I’m gonna give you (and me for that matter – I can use a little reminder sometimes ;) – it’s easy to slack off) a simple list of Dos and Don’ts when having a Candida overgrowth. Note: I’m not a medical doctor – this is not medical advice!
I’m currently on and off following an Anti Candida Diet (ACD). On an Anti Candida Diet the most important thing is to NOT eat any (simple) carbohydrates; no sugar, starches, refinded flours. So that means NO FRUIT either :( I’m a fruit addict so it’s a tough habit to break. Sometimes I’m able to eat fruit on an empty stomach. However some days I feel worse than others and on those days I get sick from even one piece of fruit! It’s all one big experiment. You’re the only person who knows how you feel and react to certain foods – never forget to listen to your own body!
To cut to the chase… What do I do in order to cope with a Candida overgrowth?
- Drink green juice everyday! Green juice helps to create a much healthier alkaline internal balance, one that does not allow the yeast the flourish. Fresh green juice can be a powerful healing tool! Preferably on an empty stomach in the morning. I’m not doing this myself (yet) because I don’t have a juicer and I’m lazy ;). However I do know the benefits can be awesome! So try it out if you want to!
- I personally take supplements such as: Oregano Oil, Candida Clear (NOW), Caprylic acid, Guduchi & Pau d’arco. I take a multi vitamin/mineral complex to boost my immune system. I don’t use all these products at the same time. I’m experimenting with different types to see what works best for me. Candida Clear and Guduchi seem to help me the best at the moment, but my mother for instance loves what Caprylic acid does during her on and off battles with Candida overgrowth.
- I love Probiotics! Just google probiotics ;) if you haven’t yet heard of the benefits.
- I love to add Magnesium Citrate to my cultured (Greek) yogurt. Candida die off can cause constipation and this helps to keep things moving ;)
- I really need to start soaking my raw nuts & seeds in lemon or lime juice! That will help with digestion and get rid of any small mold particles. You don’t want any mold particles in your food if you have a Candida problem.
- Eat organic unprocessed meat, lot’s of veggies & wild caught fish. I’m an on and off vegetarian, but since I’m allergic to lentils, soy, some nuts, all beans and legumes… and now I can’t have grains and fruit either?! I compensate the lack of variety by eating organic meat and wild caught fish more often. At least for the time being. Also, I eat a lot more organic eggs. Almost every morning for breakfast :) I’m actually starting to love a hardy breakfast!
- Eat lots of freshly minced garlic, onions & extra virgin coconut oil. All great anti-fungals!
- Drink water & herbal teas!
- Sleep at least 8 hours a night! And meditate, do yoga, or whatever it takes to calm your mind. Keeping your adrenals balanced is crucial in overcoming Candida. One can cause the other and on top of that… they can make each other worse!
- Fight your way through the die off period. It can be intense, and you may feel like you have the flu. But it means you are heading in the right direction. So don’t get discouraged when you’re doing everything you’re supposed to and yet you feel terrible. This is normal, and it won’t (shouldn’t) last forever, if it does, something else might be going on. This feeling can return though! Sometimes it takes years to get rid of a severe Candida overgrowth and you will experience periods like these every once in a while.
- Be patient and resilient! It may get worse before it gets better! Keep up the hard work and you will make progress.
- Take the time to learn what works best for you! We are all different, and understanding which foods trigger the yeast to grow is the most important tool you have in overcoming the infection.
- Don’t consume ANY sugar. Even low glycemic fruit- especially in the early stages of trying to get the infection under control.
- Don’t consume grains and starchy foods (so no bread, pasta, potatoes, rice and so forth). This includes the avoidance of Carrots, Parsnips and other starchy veggies. The Paleo Diet has worked best for me.
- Don’t consume (lots of) Coconut Water. Though coconut is anti fungal the water contains sugars and will feed the yeast beast!
- Don’t drink coffee if you know it bothers you. I can tolerate coffee really well, but I know some can’t! It can worsen your symptoms.
- Avoid ALL foods that you are intolerant to like the plague!! Something I need to improve on ;)
- Don’t eat moldy nuts such as peanuts & pistachios. Also, don’t eat cashews… sorry I know they’re SOOOO GOOD!! But for me it makes my symptoms 100% worse.
- Don’t use vinegar except for raw unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar.
- Don’t skip doses of your medication or supplements.
- Don’t cheat on your diet. One starchy, sugary treat can set your progress 10 steps backwards. You may find that you have extreme cravings for sugar and carbs! Don’t give in! Note: This advice I don’t follow myself - I’d rather cheat my diet a little once or twice a week than going hardcore and having to pay attention to ALL that I’m eating. It might take (much) longer to get the problem under control, but I’m willing to sacrifice – so do what you think is best for you!
These lists aren’t complete, but they’re some of the most important factors in order to keep an Candida overgrowth under control and start the healing process!
♥ Much love to you and leave me a comment with any tips and advice on this subject! What did I forget to mention? What are your experiences? I’d love to know.
Bonus: Homemade Chocolate Recipe
- 8 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
- 10 Tbsp xylitol or the equivalent of 8 tbsp sugar in stevia; powder or drops
- 5 Tbsp cocoa powder (preferebaly raw cacao powder)
- Optional = adding 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or coffee extract or some finely chopped fresh hot pepper to taste, finely chopped fresh mint leaves, orange, lemon or lime zest…. Experiment! :D
Additional topping ideas
- Flaked almonds
- Chopped walnuts
- Coconut flakes
- Melt the coconut oil in a pot on low heat. Stir in the xylitol or stevia and cacao powder until it’s smooth. If you’re using a flavoring, stir that in as well.
NOTE: don’t try to dissolve the sweetener and cacao all at once. Add one ingredient first and add the other as soon as the first ingredient is completely dissolved.
- Get out a silicon bonbon tray if you’ve got one. You can also use a (silicon) ice cube tray. Fill the tray with the chocolate mixture. If you’re using toppings, sprinkle them on top (or stir them through the chocolate – I’ve done that before too).
- Put the tray in the fridge to set, which takes 20-30 minutes depending on the temperature in your fridge.
- I have NO IDEA how much this makes because it all depends on which tray you use. I got 12 ice cube sized bonbons with this recipe (and a little leftover in the bowl I didn’t mind licking clean – don’t tell me you wouldn’t do the same ;))