The Anti-Candida Diet is designed to eliminate candidiasis, an infection from candida (a type of yeast) overgrowth in the gut. Yeast feeds on sugar and refined carbohydrate, so the Anti-Candida diet eliminates foods that are high in these — grains, dairy, processed foods, most starchy vegetable, most fruits and alcohol. The goal is to wipe out the candida and return your gut to a healthy bacterial state.
During the Anti-Candida Diet, you will be prompted to follow low-sugar, low-carb plan that includes whole and fresh vegetables and lean protein (organic/wild-caught poultry and fish).
How to Follow This Plan
Make sure to download the West Clinic App and login. You’ll find detailed daily plan information from the West Clinic you practitioner under the Plans section of the App. Also look for additional resources under the More Menu in the App.
There are meal plans, recipes and shopping lists to get you started. You don’t need to follow the meal plans exactly. You may substitute any plan-appropriate recipe for the suggested meal to suit your taste, or make substitutions with ingredients from the “What’s In” list.
There is no need to be hungry! If you need more food than is on the meal plans, increase the portions or have an additional snack. Similarly, you do not need to eat all the food on the meal plan. If you are not so hungry, it is okay to have smaller portions.
Remember to aim for 4-5 small meals daily (per plan recommendations) along with plenty of fluids. Your goal should be 64-80oz. (2-2.5L) of fluids each day, primarily water but tea and broth counts too.
What to Eat
There are many delicious foods to consume on your Anti-Candida diet. The following are all on the What’s In list:
- Whole, fresh fruits: Avocado, lemons, limes, rhubarb
- Whole fresh fruit limited to 1/2 cup after the 2nd week: Strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, papaya, pineapple, tangerine, coconut, olives
- Non-starchy vegetables: Artichoke hearts, arugula (rocket), asparagus, broccoli, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots (limit to 1-2/day), cauliflower, celery, chicory, chili peppers, collard greens, cucumber, dandelion greens, eggplant, endive, escarole, garlic, green beans, green onions, jalapeno peppers, fennel, fresh mushrooms (Maitake), kale, kimchi, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, okra, olives, onions, parsley, peppers (red), radicchio, rapini, shallots, seaweed, snow peas, spinach, sumer squash, swiss chard, tomato, watercress, sauerkraut (lacto-fermented or “raw” found in refrigerated foods. Avoid made by vinegar pickling),
- Squash & Root vegetables: Spaghetti squash, summer squash, cassava, radish, rutabaga, turnips, parsnips, zucchini
- Meat & Poultry: Organic or free range chicken, turkey, lamb, duck, wild game, grass-fed or organic red-meat, pork, organic nitrate-free and sugar-free bacon
- Fish: Wild-caught – salmon, black cod (sablefish) trout, anchovies, herring, sardines (fresh & canned)
- Eggs: Organic or free range
- Nuts/seeds: Almonds, brazil nuts, chestnuts, filberts, flax seeds, hazelnuts, macademia, pecans, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts
- Herbs and spices: Fresh and dried, all are included
- Oils: Cold-pressed, extra virgin oils such as olive oil, walnut oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, ghee
- Dairy substitutes: Plain and unsweetened almond and coconut milks and yogurts
- Vinegars: Apple cider
- Beverages: Green tea, herbal tea, coconut water
- Non-glutenous grains to 1/2 cup per day after week 2: quinoa
- Gluten-free flours: Almond flour, coconut flour, hazelnut flour
- Sweeteners: stevia, monk fruit, yacon syrup
What Not to Eat
The following foods are not part of an Anti-Candida Diet. Do your best to avoid them.
- Alcohol: beer, wine and all spirits
- Dairy products
- All Grains: including wheat, barley, rye and gluten free grains (rice, buckwheat)
- Processed and packaged foods: chips, pastas, frozen dinners, white breads, energy bars. If it has a food label with ingredients you that you don’t know what they are, it is likely on the out list. (These foods are high in refined carbohydrates, sugars and chemicals.)
- Fruits: Most fruits other than avocado, lemons and limes plus berries limited to 1/2 cup per day after week 2.
- Starchy vegetables: yams, potatoes, sweet potato, winter squash, corn, peas
- Processed juices: bottled juice
- Factory farmed and processed meats: including chicken, turkey, pork, beef, veal, cold cuts, canned meats, hot dogs, sausage
- Beans and legumes: black beans, chickpeas, white beans, lentils, kidney beans and peanuts.
- Candies & sweets: All candies, cakes and sweets including chocolate.
- Sweeteners: honey, maple syrup, processed sugars (white, brown, beet, coconut), corn syrup, Agave, and all artificial sweeteners (including Equal and Sweet ‘n Low)
- Soda and other sweetened beverages: teas, sodas and other processed beverages
- Fats & Oils: animal-based saturated
- fats including butter, processed and refined oils including canola oil, vegetable oil.
- Soy products: Including edamame, tofu and other processed versions
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Have a great day,
Dr Jason West