Monday 12th October 2015
One of the biggest problems with beating candida is sticking to the anti-candida diet. The most common question that I get asked via email is “Did you really stick to the diet?”. The answer is a resounding “yes!”. I was desperate to get better and I was getting to the point where I would have tried almost anything to regain my health (By the way if you are struggling check out my main website pages which have plenty of tips for following the anti-candida diet including little ‘cheats’ to keep you sane! > main candida site)
One of the best ways of sticking to the anti-candida diet is to plan your meals (VERY important) and to eat vary your food by eating seasonally. I still aim to eat seasonally even though the candida has long gone. But I am always a tiny bit worried that it may return so I try to maintain good health. So I was interested to read an update today on Dr Mercola’s website about the health benefits of eating seasonally. Not only does it introduce variety into your diet but it also has nutritional benefits too. > read Dr Mercola’s Fabulous Fall Foods
Dr Mercola explains the benefits of many of the vegetables available now which is great news for anyone following the candida diet. All I need to do now is learn how to find some tasty recipes and learn how to use my new soup maker!
One word of caution though. One of the best Fall foods are apples. Now I did eat an apple per day when I was on the anti-candida diet. But I dont think you should over do it fruit-wise. Why did I eat apples? Well if you have followed my blog over the years you will know that I followed the instructions of my Naturopath. He felt strongly that one of the biggest barriers to getting rid of candida is constipation. The candida is mostly in the gut and it needs to be disposed of. If you are not using the toilet regularly then the candida stays in your body and grows stronger. So for me the solution was a daily apple which helped to keep me regular and the candida was eventually beaten. I do get occasional emails from candida sufferers who don’t seem to believe that I got better eating a daily apple. Well I did! Some of them can be quite irate so I daren’t tell them that I also use to eat peanut butter! I didn’t know it was regarded as a ‘banned’ food for candida sufferers. All I can think now is that my overall regime was effective at destroying the candida and the occasional apple or peanut butter didn’t not impact upon this.
If you are suffering from candida please read my main candida website which I put together to help people.
I read this positive story this morning which just shows the power of what we eat.
Ella is a 22 year old in the UK who ate a dreadful, sugar-rich diet. She had terrible health and was bed ridden. I believe she must have had candida along side other serious health problems. Typically her doctors wanted her to keep taking medication forever but Ella changed her diet and is now better! Ella learnt about the power of food and she changed her diet completely. She has cut out sugar, gluten, dairy and meat.
Ella has set up her own blog with tasty remedies to help others.
She has also launched an app (Deliciously Ella) to help others to eat healthily and this app is number 1 in the itunes app store.
I hope her story will inspire you.
> read Ella’s inspiring story on the Daily Mail website
Each year when I go shopping for Christmas food I always remember the difficult Christmases I had while on the anti-candida diet. Its hard enough trying to keep to the diet without the added pressure of the festive season’s lovely tempting foods and drinks.
I learnt the hard way that the only way to cope was to plan my meals as always, work out little healthy ‘cheats’ and plan how to cope with any problems. I never wanted everyone to know I was on the diet so work parties and social gatherings were tricky. I learnt to say I was driving which was why I wasnt drinking. I would stick to soda water and lime or diet drinks if I had to. Buffets and canapes were another minefield. Again I had to learn the hard way that it was easier to avoid than try to pick out what I could eat. I used to use the excuse that I had already eaten and was not hungry.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that you can still enjoy the festive season and perhaps even a few ‘treats’. I’ll be sharing some of my ideas soon! If you have any suggestions to help other candida sufferers please let a comment at the bottom of this page.
I spotted an article this morning in a UK newspaper (Daily Mail) explaining how giving up sugar can help people to stay look younger for longer. Sounds good to me! To read more go to http://bit.ly/HfhInD . What do you think? I gave up sugar for years while I had candida and now I am careful not to eat too much of it. Do I look younger than my age? Well people tell me that I do but I’m not convinced! I’ve posted also this on Twitter so let me know via Comments or Twitter if giving up sugar is helping you to fight the signs of aging!
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love, Katie x
Hi everyone! Sorry I disappeared without an update. I had all the all clear before Christmas and I was able to enjoy all my favourites (apart from red wine) over the holidays. I kept off red wine as I was warned it is really bad for candida sufferers. But everything was fine. I kept taking the threelac and everything was going great… Then I hit a mega stressful period and my mostly ‘good’ diet when out of the window. Not surprisingly my health dipped and now yes you’ve guessed it – the candida is back. I am working hard to reduce my stress and reintroducing a healthier diet and lifestyle back into my life. I’m interested in Dr Mercola’s view that taking anti candida formulations ultimately leads to resistant strains. He advocates probiotics and an anti candida diet. Take a look at this video.
It certainly makes sense to me. I’d love to hear from anyone else who is using probiotics to improve their health. I’m doing my own research into the different types especially L. sporogenes and best dosages. Any tips or thoughts would be appreciated! I’ve got to look at this as a life long health plan!
Hi I ‘ve been away for a few days and I’ve been itching to get back to my blog! I’ve been identified as having (temporary) food intolerances caused by the candida and I’ve had these intolerances confirmed since I last blogged. No gluten, lactose or sugar which is tricky. But since I’ve been avoiding the foods that I can’t digest at present I do feel a lot better. Its important to find someone reliable to test you as the intolerances vary. I am also trying to vary my diet as eating too much of something can create new intolerances. Candida sure is a challenge! So I have dusted off my cook books and I am experimenting with some lovely new foods. Luckily I love salads, veggies and meats so its just a question of working out combinations to vary my diet. However lunches are trickier as I work in an office. I have found a range of soups by the New Convent Garden company which I will be trying next week. No nasties in the ingredients. These are fresh soups but I am experimenting with freezing them. I went along to the health food shop today and spent a fortune! I spotted grapefruit seed extract which I am going to take in rotation with the other anti fungals to zap the candida. I also remembered today (wish I’d remembered sooner!) than I previously had great results with SF 722 capsules. I’ll see how I get on with everything I am taking now and I may move over to SF722 if needed in a few weeks. If I had recalled this product sooner I would have tried it first but my memory isnt as sharp. At least I can blame the candida! When I am better i’ll have to blame old age! 🙂 Anyway I wanted to tell you about some of the great items that I have found in my health food shop which you might like too. My fav is vegetable crisps. I buy mixed bags and they are lovely especially if you are missing potatoes (some anti candida diets say no spuds or you may be intolerant). I also bought gluten free muesli, organic cornflakes (no sugar), puffed buckwheat and puffed quinoa. All great for breakfasts or snacks with soya milk! I am going to alternate them with fried breakfasts. I’ve bought some millet bread to try too. Some of these foods were pricey though. If anyone can recommend a low cost website selling these things please let me know! But it was fun choosing new things to try and its brightened me up as the candida diet can get repetitive which is the last thing you want (risking new intolerances). I’m off to eat some delicious veggie crisps! 🙂
So for the last two years I have considered myself as a former candida sufferer and I have been merrily eating whatever I want although I do limit sugary stuff as I dont want to put any more weight. And now all of a sudden, almost overnight I am ill with candida again. To say I am gutted and depressed is an almighty understatement. So I sitting here writing this blog in an attempt to keep sane as this feels vaguely constructive.
How did this happen again? Ok firstly I got complacent and didnt panic when I ran out of my probiotic, I didnt even realise that I had also run out of my iron supplements some time ago (boosts your immune) and I started to worry about some stuff that isnt worth worrying about. I bet the candida couldn’t believe its luck! And what did I do when I felt a bit fed up and run down? Treated myself to a glass of my favourite red wine (sugar and yeast!) !!! Yes I know I sound totally stupid but I am telling you guys in the hope that I can stop someone else making the same mistake. Within a few days I am sneezing (hay fever), feeling sick (food intolerances) and with a foggy head (goodness knows). I am trying my best to be positive. I’ve beaten it before and I will do it again, I keep telling myself. So this what I am going to do:-
– stop eating sugar / alcohol / wheat
– limit potatoes
– get some Garden of Life Primal Defence asap
– get some iron tablets fast!
– take capryllic acid tablets
– take pau d’arco
– take weak colloidol silver
The last one is my secret weapon as it seems to zap the candida very quickly. Though I have taken it for 2 days now and no reduction in the symptoms. In fact I seem worse 🙁 I will assume this die off as I havent taken my own advice (below) and done the anti candida diet first. The simple reason is that I cant bear the thought of having this candida for any longer than I have to. I want my old life back again asap. If the weak silver doesnt work then I will move onto the stronger stuff if necessary.
Mentally I am re-reading Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life. I think its a fantastic book! If Louise can cure her terminal cancer I am sure I can get rid of yeast!