NattyB wrote: What I’m aiming for is an exhaustive list of foods to prepare meal plans, and a stocked cupboard of allowed foods.
So if I also removed grains, pulses etc, would you suggest that the diet to treat candida/leaky gut/MS is strictly made up ‘allowed’ vegetables, herbs, spices, seasoning and oils?
Thus eliminating mold, sugar, starch, dairy, yeast and gluten?
I’m learning as much as I can, but I’m not an expert I’m afraid. People have got results with the protocol here, so asking Able for the food list should be a good start. I can tell you a few things that might help.
– Candida cells contain mitochondria, which means that fat is actually the ideal source of energy for them. Eating only non-starchy vegetables makes it almost impossible to stay out of ketosis, which means you’ll be supplying ketones for candida to metabolise. Extracellular immunity requires glucose to produce free radicals that attack fungal cells. The mucous lining your gut is comprised of something like 80% sugar, and it’s common to develop a deficiency on zero-carb diets. Glucose deficiency means weakened immune defences against fungi, and gives your gut flora a tougher time attaching to your gut walls. You need at least 200 carb calories per day to stay out of ketosis, but glucose needs may be increased during an infection.
– Candida will happily feed on sugar in the absence of ketones. To make life harder for it, you should aim to maintain stable blood sugar levels at all times. As long as you digest the carbohydrate you eat, blood is the only way candida can access glucose. Fructose malabsorption is common, and presents sugar directly to the gut microbes, which makes a good case for avoiding fruit and sugary vegetables.
– Candida doesn’t “eat” yeast/moulds like people seem to think, and strains of yeast differ as much as we do from chimpanzees. I haven’t seen a convincing argument for eliminating nutritional yeast, except in cases of sensitivity, which can arise with candida overgrowth. This is why people can still consume kefir without issues, despite it containing upward of a dozen yeast species.
Avoiding foods is important, but so is remembering what you do need to eat. It seems some people following the protocol end up eating no carbohydrate or too little fat, and the result is increased fatigue and the problems I mentioned above. Remember that you’re eating about 1/3 the carbs from a normal diet, and the calories need to be replaced with fat. You need to avoid feeding candida, but you also need to keep your energy levels high and your immune system strong. A well-tuned immune response is the eventual cure.
Contact Able, and he should send you the info about the forum protocol. For now, leave out the grains, nuts and seeds. You should find this list helpful for immunity boosting too http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2010/07/eleven-steps-for-overcoming-alzheimer%E2%80%99s-and-other-chronic-infectious-diseases/