15 Aug Anti-Candida Diet
I’ve mentioned a few times over the last few months that I’m on an anti-candida diet.
I realised I had a candida problem when I started experiencing a bunch of symptoms I thought I’d got rid of with TSW. In fact, I thought I was experiencing a “late flare” which is very common in TSW. On looking into it more, I discovered that a candida overgrowth was definitely the issue.
So, with the help of this website and a tonne of other research, I embarked on cutting out:
- ALL grains, including corn and rice
- ALL sugars and sweeteners, including fruit, low GI syrups and fruit sugars
- ALL beans and pulses
- Mushrooms, yeast and yeasty foods such as vinegar
- Starchy vegetables – potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, beets etc
- All soy products (tofu, tamari etc) except fermented miso
- Pretty much anything processed
Now I know to the average person this must look like there’s nothing left to eat!
Fortunately, I’m pretty used to being creative with food by now and I also LOVE greens, so I felt comfortable in going through with the exclusions. Also, I wanted to get better MORE than I wanted to eat pasta/cake/sweet potatoes. It’s all a matter of perspective!
And I’m THRILLED that after 2 1/2 months I’m really starting to turn a corner. I would say I’m getting towards the latter stages of part 2 of the plan, which is where you SUFFOCATE AND KILL the candida, basically throwing everything at it!
Only a couple of weeks ago I was feeling and looking SHIT, and that’s because I was experiencing a lot of die-off. Thankfully that has now evened out, as I was close to giving up! And I’m being rewarded by much clearer skin, more energy, a flat tummy, easy digestion and less brain fog.
Let’s hope this is the home run!
So what DO I eat everyday?
It’s pretty simple really.
In fact, I’ve not even been eating as many greens as I would recommend recently because I went off my morning juices – haven’t used the juicer in WEEKS now, eek! First time in a couple of years it’s had a break!
So, by all means, start your day with a FRESH GREEN JUICE with lemon and ginger, but NO APPLE. It tastes weird at first but you soon get used to it, and it’s lovely
Here’s a typical day’s eats for me right now:
- First thing – 1-2 glasses of lemon water followed by antifungal tea (marigold, thyme and pau d’arco – get yourself down to Neal’s Yard for these!). I WAS adding l-glutamine powder to my water (recommended for leaky gut and digestive issues) but I recently found out this FEEDS the candida – urgh!
- Breakfast – a strong probiotic followed by Chocolate Buckwheatie Muesli Bowl: melt a tablespoon of coconut oil (a FANTASTIC antifungal) and add a teaspoon of xylitol (this and stevia are ok on the plan), a teaspoon of almond butter and a tablespoon of cacao. Add superfoods if you want too, like ashwaganda. Toss in flaked coconut, pumpkin seeds, chia and buckwheaties. Coat well in the chocolate mixture and enjoy In later stages it’s ok to add some fresh berries (not dried). I also take a Bio Minerals supplement here.
- Elevenses – herbal tea (I usually drink green, rooibos or chai) with some kind of treat like my own recipe brownie, cookie or pure raw chocolate. I HIGHLY recommend Jo Balfe’s “Hobnobs” recipe, which I’ve made 3 times now, substituting the sweeteners. Today I had another go at making my millionaire’s shortbread suitable for the plan, and it is delicious! I follow with an antifungal supplement, CandiClear.
- Lunch – a second probiotic followed by a big salad or poached egg with lots of greens, avocado, seeds etc. I like to throw in whatever I have to be honest – olives, sundried tomatoes, spring onion, raw unpasteurised sauerkraut, seaweed sprinkles. Whatever I fancy! Other lunch options include sandwiches/wraps using my own buckwheat bread or pancakes, quinoa with steamed veggies, and anything I might also have for dinner. Followed with more herbal or antifungal tea.
- Afternoon Tea – similar to Elevenses, depending on what we’re doing! Or I might grab a savoury cucumber wrap or similar. Second antifungal supplement here.
- Dinner – last probiotic of the day followed by any of the following: a buckwheat-base, vegan pizza topped with homemade green pesto, onions, garlic, sunflower seed cheese sauce, courgette, olives, pepper etc OR a simple coconut curry served with millet, quinoa or buckwheat noodles OR incredibly simply, some steamed broccoli, onions, garlic and sugar snap peas drizzled with lemon juice, olive oil and seaweed sprinkles. Often I also add in some mackerel or sardines (a recent thing, I was fully vegetarian and now I’m not. I’m ok with this!). Final antifungal supplement and more tea. We tend to eat really late so there’s usually no further treats for supper, but occasionally we’ll have some chocolate or some of the day’s baking!
- I also try to drink plenty of filtered water (sometimes with lemon) throughout the day.
And that’s it!
I could DEFINITELY be eating more diligently or effectively but to me the important thing is I really, really don’t cheat on the “no go” stuff (I’ve cheated a tiny bit only a few times in 11 weeks, and I’ve noticed a difference!) AND I still enjoy my food and eating with the family. I’ve even managed to eat out at a cafe/restaurant a couple of times!
I really believe EVERYONE could benefit hugely from an anti-candida plan as the majority of us have an overgrowth and don’t even realise. It’s the common cause of chronic fatigue, brain fog, skin complaints, digestive issues and much, much more. Although I was on a “healthy” diet prior to this, I really craved dried fruits and sweet stuff constantly. I actually got to the point of NEEDING to have something sweet every couple of hours, and that was whilst avoiding refined sugar too! I was also on a gluten-free diet, so these things are NOT enough to keep candida under control. The other thing it’s SUPER important to note is that I FELT BETTER when I ate starchy foods, because it kept the candida critters happy! But of course the hangover was where the problems came in… My tastes now are kind of hilarious. I can actually eat extremely bitter foods and love them! The amount of sweetener I add to my baking etc is REALLY minimal. I happily eat 100% raw cacao liquor buttons, though usually paired with something sweeter, like berries (I bake a MEAN chocolate cherry brownie!). I don’t really crave anything anymore… And YESTERDAY, I was incredibly proud of myself. After a gorgeous long day at the beach, the hub and kids wanted chips. I said go for it… And I wasn’t even slightly jealous when they sat in the car with them. I mean, seriously? Isn’t that a miracle?! I happily sat and finished my avocado salad and garlic bread leftovers from lunch! Happy days… On the road to full health
Do YOU think you may have a candida overgrowth? What issues are you experiencing? Need help with navigating the quagmire of advice and the scary restrictions of diet? Tell me where you’re stuck. What’s HOLDING YOU BACK from stepping into your most vibrant, healthy self?