Have you ever been diagnosed with Candida? I am not talking about a yeast infection but a candida overgrowth that causes all kinds of health issues such as brain fog, memory problems, bloating, cold hands, chronic joint pain and much more. If you have any mystery illnesses, you might want to check out the symptoms and read my last post on this topic here.
If you have had a major candida battle on your hands, heads up, the diet is really, really hard. The idea -which makes sense in theory- is designed to starve the candida and have it die a slow and painful death, never to return again. Apparently, candida is very very stubborn to get rid of and getting rid of it requires time, patience, and a lack of eating anything fun.
I think I’ve been battling it for a long time along with leaky gut. So many health issues can be traced to what’s called a Leaky Gut. This is from Dr. Axe:
Essentially, leaky gut syndrome (“intestinal hyperpermeability”) is condition that happens as a consequence of intestinal tight junction malfunction.
These “tight junctions” are the gateway between your intestines and what is allowed to pass into the blood stream. Your tight junctions keep things out like toxins, microbes and undigested food particles.
But having leaky gut is essentially like having the gates broken from your intestines to your blood stream so many of these particles that should never have been able to enter have now gotten through. When this happens it causes inflammation throughout your body leading to a variety of diseases.
On the candida diet, you must give up eating everything and by everything I mean: no fruits, no starchy vegetables, no bread, no gluten, no yeast, no processed foods, no wine, no beer, no dairy, no fruit juice, no vinegar….do you see how impossible this diet can be to follow? And it’s not just a couple of days, it’s often weeks or months. Psychologically, knowing you cannot have certain foods makes you crave them!
I also have an oxalate issue so the foods I can eat on the candida diet are foods I can’t because of the oxalates.
Two weeks into this diet and I broke down and ate a Granny Smith apple which I’ve seen as OK to eat once you’ve been on the diet for a while. I love a big salad but not for every meal and I am not a fan of lots of meats, also I don’t need a lot of carbs but I do need some to function and have been sneaking some rice cakes and tortilla chips because I’m HUNGRY. My typical breakfast is gluten free toast or GF waffles but not on this diet!
There’s some information out there that indicates low sugar fruits are okay to eat, and things like yogurt or cheese are okay but other articles I’ve read say not to eat them. I’ve read to eat fermented foods, then I see not to eat them. A few articles mentioned the AutoImmune Protocol or Specific Carbohydrate Diet instead of the candida diet but honestly, there are so many rules and boundaries that I want to cry!
Here is what I am definitely staying away from for as long as I can: absolutely NO processed foods (okay I did sneak those gluten free taco chips and brown rice cakes), honey, sugar in soda/ cookies/candy, nut butter, anything with yeast, no ketchup, (unless it doesn’t have added sugar) cereal, pretzels.
I am eating really big salads for lunch and throwing everything I can in there and always an avocado for the healthy fats. I am also consuming:
Apple Cider Vinegar: GAG. I can’t. I mean, I can and I do but it’s so nasty. I put a little in some water in a shot glass and chug it down twice a day. ACV cures everything, so it doesn’t hurt to take it.
Bone Broth: I buy a rotisserie chicken and use the chicken in my salads and when the carcass has been picked over, I take the bones and make bone broth in the crockpot then drink it like tea.
Garlic: Kills fungus and boosts the immune system. I cut up a clove and swallow like a pill!
Yogurt: I am eating coconut milk yogurt and only a little because it does contain sugar. I eat it for the probiotic properties.
Here are the supplements/medicine I am taking to kill off this awful candida:
Caprylic Acid tablets: This is the part of the coconut that helps fight fungus/candida, Saccharomyces Boulardii probiotics, Activated charcoal to help eliminate toxins, Paul D’ Arco tea which is known to help fight candida, Candida Quick Cleanse and a round of Diflucan. I also purchased InterFase Plus which helps with the removal of whats called biofilm, a sort of shell around the candida that needs to be broken down.
If you have any other idea or information, Id love to hear it!
Eating on the Candida diet
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