With over 25 years' experience with candida clients and nutritional kinesiology, I believe that there are only certain foods that feed yeast. They are very specific and I have listed them below. That is not to say that some people cannot be allergic to other foods; you might be one of those people. But as you eliminate the yeast foods and pay attention to your body, any allergies to other foods will be revealed to you over time. Pay attention to your body language; it is your greatest ally when it comes to healing you.
To begin healing yeast:
- AVOID all fruits (fresh, frozen or dried), EXCEPT you can eat grapefruit, lemon, lime, tangerines, strawberries, cranberries, kiwi, currants, mangoes, bananas & fresh pineapple.
- Do not eat walnuts or chickpeas. Any other nut, bean or seed is okay to eat.
- The only vegetables to stay clear of are mushrooms and sweet potatoes, so eat lots of fresh veggies (remember, organic is always better for the body). Try to keep fresh and steamed vegetables separate from one another. If digestion is compromised, they may cause digestive problems if consumed at the same time.
- No chocolate or caffeine. This includes coffee, caffeinated tea (black tea, green tea, chai tea - unless it stated "decaf" on the label) Carob is acceptable as a chocolate substitute. Water processed decaffeinated coffee is okay, but limit to one cup per day. Even better would be a coffee substitute that can be found at the health food store, such as Kaffree Roma or other natural coffee substitutes. Teeccino helps kick the coffee habit. It is brewed like coffee and gives us that same ritual feeling.
- Stay clear of sodas & city water.
- Avoid artificial flavors, sweeteners, and preservatives. Yeast loves anything that compromises the immune system.
- Avoid all white sugars and processed flours. They serve no purpose.
- Avoid any product made from yeast including breads and crackers.
- Avoid all cow cheese.
Now that you know what you cannot eat, the question becomes, "Then what can I eat?" Lots! Let's start with the essential... water!Water is essential; drink only pure water. Avoid all city water. Make sure your water is from spring water that is pure. How we drink it is also important. Sipping water does not flush the system. A cup of water upon awakening re-hydrates the system; a cup before each meal flushes the system and gets our digestion ready for the next meal.
Grapefruit juice or a natural lemonade is acceptable on occasion. Herbal teas are good as long as they don't contain the fruits that are not allowed on the diet. Echinacea tea and Pau D'Arco tea are good for the immune system. For a treat, a natural soda such as one from the health food store is allowed, but again, don't be abusive and watch the fruits! Mineral waters are fine, but again watch the fruits! One of my favorite morning ritual drinks is a decaf chai tea (Roobos) with a little pure maple syrup, topped with Silk soy creamer. It doesn't get better than that!
Your sugars of choice are pure maple syrup, molasses, barley malt, rice malt, molasses, agave, & stevia. For those who do not have a history of sugar abuse, organic cane juice crystals and sucanat are also allowed. Very small amounts of honey are allowed - make sure they are last in the ingredient listings.
Meats, poultry and fish are allowed, except for pork which aggravates digestion. Keep your meats to small portions, no more than 4 or 5 oz. per meal and no more than once per day.
Your bread of choice will be whole grain sourdough bread such as Baldwin Hill or French Meadow - up to 2 slices per day. Whole grain sprouted breads, such as Alvarado and Ezekial are also permitted - 1 slice per day. Look for crackers that are whole grain and yeast free. Stick to whole grain or semolina pastas.
Avoid cow cheese. Substitute with soy, rice, goat or sheep cheese. Soy & rice cheese now come in a variety of flavors, including mozzarella, Swiss, American, Parmesan, sour cream & cream cheese. And more and more markets are offering a variety of goat and sheep cheese. Experiment and find the ones that suit your taste buds!
Many people have dairy allergies, so be conscious of this if you use cow milk. Allergies to cow milk may include bloating, colon issues, sinus problems, bronchial problems, and ear infections. Real butter is usually acceptable unless you are dealing with severe dairy allergies.
Eating a goat yogurt daily is often helpful but do not combine it with fruits. Instead use plain, maple or vanilla flavors. Adding pure maple syrup to plain goat yogurt turns it into a wonderful treat!
Black tea is in fact an antifungal proven effective against candida: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19420933
Wow very nice post this post helpfull for me.
Yeast is a type of fungus; when one speaks of a yeast infection this is referring to the fungus scientifically
known as Candida. The specific type of fungus most commonly responsible for vaginitis is Candida albicans.
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Yeast is commonly present on normal human skin and in areas of moisture, such as the mouth and vagina.
In fact, it is estimated that between 20% to 50% of healthy women normally carry yeast in the vaginal area.
Hi im a candida suffer and some sites say wat we should eat and then another could say different confused????? I dont no was to eat and im a vegi
Hi Anonymous: I have worked with candida suffers for many years. Yeast likes certain foods and the list I have is pretty complete. Yeast also cannot live in a body that digests properly so get your digestion working. Keep your meals simple; don't combine lots of food. Pay attention; our bodies and our yeast speaks to us often and listen to what they are telling you. Keep a journal of food you eat and how you feel during that day. A journal can give you valuable insights you may not notice otherwise. Make sure you drink pure spring water to help flush the system and use good probiotics to maintain the good stuff.
I am enjoying your website a whole lot. Have been struggling with recurrent chronic candida for a while. Your website makes it clear and simple. I have a question. On the foods to avoid list, would raw chocolate (cocoa powder, cocoa butter, cocoa paste, agave syrup) be acceptable to eat? What about nut butters? Thanks for taking the initiate in setting up this kind of website. I am sure it is helping a lot of people.
Dear Famke: Thank you for your kind words. You made my evening! Since your yeast has been chronic,I would avoid the cocoa products unless of course you want to try raw cocao in powder form that you may be able to add to an energy drink. If you are going to do agave, only organic raw agave would be acceptable in small amounts. As far as nut butters, I would try organic almond butter first and then maybe seed butters like sunflower or sesame. Whenever you try something, always do it in small amounts first. Our bodies will get to the place in healing where they will speak loud and clearly when they are not happy with our choices. It is at this point, we have an opportunity to make a different choice, one that our bodies will love. I hope this helps...
bananas are allowed? that's incorrect!
There are many who believe anything that contains sugar or turns to sugar in the body will feed yeast. I don't see that as true unless of course a person is sensitive to everything. The average person tolerates bananas on a yeast diet because bananas actually promote friendly bacteria growth. Bananas can be hard to digest unless they are very ripe however which is best to absorb the potassium as well...
What about blackberries, blue berries, and raspberries?
Is it safe to breastfeed with C.A.?
Hi Linda. You didn't mention anything about eggs?
Rice akso turns to sugar. Why do you recommend rice ?
Molasses also are very sweet. Are they allowed ?
Some sites say that fresh cheeses are allowed. Some says that they should be completely avoided... Which ones are true ?
Would coconut water be acceptable?
Hello! I'm wondering if this list is supposed to be the "ok" list after a huge cleanse, or if this is the cleanse itself?
Also, you don't have anything about alcohol. . . :) Thoughts? Any on the "ok" list, or are they ALL bad?
Great article..My sister got this disease once. it was extremely painful. we used to make special candida diet for her. thanks for sharing this information.
Hi, would be great-full for reply. When I have laid in the bath their are bubbles coming from my anus in the past. As time has gone one it has gone worse, it is like I have at times constant air bubbles coming from their. Will always happen after eating. Can this be yeast infection? I have put coconut oil their, with no positive results. Also feel weak all the time. Can yeast infection affect your magnesium and potassium levels? Thanks, Dillon
I am the type that is allergic to everything. I have had candida without a break following a round of antibiotics 10 years ago. My whole digestive system changed - I tried everything, herbs, probiotics, vitamins, minerals, essential oils - the only thing that i can do completely avoid all foods and liquids except for low starch vegetables that are not acidic. no sugar - including all fruit and juices, no alcohol, oil products, meat and fish, etc. i did enjoy cocoa powder making my own chocolate drink but that is starting to give me a problem and I notice you have suggested that it should be avoided - can you give some explanation for your advice.
Thanks for a great article! One question, are corn and potatoes ok? I know a lot of references says they are not. Please provide your inputs.
What about honey?
I'm suffering from candida since about 15yrs...
Only recently got much better by avoid8ng fruits and eating xylitol.
I can tell you whats the worst... sweet wine.
Its fermented,sweet and has alcohol.
what about dark chocolate with stevia,no milk in it.
For a light snack, I enjoy making non gmo popcorn with coconut oil and Himalayan salt. Would this aggravate candida? Doing a Google search, it seems to be divided if it's an issue or not on the candida diet. Please advise. Thank you!
I would take it a step further and use Organic Popcorn with organic coconut oil and Himalayan salt. Mostly, this will not aggravate yeast. Of course, some people can be sensitive to corn and the coconut oil, so your body will be your best judge to let you know if its good for you or not...
Many of you could research "leaky gut" as it is almost a partner with candida. I was recommended to take digestive enzymes and they help with the gas in the form of burbs and flatulence.
Thank you for taking the time to write, Charlene!
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