I have been taking anti-biotics for 10 years almost and am 99% sure I have Candida. The problem is I am skinny enough without having to go on a special diet that could make me loose weight.
So I'm wondering is it ok to drink whey protein shakes and as for carbs what carbs can I eat daily that actually have some calories. I heard brown rice is ok in moderation, how much of this per day could I eat? Also what about oats(porrage, wholmeal)and what type of apples are allowed if any? Also what other carbs can I eat? If I can only eat non-startchy/sweet vegie then it'll be near impossible for me to get more than 100g of carb a day, which for a growing young adult brings many problems related to energy and mood.
As far as grain, any gluten free grain is okay: Buckweat (great pancakes), rice, oat (with yogurt cinamon, nutmeg and vanilla ) and corn.
HOWEVER corn and rice are difficult to digest and this is where you have to beware of YOUR personal limits. Corn is very difficult to digest (some people say it is a no no I`d agree except for pop corn- pop corn digests easy and I love to eat it with plenty of butter). Rice too is difficult to digest - it has
a constipating side effect, but puffed rice cakes digest easy.
Oil is a good way to combat constipation so when you eat rice, make sure you also take some oil supplement it will help your digestion.
Apple is officially a no-no. But it contains pectin which is essential for good liver function. The official version is that a Granny Smith or any apple that has low Sugar is okay. I eat an apple a day (any type)... to keep the doctor away. Start with the Granny and see for yourself!
Protein shakes typically are based on milk, egg, whey or caseine (milk products), soy, or rice proteins. Since the "leaky gut" which often accompanies chronic candida often causes allergies, some folks become sensitive to milk products, eggs, wheat, and/or soy (and/or other food products). So that's something to keep in mind. But yes, I believe that protein shakes are a great addition to a candida sufferer's diet. Some people freak out about soy, but since I became allergic to milk, egg, and wheat, I took no-sugar soy powder shakes for several months. High-protein foods, and certainly protein shakes, usually contain large amounts of glutamine and cysteine. The former is a primary fuel for repairing the intestional lining, and the latter is a primary anti-toxin, both of which are very helpful in repairing leaky guts and battling candida.
Grains and starchy vegetables are often moderated in a candida diet, but if you are attempting to gain weight (or at least not lose weight), I'd go ahead and include plenty of whole grains and vegetables of your choice and see what happens, modifying later on as necessary. I'd hesitate to say that except I cured myself of candida while consuming plenty of both. The combination of a healthy diet, greatly cutting out sugars, Fluconazole, and herbal meds did the trick for me, although the extra step of eliminating many/most grains and starchy veggies may be required for some others.
Without commenting on same, brown rice, whole oats, and apples all show up in my Immuno Lab's "Candida safe" foods list, as are various potatoes (but usually consumed in moderation).