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How does one do the candida diet if one has to stay away from all sugars (fruits)?
The other sources of carbohydrates are starches, and starches are harder to digest than fruits.
Does sprouting them really make that much of a difference? For sure they have much enzyme substance which may be of use.
10-28-2010, 02:52 AM
I was able to heal candida with 100% raw, using agave as a substitute sweetener, and not overly eating sweet fruits like dates & others though I did have them. I also took as good quality probiotic. I didn't really limit myself though. I just ate whatever is raw and organic. I did eat a lot more fat and less fruit just because I love savory foods more. Once I was raw for awhile is when I cut back the fat and had much more fruit. Raw is so much easier than the candida diet.
If you have to have grains, definitely soak them.
Did I forget to mention I'm not having legumes either?
I'm just confused as to how to implement the initial phases of the candida diet with no main sources of carbohydrates to choose from being that grains, legumes and fruits are out. I know the grains don't feed candida but they're just hard to digest at least in their unsprouted forms. I have read that legumes can feed candida, or maybe that's just in conflicting information.
A person who goes from a highly processed cooked food diet that is non-organic and unclean may have trouble going straight into any raw diet due to spleen deficiency and also candida especially if the raw diet is high fruit. A period of some kind an anti-candida, ph balancing and spleen strengthening diet is what's needed so that we can again be a what's perhaps the most natural diet for us and that's fruitarian.
Well I sprout all my grains and legumes if I do eat them. Trying to stay on the candida diet principles of high greens, no sugar, higher fat I've been eating sprouted quinoa and sprouted buckwheat.
There is also the argument that a high fat diet contributes to candida though.
"Fat in the bloodstream prevents insulin from effectively transporting sugar to cells; naturally-present (in small amounts in the healthy person) candida feeds on the sugar in the blood to prevent prolonged high blood sugar levels, and it blooms."
Gotten from this review of Cousens' Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine book http://www.amazon.com/review/R1IQNZUA2BS5WN/ref=cm_cr_dp_cmt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1556434650&nodeID=283155&tag=&linkCode=#wasThisHelpful
As for the starch being poorly digestible I got that from this article:
Though one thing to consider is that it doesn't take into account the sprouting of starchy foods. The article explains how fruits and nuts are probably the staple foods in a human diet.. soaked nuts that is. And fruits only for carbs. I'm sure some greens and sprouted grains and beans here and there are ok sometimes but not much. Grains are probably to be eating only sparingly. Some starches contain high protein, and that makes it harder to digest because it's not good with food combining.
Then again fruit and fats are not so good either when combined.
10-28-2010, 12:06 PM
if you dig into the site you will hear this a lot:
"it's not the fruit it's the fats"
my experience entirely.
dig yeasty grasshopper dig
10-28-2010, 01:26 PM
I'm just confused as to how to implement the initial phases of the candida diet with no main sources of carbohydrates to choose from being that grains, legumes and fruits are out. The point is NOT to follow the candida diet. Just be raw, don't use any sugar sweeteners like honey, and take a good probiotic. I've dealt with the issue my whole life. Raw takes the work out of getting well. :)
10-28-2010, 01:45 PM
Two quick notes:
1. In my experience, I've seen a lot of clients misdiagnose themselves with Candida. It can be a tricky thing to figure out sometimes, and there are other conditions that share symptoms with candida overgrowth. It might be worth working with a naturopath, herbalist, or experienced health care provider to get a real diagnosis and personalized care plan.
2. Are you familiar with Pau D'arco? It is a powerful antifungal/anti-microbial that is safe for both internal and external use. I prefer to use the tincture (an extract made in alcohol) rather than a decoction (since it is a bark it must be boiled in water for at least 20 minutes to extract its properties....tea is not very effective) and this stuff does not taste that amazing. If you try taking 2 dropperfuls 2X per day for 3 days and you don't seen any improvements, you're probably not suffering from candida at all. If it helps, then continue to use it as part of your program. (I like Herb Pharm's tinctures best.)
thank you. I'll try pau d arco.
I know also oregano oil could work but it's stronnggg! lol.. I say that just because I remember I put only a drop on my tongue and it burned..
10-29-2010, 01:00 AM
Oh my gosh----yeah, don't put oregano oil directly on your tongue! Or directly on your skin, for that matter. It's way, way, way too strong to use undiluted.
Please don't use any essential oils (except lavender...that one's ok) without diluting them first or without consulting an experienced aromatherapist, herbalist, or naturopathic physician. They are EXTREMELY concentrated and powerful and must be used with a great deal of caution when you're taking them internally or applying to the skin undiluted.
well I couldn't find Herb Pharm's.. they discontinued it at the stors I went to.. darn. They were expensive though.
The one's I found are like only 11 dollars a bottle. The extract is 1:1 and with alcohol, containing 2000mg extract per serving and brand is Nature's Answer. I wonder what's so different about this one and Herb Pharms.
I tried 2 dropperfuls and even after I filled it up twice for one dropper full (since it never reached the top) it wasn't all that strong mixed with a cup of water.
10-29-2010, 07:18 PM
I don't know Nature's Answer as a brand, and have no idea what their manufacturing practices are. These make all the difference.
If you try this and it doesn't work, it may be worth ordering Herb Pharm's online or through the store. Shouldn't be much more than $10 for a 1oz bottle of tincture....
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