Keep it simple. Relax and look at the whole picture, not just which foods candida likes. By just attempting to deny yourself certain foods, you're not actually addressing the issue. What you want to do is take back the run-down slum neighborhood that the candida is thriving in and bring back a healthy, stable internal neighborhood instead.
Try adding whole, fresh, organic (if possible) foods in a balance. A good diet to help balance the system _&_ keep candida somewhat under control until your system is healthy again (and no longer a good environment for candida to thrive) is:
- About 65% high fiber, low starch vegetables (broccoli, asparagus, etc. - the above ground vegetables) with onions, garlic, and ginger etc.
- About 20% protein foods - from meat, seafood, and eggs to nuts and seeds and some beans
- About 10% complex carbohydrates - brown rice, beans, oats, millet, buckwheat etc
- About 5% fruits (whole, not juiced*)
You're looking for at least 80% - 85% alkalizing foods and less than 20% acidic foods. (Many, many sites and books give you detailed lists on them.)
It's also better to 'graze' 4 or 5 times a day rather than skip breakfast and eat 2 really big meals.
- Drink lots and lots of pure filtered water. It flushes out toxins, replensishes your cells, _and_ helps you from feeling so hungry.
NO diet sodas/drinks! Aspartame/NutraSweet is a really nasty poison! *If you want a sweet drink, try making your own fruit juice with a juicer and drinking it instead. Tastes sooo much better than *anything* you can buy ready made, too!
Use olive or coconut oil and real butter (no margarine or other 'fake' fats) for cooking and 'flavor' - gray Sea Salt
, cayenne or red pepper instead of black pepper, and lots of herbs for seasoning.
I *adore* brown rice, and it doesn't take much to really satisfy any 'starch' craving I get so I'm not nearly so tempted to grab those cookies, etc.
What you are trying to do is eat a balanced HEALTHY diet. This helps stave off the wild cravings and food urges for stuff like colas or cookies.
Lapis had good suggestions for heavy metal detox. Also, don't forget the importance of colon and Liver Cleansing
in clearing out old gunk and toxins! Candida loves a 'dirty' colon, so by cleansing, adding probiotics (either cultured or Kefir) and enyzmes, and eating a healthy Diet
you don't give candida a good place to grow. It all works *together* to create an internal environment that candida can't survive in. You can help keep candida at bay while detoxing and getting accustomed to a new and healthier diet by adding things like oil of oregano and grapefruit seed oil (and other helpful herbs, lots of information out there on them) to your daily intake, but they're a supplement, not a permanent fix.
It's a total package deal, but it works to get rid of candida overgrowth and keep it from coming back. Much better than a daily battle of trying just to keep it under control with only certain food starvation. (Plus you don't get nearly as hungry or have nearly as many vicious cravings!)