If you think you have problems with candida, you should first follow the mini elimination diet. For many people further dietary changes are unnecessary, but you may have to continue the diet for up to three months.
If after four to six weeks of following the mini elimination diet, you have failed to make sufficiently good progress, you should make the additional following dietary changes:
- Check that you are still rigorously avoiding refined sugar
- Excude all yeasts and molds. although you may be able to tolerate some of these foods, it is difficult to know which at this stage.
- Check that you are not eating any refined carbohydrate foods, and avoid eating too many wholegrain carbohydrates. To avoid hunger, you may need to eat more lean meat, fish, green leafy vegetables, and unsweetened natural live yogurt.
- Limit your fresh fruit intake to two fruits a day, and avoid those that are very sweet or overripe. Eat 3-6 portions of fresh vegetables each day. Small amounts of fruit juice, freshly prepared and diluted witht he same volume of water, may be taken as an occasional treat.
- Unless you are infusing fresh herbs, limit herbal tea intake to a maximum of 2-3 cups a day, as all dried herbs are to some extent moldy. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, hot water can be very comforting, especially in cold weather.
- Avoid drinking large amounts of milk, as milk (but not yogurt) contains a sugar, lactose. You need to exclude milk completely only if you are intolerant of it.
- Consider starting a course of prebiotics and probiotics if you are not already taking them.
What To Do Next – Candida Diet
Assess your symptoms after three months. How are you feeling?
- Very much better: Start testing your reaction to individual foods containing yeasts and molds. You can reintroduce some sugar, but you may have a relapse if you overdo it.
- Better but still not well: Continue with the diet for another three months, as progress can be slow. If you are still not better, you may have food intolerance, so progress to the mini elimination diet plan.
- Very little progress: Candida is likely to be a problem, so you should see your doctor, as you may have an unrelated condition. If not, start the mini elimination diet plan as you may have a food intolerance.
Foods Containing Yeasts And Molds
- Bread, including pita bread, sourdough and pizzas. Soda bread is usually yeast free, but check the label, as yeast may be a secondary raising agent, in addition, some people are sensitive to soured milk. Yeasted buns and pastries such as doughnuts and danish pastries.
- Yeast extract and most stock cubes
- Anything containing hydrolyzed vegetable protein or leavening.
- Beer, wine, hard cider, and to a lesser extent, whisky and other spirits
- Vinegar (except spirit vinegar) and pickles (use fresh lemon juice in salad dressings)
- vitamin supplements unless yeast free
- Fruit that is dried, over ripe, or unpeeled, and also olives, melons (fresh or dried), shredded coconut, peanuts, and peanut products, as these are all prone to mold. Nuts should be freshly shelled if possible, or buy from a store with a good turn over and keep frozen.
- Commercial fruit juices
- Food containing malt
- Synthetic cream, fermented dairy products
- Smoked foods
- Soy sauce, shoyu, etc. check labels of other sauces that may contain fermented products
- Leftover food stored at room temperature for more than 24 hours, or more than 48 hours in a refrigerator (use your freezer instead)
- Mushrooms and other edible fungi
- Quorn and mycoprotein
- Blue cheese and ripe cheese such as Brie and Camembert
- Dry herbs may contain mold, so use fresh whenever possible