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Candida diet

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shamble Thu 03-Oct-13 16:47:54

anyone got any experience they can tell me about? I'm trying this after repeated thrush infections breastfeeding my youngest.

I'm not doing it super strictly but have cut out refined sugar, fruit and bread. the first week was hell but now, 11 days in, I feel a lot better.

I just don't know how strictly I should be doing it, and more importantly, how long for. I need chocolate! and wine!

brettgirl2 Thu 03-Oct-13 19:12:51

Wine contains no refined sugar. In fact the brewing process lowers the natural sugar in comparison to grape juice wink. Crack open the red is my advice! Can you drink cocoa without sugar for a chocolate fix?

I do this on and off and got advice from acupuncturist who was treating me. Her perspective was that it is the sugar rather than yeast in bread that feeds the candida yeast.

I'd keep it up for now, the best side effect is looking skinnier after a couple of months so that's something to look forward to unless you are a size 6 already!

I think it works for me, have had big probs on and off.

brettgirl2 Thu 03-Oct-13 19:13:45

Oh just saw you've cut out fruit, didn't do that....

DisappointedHorse Thu 03-Oct-13 19:19:28

I did it for 2 months, I was really strict. No carbs, alcohol, sugar, vinegar, anything fermented including stock cubes, soy sauce etc. weirdly I barely lost any weight, probably because of all the coconut oil I was using!

It was no miracle cure and distill get thrush sometimes but it's better than it was.

shamble Sat 05-Oct-13 17:48:01

thanks for your replies. I've lost half a stone in less than two weeks! chocolate is a major food group in my diet though.

the more I read about thrush (admittedly some websites are properly bonkers) the more confused I get. I have a fungal skin infection too (strange white patches on my tummy) and am worried I'm just infested with fungi!

I accidentally ate a tiny amount of sugar last night at a restaurant - no idea what it was in - and am feeling awful today. sick, sore tummy etc. I'm just wondering if this will be the case when I stop this diet, and what the best way is to reintroduce sugar? I'm missing fruit, interesting that you didn't cut it out. hmm.

BestestBrownies Sat 05-Oct-13 17:53:04

Hi OP. I have done this diet. Rigidly. For 6 months. no sugar, yeast, mushrooms or ANYTHING. Yes it was hell, but yes it did do the job and I haven't had thrush since (almost 6 years ago now). If I have sugar these days (fruit not included, as that has no effect), I get stomach cramps and a laxative effect.

Make sure you eat natural yoghurt once a day and take a probiotic tablet for best results smile

shamble Sat 05-Oct-13 19:52:28

bestest 6 months??? crikey. that's amazing, hats off. I can't do that. I'll just jack in bf I think! did you give up fruit whilst on the diet?

I ate mushrooms today without thinking. sigh.

MotherOfSoupDragon Sat 05-Oct-13 19:56:17

Zoe Harcombe talks a lot about candida and the problems it causes and her way of eating helps get rid of candida. Have a look at her website. It does include - as far as I can remember - cutting out sugar, alcohol, fruit, all processed carbs, ie flour, white rice.

Good luck smile

shamble Sun 06-Oct-13 08:13:55

thanks mother. I'll check it out. I must say, having given up bread, fruit and sugar I would struggle to give up more sad as far as I'm aware I've never had thrush before ds2 was born. can't believe how persistent it is.

BestestBrownies Sun 06-Oct-13 10:50:11

I know, 6 months was hardcore and fruit was what I missed most (although certain citrus is allowed as I recall, like lemon and grapefruit). It was 100% worth it though as I used to have recurring thrush in the nether regions and some very painful patches of eczema, both of which I haven't had since (bar the occasional tiny patch that flares up if I have too much dairy and/or sugar).

If you can't face going hardcore, definitely get into the habit of taking a probiotic tablet and eating natural probiotic yoghurt every day. That part's easy and will help a lot.

shamble Sun 06-Oct-13 14:23:21

Thanks Bestest. I've got probiotics so will keep going with those. And with no refined sugar/fruit/bread/alcohol. Planning to keep it up for another 2 weeks and see. But I'm struggling!

LordElpuss Sun 06-Oct-13 18:20:43

what probiotic tablets are you taking?

shamble Tue 08-Oct-13 17:53:55

acidophilus from Holland and Barrett. cost about a tenner. does it make a big difference?

LordElpuss Wed 09-Oct-13 15:11:17

I don't know, shamble - I need to take some and was looking for a recommendation. Thanks smile

shamble Thu 10-Oct-13 13:18:20

I've been told that total Greek yoghurt has the most diverse cultures of live yoghurts widely available. dunno if that's true, but I'm trying it too!

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