My Candida Diet - 90 Days to Better Health
Candida may be the cause of all my health problems. I have to find out.
I'm making this page to record my candida diet learning curve and impressions. This is one person's experience with trying to overcome years of physical distress that may be due entirely to candida albicans, a yeast/fungus that I've allowed into my body due to bad diet planning and other environmental factors.
Causes of candida are white flours, dairy products, sugar, sugar, sugar, antibiotics, and many other things. I will make a list further down on this page.
Results? There are many maladies that can be caused by candida. For me, the obvious problems are weight gain and skin fungus infections. Less obviously, my hypothyroid condition could have been caused by candida.
As I start out on this diet I'm slightly frightened of the dietary changes I must make - and live with! I'm already half-way there really, as I've got a natural foods/vegetarian/vegan type of lifestyle and I use some of the more unusual foods recommended for the diet. I'll write more about the foods recommended or forbidden later.
Image above: Candida Albicans
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The Candida Cure: Yeast, Fungus and Your Health - By Ann Boroch, CNC
This is the book I'm using to start my diet. It is the best-selling candida diet book right now.
The book is short and to the point, and right now, I very much appreciate that. There are a few chapters to read, then some recipes and food lists, and supplement suggestions. That's all I need to get started.
"The Candida Cure" will have to be my guide as I don't have a naturopathic doctor nearby to consult with.
The lady who wrote this book became a naturopathic doctor after her own desperate situations that were cured by the candida diet. She had mononucleosis, and a few years later was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis... which was cured by this diet. She now teaches this diet to others through her professional healing work, and through this book.
Watch the videos of this writer, below.
Ann Boroch, the naturopathic doctor who wrote "The Candida Cure" - She had some severe health problems and a MS diagnosis - and was healed by this diet.
Vegetarians and candida
A few notes, since I'm a long-time vegetarian.
This is not a vegetarian diet, and I'm weighing that issue, as I've been a vegetarian for many years, and last year morphed onto the vegan diet.
The one thing allowed on the diet that I'm considering using (non-vegan) is eggs. Right now I'm not convinced to eat them, but it may come to that. We'll see how it goes.
I know I'm not going to be eating meat though the book contains recipes for poultry and fish. So, technically, this page could be titled, "My Vegetarian Candida Diet."
Candida diet help for vegetarians - Just what I needed... vegetarian recipes for this diet!
I just found this at Amazon... just what I needed to get started on my candida diet.
The book is full of simple recipes... recipes you can easily learn and incorporate into your lifestyle and cooking repertoire.
Sometimes all I need is a new idea... I rarely cook with measurements. This book is great for cooking inspiration.
This is a Kindle book, so either buy a Kindle or get one of the apps for reading these awesome paperless books.
Resources for the candida diet - I've found these pages to be very helpful.
- Candida albicans
The wikipedia page for candida albicans. Know your enemy!
- Ann Boroch, Certified Nutritional Consultant & Naturopath
Ann Boroch is the naturopathic doctor who wrote "The Candida Cure."
- Natural Candida Cure
Are you looking for a natural Candida cure? This page lists every step you need to take to cure your Candida overgrowth naturally.
- Candida Albicans Causes
There are many things that lead to a Candida overgrowth. Check here for the main Candida albicans causes.
- Natural Healing Cookbook
Dr. Jo's Natural Healing Cookbook provides the information you need to fine tune your diet to suit your uniquely-you body to get you healthy.
- Candida Diet Forum
Get support from others doing the candida diet.
More candida albicans videos - YouTube is a great information source...
I've had a hard time finding non-commercial videos about the candida diet. It seems that everyone who is talking about it has something to sell or promote. Somehow, I find that annoying, after a while! They are mainly selling their programs, books, or coaching services. Well, being low-budget myself, I'm sticking to free internet treasures and a few books. I also have to buy quite a few foods I've never heard of before! LOL . . . so, with tax season looming, I'm holding off on purchasing anything expensive of questionable necessity.
Note... don't these women look healthy? I think they do! It is very motivating to see someone who has done the candida diet and looks beautiful and radiant.
Bogy Ecology - Be all you can be.
The lady in the third video above (dark blue dress) recommended this book, which helped her through her candida diet cleanse. I haven't bought this yet... I'm still reading "The Candida Cure," but I'm placing this here to remind me to buy it later if I need more health support and information during this time of my life.
Embarking on the candida diet, I realize that this is ideally a life-long journey, not just a ninety-day fling. If I go back to eating the wrong foods, the candida excess will return. So realistically speaking, I may need support for a long time to come.
It all boils down to. . . HOW MUCH do I want to be healthy again? Being overweight is not healthy. Skin eruptions are sure not a sign of health. I really want this... so I'm willing to take the plunge.
January 2013 - I'm just getting started with the candida diet
This page will expand exponentially as my diet gets rolling along, because I'll need to write about it.
January 18 - I've been suffering with chronic skin disorders for many years, but everything had calmed down last year... until I decided to break my vegan diet austerity last November when I went to visit family for Thanksgiving. My family loves to eat out, and I decided I could participate more easily if I were vegetarian instead of vegan, so I allowed cheese back into my diet.
All hell broke loose. I believe it was the cheese.
My long-time "eczema" on the backs of my hands returned, and the flare-ups have been aggressive this time, and itchy-painful. Worse still, the skin fungus infection on my leg, which I had last year, which I got rid of, came back and wouldn't diminish no matter which expensive over-the-counter fungus remedy I tried to control it with.
At this point I've used a long list of OTC and prescribed and natural remedies, and the skin fungus is looking very red and has been spreading. The "eczema" on my hands - I've finally decided that is another form of fungus... it responds a lot better to fungus medications than it ever did to the cortisone cream doctors hand out for that.
I've been desperately searching for remedies for these skin outbreaks... and finally came across the candida diet which I believe is going to clear all this up PLUS help me lose weight at the same time.
I'm committing myself to the 90-day diet plan and will follow it religiously, to the letter. I'm doing this to save my life, because without health, we have nothing because we can't enjoy the rest of life.
I believe I can do this... because several times I've followed the Master Cleanse lemonade diet and successfully went 10+ days each time fasting, with only lemonade and tea and water to drink.
The candida diet will include a lot of food and yeast-control supplements. I don't anticipate starving.
Wish me luck!
January 20 - I'm still working up to this diet, changing a few foods. I've decided to eat the eggs. Fortunately here we can get eggs from cage-free chickens - the brand is "Natural Directions." I don't like factory farming and hate what is done to chickens... so I hope these brown eggs are better quality... without the pain and fear vibes from unhappy, miserable chickens.
I also bought a bag of grapefruit. This is one of the few fruits allowed on the diet, and I was surprised and happy to see that my local market had a supply. I guess I never looked before! When I got home and cut one open, surprise! It was a pink grapefruit, and slightly sweet. A hybrid, perhaps? The book doesn't mention anything about pink grapefruit being forbidden food.
Other than that, change comes slow. The book allows five weeks for people to wean themselves off all the forbidden foods. I don't think it will take me that long because my prior diet already tended toward natural foods.
January 23 - I'm still giving up certain foods. Today I ran out of my favorite flavor of Clif Bars and will not resupply myself with those... though I love them. However, I'm eating things that are on the diet plan and getting used to them.
I'm still looking for breakfast solutions. I used to eat... Clif Bars for breakfast! No more... they have rice syrup sweetener in them, and that's not allowed on the candida diet. Now I'm going to have to get creative. I'm saving omelets with lots of fresh veggies for dinners.
Maybe by the end of the month I'll be ready to be on the diet 100%.
By the way, I've already lost two pounds! Very unexpected!
A herbal antifungal supplement is recommended for the candida diet - The book I'm reading suggests the brand should be changed every three months.
I found this on Amazon - it has great reviews so I bought it even though it isn't one of the specific brands on the short list Ann Boroch gave in her book.
It has just about the same ingredients...
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Tea Tree Oil
My new breakfast cereal - Let's Go Raw...........
Go Raw has a lot of vegan raw food products on Amazon... but this is the one I'm limited to right now. This has absolutely nothing that's not on the candida diet. LOL
I just got this from Amazon today, and had a small bowl (about half a cup) with coconut milk and stevia.
It wasn't bad! I can live with this. Of course, I may have to embellish it a bit. I can add berries or sliced green apple bits, and cinnamon. That will have to wait for another day.
The cereal is made from sprouted buckwheat and sprouted flax seeds. Very healthy... I'm sure it will be good for me.
February 2013 - Full-on candida diet in progress
I'm depriving myself of a lot of foods now.
February 6, 2013 - I am done with the transition period, and at this point have stocked up on "good" foods like and have disposed of a lot of not-okay foods like peanut butter, cashews, potatoes and sugar, sugar, sugar. organic almond butter
I have to keep living this way for 90 days to cleanse my system of candida. After that there's a maintenance diet; I'll probably never eat as freely as I did before. My plan is to stay on this diet until the end of April, then switch to maintenance foods which will include a lot more fruit varieties. I'll discuss maintenance more when I get there.
The transition has been difficult for me! It is still difficult. I'm having slight sugar cravings. I'm hoping to get used to the new food-set eventually, try more candida diet recipes, and settle in for the long-haul.
This morning I got the happy news from my scale that I've lost another pound! This is awesome! I've had a hard time losing weight due to having a hypothyroid condition, and some hypertension medication I used to take. My hypertension story is here: Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure - Hypertension Medication - Do You Really Need It?.
Excuse me while I take another sip of my spiked with stevia and cinnamon. I find that putting cinnamon in the tea makes it much more exciting. Red clover tea is an important part of the diet as it cleanses the bloodstream, liver, and kidneys. I have given up all other teas and caffeine in general. No more stopping by the coffeehouse for a treat. Oh well... I'm looking forward to being candida-free, for the most part. red clover tea
Since candida is a normal part of the digestive system, I won't be entirely without it most likely, but it won't be out of control and coming at me through skin eruptions. My skin fungus is about 70% cleared up at this point. I've been using a clotrimazole cream on it... plus the candida diet.
February 8, 2013 - I keep finding hidden forbidden foods in what I eat.
Yesterday I discovered that the coconut milk is so sweet because it contains cane juice! Well, there goes that taste treat! I went to the store and found that soy milk also has cane juice... but almond milk doesn't. I bought the almond milk. I hope this will work for me. I haven't tried it yet.
Today I read the ingredients for the rice chips and found out they have masa corn flour in them. Corn is another forbidden food. Oh well. Looks like I'll be making my own chips. Too bad, because I really loved those chips with guacamole. Tomorrow I'll start experimenting with the rice and barley flour I bought. I need to learn to make tortillas and chips with them. Wish me luck!
Meanwhile, I started writing a candida diet cookbook. My plan is to continue adding to it as long as I'm on the candida diet. So far I've added only four recipes.
This afternoon I used my rice steamer to make a hearty rice, lentil, and vegetable dinner. It was awesome, but filling. I gave the leftovers to my dogs. They loved it too.
A few days ago I bought a book on eczema to find out what foods are suspected of causing outbreaks. My eczema was raging! I found out eggs and nuts are suspects... and my friend found out that garlic is a suspect. I've eliminated eggs and garlic from my diet. I miss the garlic, but not the eggs. I'd rather be vegan again.
Gosh, how many more things will I have to eliminate? I hope I'll soon get to the point where I'm really eating only what's on the diet because I want this candida to go away.
On a positive note - I think I'm adjusting well to the diet. I don't miss my old way of eating.
February 17, 2013 - Just an update to confirm that I'm still on the diet! I'm losing weight steadily. Apparently the candida was responsible for a lot of the weight I put on. Or perhaps, the wheat? I started putting on weight at about the same time bread makers switched to using GMO wheat... which is not healthy for us!!
Anyhow, so far I've lost seven pounds, and that's without trying to restrict myself from eating large portions... no calorie counting, nothing like that. All I did was eliminate the foods that are not good on the candida diet. That's quite a long list and required a change in eating habits for me... I gave up a lot. But guess what? I don't really miss those foods all that much.
I think my perception of food has changed too. It isn't "all that" anymore... it is more subdued, more in perspective. Yesterday I went most of the day eating only a few goji berries. FYI, berries are allowed on the diet... the book says "all types of berries" ... but doesn't specifically mention goji berries. I bought them from Amazon. They are dried, from the Himalayan Mountains... and full of vitamins.
Unfortunately my eczema flared up yesterday afternoon and I don't know if it was because of the goji berries. It was either that or the garlic I had the day before. Sigh... I am weaning myself off the garlic again. Apparently it isn't good for me. I'll continue to eat the goji berries. Only one or two berries will take away my feeling of hunger. . . then I have a nice dinner and that's all I need for the day.
March 2013 - Month #2 on my candida diet
It feels just fine...
March 20, 2013 . . . I haven't written here in a month! That surprises me. Well, I've adjusted to the candida diet and it is progressing just fine. The skin fungus problems are about 90 percent cleared up, and I've lost about ten pounds without really trying. It seems that about a pound a week melts away... not that I mind. I've been overweight for about fifteen years so if I lose the weight it will be a welcome miracle.
I have at least one more month on the candida diet... and in May I can start adding in more fruit. When that happens, I am probably going to switch to a raw food diet.
March 31,2013 . . . This is the end of the second month of my diet. I've had a few problems following the diet to the letter due to not having some of the recommended foods available to me - not even over the internet. However my skin fungus problems have gradually faded anyway, so I'm happy with the results and continuing on, as well as I can.
April 2013 - Month #3 of the diet
I did it... the entire three months!
I managed to stay on this diet for the entire three months but it wasn't easy because I live in a remote area where a lot of the recommended replacement foods weren't available.
I don't have any more severe skin rashes!
I feel better, I lost weight, and I'm going to do it again... after I move.
I'm moving from the boonies into a small city where there's a natural foods supermarket to shop at.
Wish me luck!
(And I'll wish you luck too if you're using the Candida diet plan.)
My opinion... it is really worth doing. I helped me lose weight when nothing else did, and it made me feel much better about life and about myself.
October 2013 - One More Try
Starting over soon...
October 17, 2013... I've been off the candida diet for a while now, and plan to get back on it soon for another three months. I felt so healthy while doing it, and want to lose more weight.
For what it's worth... my life has been topsy-turvy lately. I moved out of state after 13 years in one house, and got rid of all my furniture to do it. But I'm in a very good place now, and know I can do this diet again.
As of today, I'm back on the preparatory phase, gradually eliminating foods I won't be eating while on the diet.
During the last couple of months, I could have been on the maintenance diet, but I slipped and started eating as I did before - with forbidden foods like dairy and wheat. Even GMO wheat. So I need to start over.
I am committed to having better health.