Pina wrote: Able, I’d love to ask you some specific questions if you are willing to answer.
– When did you realize you had candida and what were your specific symptoms?
– What exactly do you eat, can you give your usual daily mealplan (plus any additional probiotics, antifungals, vitamins in order)?
– About how many months have you been on the diet in total?
– How many months did it take you to feel completely symptom free?
– Have you introduced any “questionable” foods — green apple, grapefruit, nuts, seeds, beans, grains?
– Do you plan on reintroducing questionable foods (potatoes etc) someday?
As far as what I eat now is concerned; keep in mind that I’ve only changed a few things from ‘before’ I contracted Candida. The reason being I’ve been into health issues for about as long as I can remember. The reason that I contracted Candida was because of the huge number of fruits I ate each day which eventually led to an over alkalizing of my digestive system. When you read the list of foods I eat, keep in mind that I am a male, 34 years old, I work out in a gym several times a week and play 2-3 hours of tennis at least once a week in addition to the full time job of running a business, so by doing this I burn a lot of calories.
The foods I typically eat in a normal day are below. They may vary by count and type, but this is basically my diet:
2-3 boiled eggs
2 slices of coconut bread with ghee
8 oz of organic non-sweetened Greek yogurt blended with condensed cream of coconut
Chicory coffee & vegetable juice
Snack: Millet & Flax chips with 8 oz vegetable juice.
Either chicken, fresh fish or seafood (shrimp, lobster, calamari, or white fish)
Two of the following; green beans, turnip greens or kale, steamed cabbage, steamed broccoli, spinach, or asparagus.
Snack: Pear, blueberries or apple with yogurt and almonds.
Spinach salad tossed with field greens, peppers, tomatoes and chopped boiled eggs.
Either (2) black bean patties or garbanzo, Navy, or butter beans.
Yogurt with avocado
Snack: Coconut bread or millet and flax chips and vegetable juice
I take 2-3 teaspoons of coconut oil after meals, and I still take an 80-billion count probiotic daily, oregano oil, Grape Bitters and the same various vitamins I’ve always taken. I also drink 6 to 8 bottles of water a day depending on my activity level.
When I contracted Candida, I identified the problems I was having almost immediately and started the treatment; however, as I went along I discovered a lot of the information that I’ve written about on the forum as I experimented with different ideas. For example, the information available in books and on websites stated that an alkalizing diet was necessary to cure Candida, and the facts I knew of seemed to make sense with this theory. However, with my personal situation it made no sense because I was sure that I had contracted Candida by eating too much fruit which would cause an alkalizing effect. So for a while I assumed that the cause was the amount of sugar in the fruit, and continued to work towards alkalizing my body making no progress towards a cure. I eventually decided to take a chance and work towards creating a more acidic environment in my body. The best way I knew of to do this quickly was adding huge amounts of beneficial bacteria to my system because I knew they would produce large amounts of fatty acids along with other acids, so this seemed to be a perfect way to create an acidic environment in which to (hopefully) control the Candida. It worked, and very quickly.
Keep in mind that I identified my problem immediately, and wasted no time in going strictly on the diet, so in that respect I stopped feeding the Candida. Most people with Candida have no idea what they have, and therefore waste valuable time, sometimes years, going to various doctors hoping they’ll tell them what the problem is, continually without results. Meanwhile they’re continuing to feed the Candida, thus allowing the infestation to multiply and often developing several additional problems such as Leaky Gut Syndrome with various allergies, drained adrenal glands, etc. Fortunately I stopped the progress of the infestation before reaching that stage.
I’ve been on this diet (minus the fruit and wheat) for about eight months; however I was on the diet for several months before I found the cure I was searching for. The diet and antifungals will never cure the infestation; they will only lower the numbers of Candida as they continue to multiply creating a cycle. The reason for that is that the diet and antifungals do nothing towards changing the type of environment in which Candida thieves. That’s what you have to change. I only suggest using the antifungals in order to speed the progress along.
As far as reintroducing such foods as potatoes is concerned, I was never much of a ‘white food’ eater before, and I don’t plan on introducing starchy foods such as potatoes and rice or sugar, red meat or wheat into my diet at all.
Concerning how many months it took to be completely symptom free; that’s very difficult to say exactly as you’ll discover eventually. One day I just realized that it had been probably several weeks since I had experienced the last mild reaction to something (don’t remember what), and then later I realized I had forgotten all about the way I used to feel.