Frequently Asked Candida Diet Questions

April 25, 2012

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Candida Diet Questions


Does diet have anything to do with Yeast Infections?
Do I have to follow a specific Diet when doing your Program?
How long do I need to stay on the Candida Crusher Diet?
Should you avoid ALL Fruits?
When can I eat Bread again?
I hate the Candida Crusher diet and want something sweet, what can I eat for a treat?
I really crave bread (or wine, sugar, etc) what can I do to quell these cravings?
If a piece of cake accidentally slips and falls into my mouth, do I need to go right back to the beginning of your Program?
Are there any benefits of drinking Buttermilk with a Yeast Infection?
Can a poor diet cause Yeast Infection?
Does Carrot Juice help Yeast Infections?
Does Chlorophyll Cure Yeast Infections?
Can Yeast Infections Raise Fasting Food Sugar?

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Does diet have anything to do with Yeast Infections?

Yes, diet plays a critical role in a yeast infection. The phrase “garbage in, garbage out” aptly describes the relationship between poor diet and a yeast infection. A nutritionally inadequate diet that is high in sugar, caffeine and junk food places daily stress on the body that the digestive system has to respond to and , at the same time, deprives the body of the nutrients it needs to adequately function. This alone can lead to a yeast infection or make the body more vulnerable to a yeast infection when any additional stress such as an antibiotic is added. Similarly, good nutrition helps protect and sustain the digestive system, helping to protect against the development of yeast infections. When a yeast infection is already present, a healthy diet that supports the digestive system (especially when eating fermented and cultured foods) combined with the yeast infection supplements recommended by Eric Bakker ND, author of Candida Crusher, can lead to recovery.


Do I have to follow a specific Diet when doing your Program?

Yes you do. While it is very true that the yeast found in foods is not the same as candida. In fact you don’t eat candida and what you avoid, while perhaps making you feel better, will not eliminate systemic candida. Many people contact our Center after having been on the so-called ‘yeast diets’ for years and every time they go off for even a weekend, their symptoms come back, often stronger than before. We suggest avoiding concentrated sugars and refined white flour carbohydrate foods, as this will make you feel better while going through our program.


How long do I need to stay on the Candida Crusher Diet?

A very common question many ask me “How long do I have to stay on this diet?” Chances are that you will be staying on this diet in some form or another until you feel 100%, and then some more. Dr. Willian Crook, author of “The Yeast Connection” used to say “You stay on the diet as long as it takes and then some.” You will probably avoid they key trigger foods which kept you in the candida yeast infection zone for several years, because after the yeast infection is gone you are going to feel so good you simply won’t want to go back to feeling how you did. Most candida sufferers have one or two key foods which they love to consume regularly which will keep the condition going, sometimes for a dozen years or more. They partially eliminate foods like sugars, alcohol, breads but consume that one key trigger food happening on a regular basis. Consequently, they partially recover only to slip back again and again. The sooner you identify YOUR key food/s and or beverage/s and eliminate them once and for all, the sooner you will be able to rid yourself of the beast called yeast. I always recommend that you keep a record of how foods make you feel, and only you can decide if it is worth keeping that food or drink going for some time.

This question of “How long on the diet?” is a bit similar to the “Will my candida come back?” question. You stay on the diet long enough to get well, and then stay well permanently. I have found some patients stay on the candida diet for three months, which is is probably the minimum time, some for six months and others for a year. I also know of several who just continue on with this diet approach indefinitely because they feel so good on it after experiencing a major reduction in weight, better sleep, more energy, improved moods and cognitive function.

Once a sense of balance comes back into your life, and by balance I mean dietary balance, lifestyle balance, etc; then you will find that your yeast infection won’t hang around because these infections thrive on an imbalance. It always pays to remain vigilant for at least one to one and a half years after your recovery. Be ready to slip back into the two-week induction phase of the candida diet anytime your feel those symptoms coming back. The more intuitive you become, the less the chances of any major aggravations or yeast related health hiccups in the future.


Should you avoid ALL Fruits?

Many candida dietary experts go on to maintain that all fruits, except berries (blue berries are fine), lemons and limes, grapefruits, avocados and green apples (Granny Smith) are OK to consume. Some say that you should not eat any fruit until you have virtually eliminated all candida from your system. I would disagree here, as I have seen many patients who CAN eat fruits (within reason) quite OK whilst eliminating candida from their bodies. Whilst it is true that fruits in general are very high in sugar (fructose), it is a natural sugar that seems to be tolerated by many candida patients. I do believe however, that it makes sense to avoid all fruits (except the berries, lemons and limes, grapefruits, avocados and green apples )for at least the first two weeks.


When can I eat Bread again?

I hear this question a lot! If you really want to know the answer to this question then you most probably haven’t overcome one of the big (and probable) reasons for developing your yeast overgrowth in the first place, a craving and possible addiction to breads and the more refined carbohydrate foods. I have always found that the stronger the desire to want to start eating or drinking a particular food or beverage after beginning the Candida Crusher Program, the more likely this was one of the big problems to begin with. Some of the biggest dietary addictions are to the sweeter foods like chocolate, candies, alcohol and breads, but they can be to one of many other foods including peanut butter, soft creamy cheeses, crackers, donuts and all manner of take-out foods like pizza, hot dogs, Pepsi or Coke. The more you want it – the more you need to put your foot down and say…NO! Focus on home cooked meals and get into the habit of eating meals based around meats and vegetables, just like your grandmother used to eat. Rely less on bread, because there is a habit to have a quick spread like honey of jam on bread and we want to keep away from sweet foods sufficiently long enough to restore the balance of the digestive system. You absolutely can’t do without bread? Then try some flat bread, bread made without yeasts or sugar. This is bread made with plain flour, salt and water.


I hate the Candida Crusher diet and want something sweet, what can I eat for a treat?

You need to understand that it may have been you cravings and strong desires for “something sweet” which got you partly into this mess in the first place! A good trick to break your sweet cravings is to take 500mcg of Chromium Picolinate twice daily with meals, this helps most people cope substantially with strong sugar cravings. As the candida population diminishes, so too will your cravings for sweet foods and drinks, because the bugs are no longer “calling your name” as I put it. Trust me, it gets easier and easier to say no to that coke, cheesecake or donut, you will get to the point where you can walk right past that triple chocolate cake and not even blink an eyelid, I have seen this happen with even the most hardened sugar addict many times over. Just hang in there; it gets a lot better after a few months. As you improve over several weeks, you can generally have fresh fruits again, but not to excess. Sweet fruits will often quell that strong craving for something sweet, but if you have a chronic case of yeast infection then please realise that the first several weeks you are best to avoid ALL sugars and yeasty foods as much as is possible. How bad do you want to beat this thing called yeast?


I really crave bread (or wine, sugar, etc) what can I do to quell these cravings?

If you follow the Candida Crusher Program carefully, these cravings will diminish within three weeks, I guarantee it. Just take chromium picolinate two to three times daily with meals (500mcg is a good dose) and be sure to eat plenty of protein. Have eggs with breakfast, fish like salmon or tuna or sardines for lunch (along with salads, vegetables, etc, and a good home cooked meal each evening. Snack on health foods as suggested in my program. Eating smaller snack like meals more frequently helps tremendously with sweet cravings, and what you will find in particular is that as your yeast infection levels reduce, your strong and even killer desire for sweets will diminish in almost direct proportion to how your digestive function improves. At least that’s what I have discovered in the clinic with countless women, and I’ve seen them all – the chocoholics, the biscuit (cookie) cravers, the donut lovers, the ice cream fanatics (some eat 2-3 litres every day), the Coca Cola drinkers (some drink up to 3 litres every day) and many more. Every person with an insatiable sweet craving will have his or her favourite food or drink or confectionary, what is yours? If you know exactly what it is then please become aware of your cravings for this food, and also become more aware when you buy it and if your levels of desire diminish over time. As your desire decreases for your “favourite”, notice how your symptoms improve!


If a piece of cake accidentally slips and falls into my mouth, do I need to go right back to the beginning of your Program?

This is a good question, while accidents happen, they shouldn’t happen to careful people! If you slip and fall, make the resolution to be stronger in the future. I explain this in detail in my book Candida Crusher. Everybody will fall sooner or later, and these “slips” happen at birthday parties, weddings, BBQs, eating out with friends or family or at social functions generally. As you improve and the yeast bugs no longer “call your name” (your cravings will improve over time) you will find it easier to avoid such accidents. And going back to the beginning? No, you don’t, but be careful because if you are very accident prone you may well have to start right from the beginning again.


Are there any benefits of drinking Buttermilk with a Yeast Infection?

Yes there are. Buttermilk is produced by adding lactic acid bacteria to milk and it is the good bacteria in the buttermilk which helps the body maintain a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria, thereby preventing yeast infections. The body reacts to the good bacteria and produces toxins that destroy bad bacteria and yeast cells.


Can a poor diet cause Yeast Infection?

Absolutely, a poor diet is one of the main causative factors. Diets high in sugar containing foods, refined foods, take-out foods and convenience foods in general is a recipe for developing a yeast infection. Be sure to read the Candida Crusher Program to learn the best foods to eat to avoid the possibility of developing a yeast infection.


Does Carrot Juice help Yeast Infections?

Carrot juice can tend to be very high in sugars, it is surprisingly sweet! I do not recommend such juices for several months after beginning any kill or inhibition programs. You can have fresh carrot Juice after several months being in a spotless diet. Be careful!


Does Chlorophyll Cure Yeast Infections?

No, I do not recommend such drinks as “cures” for yeast infections. Chlorophyll drinks are certainly beneficial in that they help to balance the body’s pH levels, but they do not cure a yeast infection as such.


Can Yeast Infections Raise Fasting Food Sugar?

Yeast infections do not raise fasting sugar levels, but they can be prone to lowering it. Sugar is the favourite food of yeast, and if a person has an invasive form of a yeast infection in the bloodstream, candida will feed on any sugar it can find including glucose or sugars in the bloodstream. Those with poorly controlled diabetes get frequent yeast infections because of sugar in the urine.

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Allison February 21, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Can you have gluten free bread, and Almond cheese on the candida program?

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Eric Bakker B.H.Sc. (Comp.Med) (ND) February 21, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Hi Allison, yes – you can have gluten free bread and almond cheese. Certainly not “everybody” has a gluten allergy or sensitivity, and I get get sick of people saying that “everybody should avoid gluten, it is a poison to the body”. Nonsense, I have seen countless people with Candida fully recover – and they stayed with eating gluten bread! Avoiding gluten is up to you, a bit like avoiding dairy or meat and preferring vegetarian options. Almond cheese should be fine as well.

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zora March 11, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Hi Eric!
My son(18 years old) cope with candida. He is on strong diet; 2 egs, garlic, coconat bread(sometimes), onion, 6-8 liters(yes, litters) of butter milk, small peace of chicken meet. He is not eating any vegies(sometimes avocado and tomato), any fruits, any juice, any tea. I am so afraid of his strong diet because it is lasting about 1 years. That butter milk is cold from the fridge and too much.Living without vitamins(especialy vitamin b complex, zink, mg,ets), minerals…I do not know how to explain to him that is starving.What is your advice regarding diet?

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Eric Bakker N.D. March 14, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Hi Zora,

He will probably change in time, his diet is not the best, too much butter milk is NOT good! Tell him it will be causing immune problems at this level, and that vegetables are necessary for good health. He needs the fiber. I can understand where the stomach pains come from, his diet needs changing, let him read my book, it should help him understand the importance of a balanced diet. All the best.

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Dale April 9, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Hi Eric!
I have been reading about candida for about a month and have slowly introduced pro-biotics such as yogurt, kefir and buttermilk and also eating organic, extra virgin coconut oil. I have also altered my diet avoiding sugar and adding fiber (salads). The bloating is getting better and I can feel the difference already.
I have always had a sweet tooth and was a soda addict for years.
I wanted to get your opinion on a little sweet treat recipe I came up with early into my candida diet change.
I melted a small tub of the 75 degree coconut oil in the microwave. I then added 100% pure cocoa powder and stevia to taste. It solidifies and makes something like chocolate, (but not as good) but it satisfied my cravings while I knew it was mostly coconut oil.
I also made a batch with cinnamon instead of the cocoa.
I am sure that my taste is changing as I have lost the sweet cravings. The interesting thing is that I didn’t think they were very sweet at first. But by the time I finished the first tub, (about a week) It was way too sweet for my taste! It was like eating sugar icing. Needless to say, I didn’t need to make more batches but it helped me through the worst cravings in the beginning.
Thanks!

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Eric Bakker N.D. April 16, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Hi,
It sounds good to me, as your sugar cravings are diminishing and the bloating is improving. I would just continue on what you are doing. One big thing I’ve learned working with many thousands of candida patients is that one size certainly does not fit all. Stick with it!

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Colora May 11, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Hi Eric,
I started the candida diet before Christmas 2013 because of chronic vaginal yeast infections for the past 3 years. After 6 weeks of no improvement and constant pain and itching, I became very frustrated with trying to beat this naturally and began taking nilstat while still following the strict diet. Five days later a miracle! All of my symptoms stopped. That is, until I had to have surgery one month later. I was given antibiotics intravenously and sure enough my yeast infection was back. I am now back on the diet for 6 weeks now. Took nilstat again. This time it didn’t work. Now taking oil of oregano/coconut oil and wondering how long it will take for my symptoms to at least abate a little. I won’t let my husband near me. Have other health issues – breast cancer 4 yrs ago. I feel depressed and scared that I’m getting nowhere with this. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you

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Eric Bakker N.D. June 1, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Ho Colora,
Make some time to catch up with me on Skype for a consultation. That way we will be able to see what is going on. All the best.

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Ryan June 2, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Are there any sweeteners that are ok on the candida diet? I have read that Splenda does not feed the Candida; is that true?

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Eric Bakker N.D. July 29, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Hi Ryan, Splenda is bad news and best avoided. Sweeteners? They are best avoided i=on my diet program, some take Stevia, others take Xylitol. Best to avoid ALL sugars initially, you will soon discover that you won’t want them in no time. And guess what? You’ve saved yourself a LOT of problems down the track if you do. Cancer is linked strongly with sugar, Dr. Google can show you a lot of research into this area. ALL cancer patients have a yeast infection, interesting but true.

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Kinga June 11, 2014 at 6:52 am

Hi! I just bought your book and would like to start with the Bowel Purge but I don’t really see anywhere in the book any guidelines for how to do it. I saw a more detailed recipe for the detoxification program but not for the diet. Could you please let me know how long it should last and how to do it using the Vitamin C powder? It’s not specified for how many days or how much of Vitamin C to take, how many glasses of it per day with which dose, etc. I’d appreciate your help. Thank you!

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Eric Bakker N.D. July 29, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Greetings KInga. The bowel purge lasts several days, 5 days is good. The Vitamin C you take is until you reach bowel tolerance, and it should state that in the Candida Crusher book, how to do the Vitamin C bowel tolerance. Just do a word search in the Candida Crusher PDF document, you will find it there. All the best

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Patricia June 19, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Hi!

I would like to know if cutting the carbs the body is gonna have energy enough.

Thank you

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Eric Bakker N.D. July 3, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Hi Patricia, you will have plenty of energy if you follow my dietary advice. You are NOT cutting carbs from your diet (except for junk, donuts, commercial breads, ice cream, sugar, etc.) You CAN have bread, albeit sourdough bread, as I’m not a fan of a “100% gluten-free” approach to a healthy diet. Besides, you can have quinoa, millet, amaranth, brown rice, etc – plenty of carb choices there, besides vegetables.

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Eric Bakker N.D. July 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Yes, but you are not ‘cutting carbs’, you are avoiding commercial breads (containing yeast and sugars added), bananas, dried fruits, candy, ice cream, etc. You Can eat plenty of carbs, including breads!! I’m NO fan of cutting ALL carbs from a person’s diet, try ‘flat’ breads – just plain wholemeal flour, salt and water. Read my articles on what you can and can’t eat, plenty of info on this site.

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