Over the years, I’ve tried the typical anti-candida diet, which can be very restrictive and difficult. There are a few out there with some variations. Here’s my opinion on the subject. However, don’t go just by what I say, go by how you feel and what your doctor advises. For me, I just did the best I could. When I felt too sick to eat certain things, I would cheat and eat white rice. Sometimes that’s all I could eat. The best anti-candida diet I have found out there, and the most strict one I’ve seen, is by a lady named Bee Wilder. Her website is completely dedicated to candida and following her strict recommendations. For many, her diet has worked wonders. For me, I did the best I could, and ultimately found relief once I realized that the problem was bigger than just candida, and was diagnosed with h. pylori.
Please check for h.pylori if you have candida. H. pylori needs to be addressed right away. If you have candida, you just may have h. pylori too. I read somewhere that candida carries h. pylori, or vice versa; either way, they go hand-in-hand a lot of the time. According to my doctors, you can follow the diet as strict as you can, but if you have h. pylori, you need to be taking stuff to kill it. Same goes with Candida. You’ve got to be killing it off. It’s up to you whether you want to believe that diet alone can cure your candida. For me, the supplements (listed in my post, “What worked”) and the diet were what worked for me.
The basic diet I followed including some recommendations from Bee’s website, Healing Naturally:
Higher protein (fatter meats are better) including eating quite a lot of organic eggs
higher good fats including adding real butter to just about everything, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and lots of avocados. I started taking olive oil by 1/2 to 1 tablespoon after meals (I’d just plug my nose and down it), working up to 3 tablespoons a day. I made sure to take a good enzyme that included lipase to digest fat.
low glycemic veggies like asparagus, greens, zucchini.
Bee’s electrolyte drink helped me immensely! It’s basically: 8-16 oz purified water with 1/8 to 1/4 tsp good celtic sea salt and the juice of half a lemon. I drank this all the time and I’m sure it helped with the nausea.
I also ate rice when I felt the need to.
I cut out gluten about 99%, but at times it couldn’t be avoided. This is my point about doing the best you can. And look, I’m negative for systemic candida now.
At times I even “cheated” with beans, even though they are a high starch, because I just couldn’t eat meat all the time. Sometimes I suffered for it, other times, not. The thing that has always made me feel better is eating organic eggs. I always ate them “soft” scrambled too, not overcooked, in order to retain the nutrients. That’s just me. If you check out Bee’s website, she has a whole lot of information (an overwhelming amount) about the goodness of eggs. She recommends raw eggs and in particular a “raw egg drink” recipe she has on her site. I tried it a few times and it was tasty, but never got over the raw egg thing enough to be able to drink it consistently, though it never made me feel sick. I did decrease the amounts of coconut oil and eggs in the drink.
A note on Coconut oil. Some people feel that coconut oil is a crucial part of the anti-candida diet. For me, I just couldn’t tolerate it much. Do what you can. Bee recommends working up to 5-6 tablespoons of coconut oil a day, before going on any natural antifungal, like oregano or garlic, but I never got even close to that, and was able to eventually take the supplements in my “What Worked” post that included oregano, etc. If you’re going to try coconut oil, maybe start with a very small amount at a time, at first, and work up to more. I started with 1/4 to 1/2 tsp with meals. Bee recommends this also.
I started taking the basic nutritional supplements listed on Bee’s website. I added 1000 mg of vit C, 3 times a day (I believe this helped a lot with the die-off) vit E, a good Cal/Mag supplement 2 times a day, a good B-complex 2 times a day, in addition to taking ginger for my tummy. If you want to see a more detailed list of supplements check out her website.
I would personally recommend checking out her website. If you want to join her support group she may be able to help you. I was on her list for a long time, and she always answered my questions. But, if you don’t follow her diet strictly, she will get onto you for that. She has her reasons, and many are good. I do not personally agree with everything she advises, but much of the information she shared was useful to me.
I definitely agree with her article on how to start curing candida in steps.
1. eliminate sugar from your diet
2. eliminate gluten and yeast
3. gradually increase higher fat meats and good fats to your diet
4. Stay on the diet until you feel at least a little better, one or two months
5. Take the antifungals once you’ve been on the diet for a month or two, like the ones in my “What Worked” post or a good oregano oil supplement. As far as oregano oil, Young Living Essential Oils is a very trustworthy brand and you get a lot for your money (I am an independent distributor now!). However, you have to buy the gelatin capsules and make them up yourself. If you take an antifungal too soon, you may experience a worse die-off reaction than you would if you just let the diet work for a while first. This was definitely true for me. It was several months that I was on the diet, before I got the positive for h. pylori, and starting taking those supplements which were for h. pylori–but also worked to kill candida too.
A last note on probiotics. Some say that you are wasting your money to take them before you’ve used the antifungals. But, in my opinion, and my doctors, you might be better off taking them right away, because it’s good to constantly be building up that good gut flora. The one I took is in my “What Worked” post.