Hey, Tribe. As you may have noticed, I have been on a mild hiatus here – so sorry, friends! The good news is I’ve learned tons of new wellness info to share with you! So I do hope you’ll forgive my absence. 🙂

Here’s the rundown: I’ve had some mild breathing issues and other random, minor but literally weird things going on lately. Earlier this month, it escalated to the point where I could no longer keep the breathing problems at bay with essential oils and other natural remedies, so I decided it was time to go see a health professional! Thankfully, there is an integrative doctor in my area who specializes in asthma. If you’ve never heard of integrative medicine, it basically incorporates conventional (allopathic) medicine with various natural and nutritional medicine, seeking to get to the root of the issue and heal it, instead of just “managing” illness & symptoms. So I was very excited to get to the root of what’s been going on. I tend to be very in tune with what’s going on in my body, and I was ready to find out what was causing the ailments I knew to be connected.

Among other things, he suggested I likely have candida overgrowth and need to do a cleanse (I will be sharing more on that, but for starters, you can read more about candida here). Well, I was already on that page – I had just started a great, supplement-based cleanse & reset with dōTERRA. (more on that, soon!) However, the candida issue wasn’t something I particularly had focused on – in fact, the thought didn’t even occur to me that could be the issue, since the two biggest indicators, in my mind, are skin issues & digestive issues – which I don’t happen to have.

Which brings me to the reason why I’ve been briefly MIA. I’ve been doing lots of research on candida & what foods to eat & what foods to avoid. And quite frankly, there is so much I must avoid – so I’ve been having to shop and prepare lots of food from scratch! No grains (literally, none), no sugar (not even fruit), no dairy. Thankfully, though, there is a decent variety of foods I can eat on this cleanse – avocados, chicken, quinoa (it’s not a true grain), eggs, oatmeal, lots of veggies – to name a few. I can bake with almond flour and coconut flour. In fact, I made the most incredible pancakes with coconut flour and eggs! I made a whole chicken for the first time AND made bone broth. So, I most definitely will be catching you up on my kitchen adventures over the next few weeks.

And, as always, one of my aims is to help you make healthy living easier, so I will be sharing my recipes and refining my technique a bit – so if you decide a candida cleanse is right for you, you’ll have some tools to get you started in the right direction. Stay tuned!