The Candida Diet Commitment
The food plan for candida cleansing must be followed, without interruption or breaks, for a minimum of 6-8 weeks. The consistency factor is of great importance. When you stray, indulge, or skip supplements, the yeast can quickly multiply. Start this cleanse when you can stay on it for the recommended time frame of 6-8 weeks.
The Candida Diet is a clean, simple whole foods plan. If this is not your usual fare, you may experience symptoms of detoxification as a result of the lighter, healthier style of eating. At some point, you may have a bad day, or a series of bad days. This is par for the course with releasing candida. Though this cleanse is designed to cause you the very least amount of discomfort, you may experience what is commonly called "die off", when a large amount of yeast is being killed and eliminated. Hidden behind the annoying symptoms often described as feeling blah or sluggish, "off days" are actually your body's most productive time during the cleanse.
Vegetarians and vegans
Vegetarians or vegans can do the Candida Diet with ease and flare. Applying a bit of creativity, one can eat quite well, and have great results. Use soaked and preferably sprouted beans, legumes, nuts and seeds, along with soaked, cooked grains, and small amounts of tofu and tempeh for grounding and protein. If you eat eggs, your options are more diverse; and if raw dairy works for you, kefir and yogurt add great flavor and variety to the food plan. If vegan, seed yogurt and coconut kefir can be made. These are delicious alternatives to dairy versions.
Eat more dark leafy greens such as kale and collards, sea vegetables and fermented foods, to take the place of empty carbohydrates you may have previously used as tummy fillers. Veggie bean soups, bowls of steamed vegetables and greens, quinoa and huge salads will be your main meals, as will simple stir-fried veggies and fresh green vegetable juices. The eating style is clean, light and abundant, with an emphasis on vegetables, rather than grains.
Food Rotation and Food Allergies
Since many of us are affected by food allergies, especially in the case of candida overgrowth, it is important to eat a wide variety of foods. Rotation is the key. Making a big pot of food might seem like a practical solution to the food prep challenge, and may even be recommended in other candida protocols; however, we ask you to refrain from this style of cooking if at all possible. Instead, prepare small quantities of no more than two meals. Rotate your food selection as best you can, ideally allowing two or three days to pass before eating that same food again. Devising a weekly menu plan and buying all ingredients ahead of time may help make food rotation more manageable.
How to Prepare Healthy Food
Eat raw, lightly-steamed, water-sautÈed, stir-fried or pressure-cooked foods, soaked cooked grains, soups, fresh vegetable juices, poached, baked or lightly grilled foods, eggs, sunny side up style, cooked in coconut oil or ghee, preferably with soft yolks, and generous portions of well-washed, fresh leafy greens for salads. Experiment with new, clean creative cooking styles. Pressure cooking is the fastest way to make easy-to-digest, highly nutritious, one-pot meals. Refrain from all deep-fried, charbroiled or blackened grilled foods during this and all cleanses. To continue, learn about which foods to eat and which foods to avoid. NO GMOs