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Crush Your Yeast Infection With The Best Candida Diet
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In this comprehensive yeast infection book you will learn the best candida yeast infection dietary approach, why many diets fail to keep the infection at bay and also about the many candida food myths. To get you started here are some basic hints and tips on a good candida diet approach. You may want to read The Candida Crusher Program page for an understanding on the Candida Crusher permanent yeast infection eradication program.
- Avoid ALL “junk food” (white sugar, white flour, soft (soda) drinks)
- Include liberal amounts of nutritious food from a wide variety of sources.
- Avoid ALL sugars, chocolate, honey, molasses, and maple syrup.
- Avoid ALL fruits and fruit juices – no dried fruits of any kind.
- Try not to eat the same foods every day, rotate.
- Feature low carbohydrate vegetables, seafood, lean meats, and eggs. Try to include one serving of high carbohydrate vegetable OR a single portion of a whole grain at each meal.
- Focus on fresh, natural and healthy choices. If it came out of a packet, bottle, bag or box it may not be the wisest choice. When you shop at the supermarket, buy the foods on the outside perimeter – these will be the fresh foods like meat and veg. Most of the food in the aisles is full of preservatives, sugars and colors. Buy fruit and vegetables from growers markets or grow my own if possible.
Foods You can Eat Freely With Candida
Below you will find list of foods you can enjoy freely with my candida diet.
These vegetables contain lots of fiber and are relatively low in simple, refined carbohydrates. They can be fresh or frozen and you can eat them cooked, steamed or in some cases raw, but I don’t encourage too many raw vegetables with a yeast infection. Read much more in the book Candida Crusher.
EAT: Asparagus, Bean Sprouts, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage (1 cup/day), Capsicum, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Eggplant, Endive, Spinach, Mustard, beet, kale; Garlic, Lettuce, Leeks, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Radishes, Salad Greens, String beans, Tomatoes, Turnips, Okra, Watercress, Zucchini.
In most cases (especially with chronic yeast infections) avoid most fruits in general for two weeks, we want to reduce most forms of instant sugar and starve that beast called yeast. There are a few fruits however which are OK : fresh coconut, avocado (½ per day), blueberries (small amount daily), strawberries (limit 8 per day), and lime or lemon juice. Remember to keep fresh fruit intake to a minimum for the first two to three weeks (best to avoid as much as you can), and then loosen up a little. The fruits I recommend to be most cautious with are grapes, dried fruits (just avoid dried fruits entirely for a month at least) and any kind of melons. Avoid fruit juices for a few months, vegetable juice is OK providing you keep all the fiber – buy a Vita Mix blender.
MEAT & EGGS
Protein from animal sources is one of the main categories you can eat. Eat animal protein twice daily in small amounts and be aware of not becoming constipated with too much protein. In that case,Chicken, Turkey, Beef, lean cuts, Veal, Pork, Lamb, Venison, Shrimp, Crab, Crayfish, Paua, Tuna, other seafood, Salmon, Mackerel, Cod, Sardines, Eggs, fresh or frozen fish that is not crumbed. Canned fish is OK, but choose fish which has been packed in olive oil or spring water.
VEGETARIAN PROTEIN OPTIONS
You don’t need to eat meat, I have treated many yeast infection patients who are vegetarian. You will need to eat sufficient nuts, seeds and grains. Having tofu or other soy products such as tempeh (fermented and cultured soy) is great for some. Try lentils, beans and peas as well, and if you are a vegetarian you will have some great recipes which are sure to be fine. Just hold the sugar, breads and yeasts.
A highly concentrated form of proteins, minerals and many trace elements. Be sure to buy fresh nuts only, avoid roasted and salted nuts.
Almonds, Brazil nuts, Hazelnuts, Macadamia, Walnuts, Sunflower or Sesame seeds (playful) Not too many, don’t go nuts here.
A common trap for many with yeast infections. Avoid all fruit and vegetable juices for the first two weeks. Try a herbal anti-fungal tea such as Horopito (New Zealand) or Pau d’arco tea. Both work well at crushing candida.
Water and non-sweetened herb teas.Read: Alcohol Is One Of the Main causes Of A Yeast Infection.
Eat Carefully The First 2 Weeks
The cases I tend to treat are chronic cases of yeast infection, and I have seen thousands of them.The more yeast infection patients I see, the more I realize the value of eating the right foods, but more importantly, avoiding those foods which aggravate you, feed the yeast and keep the infection going.
You will get a permanent resolution of your annoying yeast infection by following simple, basic dietary principles – but follow them you must to be successful! Be cautious and on guard the first two to three weeks on the candida diet, you may have to adjust as the candida yeast infection begins to become challenged by the withdrawal of its food supply – the sugars and yeasts.
Dig your heels in, sit tight and realize that trying to overcome a chronic yeast infection is a bit like trying to win the America’s Cup. There is no smooth sailing when it comes to a chronic yeast infection. A “12-hour cure” for something that has been affecting your health chronically for many years? Think about it.
VEGETABLES HIGH IN STARCH
A second common trap for those with yeast infections is by not paying attention to the hidden sources of sugar, and a commonly overlooked area is the starchy vegetables. For the first two weeks avoid these foods, then re-introduce.
Sweet corn, Peas. Snow Peas, Squash, Pumpkin, Lima beans, White potatoes (baked — not mashed or any other form), Sweet Potato), Beans and Peas (dried and cooked) Couscous is fine.
Some will want to avoid wheat or go on a gluten free dietary approach. Others will be able to tolerate wheat and other grains like barley, rye and oats. Stay away from any breads which have risen or contain yeasts and sugars. Eat flat bread (mountain bread) made with whole wheat flour, salt and water. Sourdough bread is OK as well. My advice? avoid all grains except quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice and amaranth for three months. Barley, Corn, Millet, Oats, Rice, Wheat are all OK, and it is best to consume a flat bread (just flour, salt and water) from these grains as opposed to a risen bread (containing yeast and sugars), that way you won’t end up using these flours mixed with sugars like in cakes or biscuit baking.
Rolled oats are fine in most all cases, and porridge is a good meal in the morning for many. Just hold that brown sugar or any sugar as well as honey on top.
BREADS, BISCUITS AND MUFFINS
All breads, biscuits and muffins should be made with baking powder or baking soda as a leavening agent. Do you have a yeast infection and carry a little too much weight? Then stop all grains, avoid foods made from wheat, oats, barley and rye and any & all forms of sugar. Watch that weight disappear. If you are NOT overweight then you don’t need to worry too much about grain based foods.
Foods Best To Avoid With Candida
Let’s cover some of the foods that you should avoid on my candida diet. There is a lot of “FOODS TO AVOID” type lists out there but here is my personal list and if you have any comments on it please mail me.
SUGAR AND SUGAR CONTAINING FOODS
Sugar and other quick-acting carbohydrates including sucrose, high-glucose corn syrup, fructose, maltose, lactose, glycogen, glucose, mannitol, sorbitol, galactose. Also avoid honey, molasses, maple syrup, maple sugar, and date sugar. Avoid stevia and Xylitol as well, at least for the first three to four weeks on this program.
PACKAGED AND PROCESSED FOODS
Canned, bottled, boxed and other packaged and processed foods usually contain refined sugar products and other hidden ingredients. Many people I see eat tinned tomatoes, tinned fish and tinned coconut cream. These foods are fine – just watch out for sugar on the labels!
BREADS, PASTRIES, MILK AND CHEESE
My advice is to stick with the MEVY diet approach, eat predominantly Meats, Eggs, Vegetables and Yogurt – especially the first several weeks. Avoid cheese, breads (made with yeast) and any foods rich in sugar and/or yeast.
Avoid all cheeses, especially moldy cheeses such as Camembert, Brie and Blue Vein. Keep away from moldy foods like breads and all foods from your delicatessen section of the supermarket.
Alcohol is quite possibly one of the biggest contributing factors in the maintenance of male and female yeast infections. Please read: Alcohol Causes Many Yeast Infections and Yeast Infections Are Common In Beer Drinkers.
AVOID: Wine, beer, whiskey, brandy, gin, rum, vodka and other fermented liquors and beverages such as cider and ginger beer. No if, buts or maybe – you just avoid alcohol entirely.
CONDIMENTS, SAUCES & VINEGAR-CONTAINING FOODS
A question I commonly ask those with a yeast infection is this: “How many containers, jars and bottles are there in your refrigerator?” You will be best to avoid all these containers, for they may contain molds and microscopic amounts of bacteria and fungi which will hinder a quick recovery. This is a tough part of the diet – but it will also show you how much you may be relying and depending on sauces in your life. Some of these sauces may even be passed their use by date! Check carefully and my motto is “Throw out if in doubt”.
AVOID: Mustard, Tomato sauce, Worcestershire, steak, barbecue, chili, shrimp and soy sauces; pickles, pickled vegetables, relishes, green olives, sauerkraut, horseradish, mincemeat, Tamara; ANY kind of vinegar and all kinds of vinegar-containing foods such as mayonnaise and salad dressing especially “fat-free” dressings which are often very high in sugars. (Freshly squeezed lemon juice may be used as a substitute for vinegar in salad dressings prepared with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper). For the first two to three weeks avoid apple cider vinegar (ACV taken internally, it is OK to use ACV as part of a vaginal thrush (douche) protocol.
Do you like a hot malt drink before bed in winter? These drinks contain too much sugar and should be avoided with yeast infections.
Malted milk drinks like Milo, Oval tine, Hotlinks, cereals. (Malt is sprouted grain that is kiln-dried and used in the preparation of many processed foods and beverages.) The names may vary depending on your country, but avoid these malted drinks if you have a yeast infection.
PROCESSED AND SMOKED MEATS
Pickled and smoked meats and fish including sausages, hot dogs, corned beef, pastrami and pickled tongue.
All types of mushrooms. Just for three weeks, you should be fine after that.
Watermelon, Honeydew melon and especially rock melon. (cantaloupe)
COFFEE AND TEA
Should you cut right back on drinking coffee or tea when you are trying to eradicate a yeast infection? I think you should, you will feel that much better for cutting caffeine out of your life for several weeks. Reduce to one cup a day, it can make a significant difference.
Regular Filtered Coffee, Instant Coffee and Tea if you drink 3 – 5 cups a day then reduce to one cup. If you drink one to two cups then stop, especially the first three weeks, green tea should be fine to consume though.
FRUIT JUICES AND SODAS
This should be common sense, avoid all soda and fruit juice drinks. Too much sugar, and if you are trying to lose weight you’ll be glad you avoided these drinks.
AVOID: Canned, bottled or frozen, including orange juice, grape juice, apple juice, tomato juice, pineapple juice. All Fizzy and “Energy” drinks.
DRIED AND CANDIED FRUITS
Many people are surprised when I tell them that they are best to avoid ALL dried fruits for many months, even the small amount you find in muesli and those boxed cereals. Dried fruits are a big problem with yeast infections, and many people think that dried fruits form an “important part of a healthy diet”, when what they really want is the concentrated sugars found in these foods. Eat the real thing!
AVOID: Dried Apricots, Dates, Figs, Pineapple Prunes, Raisins, etc.
Don’t make this easy mistake of cooking food for dinner, and then placing it in the refrigerator after covering it with a plastic film, or placing it in a container with a lid ready for re-heating the next day. Molds and bacterial spores grow in leftover refrigerated food. Freezing is much better as soon as the food/s cool, then heat to a very high temperature to kill any molds, spores or bacteria. Better to be safe than sorry.
Above all, be patient. It takes time for nature to re-balance your body from inside out! Candida problems can take awhile to remedy. Think of like you are re-establishing your lawn and all you want to do is go out and mow and let the kids play on it, but it can literally takes months before you can even think about doing this. But then the day finally comes and the lawn once again becomes highly functional and a thing of beauty.You may like to read – Candida Die-Off and Candida Recovery.
Patience and fortitude conquer all things. (Ralph Waldo Emerson).