Month: February 2016

When Yeast Overwhelmed Me…The Unseen Candida Enemy!

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Did you know….

The gut is the gateway to health. If your gut is healthy, chances are that you’re in good health. However, there’s a condition called leaky gut that can lead to a host of health problems.

What is a leaky gut?

The gut is naturally permeable to very small molecules in order to absorb these vital nutrients. In fact, regulating intestinal permeability is one of the basic functions of the cells that line the intestinal wall. In sensitive people, gluten can cause the gut cells to release zonulin, a protein that can break apart tight junctions in the intestinal lining. Other factors — such as infections, toxins, stress and age — can also cause these tight junctions to break apart.

Once these tight junctions get broken apart, you have a leaky gut. When your gut is leaky, things like toxins, microbes, undigested food particles, and more can escape from your intestines and travel throughout your body via your bloodstream. Your immune system marks these “foreign invaders” as pathogens and attacks them.(

Today’s Discussion

Candida Overgrowth – Leaky Gut Syndrome

Average Cost for Treatment

Under $100

Rating (1-10) for if it helps


Recommended Treament 

Probiotics, L-glutamine powder,  Enzymes,  Aloe Vera Juice

Pizza, Sandwiches,  Cookies, Pancakes, Barbecue Sauce and Cinnamon Toast Crunch all make me quiver in excitement.

Even breakfast, like Eggs and Toast with Jelly.

Little did I know that these foods were sheep in wolves clothing not just feeding me but feeding an unseen enemy called Candida.

Candida is a fungus, which is a form of yeast, and a very small amount of it lives in your mouth and intestines. Its main job? Helping out with digestion and nutrient absorption.

But when overproduced, candida can break down the wall of the intestine and penetrate the bloodstream — releasing toxic by-products into your body and causing leaky gut. This can lead to many different health problems, from digestive issues to depression.(

According to Dr. Axe,

What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Think of the lining of your digestive tract like a net with extremely small holes in it that only allow specific substances to pass through. Your gut lining works as a barrier keeping out bigger particles that can damage your system.


When someone has leaky gut (often referred to as increased intestinal permeability), the “net” in your digestive tract gets damaged, which causes even bigger holes to develop in your net, so things that normally can’t pass through, are now be able to.

Some of the things that can now pass through include proteins like gluten, bad bacteria and undigested foods particles. Toxic waste can also leak from the inside of your intestinal wall into your bloodstream causing an immune reaction.


Dr. Axe was a great source to me so I would recommend to use his website for advice on this topic. (

So how did I find out I had leaky gut syndrome..

My body was giving me signals something was wrong but I didn’t know what it was.

For instance, outdoor allergies have been a problem for years so taking a Zyrtec or Claritin was something I did on a daily basis.

Also, if I had a real bad sickness versus just waiting it out, I would go to the doctor and they would give some type of antibiotic and within a week or so, I would be right back on my feet.

Little did I know that these medicines were effecting me in a negative way. I’m not sure it was the antihistamines but after research and taking a nutrition class,the antibiotics definitely did.

So think of what an antibiotic actually does.

Antibiotics, also known as antibacterials, are types of medications that destroy or slow down the growth of bacteria.(

Not only do they kill the bad bacteria but the good bacteria as well.

The good bacteria you have in your body feeds on the bad bacteria and brings your digestive system in a perfect balance.

When the balance is off, then the bad guys can take over. Not just take over your digestive system system, but they can leak through and begin to take over your body as well.

One of the symptoms I have had was trouble breathing, kind of like asthma. I had got sick with bronchitis a couple months back and took antibiotics and I got better except my breathing never completely healed so the doctor gave me inhalers to use as well.

After all the tests that were given to me, they said I don’t have asthma or any lung diseases but to keep an eye on any new symptoms.

Then on the right side of my body under my ribs, I realize colon area now after research, there has been a discomfort there for almost a year now.

I went to the doctor and had them perform xrays, liver tests, etc. and they said it was fine and just to stretch more; but it never went away.

To add to this, just a couple of months ago, I developed a pinched nerve or joint numbness in my left arm that was a constant agitation daily.

I couldn’t sleep on my left arm or numbness would occur. Laying on my other side would also bring slight numbness so I could only lay on my back.

Even walking or sitting, the numbness would occur, regardless of my position.

I went to the chiropractor 5 times with no luck and I still have a session next week.

On top of that,  I got an allergic reaction to drinking a couple of beers on President’s Day, which never happened to me before. Difficulty swallowing and tons of congestion.

I do an allergy test and results come back and say I’m allergic to yeast and sesame seed.

Yeast? Sesame seed?

This was the main alert to make me begin to investigate something bigger than just an allergy.

I knew something has to be wrong since I rarely eat Sesame seed and I have never been allergic to anything.

I sat down with my buddy Justin and told him what is going on. He tells me a story about having to take probiotics and leaky gut syndrome and bodily issues he resolved simply by going to a cave man diet and ingesting good bacteria.

His description sounded like everything I was going through.  Fatigue, body pains, cloudiness, bloating after eating anything and joint pains.

My research began from there…

There are all kinds of information about it online. From websites to videos. Oh me oh my!

Such valuable and important information! I’m amazed Western medicine hasn’t investigated this more.

Here are 2 sites and a video that helped me. Please take a look and believe.


Look for the items specified below from Dr. Axe’s website and follow the Candida diet.

#1 Probiotics (50-100 billion units daily)
Probiotics can help re-colonize the gut with healthy bacteria.

#2 L-glutamine powder (5 grams 2x daily)
Glutamine is an amino acid that helps repair the digestive tract, especially important for people with chronic diarrhea.

#3 Digestive Enzymes (2 before each meal)
These enzymes will improve nutrient absorption and help break down food particles.

#4 Aloe Vera Juice (1/2 cup 3x daily)
Aloe is healing to the digestive system.

#5 Fish oil (1000 mg daily)
Fish oil contains the essential fatty acids EPA/DHA which reduce inflammation.

Essential Oils for Leaky Gut Syndrome

Essential oils of ginger and peppermint can soothe intestinal inflammation and support the healing of leaky gut. Take 2 drops of of each oil internally in a glass of water.  Also mix 3 drops of oils with coconut oil and rub over abdomen 2x daily.

The 1st thing I did was go straight to the Vitamin Shoppe. They will have everything you need; or look for the nearest herbal or health conscious store near you.

Here is a briefing on my first two days:

Day 1 – It was 7pm at night and I took one 30 million Billion Unit Pill and went to sleep.

Day 2 – I took the probiotic,  enzymes, Aloe vera, L-glutamine powder and ate a low carb diet.

By Day 2 my arm numbness has significantly improved. I am able to lay on both sides without numbness. I felt a little numbness while typing this but barely. I definitely feel it will be completely gone in a day or two.

Glory to God! Hallelujah!

I can’t believe it!

I also feel great! I woke up at 6am and I don’t feel sluggish or tired at all.

I feel energetic and even more happier. Wow!

I’m definitely canceling the chiropractor next week and continuing this for a while!

Let me tell you what needs to be done so you get an understanding of what the Candida diet is.

Bottom line,  is that you have to kill off the Candida overgrowth in your body, seal the cracks in your stomach lining and get the balance back in your bacteria.

The key to killing off this Yeast. So stop the sugar and get on an all natural diet for awhile. When I say awhile it varies.

Some people say they can be completely fixed in a week, some a couple of months.

I hope I will be one of those 1st week people.

Be patient and be diligent about this and take your health back by force.

I’ll write more about this in a week or two to give you more incite and results.

Eating is an enjoyable way of life. Live it..Learn it..Love it!

Trevis Dampier Sr.


Dr. Amy Myers (September 12, 2013 5:00 AM)
9 Signs You Have A Leaky Gut Retrieved from (2015)
The Candida Diet Retrieved from

Dr. Josh Axe (2015)
The Leaky  Retrieved from

True Finger Licking Fixings over at Orchard City Kitchen!


Did you know….

Fusion Cuisine is actually not new. It has been around for a couple of decades. Chefs started to merge cuisines around the ’70s. Culinary legends like Wolfgang Puck among others introduced this concept. He actually laid down the foundation for this technique. He is the brains behind the common culinary fusions and pairings. An example of which is the fusion of European cuisine with Asian cuisine, commonly referred to as Eurasian cuisine. This was easy for Chef Puck because of his knowledge of both cuisines. He was originally trained in Europe, but he is thoroughly familiar with the Asian dishes. Eurasian basically combines two cooking techniques and dishes, so you can end up with poached tofu, for example, which generally mixes European and Asian method of poaching.(

Today’s Restaurant

Orchard City Kitchen –  Campbell, Ca(Pruneyard)

Average Cost


Rating (1-10)


Recommended Dishes: 

Korean Fried Chicken, BBB – Bacon, Biscuits, Honey Butter, Pretty Much everything on the menu

Finding a Pub with a great food menu can be tough sometimes.

These usually have 1 or 2 dishes that are good, but the overall menu has no flavor.

A great Pub will not only have a great drink selection but also great tasting grub.

I know the spot that has it all!!

Let’s talk about Orchard City Kitchen….


I feel like a Billionaire Mobster when I’m scarfing at Rockin Baja Lobster!


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Did you know….

Shrimp, crab, and crawfish boils are a Louisiana Cajun tradition and can be found across Louisiana and can even now be found along the Gulf South. But it is the more popular crawfish boil that is most closely associated with Louisiana. The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival in Louisiana has been named one of the top 10 food events by USA Today[3] and is a showcase for Cajun music and culture. Major crawfish boils are held by churches and other organizations as fundraisers throughout the spring. Tulane University holds an annual “Crawfest” in April, and the University of New Orleans holds an annual crawfish boil for all students at the end of the spring semester (Students unwinding on Crawfish and Unprecedented Fun—SUCAUF). Smaller events can be found in backyards and parks throughout April, May, and June. Locals traditionally eat crawfish, as well as crabs, without tools such as shell crackers or picks.(

Today’s Restaurant

Rockin Baja Lobster – Old Town, San Diego

Average Cost


Rating (1-10)


Recommended Dishes: 

Lobster Corn Chowder, Signature Baja Buckets

Americans don’t gather around for just barbecue.

We flock for seafood boils as well.

What’s a seafood boil?

A seafood boil would be considered a get together where you boil potatoes, sausage, corn on the cob, some great seasonings and most of the time shrimp, crawdads or crab.

I won’t be boiling myself today, but dining at a restaurant that does.

Let’s talk Rockin Baja Lobster..


Happy Valentine’s Day! Celebrate before it’s Gone..Today I kicked it off at Le Papillon!


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Did you know….

Of course, food is influenced by history as much as vice-versa, and the French Revolution was no exception. The birth of the Republic of France laid the foundation for the modern restaurant to flourish. According to Larousse Gastronomique, the French culinary encyclopedia, although taverns, inns and cafés had served food and drink to the public for centuries, the first restaurant as we know it was opened in around 1765 in Paris by a bouillon seller named Boulanger. At the time, clear soups such as those Boulanger sold were considered restorative; hence the term “restaurant.” However, as the encyclopedia explains, “the first Parisian restaurant worthy of the name was the one founded by Beauvilliers in 1782 in the Rue de Richelieu, called the Grande Taverne de Londres. He introduced the novelty of listing the dishes available on a menu and serving them at small individual tables during fixed hours.”

Following the revolution, the abolition of the guild system that controlled who could be a butcher, baker or cheesemaker and how they did their jobs made it easier to open restaurants. Also, since so many aristocrats fled or were executed, their former cooks and servants had to find new employment. Paris became the center of the new restaurant scene, which, to some degree, it remains today. (

Today’s Restaurant

Le Papillon – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

Above $61

Rating (1-10)


Recommended Dishes: 

Truffled Hamachi Tartare with Meyer Lemon and Pea Shoot Emulsion, Dungeness Crab Soufflé with Lemon, Saffron and Caviar, Sugar Snap Pea Soup with Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms,Salsify Soup with Duck Royale and Truffle,Pinot Noir Braised Duck Breast with Sour Cherry, Sage and Black Forbidden Rice, Grilled Loin of Lamb and Braised Shoulder with Caramelized Yogurt and Barberry Reduction

I’m not going to make this long because I want to make sure I can actually publish this during Valentine’s Day.

It’s hard being a blogger sometimes; either you enjoy the day then write about it later, or sacrifice a piece of your enjoyable day and do it right then.

For my reader friends..

I will always do the sacrifice!!

Let’s talk romantic French dining at Le Papillon..


Time to Celebrate and Bang your Drum..Happy Chinese New Year at Fu Lam Mum!


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Did you know….

Chinese New Year 2016  is the Year of the Monkey

The Monkey’s Traits: Sharp, Smart…

People born in a year of the Monkey are witty, intelligent, and have a magnetic personality. Personality traits, like mischievousness, curiosity, and cleverness, make them very naughty. Monkeys are masters of practical jokes, because they like playing most of the time. Though they don’t have any bad intentions, their pranks sometimes hurt the feelings of others. Monkeys are fast learners and crafty opportunists.

They have many interests and need partners who are capable of stimulating them. While some like the eccentric nature of Monkeys, some don’t trust their sly, restless, and inquisitive nature. Although they are clever and creative, monkeys can’t always exhibit their talent properly. Monkeys like to take challenges and they prefer urban life to rural.

How “Monkeys” Should Keep Healthy

Usually Monkeys are very healthy, partly due to their active lifestyles, and wanting to experience the flavors of life. If they do experience illness, it is usually of the nervous or circulatory system. People born in a year of the Monkey often spend more time at work. Therefore Monkeys need to remember to take breaks to save their energy during their busy schedules. Since Monkeys usually do more outdoor activities, they should pay attention to safety, and while traveling or driving.

The Best Jobs and Careers for Monkeys

When it comes to their careers, Monkeys work very hard. They can adapt to different working environments. Good career choices for monkeys are accounting and banking, science, engineering, stock market trading, air traffic control, film directing, jewelry, and salesmanship.

How to Build Relationships with “Monkeys”

In relationships, Monkeys are not very quick in settling down, as they tend to be promiscuous and are easily bored. However, once Monkeys get a perfect partner, they commit to him/her in every possible way. Since Monkeys love to talk and are sociable, they can be communicated with easily.(

Today’s Restaurant

Fu Lam Mum – Mountain View, Ca

Average Cost


Rating (1-10)


Recommended Dishes: 

Egg Flower Soup, Fish Fillet with Black Bean Sauce, Beef short ribs with black pepper honey sauce, Yu Choy with Garlic, BBQ Pork Fried Rice

Happy Chinese New Year Everyone!

I know I’m posting this as a belated New Year wishing, but how could I post this before I can even celebrate the New Year my silly humorous friends.


We non Asian American’s may not celebrate in the full heart of the meaning of Chinese New Year but we definitely try.

Being that my wife is Chinese, it makes me personally try to celebrate it even harder.

What better way to celebrate Chinese New Year than with unique authentic  Chinese food from Hong Kong.

Our Chinese New Year celebration meal will begin at Fu Lam Mum!

Let’s talk about it…


Saturday Night and I can hardly wait to Wine and Dine with friends at Straight’s!


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Did you know….

Fusion Cuisine is actually not new. It has been around for a couple of decades. Chefs started to merge cuisines around the ’70s. Culinary legends like Wolfgang Puck among others introduced this concept. He actually laid down the foundation for this technique. He is the brains behind the common culinary fusions and pairings. An example of which is the fusion of European cuisine with Asian cuisine, commonly referred to as Eurasian cuisine. This was easy for Chef Puck because of his knowledge of both cuisines. He was originally trained in Europe, but he is thoroughly familiar with the Asian dishes. Eurasian basically combines two cooking techniques and dishes, so you can end up with poached tofu, for example, which generally mixes European and Asian method of poaching.

Over the years, fusion cuisine restaurants emerged all over Europe. Many of these restaurants were established in urban areas. In fact, you would likely find these restaurants still offering the same mixed cuisines. Urban areas are actually prime spots for fusion cuisine restaurants since these are also the areas where cultural integration is more predominant. Thus, people are more acceptable of the combined culinary dishes.

Of course, this form of cooking is not limited to Eurasian cuisines. Asian foods are also combined. You can find dishes that combine Thai food with Malaysian food or Malaysian cuisines with Vietnamese dishes. Combining cuisines of countries from the same region, however, is less challenging. It is actually easier to combine ingredients from the same region because these countries have, more or less, influenced each other in their cooking.(multiculturalcookingnetwork)

Today’s Restaurant

Straits – Santana Row, San Jose, Ca

Average Cost


Rating (1-10)


Recommended Dishes: 

Spare Ribs, Crispy Chicken Lollipops, SeaBass, Roti Prada, Satay Sticks, Pulled Pork Sliders

So it’s one of our family friend’s birthday celebration and they are holding it at one of favorite Asian Fusion restaurants.

We love this restaurant because of the hip music, classy bar/lounge environment with Asian Fusion cuisine that will knock your socks off.

Let’s talk Straight’s in San Jose’s exquisite location of Santana Row..