Hi there. It’s Eric Bakker, naturopath from New Zealand, author of Candida Crusher and formulator of the Canxida range of dietary supplements. Thanks for checking out my video today. Today, I’m going to teach you how to really do a proper Candida diet. We’re going to go through different steps of my Candida Crusher dietary approach.
I’ve got a question here from a man called Joel in Chicago, in the United States, and Joel is asking me if I can do a good, comprehensive video on the Candida diet. Joel wants to know about the anti-Candida diet. He wants to know some Candida recipes. He wants to know Candida foods to eat, Candida foods to avoid and all those sorts of things.
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Joel, let’s go into this Candida Crusher dietary approach. My Candida diet approach really involves three stages. Before I put people through the three stages, I generally like them to go through a big cleanup. So we’ll tidy up the diet first.
Generally, the lifestyle and diet need a bit of a tidy up when people get serious about revitalizing their digestive function. If they really want to get well, they need to make some changes, but I’m not about making changes very quick with people. I prefer that they slowly make change. Slow changes and generally over a period of many, many weeks will usually mean that new habits become formed. New lifestyle and dietary habits become formed.
Then when these become formed, slowly they become permanent in your life. And when these habits become permanent, it means that these healthy habits will ensure that you don’t get a repeat of the old symptoms and that you stay well for life. That, to me, is what it’s all about. Not just eradicating symptoms with pills or eradicating symptoms with a diet, but building incredible health and wellness through making life long permanent changes. That’s what we’re all about. The big cleanup is something you can read about at yeastinfection.org, so be sure to check out yeastinfection.org. That’s got about a thousand of my articles on that site.
Let’s look at stage one first. Stage one of the Candida Crusher diet approach is called the MEVY diet, meat, eggs, vegetables and yogurt. Let’s look at that. Let’s look at what the MEVY diet or the stage one approach really encompasses. The first thing we’ve got to do, of course, on the MEVY, which you should have already done on the big cleanup, is to get rid of all the processed and junk foods out of your diet. If I go to your refrigerator and open it up, am I going to find lots of jars and bottles there with all sorts of sweet sauces or foods that have been in there for many days or even weeks, they all need to go into the garbage can. You need to get rid of all of those. Have a good look at your pantry and your kitchen bench and your freezer and start making some changes there. All of these things could do with a big cleanup themselves.
Cut back on the amount of foods that you buy when you go out in terms of takeaway food. Stopping off somewhere and buying a pizza or getting donuts or getting foods that are highly processed, you need to stop these habits. Because these are the habits that are not going to be really good if you want to recover from a yeast infection or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, what we call SIBO. SIBO and Candida often go hand in hand. Avoid white sugar, white flour, soda drinks, takeaway foods, beer, alcohol, wine, and all these sorts of things in general. Any kind of candies or chocolates. These things all need to go. They just don’t form any place in the digestive system if you want to recover from Candida.
Include liberal amounts of fresh, unprocessed, and nutritional foods. A good thing to do is to go to the farmer’s market. Often you’ll have sort of markets around you, and people will grow fresh produce and take them to these markets. This is a good opportunity for you to get really nice produce, rather than the supermarket. You might have a green grocer around you that sells good quality produce. You can end up making good friends with these people and getting some really nice fresh stuff off them. Or if you wish, do what I do, grow a lot of your own food. And that way, you’ve got really nice fresh food to eat all the time. That’s fantastic to do and at least you know it’s chemical and spray free. There are no pesticides on it and things like that.
When you do buy at the supermarket, as you’ve heard before, buy around the perimeter of the supermarket where the fresh foods are, the meats and the vegetables, rather than the processed foods internally in the supermarket in all the aisles. Because these foods are designed to last for days and weeks and even months in your pantry. They’re not really good for your digestion.
Avoid sugar and sugar-containing foods. Lots of sauces you get, sweet chili sauce, shrimp sauce, oyster sauce, barbecue sauce, and tomato sauce, they all contain sugar. And this is why people like these things. They contain sugar and salt. Lots of people also eat way too much salt in their diet. Salt does play a good role in our diet, but many people eat way too much salt. Watch out for salted foods and crappy foods containing salt like potato chips and pretzels. Salt is often craved by people with adrenal fatigue because they end up losing a lot of their sodium through the urine. They pee it out, so they need to eat a lot of sodium.
People under stress often like foods full of sugar, salt and fat. When you start understanding the connection between stress and health and you learn to relax a lot more, you’ll find that your sodium and sugar drop right off in your diet and you can rely a lot more on fresh healthy wholesome foods. The fresher the foods in terms of like nice green vegetables and good quality lean meats, the better your gut is going to be. These foods spoil quickly. They need to be cooked up and eaten. Don’t store foods in the fridge.
I don’t really need to go into all the detail on all the different kinds of vegetables you can eat and all the different kinds of fruits you can eat. You can read about that on yeastinfection.org. I’ve written many articles on these. Let’s just do a brief look at the best kind of vegetables you can eat with Candida. In my opinion, these are the deep green colored vegetables, beans, celery, broccoli, and cabbage, many of these sorts of foods. There are a lot of them you can get a hold of. Be careful, initially, of the high starch carbohydrate foods like pumpkin, squash, peas, sweet corn, carrots to a lesser extent, but those foods I just mentioned, the sweet potato, the pumpkin.
If you’re in fall going into winter, you may tend to eat a lot of pumpkin and squash. These foods do have quite a high sugar content. So for the first three or four weeks going into the MEVY diet, you want to cut out the high starch carbohydrate foods only if you’ve got bad Candida. If you’ve got minor Candida, you may not need to cut them out. Sweet corn in spring/summer can be favored by a lot of people, too, and sweet corn can be a bit on the sugary side. The deep leafy green colored vegetables to a lesser extent don’t tend to have so much of these sugars that Candida can thrive on. This is only a consideration if you’ve got serious Candida. Bear that in mind.
Avoid most fresh fruits, avoid all fruit juices, and avoid all dried fruits, including sultanas, figs, raisins, dates, those sorts of things. Fresh fruits are okay, but let’s just stick with fruits like blueberries, pomegranates, avocados, kiwi fruit is not too bad, and a green apple. I find green apple to be okay with most people with yeast infections. Watch out for red apples. The fruits to particularly avoid are the very sweet fruits like melons, bananas, pineapple, grapes especially, so they’re a very high sugar content. You need to avoid those for a considerable period of time.
Try not to eat the same foods every day. Try to rotate the kind of foods that you eat. Try to rotate the kind of proteins that you eat. Don’t eat beef every day or eat chicken every single day. Rotate them. It’s really good for your digestion to do that. It’s also going to be less challenging for your immune system. So when we take sugars out and rotate healthy foods, your immune system will certainly pick up.
Let’s look at the kind of meats you can eat. You may be a meat eater like me or you may be a vegetarian, so we’ll have a look at both of these kind of approaches. Meats generally are not favored at all by Candida. You’re not going to have a problem with fresh fish, lean beef, lamb, a very good protein source, and also free range eggs. Free-range eggs and free-range chicken are certainly preferable over commercial because they don’t contain antibiotics, arsenic, or chemicals like that. Arsenic is a metal that is actually used as an antifungal on poultry food. If you’re going to get commercial poultry, you could have all sorts of heavy metals or antifungals mixed in with the food or antibiotics sprayed on the food. You won’t get that with free range.
Free-range eggs are a very good source of protein. I think biologically they’re probably the best protein you can eat in terms of their amino acid content. Fresh fish is exceptional, too, but try to avoid farm fish. Canned sardines and canned tuna are not too bad if they’re packed in spring water. Don’t get too worried about the mercury content of tuna and fish like that. Albacore tuna is quite safe to eat. Have a look at some interesting information on the internet about fish that contains mercury also containing high selenium levels in general. Unless you’re eating shark, you should be okay with a lot of different ocean caught species.
We spoke about the different vegetables. We’ve talked about the fruits, so avoid the high sugar fruits. Avoid fruit juices. Avoid dried fruits. Avoid high fat meats. I don’t find pork or bacon to be particularly good meats to eat. So foods to avoid when it comes to meat are processed meats, meats from the delicatessen, pastrami, salami, ham, those sorts of meats are sort of crappy meats to eat. They’re not really good. It’s like those bits of cheese with plastic around them. Those plastic cheeses are junk.
Fermented foods and cultured foods, if you can incorporate them, are fantastic in the MEVY approach. Sauerkraut, Kim Chee, kefir, kumis, there are many different kinds. You need to find one of these foods that you like and then try to incorporate small amounts into your diet.
This stage is very important; stage one, because what we’re doing is we’re setting the stage for a diet that’s going to start building up your health to a very high level. And also, educating you on good foods to eat and hopefully this will be something you’re not going to do just for a month or two, but lifelong. That’s what I’d like you to do. This really, the induction phase is the MEVY, getting you into eating properly. This phase lasts anywhere from two to three weeks, up to three months. There are no time lines here. Nothing is set in stone. Be prepared in case you aggravate.
If you aggravate on a healthy diet approach, you need to back off a little bit. You could be eating too much of one particular food. You may not be chewing properly. You may be eating too much in general. You may not be relaxing enough. You may still be including some foods into your diet that are not really good. So just try to check out what you’re doing. You could be taking antifungal dietary supplements, too much of it and killing too quick when your gut is in a transition state going from bad bacteria to good bacteria. So be patient and kind on yourself. Don’t push yourself too hard.
Let’s talk about grains, breads, and things like that to eat. There is a lot of talk that bread is no good on an anti-Candida diet. This is not true. This is simply not true. I’ve worked with now close to 20,000 patients with gut problems and I can tell you now that gluten is an issue with some people, but not the majority. Most people can tolerate some wheat in their diet, but we’re not talking about five or six slices of commercially baked bread with peanut butter or jam on them. If you want to have wheat in your diet, take out the commercial bread first and go for flat bread. Just plain whole meal flour or water and a bit of salt made into a dough, rolled flat, and then baked on a griddle, a bit like a chipati. You can put nice salad on there. You can put shredded chicken on there or some beef. This is a very healthy lunch to have.
You can do a similar thing with corn. You can do a similar thing with buckwheat, quinoa, these sorts of flours and grains are good to incorporate into your diet. But again, small amounts. You don’t need large amounts to start. Don’t really load your diet up top heavy with grains. But the same goes for loading up your diet top heavy on any food, too much protein, red meat, too much beans or legumes, too much vegetables. I see these YouTube videos of people going like hard-core raw vegan and other people go hard-core red meat. Anything hard core is going to give you hard-core problems. It’s all about moderation and balance. I prefer to have small amounts of protein in the diet, a quality, balanced diet and larger amounts of vegetables. I think that, to me, is a more sensible approach.
An Asian doctor friend of mine once said that people in the western world have got it completely the wrong way around. He said, “You people have large pieces of meat on the plate, small vegetable.” He said, “In Japan, we have small meat, large vegetable.” Clever idea.
Let’s talk about rice. Rice is good. Brown rice in small amounts to start with. Try brown basmati. Try wild rice, the black stuff, it’s quite good. Try to avoid the white rice. If you’re eating a lot of white rice at the moment, mix it with brown, 60 brown, 40 white and slowly move to the brown. Brown is a much better option. More B vitamins. More fiber. It’s a better grain for the gut, in general, to eat. So try to move away from the white rice in general, but small amounts of rice are quite okay to have in your diet. Not a problem. Quinoa also when cooked properly. It’s nice cooked in chicken stock. It’s very good to incorporate with the Candida diet approach. And again, small amounts, common sense.
Did you get constipated? Did you get bowel problems on the MEVY approach? If you did, you may want to eat less meat in your diet. If you load up too much on protein, that could block you up. A long time ago when I worked with patients on the Atkins diet, I found in the induction phase, the first two weeks, many would get constipated. And that’s because they ate too much fat and protein straight away, and they didn’t balance it with enough of the vegetables.
The other thing I forgot to tell you is sprouts are fantastic to eat. In fact, I’m sprouting about four different kinds of grains at the moment in my kitchen downstairs. I’ve got mung beans, alfalfa beans, I’ve got these New Zealand organic kind of beans, I’m not sure of the name of them, and I sprout them all in these jars just with the lids with some stainless steel mesh in them, and it’s fantastic to incorporate into the diet because they’re full of nutrition. I sprout them away from the sunlight, and then for the last day or two, I finish them off in the light where they green up. These contain lots of folic acid and a huge amount of minerals and vitamins that really help to build up your health. You can put sprouts into your diet, too. Another good addition.
So stick with this MEVY approach for a few weeks. Generally, the first three or four weeks, you start to pick up and you’ll feel better. After you’ve been on the MEVY approach for a little while, we’re going to put you into the low allergy phase.
The hyperallergenic phase is very clever is what we’re doing now is we’ve improved your gut. We’ve removed the junk. We’ve put more enzymes, vitamins, and minerals into your diet. You’re learning to chew properly. You’re relaxing more. You’re sleeping well. Now, we’re going to improve your immune function to a higher level by being more selective with the foods that could potentially challenge your immune system. We’re going to take them out. This is very important because many people with SIBO and Candida have leaky gut or they have food allergies and food intolerances.
If you haven’t already done so, stage two of the Candida Crusher approach, we’re going to take out cow’s milk. We’re going to take out most dairy products. Butter is always fine. Unsalted, good quality butter is fine to have. Small amounts of mozzarella cheese aren’t too bad. Parmesan and mozzarella, small amounts are okay, but try to keep away from all the other cheeses if you can. Don’t grate cheese on everything. It’s no good for your gut.
Take the cream out. Yogurt is fine if it’s a good quality sour acidophilus organic yogurt, preferably from a health food shop or make your own. A small bowl every night after dinner is good to have. Kefir, small amounts of kefir, again, made from coconut milk is fine to have. In the low allergy phase, dairy generally be cautious. Take cow’s milk out. Take out bananas, pineapple, and oranges. Those three fruits are very strongly allergenic with many people. Limes and lemons are fine, but take out mandarins, tangelos, cumquats, and that sort of citrus category, take them out. Chocolate gone. You’ve got to get rid of chocolate. Don’t argue with me. Just take chocolate out of your diet. Take raw cacao out of your diet for at least three or four weeks. Take stevia out if you’ve got serious Candida, take stevia and xylitol out as well for the first month and then slowly incorporate them back in.
The low allergy phase also means no sugar even more so. Now, you’ve got to be even tougher on yourself and really drill down that sugar because sugar can really affect your immune system. Research at Cornell University years ago found that within five minutes of consuming small amounts of white refined sugar, the neutrophil or the white blood cell count dropped right off. We don’t want for you to get any kind of infection. We don’t want you to set up any allergies or hypersensitivities. And you’ll achieve that by just cleaning up your diet even more in stage two.
When you’ve gone through stage two, after three or four weeks, you should be starting to feel pretty darn good. And most of my patients come back and say, “I’m feeling fantastic.” When you’re feeling great at this stage, then you’re starting to think about the re-implementation or phase three, the food introduction diet. Stage one and two together in I’d say 75 percent of cases is anywhere between four weeks to about six to eight weeks, but there is no time limit. I’ve got some patients that stay on the MEVY diet for a year before they go into the re-implementation.
With the third stage, it’s mandatory, just like the first stage. You have to do these stages. The second stage is not mandatory, but it’s clever to do if you’ve been sick for a long time. We’re now returning your diet back to normal. That’s why I call the yeastinfection.org site getting you back to normal because we want you to have a normal healthy gut, so you can have a normal healthy life.
Now what I want you to do is carefully test the foods. I want you to get a piece of paper and write down all the foods that you eat. The foods that you may have taken out previous, including candy, ice cream, beer, wine, pretzels, whatever you’ve had, any kind of crap that you’ve had in your diet. Write everything down on a piece of paper. And then behind each food selection or drink selection, you’re going to write 1, 2 or 3, so you’ve got another small column you make down the right side of that food.
Three are the foods you love the most. Two are the foods that you really enjoy eating. Three, obviously, is the stuff that you really love. And one is the foods you can give or take. Let’s say put one with broccoli. Let’s put two with something like chicken, and let’s put three with ice cream or beer or pretzels or whatever it is that you love to eat.
Now, the foods that you’re going to introduce – if you’re not already eating them – are the foods with one. So the foods that you can give or take go first into your diet. And then you incorporate one or two foods at a time for a period of three days, four days or up to a week. And then once you’ve implemented most of those foods, you can move to the grade two foods. Implement those again very gently and slowly. And the foods you bring last into your diet are the third grade.
These are the foods you love the most, so don’t be in a hurry to bring the beer back. Don’t be in a hurry to bring the wine back. If you start immediately introducing these foods again, you could set up a leaky gut, burping, bloating, gut problems. And before you know it, the Candida grows back again and you’ve got big problems. You’ll get anxiety or disappointed and then you’ll email me saying, “This is a crap approach. It doesn’t work.” This approach does work. I can guarantee it works because I’ve used this program now for over 20 years with thousands and thousands of patients. It’s a sound protocol. If you follow it properly, it works.
The big thing we haven’t discussed because we’re talking about the Candida diet is the lifestyle. Now, we can’t spend 20 minutes in this video talking about lifestyle. But I can tell you now; lifestyle is 75 percent of recovery. So this video is really about 25 percent of recovery. So if you haven’t got the lifestyle right, all of the advice I’ve given you is all a waste of time. Getting to bed on time as soon as you’re fatigued or tired, you need to get to bed. Relaxing when you eat your meals. Chewing properly. Learning to laugh a lot more about life and not take things seriously. Keeping away from pharmaceutical medications. Keeping away from negative people. Going for walks once or twice per day or actively engaging in exercise. Avoiding toxic or negative people. Doing something you love to do. I mean I love my job. I love making videos. I love seeing patients. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. So enjoying your life is going to really mean that your brain is talking well with your gut and your gut is talking well with your brain. The patients I see with the best digestive systems are usually happy people. They’re happy with their life. They’re happy with their partners or their job. You’ve got to be happy, otherwise, it’s just not going to work for you.
Now, we’re coming to an end with this video, so I want you to check out yeastinfection.org and please do my quiz. Be sure to do my Candida quiz if you haven’t already done that. Just to remind you to click on the link down below in the description box to get your free 13-page report on the Candida foods. It’s a really good summary and more on what we spoke about in this video. Also, don’t forget to check out Canxida, my line of Candida dietary supplements, which I think are a perfect compliment to the diet and the lifestyle.
After working with so many thousands of patients, I’ve worked out that people need the best kind of foods, they need the ultimate kind of lifestyle, and they need the best kind of supplements. And that’s why I created the Canxida range for people like you to compliment this kind of dietary approach. You can often do this at home and get yourself well without going to see a doctor. It’s quite simple. Just follow the protocol as I’ve outlined at yeastinfection.org. And I think with the right food, the right attitude, the right lifestyle, the right supplement; you’re going to get a perfect outcome.
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