DanRead wrote: There must be a happy medium here
That’s correct, there is a happy medium. You can still get your protein with low-ammonia producing protein sources. These foods for the most part are eggs, yogurt, and chicken (with both the fat and skin removed). Dried beans are also a source, and could be added later after the initial part of the treatment. One normal size egg provides an average of 9 grams of protein or a range from 6 to 12.
In addition to being a definite benefit to the Candida diet, less ammonia-producing foods reduce the workload on both the liver and kidneys.
Note: The foods listed are normally rather high in moister, so this means you can eat more of these proteins than if you were eating meat as your protein source.