Parsnip Fries from Healing the Vegan Way by Mark Reinfeld

[Super easy to make, these savory and cheesy Parsnip Fries are vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free and nut-free. Suitable for Stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.]

Mark Reinfeld's Cheesy Parsnip Fries recipe

I may love my Kindle, but there’s still nothing like a new book in your hands. (Am I right, or am I right?).

So I was doubly excited last month when I received Mark Reinfeld’s Healing the Vegan Way for review last month. This is so much more than a cookbook; it’s also a resource guide and fount of information about various health conditions and how plant-based food can help improve and restore health.

I was immediately eager to dig right in and start my typical bookmarking with sticky notes. And the book didn’t disappoint! With over 375 pages and chapters on everything from different Preventable Health Challenges to Different Nutritional Theories (so you can choose the one that’s right for you), to Pillars of the Plant Kingdom (which foods are most nutrient-dense for optimal health) and even meals plans to put everything into practice, the book offers a plethora of information on how food can address certain health issues (heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, cancer, obesity).

There are also ten recipe chapters, covering everything from prep and pantry basics to all types of beverages, snacks/appetizers, salads and dressings, soups and stews, main dishes, and desserts. The book is designed for ease of use, offering up a “template” recipe in many cases, which Reinfeld encourages you to tweak and play with to make your own (he also offers substitutions and variations in most cases, even providing oil-free and gluten-free versions for every recipe).

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Anti-Candida Superstar Foods 3: Anti-Inflammatory Foods

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We all know that an anti-candida diet is essential when you’re fighting the beast that is yeast, and there’s a whole list of “do not eat” comestibles. But I think there’s a special category within the anti-candida diet that I refer to as “Anti-Candida Superstar Foods.” 

Superstar foods are the ones that can actively help your healing along, in one of four main ways:

  1. They actively kill off some of the excess fungus and yeast in the body (ie, anti-fungal foods);
  2. They help to reduce inflammation, thereby allowing your own immune system to operate more effectively (anti-inflammatory foods);
  3. They help to heal leaky gut, which is almost always an issue with candida (healing foods); and
  4. They actively boost the immune system, allowing your body to effectively heal itself (immune-boosting foods).

I’m going to add one more “Honorable Mention” category, too: Hypo-allergenic foods–that is, those foods least likely to spur allergic reactions–which will also lessen the load on the immune system.

I’ll deal with each of these categories in a separate video as part of the “Anti-Candida Superstar Foods” series.

In today’s video, I address my top six picks for anti-inflammatory foods. Since inflammation is at the root of chronic illness–including candida–it’s imperative to get it under control if you want to beat candida.  

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49 Vegan, Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free Take-Along Lunches

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It’s the unofficial start of the year–or, at the least, the time of year we get serious once again about school and work after the relaxed days of summer. And with all the renewed traffic on the roads comes the renewed morning workouts, renewed breakfast on the run, and renewed vow to eat healthy at the […]

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Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

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[This Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas is the perfect mix of crunchy, crispy, creamy and  a little bit spicy. It’s vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, optionally nut-free, optionally yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.] [My big plate of this super-satisfying salad!]. Although I enjoy salads all year […]

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Anti-Candida Superstar Foods 2: Gut Healing Foods

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We all know that an anti-candida diet is essential when you’re fighting the beast that is yeast, and there’s a whole list of “do not eat” comestibles. But I think there’s a special category within the anti-candida diet that I refer to as “Anti-Candida Superstar Foods.”  Superstar foods are the ones that can actively help […]

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Grain-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free Bread from Living Candida-Free

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[This candida diet bread recipe was by far one of the favorites among the testers, and then readers, of Living Candida-Free.  And no wonder–it’s vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.] [photo: Nicole Axworthy] I have to credit (blame?) my mom for the reason […]

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Ricki’s Raves 5: Summer Edition

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I’ve decided to start a little series called Ricki’s Raves, in which I share some of my favorite items (both food and non-food alike) that I truly love and use all the time. Today, I rave about the products I’ve been enjoying over the warm summer months. But you can use them all year-round!   […]

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Anti-Candida Superstar Foods Part 1: Antifungal Foods

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We all know that an anti-candida diet is essential when you’re fighting the beast that is yeast, and there’s a whole list of “do not eat” comestibles. But I think there’s a special category within the anti-candida diet that I refer to as “Anti-Candida Superstar Foods.”  Superstar foods are the ones that can actively help […]

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Sugar-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Berry Clafoutis (Candida Diet Friendly)

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[Beautiful, elegant and impressive, this Berry Clafoutis is vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for Stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.] It’s the July 1st/4th weekend–which means celebrations! We celebrate Canada Day here north of the 42nd parallel, while our American cousins to the south will be partying […]

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Fermented Foods on an Anti-Candida Diet: Yea or Nay?

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Should you eat fermented foods on an anti-candida diet? If you follow the current recommendations for the diet, you’ll see that advice about whether or not to eat fermented foods on an anti-candida diet has changed over the years. When I first began to study the anti-candida diet back in 1999 (!!!), the advice was […]

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