Candida Diet Guidelines

For more complete guideline read Chapter 8 page 61 of the book CONQUERING YEAST INFECTIONS  by Colet Lahoz

Foods to avoid:

  • Sugar in all forms including very ripe fruits. In severe conditions avoid fruits for the first three months. In milder conditions some fruits may be tolerated. Sugar in other forms such as  honey. Molasses, syrups and brown sugar are also eliminated. Do not use NutraSweet , it feeds the candida.
Stevia or vegetable glycerin are recommended as sugar substitute.
  • Dessert foods: cookies, cakes, pies, ice cream,candy.
  • Alcoholic beverages and all beverages containing sugar
  • Cheeses
  • Condiments and food items that contain vinegar: catchup, mustard, mayonnaise, canned sauces, salad dressing, pickles, sauerkraut, etc.
  • Food items containing yeast including Brewer’s yeast, nutritional yeast  (check your labels for ingredients) baked goods, breads, buns, rolls, crackers, luncheon meats etc.
  • Coffee and black tea.

Foods to include:

Vegetables and Legumes

artichoke asparagus beans beet broccoli brussel sprouts cabbage carrots
cauliflower celery chard cucumber eggplant garlic green beans collard greens
kale kohlrabi leek lettuce okra onion parsley parsnips
peas peppers pumpkin radish rutabaga soybeans spinach sprouts
tofu tomato turnip yam
Note: potatoes in small amounts can be added to the diet as the symptoms subside.

Nuts
almond Brazil nuts filbert macadamia pecan walnuts

Whole Grains
barley Job's tears kamut millet oat brown rice wild rice rye
spelt teff wheat

Seeds
pumpkin sesame sunflower

Non grains

amaranth buckwheat quinoa

Butters
almond butter other nut butters except peanut butter, sesame, sunflower

Fats
butters oils olive oil (preferable cold pressed, extra virgin)

Starches

arrowroot kudzu tapioca

Fish and Shellfish
cod crab halibut orange roughy salmon shrimp trout clams
oysters tuna tilapia walleye catfish other fish and shellfish

Poultry
chicken Cornish hen duck eggs goose pheasant turkey other poultry

Meats
antelope beef buffalo lamb pork rabbit ostrich venison

Dairy

yogurt (plain unsweetened only)

Do not use any condiment containing sugar or vinegar. Use lemon instead of vinegar

Fruits
Fruits are not allowed in phase 1, (first three months or until you are 80% improved) when you re introduce fruits 2 to 3 servings per weeks to start with and increase servings if symptoms do not reappear .  Semi ripe fruits are preferred because they have less sugar content.

Sample fruits servings:

  1 medium apple (green apples have less sugar content)
1/2 avocado 1 medium orange
1/2 banana 1 cup papaya cubes
1 cup blackberries 1 cup mango cubes
1 cup blueberries 1 medium peach
1 cup melon 1 medium plum
1/2 large grapefruit
Sweeteners
In phase 1 limit to Stevia or vegetable glycerin
In phase2 and thereafter you may use 1 to 2 teaspoons daily of honey or pure maple syrup.

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