There are many foods that Candidapatients can’t eat, either because the sugar content is too high or because they are allergenic. These foods we call FORBIDDEN foods. There are also a variety of foods with a medium level of easy digestible carbohydrates (sugars and starch) or with allergenic effects for certain patients, that may be consumed in limited quantities and you therefore need to be cautious with these, depending on how progressed your healing is. These foods we call CAUTIOUS foods. Fortunately, there are also a variety of foods that you as Candidapatient can eat in unlimited quantities, because the content of easy digestible carbohydrates is low and because they are not allergenic. These foods we call ALLOWED foods. Basically, your diet must consist of ALLOWED foods according to nutritional needs and CAUTIOUS foods in limited quantities. If you react allergenic to some ALLOWED foods or CAUTIOUS foods, these must of course be excluded from your diet and possibly reintroduced at a later stage as you get better. CAUTIOUS foods have a higher sugar-/starchcontent than ALLOWED foods. If you feel that you can not move forward in your healing process, because the fungus will not retreat further and it has reached a kind of stabilization phase, you may need to limit the intake of CAUTIOUS foods even further. However, you must remember that CAUTIOUS foods contains important nutrients that will benefit your immune system and digestion, and thereby help you against the Candida. A diet consisting solely of ALLOWED foods is one-sided and may enhance the risk of nutrient deficiency. So your diet is a fine balance, where the goal is to limit sugar intake while you must not weaken your immune system and digestion due to a lack of essential nutrients.
There is also big differences in how severe the individual is affected by the Candidainfection, how allergic one respond to food and how strong your immune system is. Basically, at the start of the diet and in diseasestage 3, you may eat ALLOWED foods and possibly small amounts CAUTIOUS foods. If you are in diseasestage 2, you can increase your intake of CAUTIOUS foods, depending on how fast your healing processes goes and how persistent you are. In diseasestage 1, you can start experimenting with FORBIDDEN foods. There is no fixed answer to how much and fast you can introduce CAUTIOUS and FORBIDDEN foods. Some Candida sufferers find that any return to their old diet will quickly result in another infestation, so they stick to the ALLOWED food indefinitely. Others find that with time they can reintroduce almost all of their favorite foods, even sugary fruits and alcoholic drinks. It really depends on who you are and how bad your infestation was, but you should certainly be prepared to make long term changes to your eating habits. The following is a guide to your diet in diseasestage 1, 2 and 3:
Diet Phase 3:
If you have just started your Candidadiet or have very serious symptoms as in disease stage 3, you must stick to ALLOWED foods according to your nutritional needs and tolerances. In addition, you may daily eat maximum two servings of CAUTIOUS foods (including up to one serving Type 1 Grains). Many people feel best with the total absence from grain foods - at least during diseasestage three, if not throughout the whole program. Fruit is not recommended in diseasestage three. It may take months and years before significant improvement occurs and you are ready to move on to phase 2 in the diet plan.
Diet Phase 2:
Follow these guidelines until your symptoms have been reduced to symptoms in disease stage 1. ALLOWED foods according to your nutritional needs and tolerances. Maximun three servings of CAUTIOUS foods (including Type 1 and 2 grains). If you don't have a sensitivity to gluten, you may experiment with the re-introduction of up to one serving gluten containing whole grains (Type 3 grains) instead of gluten free grains. Be cautious with this transition. If you do use gluten grains, stick to lower-gluten whole grains, such as oats, kamut or spelt. You may experiment very cautiously with CAUTIOUS fruits (up to one serving per day). Small amounts of fruit can contribute with a nice flavor, and when mixed with foods with low sugar content, the reaction will only be mild. Some of the foodallergies that you felt in diseasestage 3, may be gone now. But still, all CAUTIOUS and ALLOWED foods that are not 100% tolerated must be excluded from your diet. You may try to reintroduce them at a later stage. If you feel that your healing process is stalled, you may need to cut down on CAUTIOUS foods. The duration of the dietphase 2 can be very long, both months and years, depending on how persistent you are and how serious your disease is.
Diet Phase 1:
Dietphase 1 may be applied in the diseasestage 1, that is a stage of the disease where you feel much better, do not experience significant fatigue and with only limited symptoms of Candida. The spread of the Candidafungus in the body is now very limited and the response to sugar in the food is not so strong anymore. All or many of the food allergies seen in diseasestage 2-3 are now gone. ALLOWED foods according to your nutritional needs and tolerances. Maximum four servings of CAUTIOUS foods including type 1-3 Grains. Carefull with type 3 grains if you are sensitive to gluten, stick to lower-gluten whole grains, such as oats, kamut or spelt. CAUTIOUS fruits up to two servings a day in addition to your other CAUTIOUS foods. The occasional FORBIDDEN "Better Quality Sweeteners" may be tolerated at this stage. The diet is still pretty restrictive, due to the continuing risk of relapse. If you start to raise your sugar intake too fast or you overload your immune system too much due to allergens or stress, it may result in a relapse, so be aware of this. It's recommended that you spend a minimum of three months on the dietphase 1 after your yeast-related symptoms are completely gone. This will stabilize your health ahead and you may even adopt these guidelines as your preferred diet for the future. If your symptoms are caused entirely by simple imbalance-related yeast overgrowth, you may well (over time) find yourself at a point where you are completely symptom-free. If you still have an underlying disease that triggers your Candida, there will be a significant risk ahead, of a new Candida attack in connection with immune system weakenings, which you should be aware of. If you have beaten the Candida overgrowth there is of course no reason to continue taking antifungals, probiotics and die-off products.