There is an abundance of information available on anti-candida diets. Some are extremely strict whilst others are fairly moderate in their approach. You need to make an informed choice on what type of diet you could follow to rid yourself of this yeast infection.
Whatever diet you follow just remember that its not forever! however, once you have cleared candida from your system its wise not to go back to the eating habits you had before. having said that once you start to feel well on yourcandida diet its unlikely that youd want to go back to your old regime!
What should you avoid?
Sugar! Apart from it having no nutritional benefit whatsoever it can also deplete the amount of vitamins and minerals in your body. Candida just loves all things sugary so cut this from your diet. If you find it hard try cutting it downbit by bit. heres a list to help you:
No sugar, dextrose, glucose, sucrose, aspartame, saccharin, nutrasweet, canderel, sweets, cakes, choclate, biscuits, icecream, desserts, puddings, tinned fruit in syrup, soft drinks, anything labelled sugar-free, icing.
Yeast: Bread, pitta bread, doughnuts, croissants, stuffing, food in breadcrumbs.
Fermented and Malted Foods: Marmite, Bovril, Oxo, Vegemite, vinegar, pickles, ketchup, chutney, soy sauce, Ovaltine, Horlicks, malted cereals.
Other items to avoid: Mushrooms, dried fruit, peanuts and pistachios ( these nuts are covered in yeast mould which you cant see) tea, coffee ( caffeine depletes mineral levels up to a third in your body) No processed meat like packet ham, salami etc. ( these contain sugars and nitrates as a preservative). No msg (monosodium glutamate) no alcohol except gin, vodka and champagne! (not cava). No cheese.
Try to keep of curries and other hot spicy foods as they can kill off the friendly bacteria in the gut which you dont want to happen at this stage.
This seem like a long, long list of everything that you just love to eat doesnt it? At this stage I was wondering what exactly am I going to live off and was it worth it?
Well, yes it was worth it, though very hard, and I did find alternatives, some of which Ive listed below:
Yes, you can eat crackers, oat cakes, ryevitas, rice cakes, some tortilla wraps, milk and dairy products apart from cheese although you could eat cream cottage or ricotta cheese. all vegetables except mushrooms although shitake are allowed. All fish,beef, lamb, poultry, fish, prawns, crab, mussels etc
All salad foods, seeds, pulses, grains, sprouted foods like beansprouts, almonds, cashews, brazil, pecan, macadamias nuts, seeds and pulses like chickpeas, butterbeans, pumpkin and sesame seeds. Eggs, herbal teas and cereal coffee like Barley Cup and sourdough bread. herbs for flavouring dishes. Some mild spices like cinnamon and cumin.
The emphasis for an anti-candida diet is on plain and simple foods, lots of fresh vegetables, fish, meat and poultry. I also enjoyed introducing vegetarian dishes into our diet so that I could use pulses and soya products.
Fruit is a tricky one as some therapists believe you should cut it out altogether and some say fresh fruit is okay as long as its peeled. If youre not sure check with a nutritionist.
When you first start to eliminate foods from your diet you may feel unwell for a few days. Dont worry as you should begin to feel better fairly quickly as your body start to eliminate the toxins from your body.
Remember this diet is not forever!