Stage 1 Candida Diet
Foods to Avoid in Stage 1 for 5 Weeks, maybe longer
Notes: The high sugar content in fruit feeds the Candida. Fruits like melon may also contain mold.
All beans except green beans
Notes: Starchy vegetables will break down into simple sugars and feed the Candida
All dairy products
Notes: Holistic practitioners recommend that Candida sufferers dramatically reduce their dairy intake. Candida prevents the body from processing fat properly.
Additives & Preservatives
Anything on the list of ingredients that you do not know or cannot pronounce!
Brown Rice Syrup
Notes: Citric acid is derived rom yeasts. Chemicals can disrupt your friendly bacteria and allow the Candida yeast to flourish. Citric acid is often found in canned tomatoes.
Alcohol is high in sugar that can feed the growth of the Candida. Alcohol also puts stress on your organs and immune system.
All Soft Drinks (regular and diet)
Notes: Caffeine, sugar and sweeteners all kickstart Candida. Taurine in energy drinks is another culprit. Even decaffeinated drinks should be avoided=, as they contain residual levels of caffeine.
Anything made with wheat, rye, oats, or barley (e.g. shite bread, wheat bread, rye bread, pasta, tortillas, baked goods, cereals, etc.)
Notes: Some Candida sufferers have high sensitivity to Glutens. Give your immune system a break and allow it to focus on the Candida.
Nuts that are high in mold (e.g. peanuts or pistachios)
Notes: Ingesting mold can promote a Candida breakout. If you like nuts, stick to freshly cracked or whole ones.
Notes: Candida loves to feed on mold and fungi. Leftover food can contain mold that will feed your Candida. If you cannot buy fresh, keep leftovers frozen and then cook on a high heat in the oven, not microwave.
Notes: Condiments tend to be high in sugar and can exacerbate your Candid. For an alternative salad dressing, try Paul Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, or a simple olive oil and lemon juice dressing.
Notes: Read food labels to make sure your food does not contain sugar. Sweeteners like Aspartame, Saccharin, etc. can also make your Candida worse. A small amount of all natural Stevia and Xylitol is acceptable to have.
All vinegars, except for Apple Cider Vinegar
All products containing vinegar like pickles, green olives, etc.
Notes: Vinegar is made in a yeast culture; it depletes the stomach of acids and can also cause inflammation in your gut. One particular vinegar, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, can actually be helpful in combating yeast.
Fats and Oils
Notes: Peanut, Cottonseed, corn and Canola oil are mold contaminated. Most soy beans used in soy oil are GMO (if you really like it that’s OK, but make sure you buy organic).
Foods to Eat in the Stage 1 Candida Diet
Chicpeas, Humus (watch added sugars and carbs)
Lettuce, any kind
Onions, Yellow only (no sweet ones)
Peppers, all kinds and colors
Noes: Vegetables starve the Candida of the sugar and mold diet that feed it. They also absorb fungal poisons and carry them out of your body. Avoid starchy vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, yams, parsnips, and all beans except green beans.
You should buy your vegetables fresh and eat them raw, steamed, or grilled. Add a little garlic and onions for flavor as they are especially helpful with Candida.
Ham, Bacon, and Beef Sticks are all okay as long as just meat, no sugars added.
Notes: Proteins almost completely free of sugars and mold, so they fill you up while restricting the Candida. Eat fresh and organic meat if possible. Processed meats are loaded with dextrose nitrates, sulphates, and sugars. Smoked or vacuum packed meats are also best avoided. Most Atkins recipes will also work reasonably well in the Candida Diet. Eggs should be boiled, poached, scrambled, or fired in olive oil.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds that do not contain high mold content
Almonds (Almond Butter) are the best
Nuts are a high protein and high fiber food that starves Candida and restricts its growth. Avoid peanuts and pistachios as they tend to have a higher mold content. You can remove mold by soaking the nuts in water. Another tip to remove mold; spray the nuts with a diluted grapefruit seed extract solution.
Non-Glutinous Grains and Rice
Wild Black Rice
Oatmeal (slow cooked, no sugar added)
Notes: Grains contain high amount of fiber, excellent for keeping the color clear so Candida does not get a chance to multiply. Grains also act like a pipecleaner in you intestine, grabbing nasty toxins like pollutants, chemicals, pesticides, and heavy metals on their way through.
Hearbs and Spices
Notes: Contain antioxidants and anti-fungal properties. Increase circulation and reduce inflammation. Improve digestion and alleviate constipation. Most herbs and spices are beneficial in your fight against Candida. They are great for livening up food if you are on a limited Candida diet.
Virgin Coconut Oil
Olive Oil, extra-virgin
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Notes: Use cold pressed oils. Heating or boiling destroys many of the oil’s nutrients
Pau D’arco Tea (available at Wayne & Mary’s)
Notes: All of these herbal teas have anti-fungal properties. If you are missing your morning coffee try Green Tea instead.
Rice milk and Rice cheese (located at HyVee is okay)
Xylitol in small amounts for gum (located at Wayne & Mary’s)
Stevia, in small amounts
Notes: Stevia in all natural form and no additives or other artificial sweeteners or sugars and Xylitol are acceptable