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My Candida Diet - 90 Days to Better Health

Updated on October 17, 2013

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

This page was made by Linda Jo Martin, author of River Girl and owner of LJ Martin Web (my small business).

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The Candida Cure: Yeast, Fungus and Your Health - By Ann Boroch, CNC

The Candida Cure The 90-Day Program to Beat Candida & Restore Vibrant Health
The Candida Cure The 90-Day Program to Beat Candida & Restore Vibrant Health

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!

Candida Recipes for Vegetarians
Candida Recipes for Vegetarians

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.

 

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 Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity
The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity

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!

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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.

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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.

Solaray - Yeast Cleanse, 180 capsules
Solaray - Yeast Cleanse, 180 capsules

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...

Caprylic Acid

Pau D'Arco

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Tea Tree Oil

 

My new breakfast cereal - Let's Go Raw...........

Go Raw 100% Organic, Simple Granola Cereal, 16-Ounce Bags (Pack of 2)
Go Raw 100% Organic, Simple Granola Cereal, 16-Ounce Bags (Pack of 2)

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 organic almond butter and have disposed of a lot of not-okay foods like peanut butter, cashews, potatoes and sugar, sugar, sugar.

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 red clover tea 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.

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.

Any comments about candida or the candida diet? - Have you ever tried this type of restrictive diet?

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      Nathalie Roy 4 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I did suffer from eczema and got everything under control by cutting bread pasta and going low carb. Personally milk product don't affect me ( I know they affect negatively a lot of people), but gluten does (I am not allergic but very sensitive). Anyway it is proven that milk and gluten are responsible for many health problems including skin problems and joint pain. Good luck!

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      @FanfrelucheHubs: Thanks! Gluten is also out with this diet. I've been using gluten-free flours half the time anyhow, so maybe it won't be too hard to get used to. There are only a few grains allowed.

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      Good luck on your new diet plan.

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      Scraps2treasures 4 years ago

      I wish you the best of luck. I hope that it successfully clears up your skin condition. Blessed.

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      I have hypothyroidism and have suffered a lot with various infections over the years. I have recently given up refined sugar but still not there yet as I still eat plenty of other forms of sugar- honey, raw cane sometimes, and maple sugar. I've given up caffeine as well. I feel much better- namely my circulation has improved dramatically. I think there is a lot to be said about the Candida diet!

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      @gottaloveit2: Thanks... I think it will be challenging to make the transition to this diet. I'm glad the book has a plan for easing into the diet by gradually giving up foods over a period of five weeks.

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      @Scraps2treasures: Thanks so much! I'm looking forward to better health. I think with this diet plan, there's no doubt that my health will improve in many ways.

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      @ismeedee: I have no problem giving up caffeine (though I normally drank tea every morning) ... but the sugars are another issue. I like real maple syrup on my gluten-free pancakes and Truvia sweetener in my tea. I don't use processed white sugar at all... but everything has to go except stevia or xylitol or chicory root... or luo han guo fruit extract... I've never heard of that before! The chicory root sounds good but it is about twenty dollars per pound!

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      mnl7362 4 years ago

      I'm not on a restrictive diet but more a healthy lifestyle choice. I know you said you are thinking about adding eggs to your diet, I assume to make up some of the protein, which Im sure can get from tofu. Anyway you do a lot with the whites of the eggs only. Right now, I have egg whites every morning with some veggies (broccoli or spinach) and you won't how fulfilling it truly is. I wish you all the luck! :)

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      @mnl7362: Thanks so much! I'm 90% sure I'll go back to eating eggs, for breakfast, especially. I think tofu is allowed on the diet as there's a recipe in the back of the book for a pudding made with carob and stevia, and organic tofu, which is available here locally. (Local availability is a huge issue for me since I live in a remote place with only one small grocery store.)

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      gia combs-ramirez 4 years ago from Montana

      @mnl7362: Tofu isn't a good source of protein if there are thyroid issues.

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      gia combs-ramirez 4 years ago from Montana

      I had horrible candida for a while. Didn't change my diet much but took Blue Green Algae supplements and that took care of it. I also highly recommend the microbe balancing solutions you can get from Perelandra-ltd. You can get them for your digestive system, skin, immune, etc. They are flower essences that are not expensive but highly effective. Michaelle Small-Wright the maker of them is brilliant...she says you don't need to eradicate any of the microbes completely....just be in balance with them.

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      @giacombs-ramirez: Thanks so much, Gia... I will definitely look into Perelandra-ltd.

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      Carol 4 years ago from Arkansas

      I have struggle with Candida much of my life but have had success with getting rid of it by following the eating plan from a book called Trim Healthy Mama. Getting rid of sugar and high glycemic foods has helped a lot.

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      CanHealthInsure 4 years ago

      Great!

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      @balancebydesign4u: Sounds like a great book... I will consider getting it while I'm dieting.

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      @CanHealthInsure: Thanks for stopping by to comment. Probably 90% of Americans NEED this diet - but only about 2% will ever actually use it.

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      @enrich-self-study: I think most Americans (and many others) are suffering from an excess of candida. Too bad our doctors never mention this! If we were to cure our candida problems, most likely a HOST of other problems would also go away, and how would doctors make money then?

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      kazuzo-kudo 4 years ago

      likes calcium bentonite clay masks for the perfect skin. Put the wet clay on the skin and let it dry. Do this every other day for a week or two. You will likely have perfect skin after that. Garlic and cilantro are good for cleaning out the bad chemicals and pollution.

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      @kazuzo-kudo: Thanks for the tips... I haven't tried calcium bentonite clay... but will look for it.

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      Check out 'Food Matters' - it's about a doctor who cured her MS through diet - inspirational!

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      CatJGB 3 years ago

      I did a whole30 a little while ago....30 days of no grains at all, no dairy, no sugar or other natural sweeteners. I kinda did it for interest's sake, and to try to knock out some unhealthy snacking habits and a chocolate addiction that had developed. I lost a few lbs, a mild case of athlete's foot completely disappeared and has not reappeared, my nails grew very strong and I felt great! In control of the snacking again and off the choc :)

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      Linda Jo Martin 3 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      @CatJGB: Whole30 sounds like a great idea! I'm temporarily off the candida diet but plan to go back on it next month for another 90 days. . . mainly because I liked the way I felt when I was doing it.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      It is June 2013. How did the last month of the diet go for you?

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      lawyer-marketing 3 years ago

      Really inspirational

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I have been on a candida diet under the guidance of a ND. It is hard. I tried one anti-fungal and had some GI issues due to the magnesium in it. We are going slow here, trying to get my gut "in order". Good luck and thank you for the updates :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thank you for this very informative lens and for sharing your experience. I have a good friend who suffers from candida and will suggest reading this lens.

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      Reaching_Apex 3 years ago

      Yes, but only for about 10 months..... I'd like to get back on track for health reasons by trying the Paleo and South Beach Diets, though. Paleo is more vegan/vegetarian, minus contaminated, processed foods; South Beach Diet helps detox and relieve someone of candida with Phases 1-3, gradually allowing you to incorporate sugary foods. I figured I could incorporate South Beach first by changing the timeline in Phase 1 from 2 weeks to about 6 months-10 months, and slowly incorporate root veggies and fruits, afterwards. I also want to get on the vegan bandwagon for preventative and moral purposes, as well. Informative and inspiring lens here!

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      VictoriaThurman 3 years ago

      This could be another good option that is worth considering for. I've been following the Paleo diet especially for my skin condition and working from the inside, it works good to me. I've using all natural remedies for my skin condition, I also had a terrible eczema in past years and I followed the natural guide of eczematreatmentnow.com. I'm always committed of taking care of skin from the inside.

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      ThomasReyes 3 years ago

      I tried a lot things for my Candida cure but nothing work for me. At that time, my younger brother suggest me to take some Candida related diet as he was sure it will help me. I contact with candidacuretips.com and get some help in diet. Yes it work for me.

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      Kalafina 2 years ago

      Yes but I have a dreadful time with it. I have been GF for years and get very sick if I get the faintest contamination, dairy/lactose free (but using Lactaid can help), and fried/scrambled/hard-boiled egg free. I also am supposed to keep my diet Very high in sodium and potassium. I do my best to keep my diet low in sugar but break down randomly and make GF brownies at 12am on the sly. I did try to avoid the other foods on the Candida list but after Mayo Clinic nicely chided me on salt intake I returned many to my diet. I have a lot of respect for you for being so honest about your Candida diet experience. Thank you for sharing!

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      Linda Jo Martin 2 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      It definitely isn't an easy diet. I feel for you. I should do it again. My diet is almost sugar free... but I should cut out more things.

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