by TL Cornish, CNP
Embarking on the learning adventure of a new healthy diet is the important first step towards understanding your body’s health and nutritional requirements. The Whole Approach.com website is designed to support and inspire you on your journey toward the diet and lifestyle strategy that suits your individual needs. Just as each of us has a unique personality, health history, health challenges, and biochemical make up, we also have unique dietary needs. The information on our website will be invaluable to you both as a starting point as well as an ongoing reference.
The primary goal of an effective candida diet is to support healing and detoxification through a nutritionally-balanced diet that is low in carbohydrates. The ideal diet for CRC recovery reduces or eliminates hard-to-digest foods that stress the digestive system as well as allergens and toxins that suppress the immune and nervous systems.
Lifestyle considerations that will enhance your treatment program:
- Take control of your diet by preparing most of your food yourself.
- Eat nutrient-rich, organic, minimally-processed whole foods.
- Optimize your intake of essential-fatty-acid rich food sources through the use of healing fats and oils.
- Eat a wide variety of foods, preferably by following the four-day rotation diet.
- Drink plenty of pure water. Drink half your body weight in ounces (for example if you weigh 140 lbs, you should drink at least 70 ounces of water). Well water or rain water tested regularly for chemical and biological contaminants is ideal though will likely still need some filtration. If drinking city water, consider investing in a water purification system (i.e. reverse osmosis) or buy high quality purified water that is stored in non-porous plastic or glass. Reverse Osmosis water removes viruses, bacteria and chemicals but it is de-mineralized and also acidic. Thus to maintain nutritional health it is best supplemented using some kind of complete remineralization (drops or special stones or other method).
- Drug use, alcohol consumption and smoking lower your immunity – so avoid them.
- Exercise regularly, allow adequate time for sleep. Develop effective stress management and relaxation skills to help combat both physical and emotional stress.
- Avoid unnecessary use of antibiotics, steroid drugs and birth control pills when possible since they promote the overgrowth of candida
We’ve pulled together some additional helpful links to help you get started on your candida safe eating plan.
Color-coded Candida Diet Food Lists (print and use as a grocery/planning list)
WholeApproach candida support forum (searchable using keywords and contains a great recipe section)
This article has been revised from an article previously written by Tarilee Cornish. Tarilee is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner with a special interest in pure, ethically-sourced foods, immune and digestive recovery and recovery from food allergies and candida overgrowth.