Candida Diet

How to Adapt Your Recipes for the Candida Diet

You’ve been accumulating recipes for years and have now discovered that you have a candida overgrowth and must remove yeast from your diet. A simple examination of your recipe file and all those lovely cookbooks you’ve accumulated over the years reveals just how many recipes include yeast. Not only yeast, but food that quickly turns to sugar in your stomach and feeds the yeast that is already there.

This complicates the issue of high carbohydrate meals. Thus, your beloved beef stew dish, with its plenty of corn, potatoes, and carrots, is no more! It’s best not to add the abundance of pasta prepared with refined white flour.

The first step in changing your recipes to support your candida diet is to learn which foods to eat and which to avoid in order to get rid of the yeast in your body.

The following is a brief list of things to avoid:

  • Bread-derived products
  • Alcohol
  • Sucrose is a maize syrup with a high fructose content.
  • Vinegar and vinegar-containing items
  • Sauerkraut and cider are examples of fermented foods.
  • Foods classified as “moldy” – such as cheese and dry or smoked meat
  • Bologna, bacon, and mortadella are all examples of cured meats.
  • Mushroom
  • Peanuts
  • Soya sauce
  • Tomatoes, canned

Here is a brief list of healthy foods:

  • Veggies, particularly lush green vegetables.
  • Beans.Beef, poultry, and fresh,uncured pork.
  • Fish and crustaceans.
  • Eggs.
  • Nuts and seeds.

Once you’ve reviewed the two lists above, begin going through your recipes. I began with my favorites to avoid feeling deprived. I altered my beef stew recipe by substituting chicken for the beef, eliminating the corn, reducing the potatoes and carrots to half, and adding green beans, zucchini, and cauliflower. Instead of flour, I used a pinch of arrowroot to thicken the sauce. It was fantastic!

Crab cakes are another one of my absolute favorites. When I lived in Delaware, I was directly on the shore, backed by a slough. During the season, I would go to the dock on the slough and throw out my crab pot, then retrieve it when I returned home from work. It was often stuffed with crabs, and crab cakes developed into an addiction.

The issue was that my preferred recipe called for bread crumbs to bind the crab. Therefore, what did I substitute? I pulverized almonds. That is correct, almonds. Not only are they healthy, they didn’t alter the taste at all, and I even began covering the crab cakes with almond meal before baking or frying them. Yum!

When I was able to eat yeastie foods again after my yeast overgrowth was gone and I was able to gradually reintroduce them into my diet while paying attention to how I felt, I found that I preferred my new way of eating and didn’t like the heavier, carb-heavy meals I used to eat.

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