IMAG3127Stabilizing blood sugars is one of the most important things to do for controlling inflammation. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride associates sugar swings as one of the root causes of inflammation and mechanism to feed pathogens. She had also linked it to drinking, cigarette smoking, anger swings and overeating.

McBride is a medical doctor, neurosurgeon and neurologist who specializes in eradicating disease by healing the gut. Her recommendation to control sugar swings is easy to make and a tasty treat. 

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She says, “Cravings for sweet foods are common amongst GAPS people due to unstable blood sugar level(s). It takes time to normalize blood sugar. The most effective way to deal with it is to increase your fat consumption, particularly animal fats. Consume plenty of animal fats with your meals.”

Her recommendation to control sugars is to mix butter, this one is best, or coconut oil with local honey to taste. There is no exact ratio as only your body can tell you what it is craving which depicts the need for that nourishing food. Local honey should be limited in those with extremely problematic candida. Most people with candida can use honey with no issues. If it is local organic honey it contains beneficial enzymes and cofactors which assist in resolving candida.

Whipping butter with local honey until fluffy is a treat that many people need during GAPS intro to control cravings. If a person is overcome with yeast it is fed by sugar. When the yeast is fed as well as starved it releases a message directly to the opiate receptors in the brain. This need for sweets generally is the strongest on day three of sugar elimination. Cravings are not just desires, it’s been equated to a drug addict needing a hit as it hits the opiate receptors of the brain.

McBride recommends putting your butter and honey mixture in a small jar and carrying it around with you all day, taking it as needed. 

Parents with children who suffer from eczema, rashes and cradle cap, each linked to pathogenic yeast strains, have been known to find their 3-year-old in the kitchen at 2 in the morning shoving raisins in their face. The yeasts are demanding to be fed! Increasing animal fat consumption is beneficial to squelching the desire, just like pouring baking soda on a fire.  

IMAG3129Many people suffer miserably from candida and have tried countless medicines and methods to cure yeast overgrowth. Yeasts are very resilient and highly adaptive making it difficult to attack.

Polymicrobial Diseases says, “Candida albicans is an opportunistic fungal pathogen found as part of the normal microflora in the human digestive tract. It is just one of approximately 200 species in the genus Candida, but accounts for up to 75% of all candidal infections.”

They go on to say, “C. albicans (and the closely related yeast Candida dubliniensis) is a dimorphic fungus, growing as an oval-shaped budding yeast (blastospore), or as pseudohyphae or true hyphae; both yeast and hyphal forms are usually found in infected tissues. The dimorphic transition is one of many characteristic properties of C. albicans associated with virulence. Other virulence factors include adhesins (sic), which promote binding of Candida to host cells and tissues, hydrolytic enzymes such as proteinases that enhance adhesion and tissue destruction.”

The University of Adelaide says, “Dimorphic Fungal Pathogens are fungal infections of the body caused by fungal pathogens which can overcome the physiological and cellular defenses of the normal human host by changing their morphological form.”

There are several reasons a person has an overgrowth of Candida albicans. Processed foods and sugars are high on the list for feeding the pathogens but they aren’t the only cause. Once they are growing and advancing, their opportunistic nature makes them difficult to control. The increase of prescription drugs and reliance on the medical system adds to the growing problem. Heavy metal toxicity and parasites further add to the problem.

Polymicrobial Diseases says, “The frequency of systemic Candida infections has grown steadily during the past decade, and C. albicans, together with a few IMAG3139closely related species such as Candida tropicalis, Candida glabrata, and Candida parapsilosis, is now recognized as an important nosocomial pathogen. This is due, at least in part, to an increase in invasive surgical techniques, the growing use of prosthetic devices, particularly intravascular catheters, and the development of new drug therapies.”

McBride says controlling the cravings with the butter and honey mixture takes some time but should not be avoided. A few teaspoons to a few tablespoons taken every 20-30 minutes until the cravings subside is normal and what McBride recommends. She says, “This measure can be very helpful in the initial stages of the treatment. As your blood sugar regulation will normalize through the use of GAPS Nutritional Program, you will be able to gradually reduce and stop eating (the) butter/honey mixture.”

IMAG2576Low Carb Support says, “When you reduce the amount of carbs in your diet, fat provides the energy instead. On ketogenic diets, eating lots of fat is a requirement. Eating something that’s high in fat can provide immediate relief from sugar cravings.”

Click here for the bacon wrapped heart shown, which provide nutrient density and high fat intake at the same time.

Andreas Eenfeldt, a Swedish medical doctor and specialist in family medicine says, “In recent years the theory about fat being dangerous has been proven incorrect and is today on its way out. Low-fat products are simply unnecessary. More and more diabetics in Sweden are choosing to eat foods that don’t raise blood sugar. Foods with fewer carbohydrates and a higher proportion of fat, LCHF (low carb high fat) foods. Since the Fall of 2011 the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare has recommended a low-carbohydrate diet with diabetes.”

Diabetic Cookery, a cookbook written by Rebecca Oppenheimer, published in 1917, says (page 12) butter, olive oil, cream and Devonshire cream are the first foods listed for consumption for diabetics, for their great nutritive qualities. Next on the list are cheeses, meat and poultry, fish and eggs. Avoiding fats is not historically accurate in controlling diabetes or maintaining health. This is a relatively new protocol which caught its stride in the ’80s, that has overwhelming evidence to be incorrect.

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*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, GAPS who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia through food she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. This is not a news article published by a paper trying to make money. This blog is put out by a mom who sees first hand the effects of nourishing food vs food-ish items. No company pays her for writing these blogs, she considers this a form of missionary work. It is her desire to scream it from the rooftops so that others don’t suffer from the damaging effect of today’s “food”.



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