The coconut oil is on this diet as one of the natural antifungal options. I’m using it right now to cure some mild thrush (had to have another stinkin antibiotic last week) and it’s almost cleared up. That said – a good friend of mine is on a chiro-prescribed AC diet, and she can’t have any coconut at all. Weird how these diets will vary. I’ve used “extra virgin coconut oil” allthrough the diet so far, though, and feel like it’s really helped w/ skin rashes and thrush.
On the weight – yes, weight gain (especially if not related to changes in diet and especially around the middle) can be associated w/ candida overgrowth. I’d be really surprised if you didn’t lose some weight on this diet. It’s similar to the South Beach Diet in a lot of ways, and all those extra veggies really give you a lot of fiber. I’m pregnant and having a little trouble gaining weight on this diet(believe me, this has *never* been the case w/ previous pregnancies! i usually gain a lot!). I’m eating such wholesome, nutritious food, though, my OBGYN isn’t concerned. And my baby’s weight & development look great.