As always, my first recommendation is to pray. Pray and ask God what is right for you. Ask Him to show you His way for your life. He will guide you regarding what is right for your body.
Also, discuss changes in your diet with your physician especially if you have pre-existing medical problems. If you need to find a physician who will treat a fungal infection, I found my doctor through the book ordering department at Doug Kaufman’s “Know the Cause.” This is how I found my doctor, Dr. John Gonino, who is familiar with fungal infections.
For me, it was a journey with many twists and turns. The best thing for me to do in the beginning was to keep a journal of meals, exercise, supplements and sleep. I started with a simple 5”x 8” notebook from Target but later bought a journal online from WholeApproach.com where I could simply use check-marks for some of the information I needed. Here is what the journal looks like on the inside. However, I enjoy journaling more and this does not allow for quite as much room for this but it did give me valuable information and patterns about what was working and what was not so that I could adjust things accordingly. I knew I had to find something to address the Candida (fungal infection) that I was facing. A blood test called a “microscopy” test at my doctor’s office (Dr. John Gonino) confirmed that I had systemic Candidiasis (most commonly known as simply “Candida). Some of the best definitions of Candida for me are found at these links — “Candida Overview” at JigSaw Health and “Candida Protocol” at Wholeapproach.com. There are several different Candida diets out there. I started with the diet from one of Doug Kaufman’s recipe books, but found that the Candida diet at WholeApproach.com was more beneficial for me. I still use the diet from Wholeapproach.com (combined with the Primal Paleo diet that I’ll explain in the next paragraph).
The journal from WholeApproach.com worked well and this is a good illustration — when I reached a plateau of more wellness but still had some fatigue, a friend asked me to tell them what I had eaten in the last three days. I was able to pull out my journal and see that I had a lot of grains and carbohydrates in my diet. My friend suggested the Primal Paleo diet with Mark Sisson and his site, “Mark’s Daily Apple.” So, now I follow a combination of the Candida diet at WholeApproach.com and the Primal Paleo diet. Mark’s book, “The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation: A step-by-step, gene reprogramming action plan” was my initial guide. I have to keep an eye out for things that would bring on a Candida infection when it comes to the Primal Paleo diet – especially mushrooms and cheese — so I don’t follow everything in this diet. Many of the Primal Paleo recipes work for me and it is a popular movement so this has been very rewarding.
The WholeApproach site has a page for a Candida Symptom Assessment Questionnaire. Their diet plan as far as what foods are beneficial and which foods to avoid is in PDF format and costs $1.99 which is a great deal! The online Forum at WholeApproach.com is informative and a licensed dietician comes online for free to answer questions you may have. She is focused on the Candida infection aspect of foods. I had been seeing a dietician who was not focused on this and it can make a big difference. If you decide to do the natural anti-fungal products from WholeApproach.com, it will require an investment of time and money. I bought the book for the program, “Conquering Yeast Infections, Chronic Illness and the Candida Connection” by S. Colet Lahoz and followed the protocol very closely. It took me 16 months using this protocol to get the infection to subside but there are a lot of people who are not as bad off as I was and it does not take this long for them. Of course, for some, it may take longer. Each of us are individuals in this program. The diet alone will bring you some relief because it starves the yeast overgrowth. Sugar, complex carbohydrates, molds and yeast are some of the biggest culprits but gluten sensitivity or intolerance is another problem that is addressed.
The Primal Paleo diet is also not for everyone but there are more people in the general public who have lost weight, lowered their cholesterol, become pain-free and gained more energy by using this approach.
I have noticed overlaps in both the WholeAppoach.com Candida diet and the Primal Paleo diet which is really a good thing. Both eliminate as much sugar as possible and gluten from the diet. Both advocate grass-fed (sometimes referred to as range free) meats. I learned that products like butter and eggs can also come from range free animals but you really have to look for this on the packages. At Wholefoods here in Texas I buy organic Vital Farms eggs. The same company also sells range free non-organic eggs that goes by the name, Alfesco. I buy this when Vital Farms is not available although I prefer to get organic whenever I can. Go to this page to learn about their eggs.
I had thought I was allergic to eggs based on allergy tests and some digestive issues with them but when I eat the eggs from range free chickens I don’t have a problem.
I had never noticed before that Wholefoods grocery store actually divides the meat into categories of grass-fed beef vs. grain-fed beef. You will want the grass-fed because, what an animal eats makes a difference in their health and grass-fed rather than grain-fed animals are healthier, so their meats are healthier for you.
By the way, lambs are not necessarily grass-fed. I was surprised. I began looking for other sources when I found that the Whole Foods Market I visit uses grain-fed lamb.
My diet is still evolving and being refined so this is a beginning. There is just so much to share! I will also be posting recipes on this site. I have found that keeping things simple help. I am just beginning to explore the site The Paleo Mom and may include links to her site as I learn more.
I read some books on making things easier to digest and found that it is better to eat salads at the end of a meal rather than at the beginning. (I’ll have a resource for books on this site so please look for it later). Even if I am not having a salad, it helps to have some type of fresh vegetable or fruit at the end of a meal (at least this is what works better for me) to help with the digestion as these have live enzymes. Many fruits and possibly all fruits are something you may have to forgo in the beginning of the Candida diet because even natural sugars may upset your system. I had to. I can eat some fruit in moderation these days. I was concerned at one point that I may never get there but I didn’t give up. As I have said in the post “The Truth About Willpower” — it is God-power accomplished by a prayer-filled life.