Frequently Asked Candida Diet Questions
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.