This candida elimination diet will definitely take some commitment. But, if you are tired of feeling sick and tired, then set your mind to doing the best that you can. Re-balancing your intestinal flora is the basis for your entire health so it’s worth the effort.
Candida Elimination Diet Avoids:
- Most fruits (fresh, frozen or dried) feed yeast, but there are some exceptions.
- Walnuts, cashews, peanuts and chickpeas are not recommended. Other nuts and seeds are listed as okay. Raw nuts have enzyme inhibitors, and you need enzymes to break down the candida, so stay away from raw nuts unless they have been soaked.
- Mushrooms and potatoes are no-no’s too.
- No chocolate and caffeine.
- Stay away from regular sodas, tap water and over filtered water. Tap water contains too many chemicals that wreak havoc on the proper flora balance in your digestive system. Chlorine and fluoride will help the yeast thrive. Also, over filtered water will strip necessary minerals from your body.
- Refined sugars are harmful and your body struggles to process them. Stay away from them if you want to get rid of candida.
- Yeast of all kinds need to be avoided while on the candida diet.
- If at all possible stay away from as many refined, processed foods as possible. Avoid pastas, chips and crackers. If you do eat some of these, go for the whole grain versions.
- Avoid most dairy, except cottage cheese and plain yogurts with live cultures.
- Anything including artificial flavors, colors and especially artificial sweeteners, chemical preservatives and additives will be hard on your body and tip the balance in favor of the candida. Watch out for additives like BHT, MSG, etc.
- Most condiments are not recommended because of the added sugars, preservatives and vinegars.
- Anything with vinegar is not recommended.
- Tamari (a naturally fermented soy sauce) is listed as okay, but not regular soy sauce.
- Alcohol, like beer and wine, are not okay. If a drink is really desired, one list suggested that a gin and tonic with lemon or lime would be acceptable, along with a vodka and grapefruit juice.
- Cured and fermented foods are not recommended.
Read labels. If you aren’t sure what an ingredient is, perhaps it is best to avoid it.
How are you doing? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the candida elimination diet “avoids” Yes, I know. It can be very disheartening. It might make you down right angry that you are going through this health crisis. Don’t be deterred though. You can do it! Even if you make a few slips, it’s okay. Just jump back on the bandwagon and keep going.
Now, on to the list of things that are allowed. Yeah!!
Candida Diet Allows:
- I have found that some low glycemic berries go over okay. Initially avoid citrus, tomatoes and pineapple. After one month (may need to go longer), slowly add back in fruit and see how you feel.
- Oats may be okay.
- Use condiments that contain good oils, like grape seed, olive, hemp or coconut oil. Organic unrefined coconut oil (like Nutiva’s) is a great anti-fungal.
- If you do choose to eat a bread, choose a yeast free, whole grain option. The heavier the bread generally the less processed. Sprouted grain breads tend to be a good choice. (My experience is no bread is best.)
- One recommendation for things to drink are fresh squeezed grapefruit juice or a lemonade. Don’t forget lots of good water.
- Cottage cheese, unsweetened or low sweetened yogurt, unsweetened almond milk and soy milk.
- Natural sweeteners to use are xylitol, or stevia. Some say raw honey is okay, but I think it wasn’t for me. If you do have granulated sugar, go for raw sugar cane that has not been leached of all its nutrients, like Muscavado or Sucanat. However, try to avoid all sugar if possible.
- Good water is important to flush out the toxins. Some herbal teas are good, especially if they have anti-fungal properties. Echinacea tea and Pau D’Arco tea are good, especially for the immune system.
- Eat lots of fresh vegetables (organic is always best). Carrots and beets are high in sugar so avoid them initially.
- Fish, wild game, organic and grass fed meats are allowed and the best options when eating meat. (Your body will not respond as well to grain fed animal meat.)
- Eggs are allowed. I did well with eating eggs.
- Onions and garlic will be very good to eat to fight off candida.
- Beans are listed as okay, but I didn’t do well with beans.
- Most nuts and seeds are listed as okay, other than peanuts, cashews and walnuts. Hemp seeds are a great addition, especially to salads.
Pay attention to what things you are eating, and if they seem to make your symptoms flair, then stay away from it, regardless of what a candida elimination diet list says.
Whew! Are you ready to get started on your candida elimination diet? Again, you can do it! Just remember to be diligent, and don’t quit if you slip up and eat something that makes your symptoms flare. Hopefully, if you actually feel the results of eating the wrong thing, that will make you even more determined to find a healthy balance for your body.
There are also many herbs and supplements that can be of help in re-balancing candida while doing the candida diet. For me, I found these were something I needed in addition to the candida elimination diet.