A couple of years ago I suffered from an overgrowth of Candida, a yeast that occurs naturally in the body but can spiral out of control with a diet high in sugars or the addition of antibiotics and steroid treatments.
The most effective way of reducing the yeast is with a plan including following a strict anti-candida diet, taking supplements that help to kill the yeast and repopulating the good bacteria of the gut with probiotics.
When I initially got to grips with the anti-candida diet I was shocked and didn’t have a clue what to eat. Looking at websites and information about the yeast was disheartening as often I read more about what I couldn’t eat than could. However with a little creativity and commitment it’s possible to eat an abundance of foods on the anti-candida diet. In fact I found that while I had to cut out refined carbohydrates, dairy, sugars and most processed foods, on the other hand I discovered a huge array of foods that I probably wouldn’t have eaten otherwise.
So, if you are suffering from Candida here are some ideas of what you are can eat for each meal…
Oats with water/ non-dairy milk – sprinkle with cinnamon and add linseeds
Eggs – scrambled/poached – organic
Soya yoghurt with ground flax
Lunch and Dinner:
Salad with a mix of veg and some protein – fish/ lean meat/ quorn
With meat try to go organic as much as possible. Mass produced meats are often pumped with hormones and antibiotics that can get into your food. They are also a better source of nutrients.
Quinoa – a fantastic grain that is a good source of protein and amino acids. Can be cooked and served or with vegetables.
Ryvita, brown rice and wholewheat pasta – I ate these in moderation but they are a great choice for when you fancy something heavier and carby.
Beans – a great source of vegetarian protein, try bean bakes with vegetables for a wholesome, warming meal.
Add lots of garlic and leeks to your meals, they’re known for their anti-fungal properties.
Sugar free soya yoghurt – I love natural Alpro Soya Yofu.
Ryvita or crispbreads with almond butter or a beany spread
Raw nuts and seeds
Drink caffeine free red bush tea as an alternative to regular caffeinated tea, try herbal blends like peppermint, nettle, camomile and fruit. Pau D’arco is a great tea with anti-fungal properties – it doesn’t taste the nicest but it should grow on you!
For more ideas of what to eat on an anti-candida diet look out for my review of Rebecca Richardson’s recipe book ‘Candida Can Be Fun!’ coming soon on munch. You can also find out more about Candida on my Special Diets page.
UPDATE: Don’t miss my newer post – What you can eat on an Anti-Candida Diet Part Two for more ideas!
If you are suffering with candida overgrowth it may seem miserable now, but you really can eat your way to better health!