Just to clarify on the stages:
Stage 0: cleanse (optional)
Stage 1: long term strict anti-candida diet, should last many months
Stage 2: basically symptom free; a bit less strict diet (die off should long be over)
Stage 3: A healthy non-candida diet
As far as moderation; I look at eating starch foods as a cheat item along with items such as rice. I eat some potatoes twice per week (on stage 2), a little bit of carrots, and maybe a little cream with coffee when I really need coffee (about once a week or less). Occasionally I miss my greek yogurt and so have to purchase one at work which contains 20g of sugar (only about once a month). I also consider green tea to be a cheat item.
After being on the diet for a year, I go out to eat about once a month with any item I want and can be completely symptom free and no setbacks. However, if I were to eat a poor diet of western food for about 1 week…the candida will return. Basically you need to find balance between the good and the bad and try to eat as many anti-inflammatory foods as possible. You need to feed the beneficial flora in the gut via foods that contain prebiotics and you need to eat as little sugar as possible.
If you’re going around drinking cranberry juice, eating amaranth, carrots, beats, chickpeas, squash, snow peas…all of these items feed candida. You might not notice it now, but after a month or two on this diet…the candida will creep on your and return with a vengeance. Your symptoms could slowly get worse without you even noticing it because you could slowly be getting worse .1% per day. But instead of getting worse, you should be getting better .1% or more per day. These foods all taste good for a reason, and its because they contain more characteristics that are bad for you. I’d add maybe a little bit of one of these items to a salad per day, but eating solely these food items and barely any stage 1 foods could cause you to not make any progress. How do I know? I started stage two way too early and I basically had die off for a few months. I am barely even eating these items after a year on the diet!
And we aren’t even getting to foods that are on the website. Are you eating any nuts and seeds? Guess what…these contain molds which easily feed candida moreso than sugar. Fungi can feed on fungi really easily…and while it gives you energy, its feeding the monster.