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The Anti-Candida Diet
The main objectives and guidelines of the anti-candida diet are these:
1. Starve the candida.
2. Avoid allergens that further weaken the immune system and cause leaky gut.
3. Support the liver and all cleansing/detoxing protocols.
4. Prepare foods in such a way that they are easy to digest with a relatively quick transit time. The slower the transit time, the more chance candida has of living off of it.
5. Choosing and preparing foods that support the power of digestion, digestive fire, or Agni.
6. Choosing foods that are beneficial to the friendly microbes that keep candida in check (acidophilus, etc.) and harmful to candida.
7. Only eat organic foods as much as possible. Meat sources should be hormone-free, preferably free-range, pasture grazed, or game.
8. Eat highly-nourishing foods rich in vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, cell-builders like lecithin/choline, anti-oxidants.
Candida albicans is a yeast. It feeds on simple sugars and excretes alcohol. It lives side-by-side with acidophilus and competes for territory on mucous membranes or any skin tissue that gets infected due to too much moisture, such as athlete’s foot. The mucous membranes it always inhabits includes the intestines, especially the colon and small intestine; the vagina; the myelin sheathe protecting the nerves; urinary tract. If it ends up in the blood, it won’t stay there long, it’s happiest inhabiting tissue.
To really get results fast, for the first two weeks to a month, your diet should be very, very strict. After a month you may start adding certain foods into your diet, slowly, one new food a day, preferably only adding new foods about 3 days out of the week, so you can see if they increase symptoms or not.
Water fasting or The Master Cleanser
are not recommended for candida people because usually they go for years before accurately diagnosing systemic candidiases, and so have many deficiencies that need to be addressed. People in a very weakened state should not fast.
Foods to Avoid:
and all versions of sugar: turbinado, raw sugar, rapadura. No honey, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, barley syrup.
Anything pre-made. If you didn’t cook and prepare it, don’t eat it. That means no microwave dinners, power bars, meal replacement shakes, salad dressing, condiments, bread, crackers, cookies, even if sugar-free.
Phony foods: egg beaters, margarine, non-dairy creamers, etc.
No wheat, corn or corn syrup, oats, wheat flour, white flour, tomato sauce, white potatoes. No pasta unless it’s non-wheat, non-durum. Limit rice.
No dairy except for butter, small amounts of kefir and yogurt so long as they are plain, organic, unsweetened, no fruit flavors.
No corn oil, canola oil, peanut oil.
No peanuts, peanut butter or dried fruit. No roasted nuts of any kind.
No fruit except for green apples, pears, blueberries, raspberries, and only one small serving a day (1/2 apple, one pear, ½ cup berries). Citrus fruits are allowed somewhat too: lemon, lime. Unsweetened, organic, 100% cranberry juice is allowed too. Dilute it or it tastes awful.
Anything that you used to live on frequently, forgo for 1-3 months. Give you body a break, you may be allergic to it. For instance, if you ate a lot of chicken in an effort to be more healthy and avoid red meat, stop eating it.
No coffee, black tea.
No refined table salt
. Use Celtic Sea Salt
or Kosher Salt.
No chocolate unless it’s cocoa powder, nothing else added. Use stevia and an oil or butter for hot chocolate.
Avoid sausages, deli meats except for roasted turkey breast or beef. Even the highest quality deli meats tend to have nitrates
and Mono-Sodium-Glutamat (Natrium Glutamat)
Allowable substitutes for sugar: Stevia, Sweet and Low (once in a blue moon), unsulphured molasses, herbal teas with licorice.
Caveat: do not eat after 8:00 pm.
Foods you can eat:
Grains: Quinoa, Amaranth, Teff. Barley and millet occasionally. Wild rice. Basmati rice if prepared with legumes. Bob’s Red Mill and Lundberg’s Brown Rice have hot cereals that are wheat/corn free, very good staples to add to your diet after the first 2-4 weeks.
Legumes: Lentils, Garbanzo beans/chick peas, mung bean, aduki bean, green peas, kidney beans, black beans, great northern beans. Avoid canned beans that have Sugar
or tomato added.
Sprouts: only if you sprout them yourself and eat them at the height of goodness, throwing them out afterwards. They attract molds.
Grasses: only in super-green supplements. Avoid buying wheatgrass juice at juice bars, it’s usually contaminated with molds.
Vinegar and vinegary foods: only if it’s Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, kim chee, umeboshi plum, pickled ginger. A high-quality aged balsamic vinegar is okay too for home-made salad dressings.
Fermented foods such as sauerkraut: only if you make them yourself or if they’ve been made locally without passing through customs and being irradiated. As soon as a food is irradiated it is susceptible to yeasts and molds because the friendly microbes have been killed.
Ezekiel bread or home-made tortillas from brown rice flour. Use Jicima (a root veggie) sliced into cracker shapes as crackers.
Almond or hazelnut butter. Raw almonds, brazil nuts, cashew, hazelnuts, preferably after soaking in water overnight.
Hummus & Miso Soup
Pasta - get brown rice or quinoa pasta from the health food store.
Any spice, Tamari (naturally fermented soy sauce), Celtic Sea Salt
Oils: extra-virgin, cold-pressed, organic Coconut, Olive, Flax, Udo’s Choice, Evening Primrose, Borage, Fish, Cod Liver, Safflower, Ghee (clarified butter), sesame, toasted sesame
Meats: (see guidelines) organ meats; chicken; Cornish game hen; pheasant; turkey; beef; buffalo; ostrich; moose; elk; venison.
Seafood: fish, shellfish, caviar, shrimp.
Acceptable dairy substitutes: Vanilla Rice Dream or Almond Milk. Avoid Soy like the plague.
Vegetables: limit starchy vegetables the first month, otherwise, all vegetables are okay.
Condiments: make your own mayonnaise with a good olive oil. Avoid the rest except for special treats. May make mustard from powder and use horseradish, they’re both very cleansing and activating to the digestive system.
Drinks: water, herbal tea, Cleansing Drink made with Molasses (lemonade), Protein Shake, Rice Milk, Almond Milk.
Make chicken broth and drink that, use it to flavor your dishes/veggies, or for soups. May also use those handy-dandy cartons of organic broth.
Feel free to use those bags of lettuce and spinach now available that use the nitrogen process for freshness.
What a week’s menu can look like:
Eggs scrambled with onions and bellpepper
Slices of sweet potato oiled and broiled 5 minutes each
Soup & Salad and 4 oz fish
Cold lentil salad
Brown rice farina hot cereal with rice milk, stevia,
Ground turkey sautéed with onions and bellpepper
Slices of jicama and almond butter
Dahl and vegetable curry
Cold Quinoa Taboule
Cleansing carrot salad
Broiled Hamburger patty on a bed of lettuce
Hummus and jicama or homemade tortillas
Ezekial vegetarian sandwich
½ cup blueberries dressed with ginger and mint and stevia
Sweet potato with lots of butter
Ezekial bread toasted.
Carrot and Celery sticks
Buffalo burger, asparagus, and wild rice/basmati pilaf
Artichoke - dip leaves in garlic butter. Boiled beets and
beet tops buttered. Spinach sautéed in butter and garlic.
½ apple, ½ cup yogurt, stevia
Moroccan chicken soup
Steamed veggies and Quinoa or Amaranth
Avocado and nutbutter
Roma tomatoes, red onions, fresh basil with an
oil/balsamic vinegar dressing. Garlic/oliveoil/butter pasta. Sauteed chicken
Stuffed bellpepper or stuffed cabbage
Cold artichoke with homemade herbed mayo
Turkey sandwich or wrap
After the first month: add in more alternative grains, rice,
corn on the cob, may have one tablespoon of either honey or Grade B Maple
Syrup occasionally. May occasionally add in a bit of hard cheese - parmesan, romano.