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12-26-2009, 01:04 PM
...that the candida diet can work.
Is anyone else following a low/no sugar raw diet for candida/blood sugar issues?
I tried the high fruit/low fat approach but my blood sugar just does not cope with all that fruit sugar (type 1 diabetic) and I was on a high/crash rollercoaster all the time - not nice :rolleyes:
I feel much more stable on low sugar, which is great, but I seem to come unstuck every time I do a lot of exercise. On a typical day I would have: lots (around 2 pints) green juice for breakfast, nuts or veggies or an apple for a snack, avocado salad for lunch, similar as mid-morning for mid-afternoon snack, then another big salad, maybe sprouts, nuts seeds etc for dinner. That doesn't seem to me to be enough calories and every time I do a lot of exercise I just feel too hungry.
I can't see how to make this work without eating a TON of nuts/seeds/avocados, which doesn't feel good to me. But I can't eat a lot of fruit/grain either because it sends my blood sugar haywire.
So... was just wondering how those of you following low GI raw/candida diet raw make it work for you?
Any tips greatly appreciated :)
12-26-2009, 01:07 PM
did you try to eat LOTS of greens instead of nuts&seeds?
12-26-2009, 02:00 PM
When you tried the low fat diet, did you eat lots and lots of greens with the fruit? And how much fat were you eating? (For treating candida, a high fruit diet has to be *very* low in fat -- maybe 1/4 - 1/3 of an avocado per day, max).
I don't have a lot of personal experience with candida, but I've been in the raw circuit for a while now and I've seen many more candida successes with a simple fruit and greens diet than with a sugar-free diet. Even if a fat-based diet clears up candida temporarily, it seems that candida typically roars back to life as soon as you add any high-carb foods back into your diet.
That's just an observation though -- I'm sure there are exceptions.
Also, you might find that even on a low-sugar diet, you can eat carbohydrates without a problem directly after exercise. Exercise depletes your glycogen stores, so when you eat sugar right away, it fills those stores rather than getting dumped into your blood stream. That may help you deal with the hunger issue.
Good luck :)
12-26-2009, 02:03 PM
candida dies if you cut out lactose and gluten...candida doesn't love bitter vegetables so eat dandelion,radish,don't eat fuits or carrots,tomatoes etc...
just greens bitter ones,a lot of water...candida thrives in an acidic environnement so reduce nuts and seeds but eat in low amounts...you must understand that if the body is alcaline,candida will die...so reduce acidic products and your candida will go away.
12-26-2009, 02:09 PM
Any chance you're on the pill?
I'd add probiotics and a few drops of GSE in a glass of water every day.
12-26-2009, 02:13 PM
Hi. Most newbies believe that they need to starve candida out of their bodies. I was one as well. I took it very seriously because I remember a local (to me) heart transplant patient whose transplant took very well until her candida got her and the docs were clueless as to what to do and she did die. That said, newer information expresses that candida is always present and necessary for healthy body function and that if other organisms are in proper populations you will not have a candida problem. I'm no scientist but mostly the advice is just try to be 100% raw if you are able. Diabetes is already a huge difficulty so maybe if you just tackle being raw and being diabetic the candida issue will just fall by the wayside. Don't forget the seeds and nuts. They really help maintain energy levels, especially for diabetics. The body is so tricky - sometimes I don't think I feel like eating even - then I do anyway and I feel so much better.
12-26-2009, 03:02 PM
I'm actually on the candida diet right now. I've tried the *extremely tiny, if at all* amount of fat candida diet, and it did not work for me. I've tried it for over 2 months . Within 4 days of switching to a low sugar diet I felt my symptoms get better. To make sure it wasn't placebo I ate a whole bunch of fruit on the 5th day, and my symptoms immediately flared up tremendously. At this point thoI pretty much survive off of nuts, seeds, and greens, and I feel MUCH better since doing it. Plus I don't know if I'd recommend working out, I would conserve your energy and take this time to rest and recooperate.
If you want I'll let you know how it turns out in the longer run. It's been about 2 weeks now.
12-26-2009, 03:09 PM
Definitely, definitely get the GREENS up (try Green Smoothies with Non-sweet fruits), the FATS down, and take PROBIOTICS.
My fiance suffered from Candida. He doesn't anymore. See above. ;)
12-26-2009, 04:56 PM
I ate a regular raw diet along with probiotics and got rid of life-long candida. It was moderate to high fats. I didn't limit anything. Used agave not honey or other sugar-like sweeteners. Make sure it's a high quality non-dairy probiotic like Garden Of Life.
12-26-2009, 05:01 PM
Dimond - that's the probiotic John prefers! Good stuff. Although now that he's been primarily RAW for nearly 2 yrs, he's transitioning off the Probiotics and just enjoying RAW.
12-26-2009, 05:14 PM
Probiotics are an excellent recommendation! Along with a supplement you might want to try making foods with a naturally high probiotic content -- kimchi, sauerkraut, etc. If you can get your hands on some kefir grains or kefir starter, you can make coconut water kefir (the kefir-ing process also reduces the sugar content). Kombucha is good as well.
12-26-2009, 08:17 PM
I've also come a long way in beating severe candida with low-sugar (low GI fruit only), moderate fat (mostly coconut), lots of anti-candida spices (ginger cinnamon cardamom clove, lots of raw garlic), and probiotic pills and foods. Olive Leaf has also been very helpful and is rather inexpensive. A few short fasts were very healing as well.
I used Garden of Life probiotics for a while, but they seemed to lose their effectiveness over time so I started on Dr Ohhira's recently and WOW, what a difference those made! I LOVE them!!! Highly recommend both brands
Good luck to you! You're on the right path with RAW, and you'll find the right combo for you. Trust your intuition and welcome die-off and detoxing with open arms, as you'll feel so much better after some of it gets out of you ;)
edit - Coconut is very filling and anti-candida too, plus gives you lots of energy; I'd recommend that over nuts and other seeds
12-27-2009, 01:55 PM
thank you to everyone who has posted :)
Lots of good suggestions to get busy with...
12-28-2009, 11:01 AM
Here is a link to a candida thread that has some resource you may find interesting:
Hope nobody offended that I linked to outside RFT. Just thought it was really good info on thread and wanted to help.
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