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I did a basic Candida diet while undergoing treatment. I eliminated sugar, all white carbohydrates (sugar, white flour, pasta, bread), and alcohol. I also eliminated fruit for a period of time, until my body was able to handle it again. I adjusted my diet to ensure I was consuming adequate protein. I eliminated all junk food, and soda pop, and all processed foods. I started eating healthy foods. I stopped going to the regular grocery store, and I began shopping at health food stores, began to eat organic meats, fruits and vegetables. I also learned how to begin juicing, an ever so popular means of increasing nutrition, but was careful not to add fruit juice. Without the fiber, fruit juice would really feed my yeast. I learned about the importance of nutrition and how it helps the body to heal, and became certified as a nutritional advisor at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. If you want to read and learn about nutrition as most of us were not really taught how to eat properly--check out Joshua Rosenthal's book-Integrative Nutrition (Third Edition): Feed Your Hunger for Health and Happiness.
It is an excellent read. Joshua Rosenthal is the founder of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). He is a pioneer and visionary in holistic health and wellness.
When I figured out I had Candida, I was being counseled by a friend who knew a lot about Candida at the time. She told me that I was going to have to start eating at home more and stop eating so often at restaurants. I informed her that I had no plans of making such changes in my diet! Did you know that getting someone to change their diet is about as difficult as getting someone to change their religion?
As it turned out, she was absolutely right. I just did not understand why at the time. I had been eating processed foods, going out to dinner at restaurants, and I was a sugar junkie. I loved my snack foods and all of my treats. The sugar cravings were intense. I was always stopping at the convenience store to get a bag of licorice. At night, I was craving root beer floats, and my addiction to brownies and pie seemed to be a new adventure. I could not figure out what was going on...my doctor thought I was eating comfort food. Wrong again doc!
So who would have guessed I would spend a year studying nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York? I learned to change my diet, and I truly understand the meaning of garbage in, garbage out. Your body is like your car--it operates best when you change the oil, check the tires, put gas in it. If you think of your body this way, you will begin to realize how important it is that we put good things in it!
The best diet to follow is a Whole Foods diet. Eating a balanced diet of meat, fruits and vegetables, and reducing the sugar, bread, pastas and alcohol in your diet is key. I also eliminated dairy as I found I had negative reactions to dairy, and I felt a lot better when I cut it out of my diet. Think of how our grandparents used to eat--sitting down for a meal of fresh vegetables and fruits, and a little bit of protein. Fast food restaurants meals and food that is advertised on television is not healthy for you. Getting back to the basics is key!
I found the best diet for me was following the diet of Dr. Jeffrey McCombs, https://www.candidaplan.com/candida-plan/overview/anti-candida-diet-plan/.
I felt it was easy to follow, and easy to remember.
I also like the diet on The Candida Diet site, by Lisa Richards. And if you sign up, she will send you some yummy recipes. https://www.thecandidadiet.com/candida-diet.htm