Some people experience a dramatic weight loss when they switch to a Candida diet. Often this is a good thing. The Candida diet is full of healthy vegetables, non-glutinous grains and proteins. So when Candida sufferers quit junk food and start a more balanced diet, the fat just naturally falls off.
However if you were skinny before you started the diet, or if you stay in shape already, then you may find that you’re losing weight too quickly on the Candida diet. If this is the case, there are ways to boost your calorie intake and make sure that you don’t slim down too fast while on the diet.
Ways to increase your calorie intake
Avocado is actually a fruit, which is normally a bad thing on the Candida Diet. However, avocados contain so little sugar and starch that they are often recommended for diabetics and those with a sensitivity to sugar. They are rich in essential fatty acids and proteins, in addition to containing 14 different minerals and a good helping of Vitamin C. Even better, they provide a slow-burning kind of energy that lasts throughout the day. If you need to boost your calorie intake, try eating one avocado a day while on the diet.
Nuts are a great source of protein, fiber, B-vitamins and oils. Be careful which nuts you choose though – cashews, pistachios and peanuts all have a high mold content and could make your Candida worse. We would recommend almonds as these are full of nutrients and can still provide the calories that you need (almost 200 calories in a small handful). If you want to be 100% sure that you are not consuming any mold, soak them in water and a little lemon juice. Also remember to only eat whole nuts, as you are more likely to find mold on nuts that are pre-sliced.
A quick and easy way to boost your calories is to take a couple tablespoons of coconut oil each day. This serves a double purpose – coconut oil contains a powerful antifungal (caprylic acid) to fight your Candida, and each tablespoon contains 120 calories.
Bread (Using Coconut/Buckwheat/Oat Bran Flour)
If you really need filling up, try eating a few slices of coconut bread each day. Coconut flour makes one of the lowest-carb breads that you can find, and it also has has antifungal properties to help with your Candida. You can eat this bread as much as you want during the diet. Coconut flour is also high fiber which is great for your digestive system. If coconut flour is not your thing, try buckwheat flour or oat bran flour – or any combination of the above. All these are fine to eat on the Candida Diet, and you can even use them for muffins, pancakes and waffles too.
Coconut Flour Bread Recipe
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup of buckwheat flour
1/2 cup full cream can of coconut milk (use only the creamy part on the top, about half the can)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
Stevia, to taste
Blend together the eggs, coconut oil, stevia and salt. Now add the coconut flour, buckwheat flour and baking powder, then whisk until you don’t see any lumps. Pour into greased a loaf pan greased with coconut oil and bake at 175C (350F) for 40 minutes. Now the top of the loaf should be firm and a light golden color, and you can remove from the oven and allow it to cool.
For lots more information on the symptoms, causes and treatment of Candida, take a look at my Ultimate Candida Diet treatment program.