Treating Candida With Diet

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The first step in treating candida

The first step we recommend to treat candida is a colon cleanse to rid your body of toxic waste that can harbor it. The best colon cleanse is gentle and natural. From experience, we recommend the Colon Cleansing Kit by Blessed Herbs. Their herbal cleansing kit is safe, effective, and, without sharing too many details, we know from personal experience that it works well. :)

Many diseases start with an impacted colon – give candida a run for its money by eliminating (pun intended) its hiding place.

Treating candida with diet

Candida lives off the foods you eat.

Let me rephrase that: candida thrives off the foods you eat.

Let me restate that – candida exuberantly proliferates off the foods you eat.

Get the picture? One of the best ways to keep candida under control is with a healthy diet. Or, as I tell my kids, “Starve the little beasts.” If you don’t feed candida what it needs to survive and multiply, it will eventually have to revert back to its former, non-harmful self.

There’re a lot of candida-diet versions out there. Some are impossibly strict, and others are impossibly lenient. 

Candida Crusher ebook - 3-Stage candida diet.

(disclaimer: Candida Crusher is a medical volume and contains anatomical photos that some readers may find objectionable.)

A few years ago I came into contact with Dr. Eric Bakker, ND, a naturopath who’s treated 1000’s of candida patients for over 20 years. His 3-Stage candida diet, explained in Candida Crusher, is more doable and comprehensive than any other candida diet we’ve tried and previously recommended. 

Each of the three stages address different aspects of how best to fight candida. This is the diet I expand on further in our two candida cookbooks, Healing Candida with Food, and The Sweeter Side of Candida.

Dr. Bakker has graciously allowed me to share the list of foods allowed on Stage One.

Stage One allowed foods


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(health-wise we would recommend cooking with coconut oil or animal fats and then using olive or palm oil in dressings/sauces)

animal fats

  • butter or ghee
  • bacon fat (from bacon with no added sugar or nitrates)
  • cod liver oil
  • fat from meat and fish
  • lard


  • eggs
  • all red meat
  • all poultry
  • all fish
  • all shellfish


  • butter
  • buttermilk
  • hard cheeses like Cheddar, Colby, Parmesan, Swiss (if you have chronic candida/yeast, it’s probably best to avoid cheese for a time)
  • sour cream (made from yogurt)
  • yogurt (make your own or look for unpasteurized, unsweetened yogurt that include ‘live active cultures’ or ‘living cultures’)

healthy rows of non-starchy vegetables for a candia diet(source)

low carbohydrate vegetables

  • asparagus
  • artichoke
  • avocados (good for stabilizing blood sugar)
  • bok choy
  • bamboo shoots
  • broccoli
  • brussel sprouts
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • celery
  • celeriac (celery root)
  • cucumbers
  • egg plant
  • fennel
  • garlic
  • green and wax beans
  • jicama
  • green peppers (all peppers)
  • kale
  • kohlrabi
  • leeks
  • lettuce (green leaf is best – head lettuce has no nutritional value)
  • okra
  • onions
  • greens (green leaf lettuce; head lettuce has no nutritional value, spinach, chard, collards, mustard greens, kale, radicchio, endive, etc.)
  • peppers (all bell peppers)
  • radishes
  • rutabagas
  • scallions and green onions
  • sea vegetables (nori, kombu, wakame, etc.)
  • snow peas, snap peas, pea pods
  • spaghetti squash
  • sprouts (bean, alfalfa, etc)
  • summer squash
  • tomatoes
  • tomatillos
  • turnips
  • watercress
  • zucchini (courgette)


  • lemons
  • limes

Limited nuts are allowed on a candida diet.(source)

*nuts & seeds

*Make sure your nuts are properly soaked and/or sprouted for easier digestion.
**Cashews are susceptible to mold. Pistachios and peanuts (actually a legume, not a nut) tend to be moldy as well.


  • all spices and herbs are allowed

Decaffeinated coffee sitting on coffee beans. Coffee is allowed on a candida diet.(source)



  • apple cider vinegar (balances body’s pH level. A teaspoon to a tablespoon taken before each meal can aid digestion and prevent undigested food particles from feeding candida in the gut.)
  • kefir
  • kim-chi
  • sauerkraut
  • whey

Grains are allowed in moderation in various stages of Dr. Bakker’s 3-stage diet, however, it’s imperative that it be a pure sourdough bread or it’s best to avoid them. That means it can not have added dry yeast, bread machine yeast, yeast cakes, etc. added.

The best grains are:

*Grains should be properly soaked and sprouted.
**Although almond flour and coconut flour are not grains, they are allowed.

Candida Crusher ebook - 3-Stage candida diet.

Stage Two of the diet removes foods that are prone to cause allergies, and Stage Three teaches how to reintroduce healthy foods again. Be sure to check out Candida Crusher for step-by-step details.

Foods to Avoid (in order of importance)

1.) The number one food candida loves more than life itself is sugar. If you can’t stick to any other part of this diet, avoid sugar at all costs.

Candida LOVES sugar. It feeds it, gives it warm fuzzies, and makes it do the happy dance. It’s not picky either. It doesn’t care if it’s organic, raw, fruit sugar, or refined sugar. Any kind of sugar will give it the fuel it needs to take over.

Stay away from

  • processed white sugar
  • natural sugars in fruit
  • honey
  • syrup
  • molasses
  • rapadura
  • cane sugar
  • any ingredient that ends in ‘ose’ (i.e. lactose, sucrose, etc.)
  • maltodextrin
  • corn syrup
  • alcohol – the most refined sugar you can consume

Most people readily admit to having a sweet tooth. I do too! One of the most helpful solutions I’ve found is to use stevia, a sweet herb. I like adding it to my tea or Candida Diet Ice Cream to have a little treat while staying on plan. You can find more information about this herb and where to find it here.

 variety of fresh berries are allowed on a candida diet.(source)

Fruit is also a hard one to give up. But keep in mind, sugar in all forms will help candida multiply faster than a room full of bunny rabbits. Some fruits are higher in sugar than others though, so if you find yourself wandering toward the all-you-can-eat fruit salad bar, here’s a helpful list:

Low Sugar

  • avocado
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • cranberries
  • lemons
  • limes
  • raspberries
  • rhubarb (technically not a fruit, but. . .ya know)
  • strawberries
  • green apples

Moderate Sugar

  • apples (green apples tend to be lower in sugar)
  • cantaloupe
  • guavas
  • honeydew
  • nectarines
  • papaya
  • peaches
  • watermelon

High Sugar

  • any dried fruits
  • apricots
  • bananas
  • cherries
  • dates
  • figs
  • grapefruit
  • grapes
  • kiwi
  • mangoes
  • oranges (tend to be moldy too)
  • pears
  • pineapple
  • plums
  • pomegranates
  • prunes
  • raisins
  • tangerines

Starchy potatoes should be avoided on a candida diet.(source)

2.) Limit starches – starches also feed candida; and candida can be a glutton. Starches in this case are synonymous with carbs. Carbs are any food not classified as protein or fat.

High Carb Vegetables

  • legumes/beans (lima, pinto, navy, split pea, garbanzo, normal, white, kidney, peanuts, etc.)
  • carrots
  • corn
  • potatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • winter squash (hubbard, butternut, acorn, etc)
  • yams (this includes gluten-free flours like potato starch and flour, tapioca starch, and arrowroot powder)

You’ll need to avoid all store-bought breads (they’re starchy and they contain yeasts and sugars). Pure sourdough bread (no commercial yeast added) in moderation is okay. If you want to be a little stricter and really kick it into gear, I’d avoid sourdough breads to begin with.

Candida is a sneaky little organism. He might look yummy on the outside, but candida is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. When you deplete your diet of the food it loves, candida makes you crave them. But, the longer you keep those foods out of its greedy little hands (read: your mouth), the easier it becomes, until eventually, the cravings are gone.

Oh, and one more thing. Don’t be surprised if, while on this diet, the pounds start melting off like hot butter. That’s just one of the many side effects of candida justice. :)

 Candida Diet: How to Heal with Food(source)

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I’m Paula - like many of you I wear a lot of hats. Child of God, wife of 19 years, mother of 5 earthly children (and another on the way), reluctant cook, chocolate-snatcher, and health and fitness coach at Various family health issues including Lyme disease and candida has turned me into a 'researcher' with a passion for understanding how our God-created bodies thrive or deteriorate based on what we put in it.

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  1. says

    Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

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  2. SAHMmy Says says

    Excellent post! I'm a true believer; my mom completely cured IBS she had since childhood just by going on the yeast free/candida control diet hardcore. It is hard to wrap your head around all the "yes" and "no" foods (I'd argue with her: you're telling me strawberries, which go moldy so fast, are better than oranges? But I shouldn't eat strawberries yet either?); you've done a fantastic job here of breaking the food groups and levels down. This plan works if you work it. Thank you!

  3. momto8 says

    thank you very much…I learned somethings from reading….this is an interesting perspective, I will think about..and I had no idea those nuts could get moldy!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  4. Crafty Mischief says

    Can I tell you how much I love you right now? My dr diagnosed me with this earlier this week. I've been miserable for months. If this works I am definitely going to try it! What a coincidence that you posted this! I found you through Blue Cricket Design. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  5. Gail Purath says

    I had systemic candida in the 1980's when the only resource was "The Yeast Connection." I had to go off all sugar and fermented foods for many months and then ease back very carefully. But the side effects (digestive problems, loss of energy, pain everywhere, rashes, and gum problems) were enough to keep me on the diet. I still occasionaly have some of the problems return, and I have to be careful and take my acidophilus faithfully.
    Thanks for sharing this…it can really help people who are suffering.

  6. Ryan and Carly says

    This is so great! Candida is such a nasty thing to have to deal with. My husband and I have been living a lifestyle/diet similar to what you listed along with probiotics, tea, and supplements and feel AMAZING.
    Thank you for this informative and action oriented post :)

  7. JOY @ says

    I've worried with this all my adult life. Read the book many, many years ago and Dr. do not want to recognize the problem. They just want to throw a pill at the symptoms. I've tried to live without sugar and the hardest was going without the "ose" stuff. I'm wondering if you could post some of your menus we could enJOY?

  8. Paula says


    Glad I can help. A Candida diet isn't easy to start – it can really be quite intimidating – but if we only knew then how much BETTER we'd feel, we'd jump right in!

    I'm so glad your and your husband are doing well. My husband just hit his one-year 'anniversary' on the diet and we're still amazed and encouraged at how simply eating so healthy can bring about such drastic changes.

  9. Paula says

    Joy, I've learned to live simply with my menu. But I'm always looking for new ideas to add to it. I'll see what I can put together as far as our typical menu. You might look at it and decide I'm way too boring, but if it gives you a few new ideas I'm glad to help. :)

  10. Charla says

    You should also look into – his diet is somewhat different but conceptually the same – no fungus!! I am looking forward to a speaking engagement Doug is doing this weekend (he is local to me – Dallas area).

  11. Julie says

    Thank you for sharing the information. I have been feeling poorly for several years and will try getting off of carbos. and see if this helps. We basically eat healthy, homegrown, raw milk, whole grains, low sugar – but I see that I need to get off some foods even if they are natural to see if this will help. I do hope things improve.

  12. Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures says

    Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  13. andi says

    Hey, this looks great and complete! But i cant help feeling puzzled by just one (pretty major) thing – you put yogurt on the to-be-avoided list – with no other comments or explanations whereas in my experience of hunting natural ways of curing candida on the internet there’s a massive amount of positive feedback and recommendations for using yogurt as sometimes the main weapon against the enemy. What’s this about?

    • says


      Thanks for such a good question. I believe probiotics are very helpful in battling candida, but not so much yogurt as it’s made from milk and has a lot of lactose which is still a type of sugar that candida thrives off. It would be better to take a probiotic supplement.

      Does that clarify things better?

    • says

      Hi Andi,

      I wanted to come back to your question about yogurt. I’d always been told that since yogurt contains lactose, it was a no no. But your question got me wondering and since my first reply to you I’ve had the chance to be in contact with Dr. Eric Bakker, ND, author of Candida Crusher. His information tends to make me think I was wrong.

      It seems, like you said, that the benefits of yogurt far outweigh the cons of any lactose it contains. I would still highly recommend that you make your own or look for unpasteurized, unsweetened yogurt that features ‘live active cultures’ or ‘living cultures’.

      Thanks for your original question!

  14. Kyra says

    How low carb is recommended? What would u suggest a good macronutrient ratio be between the carbs, fats, and pro (percent of diet, grams)?

    I know it’s all individual, but if u could give some guidelines, that would help. “low csrb” can mean a lot, from ketogenic to anywhere from 0-150 or 200g carbs

    And do leafy greens and other non starchy veggies count towards the carb amount, or does this just pertain to carbs from starchy veg?


    • says

      Hi Kyra,

      I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to reply . . . moving/unpacking finally caught up with me! :)

      As to your question, I wish I could give you a solid answer – but I’ve found that every candida ‘doctor/guru’ has a different suggestion. I honestly don’t count carbs/fats/proteins – I tried that once and just about drove myself crazy! Instead I only eat the safe (low carb) veggies and simply don’t eat those high in carbs. Well, okay, like once a month I’ll make a rice/bean hot dish for the family, but we really try to avoid those kinds of carbs on a daily basis. After nearly going insane trying to keep within a certain macronutrient ratio, I simply gave up and figured if I was eating what I should 90% of the time, then it would take care of itself.

      I know that’s a very general answer and probably not very helpful, but that’s really all I can tell you. Like you said, ‘low carb’ can mean a wide range of numbers to different people. My suggestion would be to eat what you know is on the list 90% of the time, and be careful not to binge on carbs during the other 10%.

  15. Maria Andy says

    Please have just been diagnosed with candida. So what type of cereal is best as breakfast,since oat is not good. Can l eat brown rice occasionally and unriped plaintain, boiled. Please i need your advice and i’m really down about my health. Betterstill you can advice on what to eat. Alse should i also go for the herbs tablets or teas?. Thanks.

    • says

      Hi Maria,

      I would suggest going with eggs, butter, and maybe some bacon for breakfast. Avoid cereals if you can – perhaps an occasional (once every few weeks) bowl of oatmeal or rice (better if soaked), but certainly don’t over do it.

      I would encourage you to look at the tap for ‘RECIPES’ as there is a section there for candida safe recipes to give you an idea on some things to eat and hopefully encourages you.

      Teas or tablets? Hmm. I want to say tea (especially loose leaf) as it is more likely not to have hidden ingredients and would be a purer form.

      *hugs* to you!

      • Domonie says

        My favorite breakfast: 1eggs scrambled with clarified hip utter, salt and pepper. Mix with half a avocado, dices, a bit of chopped red onion and a few sliced grape tomatoes, mix well then squeeze lime over it. I would eat this even if not on a anti candida diet!

  16. Jen says


    I’m wondering if you can help me I’m looking at trying the candida diet to see if it will help some of my problems but I’m so confused there are so many sites that say one thing you can have an another you can’t have. Am I able to eat plain greek yogurt for breakfast with some stevia? I really need some snack ideas besides veggies, are there any options?

    Thanks so much!

    • says

      That’s one of the most frustrating parts of trying to eat an anti-candida diet. There are sooooo many views out there. Unfortunately (but honestly), I’ve found that the stricter you are on a candida diet, the better. So much of it really depends on how bad you have candida and how eating that particular food makes you feel.

      To begin with, I’d recommend not having greek yogurt with stevia (though after several months on a strict diet, you could probably have it once in a while without a problem). When I was eating a stricter candida diet, I did so for over 6 mths. I snacked a lot on pork rinds (acquired taste). I melted butter and sprinkled it with cinnamon and stevia and then dipped the pork rinds in there. :) Another favorite is Candida-Diet Ice Cream.

      • Jen says

        Thanks for the input but I need something to have for breakfast… plain yogurt, some type of cereal or oatmeal, something?? Any options, I don’t think I can do any type of pork rinds.

        I was looking through your recipes for a candida diet and none of the options for “c”, I don’t think this is something that is doable for a diet… could make you go crazy!


        • says

          Jen, I would recommend staying away from all grains for at least two weeks. Then, when you do start eating them again, go for the healthiest ones: buckwheat, quinoa, millet, and amaranth. You can cook these up just like oatmeal or grind them first to make a breakfast with a ‘Cream of Wheat’ type consistency.

          I’d avoid the yogurt for about a month, but then greek yogurt might be doable – just go really easy on any fruit you add in.

          I know that first several weeks is hard. For some reason we associate breakfast with grains, yogurts, and fruits. But maybe try eggs, sliced meat, or raw veggies like beans, broccoli, or cauliflower. Just because it’s breakfast doesn’t mean it has to be what we consider as a typical breakfast.

          Like I said, I know it’s hard – but if you can eliminate sugars and all grains for a time, you can slowly start incorporating them again. Hope this helps get you over the hump. :)

          • Bee says

            How r pork rinds healthy?

            Also, why isn’t sugar free yogurt allowed? Other candida diets say fermented foods are vital for killing candida

            And it seems odd that beans (a starch and often hard to digest) are allowed but not gf grains (body ecology is the opposite of this recommendation)

            So, it’s confusing

            And eating so much animal products doesn’tsseem health either

            And I agree… Snacks and breakfast are hardest

          • says

            Hi Bee,

            Thanks for all your questions. First, let me say that I’m not a candida doctor. :)

            I too hear sooooo many conflicting reports on what is allowed and what isn’t – and many of my resources are doctors. I’ve simply found that being on a stricter candida diet is better. (by stricter I mean eating strictly for several months to a year, not just a few weeks as some would have you believe. Candida is NOT a quick fix.)

            That being said, eating so strictly can make you go crazy! :) Pork rinds may not be on the same level as farm fresh eggs, but they are pork and fat – no carbs. If you can find good quality pork rinds, you can find some that are fried in better oils than your horrible canola oils. I’ve even seen where you can buy bags of unfried pork rinds so you can fry them yourself (I recommend using coconut oil).

            Sugar-free yogurt IS allowed, BUT not at first. In the beginning you really want to stay away from all milk products because milk contains lactose which is a natural sugar. I’d recommend probiotic supplements in place of yogurt to begin with. You want to stay really strict for at least a few months, and the exact amount of time really depends on how much candida you have in your system. As you begin to improve you can slowly add yogurt back in – slowly being the key word.

            I don’t recommend beans either, as they are a starch like you mentioned. And even GF grains are to be avoided at first. The list above is really for the main battle-stage so to speak. When you’re fighting candida you want to throw everything in your arsenal at it – if you feed it sugars and carbs you’re only giving it weapons to fight back.

            Wow, you can tell I’ve been around my boys too long! LOL

            One of the reasons you eat a lot of fat is because it helps in the breaking down and digestion of meat. If you were only eating meat without any fats, that would be hard on your system. Eating them together is the better option.

            Let me know if you have more questions! :)

          • says

            Hi Bee,

            I posted this reply to Andi’s question above, but I wanted to make sure you saw it too. I wanted to come back to your question about yogurt. Like I told Andi, I’d always been told that since yogurt contains lactose, it was a no no. But as both of you were asking questions about yogurt it got me wondering.

            I’ve recently been in contact with Dr. Eric Bakker, ND, author of Candida Crusher. His information shows with very strong evidence that you are both correct, yogurt can be allowed. I would still highly recommend that you make your own or look for unpasteurized, unsweetened yogurt that features ‘live active cultures’ or ‘living cultures’.

            I’m sorry if I further confused you on the subject, but I’m glad to be able to share this with you!

          • Jen says

            Thanks I’ll try and give it a shot but it’s not going to be easy! Meat and raw veggies don’t exactly go with my one morning decaf coffee. :(

            Thanks so much for your suggestions I just want to stop feeling so bloated all the time.


    • says

      Hi Elisa,

      The fruits allowed at the very beginning are only lemons and limes as they are the lowest in sugar. Next you are allowed blueberries and green apples and then you gradually work your way through the lowest sugar fruits first. Berries in general are going to be the ones allowed first after you start introducing fruit again.

      There’s really not set limit on how often you can have strawberries once you do reintroduce them. . .But it’s recommended to only eat one or two a day for several days before you add another kind of fruit. You really want to go slow at reintroducing any fruits so you can monitor how you’re body is reacting to them.

  17. Barry says

    How does lactose free milk fit in? I prefer not to drink many of the milk alternatives where I live (South America) because they are all loaded with sugar.

  18. Diane says

    I have the Candida Crusher book and also your “Healing Candida with Food” book. One question I have is what supplements did you use? Thanks!

  19. Hanna says

    It’s interesting reading about all the different candida diets! I’m happy to read that so many people feel better after the diet and even heal from serious illness. I’m trying to get free from asthma and allergies (and also feeling tired, anxiety and so on).

    This diet is more accepting than the candida diet I’m on :). But that’s ok I want to give it my best shot ;). On the candida diet I do no form of milk is aloud (not animalmilk, nutmilk, coconut milk because it transforms quick in to sugar in the body) and no nut butters. Preferably no nuts at all but seeds are ok. Cheese is not ok, neither is yoghurt. No flour is aloud (same reason as milk). No fruit at all is aloud but berries are. No cacao, but carob is ok and so on.

    I have slipped a few times with eating peanut butter, cacao and coconut milk but besides that I’ve followed the plan and one month has gone. 2 more to go.

    When my candida diet is over I will implement a lot of what is mentioned in the candida diet on this site to my everyday diet. I think it’s great using almond and coconut milk (and flour) instead of cow’s milk and gluten flour. I’m glad people are realizing there are better alternatives!

  20. Hanna says

    I forgot to say that lemon, lime and avocado is ok (and that allowed is the way to spell, not aloud haha). I’m Swedish so sometimes I forget the right spelling :)

  21. Danielle says

    You can get fermented cashew and almond yogurt, its vegan and unsweetened! Im surprised that this suggests red meat, bacon and some dairy. I am avoiding all dairy, no red meat, pork or shell fish, definitely no bacon. and all gluten free and obviously sugar free lol. Should be a fun 6 months to a year! There are some great recipes on pinterest!

  22. Holli Stedman says

    Paula….I have been struggling with to much yeast in my system I believe for years…but really was just diagnoised by a natural path doctor a year ago May…trying to really figure out what is the best book and information out there to get this beast that has been destroying my health and life! Help Holli

    • says

      Hi Holli,

      I’m glad you’ve found the answer to your health issues – that’s half the battle, isn’t it. :) I highly recommend the ebook Candida Crusher, by Dr. Eric Bakker.

      He has over two decades of experience in treating candida patients and his book is one of the best I’ve ever read – it’s a wealth of information.

      He created the 3-Stage candida diet I summarize (with his permission) and use in my candida cookbooks.

    • says

      Depending on what candida diet plan you’re following, you *can* eat and drink dairy during specific stages of the candida diet. I’d recommend Dr. Bakker’s 3-Stage candida diet found in his ebook Candida Crusher if you’d like a specific plan to follow that does this.

      However, if you’re already on a candida diet plan that eliminates dairy, you *should* be able to eat and drink limited amounts of dairy once the candida is gone. I’d still eat it in moderation though.

    • says

      According to Dr. Bakker’s Candida Crusher, you can have rice in Stage 2 of the diet. Stage 1 comes first – a fairly struck time period of basically meats, eggs, vegetables, and yogurt that he recommends you stay on for several weeks. It varies for each person when they can start Stage 2.

      What other ingredients does the protein powder have in it, or is rice it?

      • Karyn says

        The only ingredient in the Sunwarrior brand is “Raw Whole Grain Brown Rice Powder”. Is this acceptable as part of a candida diet?

        • says

          I know you’re looking for a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – but all I can tell you is that it’s ‘no’ for awhile and then ‘yes’ later. How’s that for a straight answer. :)

          During the first stage, you should be staying away from all grains – even rice. Later into the diet (stage 2 & 3) you would be able to add it back in.

          So, yes, it is acceptable as part of a candida diet – but not right away.

          • John says

            When I asked Eric Bakker if brown rice was ok on the first stage of the diet, ,he said “yes”.
            I am aware that most grains have to be avoided on the first stage of the diet, but I wasn`t clear from reading the book whether it was best to leave whole, brown rice.

            Have you heard anything to the contrary?

            Also, I am interested in whether you think that oats are ok in the first stage, or should they be left to the second stage of the diet?

          • says

            In Dr. Bakker’s book, the Candida Crusher, he talks about two phases he recommends BEFORE the actual 3-Stage diet starts.

            Phase 1 is a bowel cleanse and Phase 2 is a 7-Day Cleansing Diet in which you CAN eat brown rice.

            Reading through his book about Stage 1 of the actual diet, he doesn’t recommend grains – just MEVY (meat, eggs, veggies, and yogurt). I would hesitate to use it during the Stage 1 since he might have been confused about which part you were referring.

            The same with oatmeal, I’d leave that out until Stage 2.

            Stage 1 isn’t meant to be a long part of the diet. He recommends about 2-3 weeks so it’s not very long that you can’t have the grains.

          • John says

            Thanks , Paula.

            When I asked Eric , by email, whether brown rice was ok during the first two weeks of the diet, he told me that Brown rice and lentils were ok.
            He also states that brown rice, not white rice, is ok in his book, candida crusher, but I wanted to check , as I know that it`s best to avoid most grains during the first stage.

            Anyway, I`ve been experimenting with the diet, I ate mainly protein and vegetables , and no fruit, for the first five days, and then I,ve been occasionally eating brown rice, which is very good for my digestion, and now have the occasional lemon which he also said was ok.
            I,ve had a lot of die-off symptoms during the first week of the diet, headaches etc, so I`ll just see how it goes.

          • john says

            Paula, how long do you think people should wait until reintroducing ryevitas on the diet?
            I`ve about two and a half weeks in to the diet so far.
            My symptoms have actually worsened, so far but I guess that is a `die off` reaction.

          • says

            Yep, worsening symptoms is actually a symptom of healing. :) I’m assuming you’re talking about Ryevita crackers? First, make sure the crackers are as minimally processed as possible. The one box I saw looked good, but I didn’t check them all out. Stage 2 is when some grains are reintroduced, but not all – and reintroduction doesn’t mean eating them whenever you want, it’s a slow reintroduction and you still want to keep them as a ‘treat’ rather than a mainstay. :)

            When you start Stage 2 is going to be different for everyone – depending on the severity of your candida. Do you have Dr. Bakker’s book?

          • John says

            Hi Paula,

            Yes Ryevita crackers are the ones that I mean`t, I usually get the wholegrain rye ones , or the ones with sesame or pumpkin seeds added.
            Yes, I have got Eric`s book.
            I just wondered what your opinion on it was, as I know that opinions can differ.

          • says

            Hey John,

            Personally, I would wait until Stage 2 to eat them – and possibly even Stage 3 if I thought I was having a reaction to them. :)

  23. Barbs says

    I have been having symptoms of Cottage Cheese discharge kinda itchy at times, I have been to the doctor and they kept on giving me medications that doesn’t work, spent a lot on prescriptions and doctor bill, I start a candida diet plan but I am scared I mite get slimmer than I am now, my weight is 116 lbs, I am taking AREGANO OIL, CANDIDA CLEANSE, PROBIOTICS, EVENING PRIMROSE & B-100 COMPLEX, I really want this thing to go away, its affecting my life an my sex life, I start the diet plan so I just eat vegetables an chicken & fish as protien, please to get back to me an tell me what else I can add thank you

    • says

      The foods on this page are a great starting point – they cover the foods allowed on Stage 1 of Dr. Bakker’s Candida-Diet.

      Stage 2 and 3 add more foods, more veggies and such, but per agreement with Dr. Bakker (author of Candida Crusher) I can’t give more information on those stages.

      However, I would encourage you to read Dr. Bakker’s book as there is an entire chapter dedicated to treating candida yeast infections.

      As for the weight issue, perhaps you can add healthy fats like coconut oil to your diet too. Two of my favorite recipes to do that with are Chocolate Coconut Cubes and Candida-Diet Ice Cream.

  24. kelly bailey says

    I totally agree . God is awesome and our body is the vessel in which God resides. Lets keep it clean and working properly !

  25. Jo says

    This is a great list and some helpful comments. I am, however, vegan (gluten free and sugar free for a looong time). I was diagnosed with candida last month and eliminated all flour products, as well as all fruit (except lemons and limes and vegetable “fruit”). But there is just no way to eliminate all grains and beans 100% on a vegan candida cleanse. Some nutritionists say it’s OK to have them in limited quantities on a daily basis. I’d love to be as strict and as ruthless in my fight against candida as possible, but find it really difficult….

    • says

      The list of foods on this page are for Stage 1 of a 3-Stage Candida diet created by Dr. Bakker’s and explained in his book Candida Crusher and summarized in our candida cookbooks.

      The main idea of this 3-Stage diet is that some of the foods allowed on one stage are replaced with another on the next stage. For instance, during Stage 1 sourdough breads are allowed but not beans, and then in Stage 2 beans are allowed but not sourdough.

      Not all candida diets are in stages like this one. But Dr. Bakker created his to be easier to implement and adaptable to vegans too. :)

  26. Ryan H says

    Thanks for the great post. I was wondering how long it generally takes from the time you start killing candida through diet before you start to feel better. I’ve been going just over a week and I feel really junk right now. I’ve heard that candida-causing symptoms getting worse initially is a good sign, and that seems to be what’s happening to me.

    • says

      This is a common question, and it really varies for everyone. For instance, it depends on how bad your candida is, how well your sticking to the diet and supplements, and how well your body does at clearing it all out.

      You’re right that the symptoms usually worsen before they get better though. Keep up the good work!

  27. says

    Thanks a lot for sharing this. I totally agree that Candida can be treated with the proper diet. However, it’s always safe to consult your doctor first before going through a candida cleanse.

  28. Angela Ingram says

    Oh my gosh thank you. I have the worst rash and have had it for months. It’s like a necklace and sleeves. I am doing this diet tomorrow. I think my already turned healthier lifestyle made “the little beasts” mad and the die off has resulted in this miserable rash. Prednisone helped my symptoms when I couldn’t care for my baby it was so bad, but it always comes right back. I have been trying to figure out how to treat the problem, not mask the symptoms. So thanks again!

  29. says

    Had Candida for a year. Was diagnosed in the Spring, 2014. Been strict on no sugar, which has cured my IBS that I’ve had for years, but the Candida is getting worse regarding the systemic body symptoms. I no longer have diarrhea, or rarely, so can it have gone from my gut, but be ravaging my body systemically?

    • says

      Hi Ruth, I don’t know how your comment slipped by me – I’m sorry I missed it!

      Candida often heals in ‘layers’. Our naturopath described it like the layers of an onion. Sometimes as certain symptoms get better, and that layer of the onion peels off, the underlying symptoms that were ‘suppressed’ are now more active.

      If you’re still on the diet and removing sugars and starches, you’re still healing. Keep on keeping on!

  30. Amy says

    I did a Candida diet for three months and healed my Candida … almost. I did a self test and didn’t know that the floaters I saw were not from my water, they were still Candida, though a much reduced amount. Now I’m going back on the diet, but I did just want to add one thing. While head lettuce is often thought to be nutritionally deficient, it really is chock full of good vitamins and minerals, not to mention water, so eat up, just don’t have salads that are only head lettuce.

  31. karianna says

    Hi there

    Thank you so much for so much great information and for sharing your personal experience. I wouldnt even know where to start with sharing my health journey. I do however have a quick question, from your personal experience do you find yourself eating meat and veggies for every meal then? Also, where does spaghetti squash fall? Some say it goes under being a winter squash but obviously not nearly as starchy. Would spaghetti squash be a good thing to eat every day or quinoa/millet would be better?

    Thank so much!

    • says

      Hi Karianna,

      When you start out on the candida diet, you do find that you’re eating a lot of meat and and veggies (but don’t forget eggs and yogurt too!). :)

      Personally, I feel that spaghetti squash is a bit better as it’s not starchy, but quinoa and millet are equally healthy – however, much better if you soak/sprout them first.

      Either one would be a food I’d recommend, but for variety, I’d try to alternate them – perhaps leaning a little more often to the squash. :)

      How’s that for a non-specific answer! LOL

  32. tiffany says

    Hi, so do you know the brand naked protein. It’s grass fed, no hormones whey protein. The only ingrediant is whey concenrate. Is this ok on the candida diet. Also curious if you have hear of candida cleanser? I’ve looked into and wondering if anyone knows of it works. Thank you

    • says

      Whey itself is an anti-fungal according to Dr. Bakker of Candida Crusher. That’s not to say all whey powders and such are instantly great (depends on what they do to the cows), but Naked Protein is grass-fed and no hormones, so I’d trust that their whey is good.

      I have not heard of Candida Cleanser or known anyone who’s tried it. I’d suggest checking out

    • says

      Dr. Bakker (candida naturopath) doesn’t recommend it because of the ‘die off’ of candida. I would say that if you very gradually start cutting back on sugars and then starches you would be okay, but don’t worry right now about following the diet plan. :)

  33. Linda Bateman says

    Hi Paula, I’m wondering if you have any information on psoriasis. I am presently doing a Candida cleanse. I read that it might rid me of this autoimmune disease. LL

  34. Marnie says

    Thank you for this great resource. I just had my tenth child and he has thrush super bad. My chiropractor told me to go off all sugars and starches because he has candida and I probably do too. I walked around my kitchen looking for something I “could” eat and was sure that we were going to starve. My mother had cancer 16 years ago and the chemo sent her into a candida circus. She managed to get rid of it but it seemed really hard watching her. This website makes it seem doable. I am sure I will thrive while the candida is dying. Thank you.

  35. Madhavi says

    The last comment I see is from January of this year, so maybe this thread is still active. I just want to thank you for your humorous portrayal of the truth about candida and what that means in our daily eating habits. Truly hilarious. Love it!!! They’ll breed like a room full of happy bunnies. SO funny.

    My sister and I are one month into the diet, and feeling amazing results. I’m coming to the point of absolutely enjoying the idea of starving these little beasts. When I find out a food that they thrive on, I simply relish not eating it. It’s so fun!

    No longer a matter a foods that ‘I’ like. We share these earthly bodies with SO many organisms and influences. It’s like you say, this body is a gift from God, so as the driver of this body, we must operate it for it’s best utility. If we find ourselves driven by cravings, that’s exactly what we are, driven. The idea is to drive rather be driven.

    Thank you for the informative yet humorous site.

    • says

      :) Thank you for your comment and appreciation of humor in a sometimes frustrating health situation. :) I love that you and your sister are doing the diet together – it’s so nice to have that support!

  36. says

    I’ve been researching the yeast overgrowth and what to do till my head hurts! It’s will the help of sites such as this and Mr. Bakker I find most helpful.

    My husband became very ill and after the best team of drs coming to no conclusions as to what to do except through more antibiotic at him, God has put some people into our lives that directed us to clear this yeast from his body.

    We’re just to the end of week one and he has had the sweats, body aches, headaches, fatigue etc much the same as when he first got sick and hopefully these will end soon. Hate to say but many times we have to know what works for our own bodies as the medical field thinks if you can’t fix it with a bottle of pills you prescribe another.

    We had cut sugars in our diet and ate healthy we thought but not as the candida diet requires. What’s so hard is the hidden sugars and junk so to speak that are in foods. I have cleaned out a lot of canned goods in our cupboard from name brand companies we thought were good quality.

    SOOOO it’s back to cooking basically from scratch which ok except that full time jobs make it more difficult and eating out occasionally will be extremely hard. We live in a rural area with not a lot of options for eating out at places that offer specialty menus.

    Thank so much and hope we will see great healing, that will make it easier to make this lifestyle change and stay with it forever.

    • says

      So glad to have you here, Donna! Yeah, we’ve found that cooking from scratch is the safest too. :) If you need ideas for meals, check out the recipes here or the ecookbooks (under ‘my books’ tab) . :) Let me know if you have any questions!

    • says

      When we are told symptoms get worse before they get better, it is true. We’re just finishing the first week and were told we could have citrus, so we have had some halos but are now wondering if that is not a good choice.
      Giving up the starch is one thing but not having the fruit seems difficult. We’ll make it,my husband had a really good day yesterday but today is feeling symptoms, hope we’re not backsliding.

      • says

        There are SO many candida diet variations out there – I’m not sure which one you’re following, but I wouldn’t recommend adding citrus back after just one week. Dr. Bakker suggests adding it in Stage 3 which is near the end of the diet.

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