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The Whole Approach® Candida Diet protocol begins with three full months on Stage One (regardless of your beginning score). Then, as healing progresses, you may move through Stage Two and Stage Three diet recommendations, followed by a maintenance (stabilization) diet. You may also choose to continue with the Stage One Guidelines throughout your program. Some people do so because they feel most vibrant eating this way. These recommendations refer to daily intakes and they refer to foods on the Whole Approach® PDF files with lists of OK (green), LIMIT (orange) and AVOID (red) foods. 
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Stage One Diet©

Follow these guidelines for the first three months and continue until your score has reduced to, at most, a MODERATE score on your Questionnaire, for one full month.  These recommendations refer to daily intakes and they refer to foods on the Whole Approach® PDF files with lists of OK (green), LIMIT (orange) and AVOID (red) foods.  
  • OK (green) foods according to your nutritional needs.
  • PLUS One serving of LIMIT (orange) foods (including Type 1 and 2 Grains)
  • PLUS up to one serving of Type 3 grains

NOTES: Many people feel best with the total abstinence from grain foods - at least during stage one, if not throughout the program. Fruit is not recommended in stage one.


Stage Two Diet©

Follow these guidelines until your symptoms have been reduced to, at most, a MILD score, for one full month.  These recommendations refer to daily intakes and they refer to foods on the Whole Approach® PDF files with lists of OK (green), LIMIT (orange) and AVOID (red) foods.  
  • OK foods according to your nutritional needs and tolerances.
  • PLUS Two servings of LIMIT foods including Type 1 and Type 2 Grains
  • PLUS up to two servings of Type 1 or Type 3 Grains.
  • You may experiment very cautiously with LIMIT fruits (up to one serving per day in addition to your other LIMIT foods)

Stage Three Diet©

Follow these guidelines until you are free of yeast related symptoms.  These recommendations refer to daily intakes and they refer to foods on the Whole Approach® PDF files with lists of OK (green), LIMIT (orange) and AVOID (red) foods. 
  • OK foods according to your nutritional needs and tolerances.
  • PLUS Two servings of LIMIT foods including Type 1 and Type 2 Grains.
  • PLUS up to two servings of Type 1 or Type 3 Grains.
  • LIMIT fruits up to two servings a day in addition to your other LIMIT foods
  • The occasional AVOID "Better Quality Sweeteners" may be tolerated at this stage.

NOTES: if you don't have a sensitivity to gluten, you may experiment with the re-introduction of up to two servings of gluten containing whole grains instead of gluten free grains. The Gluten containing grains are listed on the orange list as Type 4 Grains. Use caution with this transition. If you do use gluten grains, stick to lower-gluten whole grains, such as oats, kamut or spelt.


Additional Notes

  • If you reintroduce foods you've previously abstained from and symptoms worsen, return to the previous stage of the diet.
  • If you notice intolerance to OK or LIMIT foods, discontinue use. You may try to reintroduce in a later stage.
  • Use Type 4 grains sparingly and only if tolerated.

Three Month Maintenance - Stabilization Period

It's recommended that you spend a minimum of three months on the Stage Three diet after your yeast-related symptoms have been relieved.. This will allow your body to integrate the effects of the whole program so that your good health can stabilize. You may even feel so good on this diet that you decide to adopt Stage Three guidelines as your preferred diet regimen.

However you choose to manage your maintenance diet after recovery, the experience of following a food therapy diet for this amount of time is sure to have an impact on the healthy food choices that you will make for the rest of your life.

Can I Expect to be Completely Symptom-Free?

If your symptoms are caused entirely by simple imbalance-related yeast overgrowth, you may well find yourself at a point where you are completely symptom-free. For more information about what to expect in terms of how long it will take for you to feel well, reference the related document in the CRC FAQ section on the forum at forum.wholeapproach®.com.