Hi, Katy 🙂 It theoretically *will* speed up your candida die-off and progress if you stay away from grains. HOWEVER, speeding up die-off is not a good idea for everyone. If you’re already dealing with die-off, cutting grains now will just make it worse. I like to aim for a slow and steady die-off, to avoid huge amounts of toxins being released at once. It’s wise to limit the number of grain servings you have each day, but *many* anti-candida diets (including this one here on thecandidadiet.com) allow grains. A good rule of thumb is 2-3 small servings per day and not all at once. Veggies should still be the predominant food in pretty much every meal.
I couldn’t nix the grains completely. My energy levels were just waaaaay too low. I’m not officially hypoglycemic, but my blood sugar does tend to be low – I needed a combo of grains and protein at least 1x/day to feel relatively normal.
There’s Glycemic Index and then there’s Glycemic Load. Most diets take the GL into account more than they do the GI. There are other factors, too, like potential allergens (a bigger concern for those with leaky gut) and gluten content that sme believe makes a “sticky” environment in the gut that exacerbates yeast growth.
Not everyone will want to/need to research a lot. Able and I have had mitigating circumstances that have caused us to delve further into the information out there. I’d encourage you to keep reading, but not at a feverish, panicked pace. I really believe that trying to keep our stress down and our outlook positive is a large part of the battle against candida – and I’m not coming from a New Age or Eastern philosophy with that. I just mean from a medical standpoint. We don;t understnad it fully, but our brains and thought patterns greatly influence our health and ability to heal. SO, the last thing we want to do is get all worked up and stressed about our diets. Just keep learning steadily, and keep paying attention to what’s going on in your own body.
For me, soy is out. Different diets allow different things (nearly all stay away from *fermented* soy, though). I’m not including many of the major allergens like dairy, soy, corn, wheat (of course). But I am including major allergens like eggs & nuts. I felt like I needed the eggs & nuts to help me get through this diet with a healthy pregnancy. It was a call I made. We all have to just make calls, based on what we’ve learned, and roll with it. Do keep learning steadily, though. Making calls w/o a good knowledge basis, as Able has pointed out, can really hinder progress.
Hope this helps 🙂