Okay, as a fellow young male feeling the effects of candida for years now I think I can relate to what you are dealing with. I’m in my second serious try of dealing with candida and man, its freaking hard. My first serious try was in a vegan community where I basically lived of of veggies, brown rice, and coconut, and yeah I was getting really skinny. It did work though after a while, as I had 3 whole days of feeling actually awake, which feels miraculous to me and is very rare.
The reason why my first serious cleanse (first months of last year) didn’t work was because I was not strict enough on the diet for the rest of the year. Sure, I was eating tons of garlic and spices and no sugar, but I was still taking things like alcohol and coffee, which kept it alive.
You either commit, or you fail.
In my opinion and experience, brown rice is not so bad and easily digested, though I would really limit the use. Alternative: I have just discovered buckwheat, ground up buckwheat and buckwheatflour, with or without eggs, make for good ‘pancakes’ to be baked in a frying pan. You can make it sweet with coconut and almond butter on top, or spicy. Pretty good.
Myself, i eat ridiculous amounts of fat from ghee, fish, meat, eggs, and cooking oils. You wont get a fat shortage if you’re not vegetarian, and your body will learn to adjust to fat instead of carbs as its main source of energy. Skip the beef and pork though, too heavy.
As you adjust to this diet you will begin to see more options in what you can eat. Take it easy on yourself though, don’t beat yourself up if you can’t do everything right the first try. Negative energy and stressing about food might even be worse then a diet slip up.