Change Over to Bee’s Program Slowly & Gradually
It is best to start this program by making changes slowly and gradually, in order to allow enough time for your body to adjust to each change so it is does not become overwhelmed by healing and detoxifying symptoms. If you make the changes gradually it will also give you more control and you will be more successful, therefore avoiding feelings of failure and despair. To gradually change over to this program follow the instructions in Curing Candida, How to Get Started.
While you are working on eliminating sugar, grains, high–carb foods, etc., at the same time increase meats, eggs, and good saturated fats like butter and unrefined coconut oil. Good saturated fats provide an excellent, and much more efficient source of energy than carbs that make your body run on glucose/sugars. Healthy fats also detoxify and reconstruct all cell membranes so they are healthy, and they help pull nutrients out of foods during digestion.
Meats, eggs, and good fats are the easiest foods for your body to digest compared to the digestion of carbohydrates (plant foods) that require more body energy and resources. As you make changes you will experience withdrawal symptoms and cravings, as well as detoxifying and healing symptoms because your body is finally getting the nutrition it needs to heal itself the way Nature intended. However, good unadulterated (uncontaminated) foods will cause reactions, which should not be mistaken for allergic or disease reactions, since they are created by the body itself in order to heal and detoxify.
Healing reactions are exactly the same reactions as allergic reactions, but that is why many people mistake healing reactions as being allergic reactions. The body only has one way to respond to toxins or to good healing foods—see Allergies, What They Are, & How to Treat Them and Healing Foods, Herbs & Spices Create Healing Reactions.
For help with food cravings and reactions see these article: How to Control Food Cravings.
Step 1: Eliminate Foods and Toxins That Are Damaging to Health
Eliminate sugars of all kinds, including fruits & dairy products except butter.
Eliminating sugar is one of the most important aspects of any program that improves health, which includes eliminating sugar and all forms of it, including lactose in dairy products (except butter), honey, maple syrup, molasses, glucose, fructose, lactose, and all sugar substitutes, i.e. NutraSweet, aspartame, saccharin, etc.
Dairy Product Notes: Yogurt and kefir are also not good for unhealthy people because they are not able to digest lactose and proteins in dairy products. Even though yogurt or kefir can be fermented long enough to lower the lactose content, lactose actually changes into another sugar, called galactose. The two rules regarding lactose, which is the sugar in dairy products, are:
- The higher the butterfat content the lower the lactose (sugar), therefore the sugar in butter is the lowest of any other kinds of dairy product.
- The butterfat in dairy products helps the body digest the lactose (sugar) and proteins (casein), so the higher the butterfat the easier they are to digest.
All fruits are also very high in sugar (fructose) and should not be consumed until you are healthy. Some vegetables are also high in sugar so these must also be eliminated, i.e. carrots, potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, parsnips, beets, and many others.
Even though lemons and limes are allowed on this program, they should only be consumed in small amounts since they contain fructose. Fructose is one of the worst sugars for health because of how the body processes it compared to other kinds of sugars. Some people cannot tolerate any lemons and limes until they are further along in the program. So be cautious!
Sugar is also found is most processed foods such as luncheon meats, ketchup, soup, etc. so that is why processed foods should be eliminated. See Sugars, Sugar Substitutes, and Artificial Sweeteners.
All sugar substitutes and sweeteners damage health, and most of them are neurotoxic, meaning they damage the brain and nervous system. Stevia is the only sweetener that is allowed on this program, but it should only be consumed in very small amounts. Like all sugar, stevia increases cravings for sugar and high carbohydrate foods. Also be sure to buy ground green stevia leaf, and not any kind of processed stevia. However, some people are not able to tolerate any stevia until they have progressed further on this program, so be cautious!
The fact that sugar greatly damages health has been known for many years, mainly because of Linus Pauling. He is the only person ever to receive two unshared Nobel Prizes – for Chemistry (1954) and for Peace (1962). He concluded that white blood cells need a high dose of vitamin C, and so he developed his theory that high doses of vitamin C were needed to combat the common cold, the flu and even cancer. Did you know that vitamin C and sugar have similar chemical structures so that means they compete with one another for entry into the cells. If there is more sugar around less vitamin C is allowed into the cell, and vice versa.
It is interesting that taking vitamin C also helps curb sugar, alcohol, and high carbohydrate cravings. Since our bodies cannot make vitamin C on it’s own it must be obtained from foods or supplements on a daily basis.
Here are a few of the bad effects sugar has on your health — for a complete list see 143 Reasons Why Sugar is Ruining Your Health:
- Sugar upsets mineral relationships in the body
- Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium
- Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein
- Sugar can change the structure of protein
- Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention
- Sugar can cause hormonal imbalances
- Sugar is an addictive substance and can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol
- Sugar decreases oxygen to the cells
High–Carb Foods & Sugars Cause Insulin Resistance
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. It helps the body utilize blood glucose (blood sugar) by binding with receptors (openings) on cells like a key would fit into a lock. Once the insulin has unlocked the door, the glucose can pass from the blood into the cell. Inside the cell, glucose is either used for energy or stored for future use by the liver and muscles in the form of glycogen.
The body’s cells can become insulin resistant in trying to protect themselves from the toxic effects of high insulin, which is required to regulate blood sugar levels on a diet high in sugar and/or carbohydrates. This causes the cells to down–regulate their receptor activity and the numbers of their receptors, so they do not have to receive “that noxious stimuli” all the time.
It is like having this loud disgusting music being played and you have to turn down the volume. Insulin resistance leads to blood sugar problems like hypoglycemia and diabetes, and to high blood pressure.
It is a less known fact that insulin also stores magnesium. But if your cells become resistant to insulin they cannot store magnesium, so it is lost through urination. Magnesium is important for relaxing muscles, including muscle tissue in blood vessels, the heart, etc. What happens when you cannot store magnesium because the cell is resistant? You lose magnesium which makes your blood vessels and muscles constrict, including your heart muscle.
This causes blood pressure to increase and reduces energy since intracellular magnesium is required for all energy producing reactions that take place in the cell. But most importantly, magnesium is also necessary for the action of insulin and for making insulin. When your insulin is raised you lose magnesium, and the cells become even more insulin resistant. This becomes a vicious cycle that can begin even before you were born. This is another very good reason not to eat sugar and high carbohydrate foods.
Fat cells in the body are the last kind of cells to become insulin resistant, compared to muscle cells, so insulin has more lasting affects on them. Insulin causes the body to turn glucose (carbs) into fat, and it does not allow the body to burn fat for energy so a person can maintain their weight. This is the main cause of overweight and obesity.
Contrary to popular belief, overweight people do not gain because they consume more calories than they burn, nor it is caused by a lack of exercise. Exercise simply increases hunger, which causes a vicious circle for people who are overweight; this information is from the book Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes.
It also is not the number of calories that cause weight gain, instead it is the “kind of calories”. The way to lose weight is to consume high “good” natural fats, moderate protein and low carbs (plant foods) as this program recommends. That kind of diet allows the body to change over from running on glucose/carbs to running on “good” fats, enabling it to burn up fat tissues (utilize the fatty acids in fat cells), so the person can lose weight.
When the body changes over to running on fats, rather than glucose/carbs, it goes into a condition called ketosis. Ketosis is a very normal and natural condition for the body, which is not dangerous in any way. It is unlike ketoacidosis, which is a life–threatening condition commonly associated with Type 1 diabetes and insulin–dependent Type 2 diabetes, since dietary ketosis is very beneficial to health. Actually the heart, brain, and nervous system are healthier running on ketone bodies, rather than glucose, and the overall need for glucose by the body will be much lower.
When the body is on a ketogenic diet there is no need for carbohydates to maintain blood sugar levels because 58% of protein and 10% of good fats can be changed into glucose inside the body as needed. For more information see Ketosis Myths and Facts on the Low-Carbohydrate Diet.
Eliminate Unnatural Fats & Oils, Soybean Products, and Processed Foods
Anyone who is unhealthy cannot afford to jeopardize their health by consuming toxic and damaging oils and fats, so they must avoid all unnatural man-made hydrogenated (trans-fats) and polyunsaturated fats and oils made from vegetables oils, except extra virgin olive oil.
Unnatural man-made fats and oils are not only toxic and increase the body’s need for vitamin E and other antioxidants, but they also damage the entire body because they act just like plastic in the body. You wouldn’t melt down Tupperware and eat it, so you do not want to eat any plastic fats and oils.
The hydrogenation process makes trans-fats, which are more damaging than any other oils and fats because it employs: 1) high heat, 2) a metal catalyst such as nickel, zinc, copper, or other reactive metals and 3) hydrogen gas. This is a volatile combination designed to extract and process oils, but it results in an extremely toxic product that the body reacts to like other toxins/poisons.
Also these fats and oils go rancid very easily, even when refrigerated and often they are rancid when purchased. The most common man-made fats to avoid are derived from plants, including canola (from rape seed), soy, safflower, sunflower, soybean, and corn.
The plants from which these oils and fats are produced have evolved a variety of toxins designed to protect themselves from “predators” such as grazing animals, insects, etc. and their seeds contain a variety of toxins.
Unfortunately the body will incorporate these fats and oils into every cell, which changes the cell membrane’s structure. When these plastic fats and oils are incorporated into the cells’ membranes it makes them flabby so that they lack integrity and necessary stiffness, which means they are weak.
For this reason all unnatural man-made fats and oils, found in margarine, shortening, mayonnaise, salad dressing, canned meats, most commercial baked goods and processed foods, should not be consumed, even by healthy people.
Do not eat Soybeans and Soy-based foods, additives or derivatives – Soy and all soybean based products are toxic and damaging to the body!
Soybeans contain large quantities of natural toxins or “anti-nutrients,” including potent enzyme inhibitors that block the action of enzymes needed for protein digestion. These inhibitors are “not” deactivated during ordinary cooking and can produce serious gastric distress, reduced protein digestion and chronic deficiencies in amino acid (proteins) uptake.
Soybeans are also high in phytic acid, present in the bran or hulls of all seeds, which blocks the absorption of essential minerals – calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc – in the intestinal tract. For more information about the damaging effects of soy and soy based products see: Soy Alert!.
Processed Foods should be eliminated. Not only do they contain damaging substances and ingredients like additives, preservatives, pesticides, emulsifiers, etc., but it almost impossible to find products that do not contain man-made oils and fats such as canola, safflower, corn, etc. Any processed foods that contain water will also contain fluoride, which is very toxic and damaging.
Eliminate foods high in carbohydrates
All carbohydrates (plant foods) change into glucose (blood sugar) in the body so it is important to only consume those that are lowest in sugars and starches. Even though starches are digested and absorbed more slowly than sugars, their energy is stored as complex strands of sugar molecules (starch), that act just like sugar in the body. That is why grains are just as addictive as sugar.
After being off all sugars and grains for a few days your cravings for them will decrease. A high-carb diet is nothing more than a high-glucose diet or a high-sugar diet. High carb foods include breads, pasta, pizza, cereals, baked goods, potatoes, beets, some squashes, corn, parsnips, sweet potatoes, yams, carrots, etc., see Candida Diet Food List.
Eliminate all grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes*
Note: *Legumes (a French word), are plants with seed pods, sometimes calls pulses, i.e. beans like kidney, navy or lima beans, and peas (they do not include green, yellow, wax or string beans).
All grains have a high sugar index just like sugar, and like sugar they are damaging to health and create insulin resistance within the cells. In addition, some grains contain gluten, which is an elastic gluey protein found in wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt, kamut, triticale, and it is also hidden in an endless variety of processed foods. Triticale is a new hybrid grain with the properties of wheat and rye, while spelt and kamut are gluten-containing wheat variations (despite claims to the contrary) and are likely to cause health problems similar to other wheat varieties.
Grains that are safer to consume are more seed‐like than grain‐like, and they do not contain gluten. These grains include amaranth, buckwheat, millet and quinoa. Brown rice is also a safer kind of grain that doesn’t contain gluten. However, all of these grains are high in carbs, so they should not be consumed until you are healthy, even then they must be properly prepared to be fit for human consumption.
Even when it is safe for you to consume grains and legumes, they must be properly prepared because they have a coating on them called phytic acid that combines with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc in the intestinal tract and blocks their absorption. They also have an enzyme coating that interferes with protein digestion.
This is why a diet high in such foods may lead to serious mineral deficiencies, bone loss (osteoporosis) and other related diseases, including Parkinson’s, and erratic unstable heart beats. Also improperly prepared grains, seeds, nuts, legumes, bran, etc. can cause irritable bowel syndrome, colon cancer, Crohn’s disease, and many other adverse affects.
Since grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes are plant foods (carbs), like all plant foods they have cell walls made out of fiber, called cellulose, that humans are unable to digest. Since all of the nutrients in carb/plant foods are inside their cell walls, i.e. locked inside, unless they are released by breaking down the cell wall. The only way to obtain nutrients from carbs (plant foods), and make them digestible to humans is to break down their cell walls (celluose, which is a wood fibre) that is indigestible, which can only be done:
- By long enough fermentation, i.e. like sauerkraut is fermented.
- By cooking them long enough.
So even after soaking grains, nuts, seeds or legumes they must be fermented or cooked long enough so their nutrients are available for digestion. That is why sour dough fermentation of grains are safe to consume, however they are still high in starches that change directly into sugar/glucose in the body.
Safer grains like brown rice, amaranth, buckwheat, millet and quinoa, and legumes like peas, lentils, kidney beans, chick peas, navy beans, lima beans, etc. must be cooked long enough, however because they are high in starch they are not included on this program.
There are many more problems with nuts and seeds, since they cannot be fermented, and if they could, no one would like eating them. Cooking nuts and seeds also presents problems. Cooked nuts would not appeal to most people, unless they were added to foods like stew, chili, soup, etc. that are cooked long enough. Even then nuts should be crushed up or ground up so they cook more easily.
Roasting or toasting nuts and seeds may not cook them long enough, depending upon the hardness and size of the nut or seed. Sesame or celery seeds might cook long enough when toasted since they are small. Almonds would have to be finely sliced, but they will burn before they are cooked long enough. That is why nuts and seeds are not included on this program.
The fact is, IF you consume any carbs (plant foods) that are not fermented or cooked long enough they end up undigested in your large intestine. Any undigested foods forces your large intestine to ferment them by creating bugs, bacteria, fungi/candida/yeast that produce digestive enzymes to digest them. In other words, your large intestine changes into a fermentation pot/chamber, which is what causes digestive issues, i.e. gas, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s, etc.
Animals that nourish themselves primarily on grain and other plant foods are called herbivores. Some have as many as four stomachs, with teeth that grind, longer intestines and their digestive system are also longer than Humans. Many animals, including man, have one stomach, and a much shorter intestine compared to herbivores. These features allow humans to digest animal products and natural fats easily, but it means they are less well adapted to digest plant foods, particularly grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
The more fibre foods that are consumed, the harder it is on the intestines, which have to work very hard at getting rid of all of those fibers. This makes the bowels move too quickly so nutrients are not absorbed like they should, and forces the large intestines to ferment them, which causes gas, bloating, and many other digestive problems. Fibers are never a solution for constipation. The solution to constipation is plenty of “good” natural saturated fats, meats, eggs, and low-carbs that are properly prepared. Those good fats also slow digestion so more nutrients are absorbed, and fats help pull nutrients out of foods.
In fact meats, eggs and natural fats from animals are the very easiest foods for humans to digest. That’s why the Eskimos and Masai Warriors in Africa were the two healthiest groups Dr. Weston A. Price studied, as documented in his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration but this online source does not include Chapters 22-28.
For more information about human digestion, fibers, etc. read Comparison Between the Digestive Tracts of a Carnivore, a Herbivore and Man by Barry Groves, and Fiber Menace Book, Chapter 1.
Eliminate as many sources of toxins as you can
Make every effort to eliminate as many sources of toxins possible, see Toxins – Environmental, Household, Personal Care, Etc., Sources of Toxins & Poisons, Household Toxins Checklist, and Environmental Toxins.