It has begun. I am officially on Day Three of my Candida Diet Journey.
Since I wrote my post about my Candida diagnosis (here) I have been flooded with emails. Some readers who are struggling with their own Candida issues, others felt very convinced after reading the symptoms checklist that they had it and then there were those gorgeous, encouraging words from people that had beaten it. Here is a paraphrased email from one gorgeous lady;
I just wanted to extend any support you may want along the way with Candida, its a nasty bitch! I dont mean to make it sound like you are going to war but I really did struggle and get lower within myself before results started to show, I pretty much stopped doing all other things in my life besides the given work and loving my man and our fur babies, social with good friends. Everyone’s story is different. No doctor could tell me anything except I was healthy and it was all in my head. Going to what most of my friends would call a witch doctor aka naturopath was the best thing I ever did in my life. In 3 months I lost 10kgs and my cray cray cleared.
You my electronic friend can totally do this!
A lot of gorgeous women also contact me however feeling completely overwhelmed by all the information and wanting to know my plan of attack. So I have decided to share it with you as I go along. I will be spelling out exactly what I do, how I feel, how much it costs and any tips and tricks I learn along the way.
For me it will be a 2 month process though some people go as long as a year! There are a few stages: preparation, the cleanse, the candida diet and then reintroducing foods (or not). So lets gets started.
The Week Before – Preparation
As soon as I realised what was wrong with my body I wanted it gone immediately. I was ready to tip my honey down the drain the very next day. After some sage advice thought I realised that this is not the sort of eating plan to jump into rashly. This sort of undertaking takes preparation –mentally and in terms of stocking your kitchen.
To set myself up for success I made a vision board and a reminders list. The vision board had pictures of times when I had been happy with my body and how I felt in it, images of how I want to feel and motivations – like my husband and Lucy. I have included it below.
Then there is my Reminders List which is a list of all the symptoms I no longer want and a few notes I made about how unwell I currently feel. I don’t like to stick these reminders in plain sight as it is negative reinforcement. But I know if I am ever on the verge of cracking I can pull the list out and be reminded of exactly why I am doing this. One to get me motivated, the other to keep me accountable. Check.
You also may need to tell your friends and family for support and to avoid any inconveniences. I have forewarned everyone that I will not be able to come to their house for dinner for the next 2 months unless I bring my own food. This avoids the awkward ‘sorry I can’t eat that’ conversation every time you are going to go over. This being said I am strictly sticking to the 100% organic component of the diet, if you are going to be a bit relaxed a simple dinner of meat/fish and vegetables would be fine. So I guess it depends on how comfortable you are with the invitee. I will also be focusing catch ups around walks and tea houses rather than wine bars. Sigh.
Beyond that I needed to stock my cupboard. Aside from filling the fridge with diet friendly foods there were also strange ingredients to buy that weren’t commonly in my cupboard. I will list them all as the series progresses but for example you need probiotics, antifungals and other kooky bits like Edible Clay (read on!).
Week 1 – The Cleanse
For the first 3 – 10 days you must cleanse your colon. How sexy is this diet by the way? My diet pre-cleanse was free of refined sugars and most packaged foods so I am only doing a 3 day cleanse, however if you have had a diet that was heavy on those sorts of foods you may need to commit to a bit longer. Feel it out and see how you go.
Candida colonies are primarily found in your colon so you need to flush as much of the bacteria out before embarking on a diet that’s sole purpose is to kill it. When Candida bacteria die of suddenly and in large quantities it lets off a lot of by-products (neurotoxins etc) which can leave you feeling pretty poorly. This is called die-off. So you want as much of the bacteria gone before you incorporate antifungals and probiotics to give yourself a bit of a head start on healing.
Your diet must be made up solely of select raw and steamed vegetables. Nothing starchy must pass thine lips. No carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes (kumara/yam), pumpkins, squashes, parsnip, beetroots or turnips.
You are allowed herbs and spices – in fact a lot of them are natural antifungals. So I have been tarting up my dishes with garlic, ginger, coriander and cinnamon.
While this has been a relatively boring few days of eating it has definitely been bearable. Spices and herbs are my saviours.
For a full list of the vegetables, oil and spices you are allowed to eat see here.
Colon Cleansing Tonic
To flush my system I start every day with a colon cleansing tonic of Bentonite Clay and Pysllium husks. I know it seems strange to eat clay but here is a great article about all the benefits but in short the clay binds to tee toxins in your body and the fibre escorts it from the building.
I ordered the clay online from Australian Healing Clay for around $20 (including delivery) and it arrived within a few days. Here’s how you do it;
- 2 teaspoons Bentonite Clay
- 1 tablespoon Pysllium Husks
- 1 cup water (filtered if possible)
- Mix the ingredients and then drink quickly as Pysllium swells in water.
- Then drink another glass of water.
Do not drink this before a long journey on public transport as you will need to consult a toilet within the hour. You have been warned. I was on the toilet within 20 minutes.
In the spirit of honesty I will say that I struggled the first time I did this. It does not taste offensive in anyway but for some reason the texture made me feel queasy. This being said I felt exactly the same way about oil-pulling at first and I can do that standing on my head nowadays.
You can have this up to 3 times a day. I also have one in the evening after dinner.
Olive Leaf Extract
Straight after my shake I have a teaspoon of Olive Leaf Extract which is a potent antifungal. You can get it at most health food stores for around $30. It can only be described as pungent and you can mix it with water if you need to.
If you are experiencing die-off symptoms already then omit taking any antifungal during your cleanse. You want to ease yourself into this diet without feeling horrendous. Wait a week – then add it back in and see how you go.
Liver Cleansing Tonic
You colon isn’t the only one working hard. Your liver is processing a hell of a lot too. To support it you can drink this cleansing tonic in the evening. If you have had a Colon Cleansing Shake you must wait one hour before drinking the Liver Cleansing Tonic.
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic
- Small chunk of fresh ginger
- 1 cup water (filtered if possible)
- Blend together and drink
This step is optional but is good to do. I added a bit of extra ginger to cut through the taste and make it a bit more palatable.
My Typical Day on the Candida Cleanse
|Pre-Breakfast||Colon Cleansing Tonic1 teaspoon Olive Leaf ExtractWarm water with lemon, Apple Cider Vinegar and coconut oil|
|Breakfast||Green Smoothie – kale, silverbeet, cucumber, ginger, mint, filtered water, Spirulina, chlorella|
|Snack||Avocado with tomato and onion and lots of pepper!|
|Lunch||Steamed broccoli and cauliflower with garlic, ginger, chilli and coriander stirred through|
|Snack||Green juice or smoothie (same as above)or Herbal Teaor glass of water with shot of wheatgrass powder|
|Dinner||Steamed broccoli and cabbage with garlic, ginger, chilli and coriander stirred through|
|Post-Dinner||Colon Cleansing TonicHerbal tea1 hour later – Liver Cleansing Tonic|
- Remember you are cleansing… so the number one rule is WATER WATER WATER!
- Keep up any of your other detoxifying habits for extra effect (or add some in) like oil-pulling and dry body-brushing. I am also spending 15 minutes in the sauna every day but that is a bit of a luxury.
- Tell yourself every day what an amazing thing you are doing for yourself.
In my next post I will go over the diet and over the coming months I will share my experiences, recipes and revelations as well. You can also follow my journey on Facebook or Instagram or sign up to my newsletter here.
If you think that you may also want to try out the Candida Diet then by all means send me an email and we can hold hands together. It is going to be a long two months but my goodness the results are going to be worth it.