The Candida Diet
While there are many sources of Candida Diet information, what we are providing is the diet Dr. Dennis gives his patients. Be sure to read ABOUT CANDIDA to understand WHY you need to change what you eat, in order to actually feel better.
This diet works best when used in conjunction with the ALCAT Test diet restrictions for people sensitive to mold and prone to Chronic Sinusitis. If there is a conflict between your ALCAT Test results and the Candida-specific diet, go with the Candida Diet guidelines over your ALCAT Test results.
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DO NOT EAT:
Foods that are high in sugar contribute to fungus, Candida, yeast and food allergies. These foods are usually high in sugar and make insulin levels go up! Examples of foods to avoid/eliminate are as follows:
Most Sweet Fruits
Carrots in Large Amounts
Diet Soft Drinks
There are MANY foods and variety of foods that are permissible. These include meats, seafood, vegetables and fruit. These foods should be fresh or frozen and not canned. You may eat sweet potatoes, organic food bars (check amount of protein and sugar content on wrapper), wild or brown rice, soy, spinach or quinoa pasta. When you crave sweets, and you will, use plain yogurt or cottage cheese and frozen berries, peaches and/or cherries. Use agave nectar, stevia or monk fruit as your sweetener, if desired. On this diet, many of our patients have lost 2 pounds a week without food restriction. If losing weight is not the goal, eat more food, or choose foods that are higher in non-saturated fats or are more calorie dense.
Patients that are exposed to mold and fungus have elevated food sensitivites as a result. The secret to success is combining the Candida Diet with your the ALCAT Food Sensitivity Test results, paying careful consideration to your food preferences and lifestyle. You can usually enjoy the foods on your acceptable list in unlimited quantity. People who stop eating the foods that they react to, find that the craving for sweets is diminished. Your responsibility is to find the food balance that makes you the best and healthiest person you can be.
Here is what a sample rotation (alternating enjoyable foods) menu may look like:
Gluten-Free Millet Toast with Almond Butter & a Pear
Rice Protein Shake with Blueberries & Walnut
Gluten-Free Oatmeal with Pecans & Apple
Bacon & Egg White, Red Pepper & Onion Omelet
Leftovers or Salad (Romaine, Tomato, Mushroom, Cucumber, Avocado & Sliced Almonds)
Leftovers or Salad (Spinach, Mushroom, Walnut, Goat Cheese, & Raspberries
Leftovers or Salad (Kale, Pecans, Carrots, & Artichoke
Leftovers or Salad (Iceberg Lettuce, Watercress, Chickpeas & Sunflower Seeds)
Beef, Sweet Potato, & Green Beans
Salmon, Wild or Brown Rice, & Wilted Spinach
Turkey, Quinoa, & Asparagus
Pork Loin, Black Beans, Onions, & Yellow Squash
This is a diet designed to balance the normal, healthy gut flora and to maintain it. This will stop the gut inflammation due to Yeast/Candida. The digestive tract contains 70% of the immune system; therefore it must be maintained and kept free of inflammation. This is not a diet about losing weight or about how much you eat. It is about glycemic index. The glycemic index of a food is the sugar content of that food. All foods have a specific glycemic index (GI). If you are eating a food with a GI under 50, and it is not a food you test positive to on your ALCAT test, then you can eat as much of it as you want! Through ALCAT testing and IgG Candida testing, we can customize your perfect eating plan. Then without restricting food quantity, you will lose weight, because you will be eating the correct foods that will not cause gut inflammation or insulin elevation, which is what causes fat storage.
About the author, Kris Lawler:
Kris Lawler is a Naturopath and food allergy specialist who has worked closely with Dr. Dennis’ patients for 10+ years. Kris knows from first-hand and clinical experience, the Candida/Yeast protocol and how to create a food plan combining ALCAT test results with preferences and lifestyle. She is available for one-on-one consultations, including phone and Skype. Visit her website for more information: www.yourfoodallergies.net.