Every candida diet I read on the net contradicts one another in some form or another. While they all agree on the basics, i.e. no sugar, wheat, white products, etc., etc., they all seem to differ on the lesser stuff. Some say nuts are ok as long as you stick to pecans, macs, almonds, etc. while some say no. Some say hummus is ok while others say no. Same with butter. I would love your opinion on which candida diet out there is the best. I am starting today because I feel like utter misery right now, but the thought of living off of only meat and veggies for the next God knows how many months is very depressing to me.
I started seeing a doctor yesterday and finally they are listening to me about my health problems. One thing she told me to look into that was helping one of her MS/Fibro patients was the Swank diet. I looked into it and there is no way people like us can do it. They encourage high grains, low meat, etc. Sigh. Onto the next one. Thanks for your suggestions. Oh and goat's milk yogurt, is that ok? It does have a Sugar count, but no Sugar ingredients. The sugar count I assume is natural from the goat's milk. Thanks.
Some diets help SOME people, but even the candida diet does not work for everyone. So instead of focusing on what Dr. so and so or somebody on the Candida Forum says about eating humous or nuts, may I suggest you rely on your own observations instead of on opinions that will be contradictory anyhow.
Eat nuts, humous etc and if you do not feel worse for it, or have no negative reactions after one week or two, keep on eating them.
Some people on this forum are still on the candida diet after trying it for a whole year without seeing any results. Good sense dictates that, If you do not see any improvement after 2 months, you should give it up and try something else.
I gave up the candida diet long time ago, did not do anything for me. I am now on a watered down version of the Specific Carbohydrates Diet (do a Google) and I am doing good on it: but again, some people with dysbiosis and/or Crohn's disease tried it with no results. Apparently, it works only for like 1/3d of these patients.
As you observe, doctors and naturopaths contradict themselves on these diets. You should be the ultimate authority on these matters because only you can tell which diet works and which doesn't.
Good luck with your healing.
We with candida react differently to the same foods, maybe because of different food allergies and also the severity of each individual's candida and duration.
I have severe symptoms, and had candida for at least 10 years before I figured out what it was. Hummas, nuts, and any grains, even whole grains, aggravate my symptoms. I feel that I am losing ground if I eat them. It is possible that those with mild candida may be able to eat small amounts of these foods without problems, but they will have to be in tune with their body to tell if it sets them back or not.
Butter is OK for any candida diet. Butter has a minimal amount of lactose, since most of it is poured off in the whey when butter is made.
Weston Price supports including butter in the candida diet:
Thanks everyone. Some of the newer folks around here won't know me, but for the old timers, I'm sure my name is familiar. I have been fighting this demon for 13 years now. I did the candida diet originally for 6 mos. to a year and along with the supplements, didn't do a thing. Like Shroom, I am a researchaholic. I am a firm believer that it's not just candida, but that candida is only a symptom of a bigger picture and that is why the diets, even with antifungals, rarely work in the more severe cases like I have. Mine is a whole gamut of issues like LGS, EBV, probably parasites and so on.
Today, I had just had enough of everything. I am so sick of this and being overweight, no matter what I try and feeling sick and in pain all the time. So far now I am back on the diet, knowing at the very least that not eating sugar, dairy and wheat (the three worst in my book), is the best start while I figure out a plan. My husband is deployed right now and has another 5-6 months to go. I am back home with my family in CA during this time and plan on going on a very hardcore attack plan. We don't have as many good resources back in TX.
I am going to be treating with Humaworm soon, and I am addressing my acid reflux naturally, as well as possibly adding Lugols (everyone seems to swear by it helping so many issues), doing the diet, as well as going into hypnotheraphy, in hopes of at least trying to reprogram my brain to heal my body. It can't hurt and I know so many people who have had great help and results with hypnosis. I will let you know what I find that works and what doesn't.
Eliminating sugars (any sugar, like fructose), dairy and wheat (any carb), will go a long way to improving your health, whether it does anything about the candida or not. I think the candida diet, with a minimal amount of unrefined carbs, is an excellent diet for anyone.
Are you including good fats in your diet, like coconut oil? Fats help keep us satisfied, so that we don't feel hungry so often. Coconut oil actually increases metabolism, burning up calores.
By the way, my acid reflux reduced by about 90% when I cut out all carbs. It only returns when I go off diet.