the Berkshires. This is the town I love and I grew up in. NO WAY!!!! Amazed. There is a reason for everything. Amy, I grew up in Pittsfield, MA and unfortunately do not make it home often enough to be able to visit you any time soon, but I am a firm believer that this happened for a reason. It has brought tears to my eyes!!! Please help me. Ease the suffering…guide me into what I can and cannot eat. What will make me feel better. I could go on and on but right now I am just amazed.

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  10. Maura
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 03:22:24

    How did you find a doctor to help treat you and diagnose you with candida?

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    • Amy Huebner Health Coach
      Jul 09, 2012 @ 14:54:13

      Trial and error! I looked up MD’s in my area that participated in my health plan, looking specifically for Osteopaths and Internists trained in Eastern and Western Medicine and then I called them up, made appointments and went with the doctor that was the best fit for me.

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  11. Tajna
    Jul 25, 2012 @ 21:18:28

    This blog is really inspiring! I just found out I have Candida about two months ago,and now I’m on a really strict diet,mainly vegetables,spirulina,maca,tons of supplements and steamed salmon for protein.How long was it for before you could incorporate fruit again? I live in Hawai’i so I’m not used to NOT having lots of avocados,papayas,bananas,strawberries,etc,I grow mulberries too.I stopped having grains and beans and a lot of the bad symptoms went away,however I still have acne,some brain fog,leaky gut,anxiety at times,but it’s so much better than when I went through the initial die off after eliminating fruit!
    Thank you for the inspiration!I don’t know anyone in person who has Candida!
    Namaste,
    Tajna

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    • Amy Huebner Health Coach
      Jul 26, 2012 @ 14:23:35

      Hi Tajna, I’m happy to hear my recipes are helpful to you! It’s hard to say ‘when’ since everyone’s healing process is different. I would say it’s fine to eat avocados though! When you feel healthy and your immune system is strong again, try incorporating small amounts of healthy foods back into your diet. Your body will let you know if it can tolerate these new foods. Keep on the diet and be creative, there are a lot of healthy foods and recipes to enjoy while you regain your health!

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  12. Tajna
    Jul 28, 2012 @ 03:19:17

    Thank you,I tried half a huge local avocado last night,made guacamole with spicy thai basil,freshly ground pepper and Himlayan pink salt,lemon,raw garlic,it was delicious and my body was so happy for that natural delicious fat! I’m having the other half soon haha!
    I want to try making artichoke spread..have you ever made something like that?I love artichoke hearts!
    Namaste,
    Tajna

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  13. Amy Huebner Health Coach
    Jul 28, 2012 @ 14:21:10

    Tajna,
    Sounds delicious! Let me know what kind of artichoke spread you come up with and I will look for a recipe as well!

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  14. Tajna
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 21:03:05

    Hi Amy,the artichoke idea was a bit far fetched.The one I got didn’t end being good,it was kind of brown to begin with and I only got a few morsels out of it.An expensive waste,but now I know! I’ve been making dehydrated kale and arugula sticks with Himalayan salt and olive oil and spices,delicious! Also venturing into frittata territory.I made one with two eggs,basil,steamed arugula,rosemary,freshly ground pepper,with avocado on top.Delicious! I thought I’d have a problem digesting eggs but none so far.
    I’m curious,what ideas or recipes do you have for stage one birthday treats? My favorite is pumpkin pie,which as a starch I cannot have(maybe next year).I cannot yet have nuts and berries,and am not a flour fan.I don’t want to end up having a cup of licorice tea,that’s been my go to when I need something sweet.
    Thanks!

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  15. Amy Huebner Health Coach
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 14:28:36

    Tajna,
    I do have a recipe for pumpkin pie/custard on this site, you can make it with unsweetened canned pumpkin, check out the nutrition info, very few carbs, mostly fiber! Plus coconut milk and eggs, no nuts, it’s a very simple recipe! Or add a crust of nuts when you can eat those. Also there is a chocolate cake recipe and a coconut ice cream recipe as well. See what looks good to you and give it a try!

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  16. Tajna
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 19:32:43

    Thanks Amy,I cannot have pumpkin though,that is a starch which feeds Candida.I’m surprised you would recommend it to those with Candida.I’m in the very first stage and there’s no way I can have it for long time.Thank you anyway!

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  17. Amy Huebner Health Coach
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 20:23:32

    Per 1/2 cup of organic canned pumpkin puree there are 6 grams of carbohydrates and 4 grams of fiber. If you eat a 1/2 cup serving of the pumpkin custard from my recipe the carbohydrate count is even lower since it also contains eggs and coconut milk. It’s not a huge serving, it’s a dessert treat, like you asked for!

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  18. Kristen Smith
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 00:14:46

    ahhhhh ~ I am SO happy I found your blog! I also suffer from Candida and am trying to get myself healthy the holistic way. I have a feeling I will be spending the next 24 hours immersing myself in your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your information!

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  19. Janice
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 16:08:10

    Hi Amy, I was just diagnosed with Candida my dr. put me on an anitiotic for 2 weeks and follow up with an antifungil herb mixture 3x a day. I’ve been following the diet. I was wondering if my tongue with ever be pink again? I’m working with Deb Phillips for my diet. Janice

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  20. Heather
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 20:58:30

    Hi Amy,

    I really need help. I think that I have been suffering fro systemic candida for literally 9 years (off and on) and I am trying to navigate my way back to health through the slew of information on the internet. I think my problems were destined to collide back in 2004 when my high sugar based diet (daily bagels, bar(s) of chocolate, tropicana OJ and pizza-which I think I managed to sustain my whole childhood and teenage years) met up with my first and only year on birth control pills. I also was working at a bar during this time and had access to all I could drink alcohol 3 times a week. Que first yeast infection, then second, then third etc., all in one year! This has been my life ever since. Taking ridiculous amounts of Diflucan, Fluconazole, and endless over the counter suppositories and applying various OTC creams. I tried to ask my Gyno lots of times if I had candida but I was met with dismissal and another expensive prescription.

    In the summer of 2010 I took a long term cycle of Fluconazole and simultaneously followed a strict candida diet for 8 weeks. I was yeast infection free until I got pregnant in late November 2010 (which I’ve read is normal at the start of a pregnancy-pH changes and all) and then not again until about 6 months after my daughter was born. Ever since it’s been the same cycle of chronic infections usually brought on by literally one glass of wine or champagne or a mixed drink.

    I can’t even begin to tell you how much of a plague this is on my life. I just want to be normal again. I will do anything at this point. At the moment I’ve been recovering from one glass of champagne at a baby christening back in the last week of may. I’ve taken 6 Fluconazole 250mg pills over this 3 month period and STILL don’t think I could even begin to eat bread, pastries, drink alcohol etc. I am desperate to kick this problem. I’ve begun a no carb diet since last week and trying to consume loads of garlic, boiled water with lemon juice and cayenne pepper, and just today bought some licorice root and acidophilus from my local health food store. Please help. Any advice would be great.

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    • Amy Huebner Health Coach
      Aug 12, 2013 @ 15:23:24

      Hi Heather,

      Thank you for writing, I know how frustrating recurring yeast infection can be! The best thing you can do is to 100% avoid foods/substances that trigger your symptoms. So that means no hormonal birth control of any kind, no alcohol and no sugars (bread, pasta, fruits, ect.) Stay on the Candida diet until you feel awesome again, this may take months or years but it’s worth it to get your whole body back into a healthy balance. Then, once you are healthy again, try adding in healthy foods like beans, quinoa, low sugar fruits and veggies like berries. Bread, pasta, pastries and alcohol aren’t good for anyone so don’t worry about incorporating them back in, theses ‘foods’ are not part of anyone’s healthy diet. Stop taking any and all over the counter anti fungals, they will only work short term and will lead to resistant strains of Candida long term, which it sounds like you are already experiencing! You’ve got to fight nature (Candida) with nature (Pau d’arco tea, coconut oil/milk/meat, raw garlic, Raw apple cider vinegar, etc) so take a rotating cast of anti fungals along with immune support daily.

      Focus on what you can eat, which is a lot of really awesome, healthy, tasty foods, staying positive will help you to feel much better.

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  21. Megan
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 19:28:51

    Hi Amy,

    I’ve just begun attempting to stick to a low-carb, low-sugar diet to address my Candida issues. I purchased a useful but oh-so-rigid and overwhelming detox and diet planning book, but props to you for making this lifestyle sound so livable! As opposed to making me feel depressed/insane like the book I bought, your recipes and pointers make me feel like I can actually do this! Thanks a lot!

    Megan

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    • Amy Huebner Health Coach
      Oct 23, 2013 @ 15:59:34

      HI Megan,

      You can totally do this diet!! So happy to hear you are enjoying my blog, I am working to finish my cookbook and Candida recovery guide : – )

      Amy

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  22. aumcchildren
    Nov 30, 2013 @ 17:24:12

    Hello! I’m not sure if I have a Candida issue or not, but have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I have been on cymbalta for two months and my hair is falling out. Way to go doc! Now I am in the process of trying to wean off the drug..which I hear is pure hell. I still dont understand how I can go my whole life and not have an issue and then all of a sudden have it. I am extremely tired all the time and have muscle aches. I am almost positive this is related to some food allergy. Sort of intuition if you will. I have decided to follow this diet because I also wanted to eliminate gluten and this does a fairly good job of eliminating that too. I hope it’s not this but all the holistic stuff I’ve read says that lots of fibro cases are either gluten or Candida..so..starting my journey. I hope I can actually find the root cause so that I dont have to be medicated again and can heal myself!

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    • Amy Huebner Health Coach
      Dec 02, 2013 @ 17:31:48

      You are right, it is super important to get the correct diagnosis so you can find the root cause and make the necessary adjustments to your diet and lifestyle! The Candida diet is incredibly healthy, plenty of awesome whole, green veggies, healthy fats, nuts, seeds, and organic animal proteins. Good luck on your journey back to health, I hope these recipes are helpful to you!!
      Amy

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  23. Kate
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 23:13:49

    Hi, Amy! I have been battling Hashimoto’s since pregnancy (my son is happy and healthy, almost a year old now!) and knew about your blog previously but have just delved back in…I’m trying to heal myself instead of taking the Levothyroxine the endocrinologist prescribed. You mention healing yourself of Hashimoto’s; is this a topic you might expand on? I know this is a Candida blog, but I’m curious. Maybe I should just make an appointment with you, since I’m also in the Berkshires. 😉

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    • Amy Huebner Health Coach
      Dec 05, 2013 @ 15:22:06

      Hi Kate, great to hear about your healthy baby boy!! I have been working with a Naturopath MD in Great Barrington, Pam Youngquist, http://www.naturopathicwellnesscare.com/ and she has really helped me to get the support I need to keep my Thyroid and the rest of my endocrine system happy and healthy, no prescriptions, but a few supplements. She is really amazing, worth every penny and I finally feel like my hormones and my Thyroid are happily working together again! If you want to make an appointment for health coaching and Candida, that’s me! But for this kind of in depth medical issue that effects the entire endocrine system and how your body communicates aka your hormones, I’d definitely go see Pam Youngquist! All the best to you Kate!

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  24. Kate
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 16:29:43

    Thanks for the recommendation! I will look into her asap. I look forward to trying more of your delicious recipes!

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  25. Paul
    Dec 18, 2013 @ 23:13:13

    Hello Amy.

    You have some great recipes. Is it possible to substitute something else instead of olive oil? I found that olive oil significantly worsened my candida, which surprised me until I read that it has a high tyrosol content and tyrosol really makes candida thrive in hyphae form.

    I seem to recall reading a book by a wise man who said that plantain is the answer to yeast problems (which initially I thought was the banana shaped plant until I realised that actually it was the herb).

    Have a lovely christmas,

    Paul

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    • Amy Huebner Health Coach
      Dec 19, 2013 @ 22:33:02

      Hi Paul,

      Well that is fascinating, I had never heard of nor experienced Olive oil causing Candida to worsen. Even Extra Virgin Olive Oil? Wow, Well anyway, coconut oil combats Candida so it’s perfect raw or use it to cook with. If you don’t like the taste I’ve heard there’s such a thing as organic refined coconut oil which has a neutral taste. Personally my favorite anti-Candida medicine is Unsweetened Fire Cider (Disclaimer: I make Fire Cider!!) and I drink an ounce or 2 a day, helps like nothing else!
      http://shire-city-herbals.myshopify.com/products/fire-cider-health-tonic-unsweetened-half-gallon-plastic-bottle
      Thanks for writing, good luck on your journey, keep us updated!!

      Happy Christmas and New Years to you as well : – D
      Amy

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    • Tammi
      Feb 02, 2014 @ 23:02:49

      Paul. This is interesting. I wondered about the same thing after reading the scientific research. Too much coconut oil causes yeast die off for me. Let us know if you gave any oil ideas for cooking. Thanks. Tammi

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  26. bobbyg
    Mar 16, 2014 @ 01:40:26

    Your Fire Cider Rocks!

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  27. Katherine Haig
    Jul 12, 2015 @ 22:30:28

    I read your article on Candida and your visit to BMC. I also have visited there quite frequently, and have left doctors baffled. They are ignoring my stomach and immune system, and treating me like a drug addict. I would like to know where you got your diagnoses, as doctors in northern Berkshires seem highly uneducated on this disease

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  28. AndreaM
    Jul 29, 2015 @ 15:58:14

    Thanks Amy for sharing! I have been also been suffering from an overgrowth of Candida which started years ago but just recently diagnosed and since May of this year I have been following a Candida Diet. The first three weeks were a huge struggle but now it is so easy to continue it because my health has greatly improved! I can follow the diet at home however, a huge challenge is eating out, my choices are so limited but I make do. I am trying to find or create a candida friendly cake recipe (i have a birthday coming up and I want to be able to enjoy it without the after-effects of digestive problems). I saw a cake recipe on this site, however I will experiment with avocado instead of applesauce. Any other suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thanks for continuing to be an inspiration and mentor to those who are just starting in this process of getting healthy.

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    • Amy Huebner Health Coach
      Jul 29, 2015 @ 20:24:43

      Andrea, Thanks so much for your note, happy to hear you are feeling better! For the cake recipe I have used pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin) in place of the apple sauce, works great! Happy Birthday : – )

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  29. Julianne Malin
    Apr 05, 2016 @ 21:38:39

    So we can never eat fruit or drink a glass of wine again? I’ve been diagnosed with Candida after an endoscopy, and my doc put me on something called Clotrimazole for 10 days. Won’t this cure the candida? I realize that I have to change my diet, but I really miss fruit, yogurt and a nice glass of Chianti.
    looking forward to your reply.

    Thanks, Julianne

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    • Amy Huebner Health Coach
      Apr 07, 2016 @ 15:27:30

      Never say never! Every body is different and how long you cleanse and how moderate your diet is after you are back in balance are all things you will figure out as you go along. Your stomach is pretty good at letting you know what it likes and what it does not! The way to get your candida levels back into balance is best done with plant based supplements and a healthy diet. Man made anti fungals, like the prescription, will only kill the yeast now, it will not reverse the underlying cause of your candida condition – stress, poor diet, etc. Taking prescription anti fungals tense to require stronger and stronger doses as the yeast adapt and can become resistant. Only plant based anti fungals/diet effectively control yeast levels. Try a detox diet- no sugars, carbs or alcohol, for two weeks after your prescription is done. Make sure to take plenty of probiotics, eat probiotic food like full fat yogurt, sauerkraut and other lacto fermented veggies! Then see how you feel.

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