Confusing and frustrating are two words commonly associated with an anti Candida diet.
Most people start an anti Candida diet full of enthusiasm, only to fall into the pits of despair when they see how little they are actually allowed to eat!
But it is not like the allowed foods are even the same for everyone – no. In some versions you are allowed whole grains, tomatoes and cottage cheese right from day one, in other programs you are not allowed any carbohydrates, nightshade fruits or dairy at all – so what gives?
The reason for the confusion is because there is no such thing as a defined ‘Anti Candida Diet’. All we have is a way of eating that will remove the foods that the Candida fungus lives on.
Some programs take it one step further and remove all foods that we could be sensitive to as well – so a large part of your success on the diet comes down to how far you want to go with it.
Tip 1 – Stage one of an anti Candida diet food summary;
Stage One is the first two to four weeks of the diet and it is this part that gets everyone in a spin. This is where we remove all foods of the fungus and all foods that you may be sensitive to, this includes sugars, mold, wheat, gluten, preservatives, starches, carbohydrates and dairy.
To put it simply – all you are allowed are leafy green vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, celery, cucumber, zucchini, silverbeet, peppers, chicken, fish, omega oils, nuts and seeds.
Tip 2 – ‘Sometimes’ foods during stage one;
Now here’s where it gets confusing – some anti Candida diet plans go on to say that you can also eat cottage cheese, natural yogurt, lean red meat, whole-grains and low sugar fruits like pineapple, papaya, pear, berries and rhubarb during stage one. Some say ‘no way’ to all.
The best advice here is to go with what you feel is OK and do your best. If you get any reaction whatsoever from anything then immediately stop eating it for two weeks.
Tip 3 – Start a food diary;
A lot of emphasis in an anti Candida diet is put on how we react to certain foods when we reintroduce them, so it really helps to keep a food diary – this can outline which foods you have tried, when, if there was any reaction etc. You will also find that you need to take a few supplements while on the diet and these also need to be taken at certain times of the day, so a food diary helps to keep a record of this.
Tip 4 – Reintroducing foods;
The trick here is to do it really slowly – one serving of one food once a day. Start with really simple, easily digested foods – whole-grains, low sugar fruit, carrots, peas etc.
Note any reaction – even a raised heart rate counts as a negative – and remove any food that you react to. These can be tried again in another two weeks.
Reactions can take place up to two days after you have eaten a new food, which is why it is super important to introduce one at a time.
Tip 5 – How to handle cravings on an anti Candida diet;
Cravings are caused by many things, not just Candida. Things like blood sugar imbalances, emotional needs, mineral imbalances and food sensitivities all contribute to your cravings.
The best idea here is to question all cravings and ask yourself whether they really are a need or a ‘want’. If you decided that it is a ‘need’ then a handy little mind trick here is to still wait 5 minutes before eating it – this usually works – believe me!
Tip 6 – Don’t expect miracles;
Your Candida overgrowth has taken a long time to get to this stage so it will take a long time to get rid of it completely so do not be disappointed if you do not see amazing results after the first week!
An anti Candida diet is only the first step to full health, to get a permanent recovery you need to include supplements that will boost your killing rate, remove the toxins that the fungus has left behind and heal the damage done by the Candida.