The candida diet typically focuses on removing any food fuels for the fungal overgrowth ~ like sugar, gluten, alcohol, fruit and starchy vegetables and replacing them with ones that have anti-fungal properties like garlic, lemon, pumpkin seeds and spices such as turmeric and cayenne pepper.
These are all important changes to make to your diet but if you're going to heal from candida overgrowth you need to look deeper than the food source to the digestive environment that allows it to flourish ~ dampness.
On a dietary level ~ dairy products like milk, cheese, yoghurt, cream and butter create the most dampness in the body, weakening the digestive fire needed to process food properly. Eating too many raw or cold foods also add to this as well as lifestyle factors like eating too much, too late and too quickly.
These candida diet recommendations give you a holistic view of how you can modify your diet and the rhythm of how you live to heal from candida overgrowth. For a deeper energetic understanding of how candida overgrowth is linked to the functioning of the spleen and lymphatic systems please visit healing chronic candida.
Healing from Chronic Candida / Women's health / Eating gluten and dairy free
1. AVOID DAMP FOODS
Foods that are known to cause dampness include: dairy products, wheat products & foods contain gluten, sugars and artificial sweeteners, Processed foods, mushrooms, peanuts, foods containing yeast, alcohol, greasy & deep fried foods.
Read more on the energetic effect of eating gluten and dairy.
2. AVOID COLD FOOD & DRINKS
The spleen needs to be warm for your digestion to function well so avoid eating or drinking anything frozen or just out of the fridge. Remember that anything you ingest needs to be heated up to body temperature so anything cold is a shock to the body and weakens your digestive fire (particularly during the colder months).
Ones to watch out for are iced drinks, smoothies and juices. Ice cream and gelato are definite no no’s. It’s a great practice to have herbal teas (particularly ones with anti-fungal properties) and warm water is fantastic for the spleen so try having these throughout your day.
3. AVOID RAW FOODS
Raw foodists will disagree, but too much raw food can deplete your digestive strength. Despite the excellent enzymes in raw and live foods, they’re also harder for your body to break down. This doesn’t mean you need to cook your vegies to the point of sogginess - a nice crunch is perfect!
Keep raw fruits to a minimum, as these are particularly hard to break down and also contain sugars. A good way of getting around this is to stew your fruits (like green apple or berries).
If you do eat salad or raw veggies try taking them out of the fridge at least 1hr before so they can be warmed to room temperature.
5. EAT SLOWED COOKED FOODS, SOUPS & BROTHS
One of the best things you can do to nourish your spleen is to eat slow cooked foods. They are warming (the longer and slower they are cooked the better) and a very easy to digest. Breaking them down requires much less energy from your spleen, supporting immune system function.
6. CHEW YOUR FOOD WELL
The spleen starts extracting energy from food while you chew so doing this properly not only helps to mechanically break down your food (saving work for your stomach) but also means your body can extract more nourishment from your food.
9. EAT MINDFULLY
We too often eat our meals on the run, in front of the TV or while we’re multitasking at work or home. Try slowing down and enjoying the experience of just eating! Before you begin a meal take a moment to connect with your body and the food in front of you. Doing this will actually change the energetic composition of your food, making it easier for your spleen to assimilate it into the body.
Learn more on how to grow mindfulness with meditation.
7. AVOID OVEREATING
After a meal there should still be room in your stomach (and not for dessert!). It’s better to have small meals frequently if you tend to be hungry. Too much food at once hurts the stomach & spleen. A good rule of thumb is to wait 10 minutes before helping yourself to seconds. You’ll usually find that your hunger dissipates. Going for a gentle walk is also a great way to improve digestion and get the energy flowing well through the body, particularly after dinnertime.
4. EAT LOTS OF ANTI-FUNGAL FOODS
Vegetables - pumpkin, eggplant, beetroot, turnips*, carrots, parsnip, sweet potato, kale, cabbage, corn*, fennel, asparagus, alfalfa, radish, leek, onions* & garlic*
Meat products – chicken, turkey, beef, & lamb
Fish – trout, salmon, mackerel, tuna & anchovy
Legumes & beans – kidney beans, adzuki beans, lentils, chick peas, black beans
Fruits – lemon*, lime*
Grains – brown rice, quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat
Nuts & seeds – walnuts, chestnuts, pine nuts, almonds, sunflower, pumpkin seeds* & sesame seeds
Fresh Herbs – chives*, coriander*, basil*, rosemary*, dill, sage*, thyme, oregano*, parsley*
Spices – turmeric*, cinnamon*, clove*, cardamom*, cumin, nutmeg*, cayenne pepper*, black pepper, anise*, fennel*, paprika*
Oils – coconut oil*, olive oil*, flax oil* & sesame oil*
Teas – liquorice*, cinnamon*, jasmine*, fennel*, dandelion, pau d’auco*
Sweeteners – raw honey*
* These foods have anti-fungal properties
8. AVOID DRINKING LIQUID WITH MEALS
Liquid dilutes stomach acid (needed to break down food) and overwhelms the spleen energy. Preferably have warm fluids (like tea of water) at the end of your meal. This helps to humidify food in your stomach (rather than drown it!).
10. AVOID LATE NIGHT DINNERS
A good rule of thumb is to stop eating 3hrs before bed. If you do have a late meal try and keep it light to something like soup.
11. GET TO BED BY 9PM
The spleen cleans the energy system of any disharmony you've been living in through your day between the hours of 9pm - 1am. These are the most rejuvenating sleep hours so if you need to get work finished you're far better off to go to sleep by 9pm and wake up early. This has a huge impact on your immune system function.
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