Thanksgiving Celebration Tradition Family Dinner Concept

Thanksgiving is almost upon us! Are you worried about what you are going to make or what you are going to eat? Being on a restricted diet, regardless of the reason – food sensitivities, celiac, weight loss, digestive issues, hormonal reasons, or wanting to just stay healthy – it can make the holidays even more stressful.

I scoured the internet for healthy and allergy friendly recipes for this Thanksgiving. I know everyone has their favorite Thanksgiving dish (find out mine in the recipes below!) and did my best to include them all. I have not tried some of these recipes, but assure you that they look delicious!


  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • I had patients ask for recipes that are acceptable if following a diet to treat candida overgrowth, and those will be noted.


Here are your healthy alternatives to a traditional meal!

APPETIZER – Spinach and Artichoke Dip with cashew cream. Be sure to soak the cashews over night which will make it easier to blend them into a cream. You can serve this with veggies and gluten-free crackers. If your guests are thirsty, you might remember this skinny beverage. **Ok on candida diet


THE TURKEY – Step one is purchasing a healthy turkey. Free-range, organic, and locally raised are best. Check with a local farmer or a health food store. Beware of turkeys with pre-injected base as these often contain gluten. Try this Gluten Free Turkey.Your turkey will be more moist and flavorful if you let it sit in the brine over night. *Skip the sugar in the dry rub and this is candida friendly.

STUFFING: I suggest cooking this outside of the turkey. This is a simple dish to make vegetarian if you need to. For my candida readers, skip this dish and load up on the others! 

Create your own adventure with this fun recipe. You can purchase gluten free bread from a local bakery or health food store.

POTATOES and GRAVY: Have you tried Mashed Cauliflower yet?? Sooo worth it! And these mashers are more simple than they sound.

EXTRAS: Dairy Free Sour Cream and Paleo Gravy

SWEET POTATOES: The best part of the meal right here! My favorite dish growing up was always yams with marshmallows on top. Here is an upgraded version of a traditional dish –  Sweet Potato Casserole! *Candida diet – bake a plain sweet potato instead!

GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE: Is this one of your favorites? Here is a gluten and dairy free spin on the casserole! *Skip this dish if you are on the candida diet.

 That should have you covered for the most part! Thank you all so much for reading! I am so grateful to practice medicine I feel so passionate about. I am thankful for every single patient, and if that is you, thank you for trusting me with your health. It is a responsibility I do not take lightly. 


Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!Dr. Katie Corazzo, Naturopathic Doctor

With a grateful heart,
Dr. Katie Corazzo

Leaky gut is the result of increased permeability in the gut resulting in small proteins being absorbed that shouldn’t. The result? Digestive problems, body wide symptoms and worsening food sensitivities.

Food sensitivities are reactions to foods, but are not allergies. Sensitivities can come and go depending on diet, stressors, and gut health. More and more food sensitivities develop as the gut becomes more and more unhealthy i.e. “leaky”. These can easily be tested through a blood test.

Digestive health, Natural treatments, SIBO, candidaPoor diet, stress, medication, intestinal infections, and environmental toxins cause leaky gut. As proteins enter circulation, the body creates an immune response to these “foreign” particles. The immune reaction is what leads to body wide symptoms. What symptoms can you expect?

The symptoms of leaky gut can vary from person to person, but common symptoms I see are gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, rashes, itching, food reactions, joint pain, hormonal imbalances, headaches, congestion, muscle pains, anxiety, irritability, fatigue, cloudy thinking, difficulty concentrating, and the list goes on.

“Although drug targets [prescription medications] that may mediate barrier restoration have been proposed, none have been proven effective. As such, current treatments for barrier dysfunction should target the underlying disease.” Odenwald, Turner; Clinical Gastroenterol Hepatol


How can you prevent or heal leaky gut? Read on for some simple tricks to try at home!

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  1. Do more yoga

    Did you read the part about stress causing leaky gut? Yoga is a great stress reliever and so good for your body. You will feel more relaxed and your abdominals will say “thank you”. Namaste.


  1. Ditch the sugar!

    Sugar is one of the most inflammatory foods available. Say goodbye to those sugar cravings and crashes that follow. Inflammation leads to a leaky gut!


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  1. Increase your veggies!

    I feel like a broken record with this one, but seriously you guys, eat more veggies. The veggies are important because they are packed with nutrients and fiber. Don’t worry about eating the right veggies – eat the foods you enjoy, just stay away from white potatoes and corn.

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    1. Rotate your foods

      Do this weekly! For example, I like to rotate the non-dairy milks I buy – unsweetened coconut, then almond, cashew, and flax to provide a healthy variety.

      1. Probiotics

        A healthy gut starts with healthy bacteria! Be sure to talk to your Naturopathic Doctor about a probiotic that is best for you.

“Probiotics are an attractive therapeutic option in IBS given their recognized safety and by virtue of positive biological effects they can exert on the host.” Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology


      1. Sleep hygiene

        While you are sleeping and resting, your body is working repairing and recovering from a hard days work. Give yourself the opportunity to heal by sleeping at least 7-8 hours per night. Find sleep hygiene tips and natural remedies here.


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      1. Marshmallow 

        No, this is not your favorite campfire treats, but the herb Althea Officinalis, or better known as ‘Marshmallow’. This is one of my favorite herbs. Imagine smearing a warm mallow on the lining of your gut – that is kind of how this herb works. It provides healing and protection to the gut. Drink this as a cold infusion tea.


      1. L-Glutamine 

        An amino acid found in our every day foods. There have been several studies showing the benefits of L-Glutamine in treating intestinal permeability and conditions caused by it. Talk to your ND for dosing.



**This is not meant to diagnose or treat. If you are experiencing digestive issues or food sensitivities, reach out to your local Naturopathic Doctor for treatment.**


Katie Corazzo is a Naturopathic Doctor practicing throughout the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She believes in addressing the root cause by using natural therapies and nutrition. 




Gluten Intolerance and Candida

Written by: Dr. Eric Bakker, ND

Gluten Intolerance and Candida: What’s the Connection?

One of the first things I do when treating patients with Candida is put them on a strict antifungal diet. The goal is to restore immune function while eliminating any potential allergens, later adding foods back one at a time to find out which cause reactions. It’s not too surprising to find that a lot of my patients, while struggling to treat their yeast infections, also become gluten intolerant.

Why Do Gluten Intolerances Develop in Patients with Candida?

As you already know, a wide variety of commonly used grains – like barley, wheat, rye, oats, and spelt (amongst others) – contain gluten. Gluten is a protein, but it’s one that is very difficult to digest. Therefore, if the intestines aren’t functioning optimally, the process of trying to digest gluten can cause damage to the intestinal tract.

Those who are suffering from Candida already have desensitized immune systems and their intestines are already damaged by the Candida albicans organism itself. The problem is that the Candida albicans cell contains a protein that allows it to attach to the cell walls within the intestines. This protein in Candida is very similar to the protein in gluten. When the Candida cells attach to the intestinal walls, change, and send out new spores, the immune system tries to respond. It not only begins attacking the protein in the Candida cell, but it begins to attack the protein in the gluten cells.

In other words, your immune system eventually gets to the point where it can’t tell the difference between the Candida and gluten proteins. The immune system goes into overdrive and you eventually begin to have allergic reactions to gluten products. Your body then tries to develop an auto-immune response, like celiac disease.

In short, there is always an explanation for relatively healthy people suddenly developing allergies and food sensitivities to items that never, ever bothered them in the past.

Treating Gluten Intolerance and Candida

While treating my clients with Candida, I often ask them to avoid all gluten products. I ask them to instead lean towards safer grains like quinoa, millet, buckwheat, and amaranth. A lot of Candida diet programs stress avoiding all grains, but I find that there are only a few very extreme cases (maybe 2% of all I’ve seen) where avoiding grains altogether is a necessity. As long as you’re avoiding gluten, usually for several months, you should respond well to your anti-Candida regime.

Focusing on Quinoa

If I had to choose one grain for you to focus on, I’d pick quinoa. Quinoa looks like a little white seed and it puffs up a bit when cooked. Unlike most other grains, quinoa is considered a complete protein because it contains all of the essential amino acids your body needs on a daily basis. It’s also a fantastic source of fiber, which is also incredibly important while you’re working to cure your yeast infection.

Quinoa is pretty versatile, too. If you’re cooking it as a grain, you’ll want to wash it thoroughly first to get the soapy saponins off before you cook it. Use a fine mesh strainer or a cheesecloth and run cold water over and through the grains. If you forget, your cooked quinoa may and up tasting pretty soapy.

Quinoa is great served with vegetables, cooked and eaten like you would eat oatmeal, or mixed with beans. You can also get quinoa flour and make your own pastas.

A lot of my Candida patients find, after completely eradicating their yeast infections, that they are no longer sensitive to gluten. Many go back to eating gluten grains, in moderation, while others simply prefer non-gluten grains for health or preference reasons. There will be exceptions to the rule, of course, and some people are genuinely allergic to gluten and will have to avoid it forever. You’ll still be amazed at the number of people who can reverse the immune response once their bodies are healed!

About the Author: Eric Bakker, ND is a naturopathic physician from New Zealand. He’s spent the past 25 years of his career studying Candida while developing treatment protocols. Visit him at to learn more about how Candida can impact your health. You can also find him on Candida Crusher youtube channel.