So, I am officially at the halfway mark of one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. For the last 30 days I have been doing what’s called the “anti-candida diet.” No, it’s not a trendy new weight loss fad, it’s a nutrition plan that uses food to combat a myriad of particular health problems. I’ve been dealing with some reoccurring health issues this past year that, while not life threatening, have greatly reduced my quality of life. Traditional Western medicine and several doctors that I’ve seen haven’t been much help and the treatments they suggested were only temporary relief at best, so I sought out a recommended certified holistic health counselor to help me try a new option.
If you aren’t familiar with the details of the diet, you may have the same reaction that many people have once I tell them what’s on the “do not” list of foods- “So, like, what can you eat??” All sugar and gluten are out. All fruits (except lemon, limes, and granny smith apples) are out. All nuts (except almonds) are out. All meat (except salmon) is out. Dairy is out. Grains are pretty much limited to brown rice and quinoa. Alcohol, coffee, and tea (except herbal) is out. Most vegetables are in, but before you get too crazy excited about that, these are a few of the veggies that are a no go: corn, tomatoes, white and sweet potatoes, and soy. Those guys are in EV-ER-Y-THING. Well, at least I can have all the seeds I can possibly handle, high five me up top!* And, this is a 100% no-cheat-never-ever type of plan, so don’t even think about it…
I honestly wasn’t planning on sharing any information about the diet on the blog for two reasons: one, I can imagine that it’s not exactly the most interesting thing to hear about other people’s dietary restrictions, and two, I don’t really know if this diet will work or not, so I can’t really recommend that anyone else do it or don’t do it. But, I have to say that in searching the internet constantly to try and find new foods to try, I’ve found comfort in finding other people that are also struggling through the diet with hope for change. Or, even better, those who have had inspiring results by changing their nutritional behavior.
While this diet is definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, I’ve slowly learned what I can and can’t have and have made a few really good meals along the way. Since I’ve also had a LOT of failed attempts as well (especially in the snack department), I thought I’d share a few of my winners so far in case you or someone you know needs some encouragement on this diet:
- Guacamole (omit tomatoes)
- Brown rice chips (I almost cried in relief when I first made these! I bake for 3.5 min per side)
- “Spicy Doritos” Cheezy Dip (omit nutritional yeast)
- Apple Crisp
- Chocolate Mousse (crazy ingredients, but a life saver for chocolate cravings)
- Kale Chips
- Chocolate Frosting Shots (so good with toasted almond slivers)
I live for snacks. For reals. I still have another 30 days to go before I’m done with the diet, but I’m hoping to be able to indulge in a few holiday treats with the rest of humanity by the time Christmas gets here. I’m dying for my favorite hometown pizza and chicken ball!
* If you look up anti-candida diet lists, they are probably different from my list as they can be pretty varied. My health counselor suggests a pretty strict food list that is on the cautionary “better-safe-than-sorry” side which I appreciate. I mean, if I’m going to do this, you want it to have the best chance of working, you know?