I also know exactly what you’re talking about as far as being hungry all the time. Being a man who runs a business full time (I’m talking about being on the telephone sometimes at 11 PM due to time differences), I seem to be hungry a lot of the time. I no longer eat red meat, only organic chicken and organic eggs for protein, and I don’t have the chicken available every week. I usually have it maybe 15-20 days out of a month, so I depend an awful lot on eggs prepared every way possible. A good idea is to keep a bowl of boiled eggs around all the time to grab in a pinch. You can make egg salad out of Organic Yellow Mustard which is made with apple cider vinegar. I’ve read that you can also make coleslaw with it (no mayo of ourse), but this is something I can’t attest to as yet.
The hunger is something that I’ve just recently learned how to control … sort of. What I’ve done in addition to a few other things is add coconut flour bread to my daily diet. Coconut flour makes very, very dense food items, so this bread has turned into a daily life saver for me. I eat it in many different ways; making my easy-over eggs in the morning with two slices in the skillet along with the eggs often placed on top, delicious. For lunch and/or dinner I usually have a dipping oil and toast the bread in the oven. When the oil is brushed over the bread or the bread is dipped into the oil, it gives a fantastic flavor to the bread. If you’ve never made dipping oil, a good recipe to follow is below:
Combine the following in a small container, and you can use it for several days or longer.
1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp of basil
1/8 cup of finely chopped garlic or you can sub 1/8 cup minced garlic, or even garlic powder, but obviously, on this diet the minced or chopped is better.
Sea salt and pepper to taste.
I’ve also read that dried thyme, a fresh bay leaf, or crushed peppers (I imagine paprika would also work here) can be added, but haven’t tried any of these as yet.
You can either use fresh or bottled spices for this recipe, and if you let it sit for at least four hours, it will of course absorb more of the spice taste.
Coconut flour bread may not be regular bread, but it’s very filling and nutritionally good for this diet. It’s low in carbohydrates, very rich in vitamins, calcium and even iron, and it contains up to 40% dietary fiber and lots of protein (the recipe I use calls for six eggs per loaf). The bottom line is to literally fill youself up with good food, and yes, considering the types of foods we have to eat, that is a full-time job.
Avocados are great, I eat at least one to two every day. Nuts I can’t eat at all; I guess I’m lucky in a way because with my particular Candida infestation I receive almost immediate reactions from foods that are feeding or that irritate the Candida. So once I have this reaction, from there on I stay completely away from the food, and any type of nut, soaked overnight or not, is one of these ‘reaction’ foods. I eat the Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt at least twice a day. I stir in a couple of heaping tablespoons of coconut cream concentrate to bump up the taste as well as texture, and have a couple of coconut flour cookies with it. All of this is of course in addition to the regular vegetable-filled diet.
As far as recipe blogs are concerned, you will learn to adapt many recipes to your diet by substituting foods you can eat for those that you can’t. A good example is, when baking foods which call for flour simply use coconut or other flours that are allowed on the diet. To find the recipe sites, just key in the search term, “candida diet recipe blog.” Here’s one site to get you started.
One other thing; if you still go through a ‘starving’ period after eating more filling foods, this is sometimes a symptom of die-off for many people, myself included. It’s often accompanied by a mild feeling of nausea, but not always. If you’re not already using a product by the name of “Candidate by Native Remedies” for the die-off symptoms, consider purchasing a bottle of this. This is the absolute best product I’ve found to date that totally eases the die-off symptoms, and believe it or not, it works immediately, especially if you’re having the feeling of nausea. Molybdenum is another great product for this, plus it’s a great liver detox product. Of course, with all of this information I’m assuming and hoping that you can order products such as these from either the USA or another country.
Good luck to you, Katy.