The anti Candida diet can be confusing and testing.
When most start the diet they are keen to make a positive change to their health but when they look at how little they are allowed to eat they revert to least path of resistance.
You may find that there are several programs to follow but they have differing opinions as to what you may or may not include in your diet e.g. carbohydrates, dairy and nightshade fruitscould or could not be acceptable.
A definitve Anti Candida Diet still eludes us. What we do have is a method of consuming food that the Candida fungus cannot live on.
Some programs take it one step further and remove all foods that we could be sensitive to as well – so a large part of your success on the diet comes down to how far you want to go with it.
Tip 1 – Part one of an anti Candida diet
Stage One is the first two to four weeks of the diet and is pretty tough to get through. Here all foods containing sugar, mold, wheat, gluten, carbohydrates, dairy, starches and preservatives are removed.
Well what can you eat?. Only the following can be part of your diet – broccoli, cucumber, peppers, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, leafy green vegetables, silverbeet, zucchini, nuts, seeds, omega oils, chicken and fish.
Tip 2 – Maybe foods for an anti Candida diet
Now here’s where it gets confusing – some plans go on to say that you can also eat cottage cheese, natural yogurt, lean red meat, whole-grains and low sugar fruits like pineapple, papaya, pear, berries and rhubarb.
The best advice here is to go with what you feel is OK and do your best. If you get any reaction whatsoever from anything then immediately stop eating it for two weeks.
Tip 3 – A food diary
A lot of emphasis in an anti Candida diet is put on how we react to certain foods when we reintroduce them, so it really helps to keep a food diary – this can outline which foods you have tried, when, if there was any reaction etc. You will also find that you need to take a few supplements while on the diet and these also need to be taken at certain times of the day, so a food diary helps to keep a record of this.
Tip 4 – Reintroducing foods
The trick here is to do it really slowly – one serving of one food once a day. Note any reaction – even a raised heart rate counts as a negative – and remove any food that you react to. These can be tried again in another two weeks.
Tip 5 – Cravings
Cravings are caused by many things, not just Candida. Blood sugar imbalances, emotional needs, and food intolerances/ allergies all contribute to your cravings.
The easiest thing to do here to decide whether a craving is a need or a want is to wait five minutes before giving in to it. Usually a craving will be gone by this time.
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