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My Candida Crusher book provides extensive information about how to rid yourself of Candida – for good – and most likely is the most informative book available today. However to assist you further in crushing your Candida infection my website provides you not only with an interactive yeast infection test which you can find here. But also a range of videos on my YouTube channel. If you can’t find the answer to your question you also have the option of subscribing to my YouTube channel and emailing me. I’ll be pleased to answer any questions as frequently as I can and, if you require anonymity, then it is guaranteed – just don’t forget to mention it in your email.
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Coming in at nearly 800 pages my Candida Crusher Book offers the most comprehensive information available which will enable you to rid yourself of this opportunistic yeast infection – for good. Although my web pages offer you an insight into the basics of my diet and lifestyle plans, which gives you an excellent grounding to resolving Candida issues, those requiring in-depth information into the causes, effects and treatments may want to invest in my book to enable resolution of such issues.
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The Basics of the Candida Crusher Diet
1. Although most people are often advised to avoid junk foods, it has to be remembered that these include: White processed sugar, white processed flour and soda drinks. Junk foods are not limited to takeaways and microwave meals.
2. Introduce a wide range of nutritious and organic foods in to your diet.
3. Sugars of all kinds are a food-fest for Candida and should be avoided. This includes: chocolate, honey, molasses, maple syrup and sugars of all kinds.
4. Initially avoid all fruits (fructose is a sugar too) with the exception of those in the list below, including fruit juices and dried or candied fruits.
5. Don’t eat the same food types every day. Remember to rotate your menu choices.
6. Low carbohydrate vegetables, seafood, eggs and lean meats are better food choices.
7. Fresh, natural and healthy is best. Organic is better and locally produced organic is better still. Avoiding anything that comes out of a packet is, generally speaking, a good move because these are usually full of additives, sugars and colorants.
Good Food Choices
Although it can initially seem that most Candida diets are restrictive with my Candida Diet Program there are many foods which you can eat freely. Once you start on my diet you will also often find that, as your Candida becomes under control, your cravings for poor quality foods starts to diminish.
Although vegetables can be distinguished by high and low carbs, most contain simple carbohydrates. I advocate eating the ones listed below, and, when it comes to cabbage, at least 1 cup per day. Eating vegetables raw is not particularly beneficial (I explain this in more detail in my book) and lightly steamed vegetables are always a better choice. The big exception here is garlic. Eating crushed garlic raw releases enzymes which are beneficial to the digestive processes.
- Bean Sprouts
- Brussel Sprouts
- Salad greens
- String beans
Although I advise for fruits to be avoided, what has to be remembered is that this rule applies only to the ‘initial’ steps in the diet and is not advised long-term. What I mean by initial, is that for at least 2 weeks fruits are avoided but then these can be gradually reintroduced. Some fruits however are still acceptable and the world won’t come to an end even if you break the 2 week rule. These include: Avocado (up to 1/2 daily), Blueberries (only a small daily amount), coconut (fresh only), strawberries (maximum 8 per day). Also you can have both lime and lemon juice, the latter being noted for stimulating gastric juices.
Vegetable juice is fine but you must keep all the fiber in it, although fruit juices (other than lime and lemon) should be avoided for at least 2 months. The main fruits to avoid include, grapes, dried fruits and melons of any kind.
The Importance of Protein
Protein is needed to form amino acids and it is one of the main constituents of my Candida Crusher Diet.
Meat and Eggs
Meat from animal sources is the most easily accessed form of convertible protein. I recommend eating at least 2 portions per day. If you cannot tolerate this amount in 2 sittings, then simply break the same amount into smaller, more easily digestible meals. If you suffer from constipation or diarrhea eating this amount of meat, then build up to it gradually over a period of 2 or 3 weeks and allow your digestive system to accustom itself to the changes.
The meats I recommend are lean, organic cuts of; Beef, chicken, lamb, pork, turkey, veal or venison. Seafood also provides much the same source of protein and the best ones to try include: Cod, crab, crayfish,mackerel, paua, sardines, shrimp or tuna. This selection includes fish which is frozen or canned but breaded fish is best avoided and canned products should be in water or olive oil and contain no additives or sugars.
Eggs too are a good source of protein but should be limited to 1 per day.
Most people practicing vegetarianism already have a good idea of the best sources of protein, however for my diet they need to include high protein nuts, seeds and grains. Some will prefer tofu or other soy sources such as tempeh, or will at least use these to vary their menu. Of course lentils, beans and peas are good protein sources and most vegetarians consume these as part of their regular diet. I have done a comprehensive video on my youtube channel on the topic which you can watch to learn more.
Nuts are a great source of protein and are suitable for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. However remember to buy only raw fresh nuts and avoid the salted, sweetened, flavored and roasted varieties. My favorites for this diet include: Almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, macadamia and walnuts. Sunflower and sesame seeds are also a good, healthy accompaniment.
For the first 2 weeks of my diet avoid fruit juices – excluding lime and lemon which have already been mentioned as aiding digestion. Vegetable juice too is to be avoided if it doesn’t include the fiber. After 2 weeks fruit juices can be slowly introduced back into the diet.
Alcohol should be avoided, permanently, as should all sodas.
An herbal tea such a Pau d’arco or Horopito are both considered to be antifungal and work well in crushing Candida. Other alternative beverages include water which can be flavored with lemon or lime and herbal teas – but remember to leave out the sweetener.
The First 2 Weeks (Are the Hardest)
Many people are disappointed to learn that on the Candida Crusher Diet their infection will not be resolved in a matter of 24 hours or so by taking a supplement. And, in our ‘quick fix’ society this often comes as a disappointment. However when it comes to Candida infections what most people should be aware of is that if you take the time to resolve it the right way then it’s gone – for good! Candida is a chronic condition that takes years to develop so it should come as no surprise that, despite what some supplement manufacturers might promise, it cannot be resolved overnight or over the course of a few days.
What might also come as a slight disappointment is that the first 2 weeks on the Candida Crusher diet are the most difficult to negotiate. The reasons the first 2 weeks are the hardest are twofold: Firstly, you are embarking on what is essentially an elimination diet and by anyone’s standards this is usually an uncomfortable task. Secondly, it is quite likely that, because your yeast overgrowth has been the driving force behind some of your food cravings, then withdrawal symptoms will result.
The good news is that once you have negotiated this slightly rocky road, then you are well on the way to achieving permanent recovery. And, after only 2 or 3 weeks you can start introducing some of your favorite foods back into your diet.
Starch and Sugars in Vegetables
One problem people find themselves facing is in deciding which vegetables to eat. This is because many sufferers are unaware that some vegetables contain starches which are actually forms of sugar. To get around this problem I provide some guidance on which vegetables to avoid in the first 2-3 weeks and they include:
Beans, baked potatoes, Lima beans, peas, pumpkin, snow peas, squash and pumpkin.
If these are your favorites then take comfort in the fact that after the first 2-3 weeks on the elimination diet you will be able to start introducing them back onto your menu, but in small, infrequent servings.
Grains are a sticky subject at the moment when it comes to dietary regimens and this is mainly due to many people having an intolerance to gluten. Some will just go for avoiding wheat and others will abstain not only from wheat but also oats, rye and barley. Oats actually don’t contain gluten and they can be tolerated by some people, but on my diet I suggest that not only the above grains are avoided but also all grains for at least 3 months. This, obviously, includes all products made with grains and which usually include yeast which can also aggravate a Candida infection. If I were to make exceptions then these would be, amaranth, buckwheat, brown rice and quinoa.
Because gluten is the main offender when it comes to intolerances and, because oats don’t contain gluten, I usually offer to make one exception to the rule – rolled oats or porridge for breakfast are acceptable – but without any sugar, honey, jams or jelly on the top!
Breads, Biscuits and Baked Goods
As I stated in the grains section it is preferable to lay off products which are made with both grains and yeast. Unfortunately this rules out most baked goods. Many also contain sugar which, as we know, simply feeds a yeast overgrowth. Certainly abstain from these products for at least the first 2-3 weeks elimination period, and, if possible, a whole 3 months before you try introducing them back into the diet slowly. The good news is that because you will have killed off a good amount of the yeast infection by this time, your desire for sweet products will be much reduced anyway.
Foods To Avoid When You Have a Yeast Overgrowth
There is no doubt that many foods are best avoided forever simply because they are often an underlying cause of yeast overgrowth in the first place. However most foods on my diet are avoided for somewhere in between the first 3 weeks on the program and avoiding for the duration of the Candida Crusher diet. If you are unclear about any guidelines or want to ask about a food product which is not included here, then please feel free to email me.
It is sometimes difficult to establish which foods contain sugar simply because many are ones which actually convert to sugar within the body. For example, lactose is a dairy sugar in milk and dairy products, and it is converted by an enzyme, lactase in the digestive tract. Yet there are more obvious ones such as honey, molasses, maple syrup and jellies which, quite clearly, should not be ingested for at least the first 3 weeks of my program. Others however which you might not immediately think of include:
- Corn syrup
- Date sugar
- Maple sugar
And don’t forget to also abstain from Stevia and Xylitol.
Packaged and Processed Food Sugars
Although most people tend to think of additives as being chemically synthesized compounds which are added to foods, one of the main additives is actually…sugar. Most products, from tinned tomatoes through to canned fish and coconut, actually contain refined sugar and usually in the form from at least one in the list above. Remember to read labels and avoid anything with added sugar in any form.
Breads, Cheese, Milk and Pastries
Since we have already established that the main food offenders in aggravating a Candida overgrowth are grains, sugars and yeasts, then all the above products need to be avoided for at least the first 3 weeks of the diet.
Cheese contains not only dairy sugars but also many molds. Molds are simply variants of fungi and can exaggerate a Candida problem.
Foods which are acceptable, and which can be eaten in reasonable quantities are what I call the Mevy foods. These are Meat, Eggs, Vegetables and Yogurt. These products will feed the body while simultaneously starving a yeast overgrowth.
Alcohol of all types should be avoided. Not only will it aggravate a yeast overgrowth but it is also now suspected of being a primary cause. This has been established because research has been done which indicates that most people suffering from a dependence on alcohol also have gut dysbiosis – an imbalance of gut microflora.
I provide several articles which discuss alcohol and Candida specifically and two can be found here… And here… However the general rule is quite simple to remember – avoid alcohol…forever.
Condiments and Sauces
Although vinegar is said to stimulate the digestive tract unfortunately many mass produced products contain not only sugars but also they accumulate molds – neither of which are conducive to ridding yourself of Candida. Although they are not manufactured with molds included, these simply grow as they sit for long periods on shelves either inside the refrigerator or outside. If you have these products in your kitchen then check out the use-by dates and the condition of the bottles and jars and dispose of them if necessary. Also check the ingredient lists for added sugars. The main ones to avoid are:
- Barbecue Sauce
- Chili Sauce
- Steak Sauce
- Tomato Sauce
- Worcestershire Sauce
If you want to get around the sauce problem then make your own from an organic virgin olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice which is great as a salad dressing.
Although products containing malt can be psychologically comforting, they should be avoided for the first 3 weeks on the Candida Crusher diet. This is because malt is made from grains, and the products themselves usually contain added sugar in one form or another. Product names vary depending on the country but most are sold as night-time beverages.
Processed and Smoked Meats
Although I advise eating meat at least twice a day on the Candida Crusher diet, I am referring to that which is lean, organic and uncooked at purchase. Processed and smoked meats generally, at best, contain both preservatives and you might be surprised to learn, sugar. Often canned and pickled fish products come into this category as do hot dogs, corned beef and even pickled tongue. Because of this you should avoid these products for at least the first 3 weeks of my diet and after introduce them slowly back in. Even then they should be eaten only infrequently.
Edible fungi should be avoided but only for the first 3 weeks of my diet plan. After that you can reintroduce this food back into your diet.
All melons should be avoided and particularly watermelon, honeydew melon and cantaloupe.
Coffee and Tea
It is preferable to avoid coffee and tea if at all possible. If not, then at least try cutting back your daily consumption. Neither can you add milk or sugar during at least the first 3 weeks on the diet. If you can manage to avoid such drinks totally during my diet then all the better. Herbal teas offer some alternative options but it has to be remembered that these are not teas at all but simply different plant mixtures. Green tea is a viable alternative but white tea, which is not as easily obtained, is slightly more palatable and contains more antioxidants.
Fruit Juices and Sodas
As I’ve already said above fruit juice of all kinds with the exception of fresh lemon and lime, needs to be avoided for the first 3 weeks. Sodas should be avoided forever. When it comes to juices remember that even ones which appear to be healthy, such as apple, pineapple and orange, are only going to exaggerate your yeast infection. This includes products which are fresh, frozen, canned or bottled. Fitness or energy drinks are a definitely no-no and come under the no-soda rule.
Candied and Dried Fruits
Often dried fruits are seen as being a healthy option by some people. This is more-so due to their inclusion in products like muesli. Yet these fruits are actually full of concentrated sugar which is probably why many people crave an extra bowl of cereal in the mornings! Some dried fruits, whether in cereals or otherwise, contain more concentrated sugars than others, so ones to avoid in particular include, apricots, dates, figs, prunes and raisins.
Although it is good economic practice to save leftovers instead of throwing them away you have to remember to do it properly. Simply covering food with film and leaving it in the refrigerator overnight or over two nights, still leaves it open to growing mold and spores. Inadequate re-heating can fail to kill those spores and can result in your ‘topping up’ the fungi and yeasts already lurking in your body. Where possible freeze leftovers and remember to defrost and reheat thoroughly before consuming. When it comes to leftovers, the freezer is your friend!
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There is no quick-fix to ridding yourself of a yeast infection. However if you do it properly then not only will your ailments resolve, your general health and mental outlook will also benefit. Imagine not to be driven every day by cravings for sweet stuff or alcohol or coffee. These things drip-drip into our lives and, before we realize it, they are suddenly driving forces of our daily routine rather than being small, insignificant parts of our existence.
It will probably take months and some willpower to resolve your Candida overgrowth – but when it happens life will take on new meaning.