Admit it - when you first read what you can and cannot eat on the Candida diet, you were ready to give up on ever getting healthy again. "I could never eat like that!" is a phrase I hear often. Another one is "How can you survive - there's nothing to eat on that diet."
We have been conditioned by the media to eat a certain way. According to them, you must have meat, potatoes, bread and if there is any room left on the table you might have a vegetable. However your body is not significantly different from that of a caveman. They were hunter-gatherers. They ate mostly fruits, vegetables and meat from the wild game they caught.
Cavemen NEVER ate bread and it was rare for them to eat grains of any sort. As a matter fact, you can life your entire life without eating a single grain. You would actually
be healthier than someone who did eat grains. The same is not true with meats and vegetables. Vegetarians must take supplements to prevent malnutrition. Vegetables contain many enzymes and nutrients that you MUST have to survive.
So how do you tackle the seemingly monumental task of starting the Candida diet? You do it like any other task, you split it down into small steps that are not as difficult to do. The first two steps are the most important: remove all sugars and remove all grains.
The first step is to remove ALL forms of sugar from your diet. This is the most important step and possibly the most difficult since forms of sugar are added to nearly every food that is in a bag, box or can. The most prevalent added sugar is high fructose corn syrup. It is also the worst one for you since corn is a source of fungal poisons called
mycotoxins as well as a source of sugar.
To avoid sugars, you MUST read the label of EVERY item of food that you buy.
Two sweeteners allowed on the Candida diet are Lakanto, Stevia or Xylitol. All man made artificial sweeteners are hazardous to your health and should be avoided.
The second step is to remove ALL grains from the diet. Breads, rolls, muffins, pastas, noodles, breading, pizza, spaghetti, macaroni, rice - ANYTHING that uses wheat, corn, rice or soybeans as an ingredient. This is the step that everyone dreads - "I just can't live without my...".
Although it seems like an insurmountable step, take it slowly and start removing the grains one by one. Substitute coconut flour, amaranth flour, quinoa flour and buckwheat flour for wheat flour in your recipes. They are seeds rather than grains.
Your body processes them differently and the do not feed Candida.
Keep replacing the grains with more healthy foods and you will start to realize that it is possible to get full and feel satisfied with each meal. You can live without grains in your diet!
These two steps are the most important in the Candida diet. They remove the main sources of food for the Candida. Stay tuned for the next issue where I will detail more dietary steps to take on your way to Conquering your Candida overgrowth!
Here's to your health.
P.S. As you start the Candida diet, you will experience some "die-off" symptoms. Your Candida symptoms may getting worse and it may feel like your have the flu. This is expected and is a normal part of curing a Candida overgrowth. As the Candida die, they release a lot of toxins all at once and it is a shock to your system. Stick with it because the "die-off" doesn't last long and a lifetime of good health is worth the effort!
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