I often get asked by people who are vegan, or vegetarian, is it possible to complete a Candida cleanse? Many people who eat like this are worried that they might not eradicate, you know, bacteria, or yeast, or parasites adequately from their gut, but you can. You can get a fantastic effect as a vegan, just like you can as an omnivore or a meat-eater.
It doesn’t matter what you eat; you can get rid of Candida, providing you don’t hang around the golden arches too much if you know what I mean. Be careful if you’re a vegan because one of the big traps is that vegans often get very hungry. Their diet isn’t always as satisfying as that of a meat-eater. This is particularly true for someone who has just become a vegan.
It’s very easy to be a very healthy vegan, to have great digestive health, good skin health. It’s not difficult to achieve, but you need to understand some principles. One of the most important things I want to say is to be careful when your energy drops. Don’t run for chocolate or sweet foods. I’ve seen that happen many times.
- Everything You Need To Know About Abnormal Fatigue & Tiredness
- Frequently Asked Questions #18
- The Connection Between Candida Yeast And Addictive Behavioral Patterns
- Functional vs Conventional Laboratory Testing for Candida
- Avoid These 10 Mistakes If You Have An Autoimmune Condition
I’ve also seen vegans lose too much weight and turn to chomping down on lots of starchy foods as a result. Starchy foods cause bloating, gas, and other digestive problems. Overeating sweet potato, potatoes, pumpkin, and similar foods is a pitfall you want to avoid.
There are a lot of great foods that you can eat as a vegan that are entirely compatible with ridding your gut of Candida. Here are some examples:
- Legumes: Chickpeas, lentils, split peas, kidney beans.
- Soy products: non-GMO tofu, tempeh
- Nuts and seeds: Don’t eat too many in one sitting and remember to chew them properly. Good options are hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkins seeds, chia seeds, and sesame seeds.
- Gluten-free grains: Millet, buckwheat, brown rice, quinoa. You can jazz the grains up with herbs and spices. Don’t be afraid to incorporate some gluten-containing grains into your diet.
- Root crops and starchy vegetables: Be careful with these foods for the first three to four weeks. That means going easy with potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, and pumpkin.
- Fruits and vegetables: Leafy green vegetables are particularly good for the gut. Berries are another great addition to the diet.
You can easily take a Candida-free approach to your gut while following a healthy vegan diet. Remember to eat the foods that sit right for your tummy.