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Candida diet but need to gain weight! what to do?


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Hi everybody, first time I see this great site support and this wonderful forum,

I was impressed by the few topics I read and see the great support you are giving each other and wish to be with you and get the same support.

I am on candida diet since 3 weeks (NO GLUTEN, NO DIRY PRODUCT, NO SUGAR, NO YEAST) and the list of NO food is sooooooooooooooo long...

All food which help to gain weight are a NO even fruits!

I was already thin and now loosing more weight because even I am eating well but can not collect calorie and my appetite is normal.

God what to do??? :(

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I'm not familiar with this diet, but I am curious as to why you are doing it?  Is it for religious reasons?  Are you allegeric to these things?  If not, and you are not able to eat enough calories to maintain a healthy body, than it doesn't sound like a healthy diet to be doing by choice.

That being said, I assume when you say no sugar, you mean no refined sugar (as it's totally impossible to live while eating no natural sugars, your body needs the carbohydrates for energy).  There are lots of things that fit into this diet. 

Fruits and vegetables, for starters, and there are lots of ways you can prepare both of these to make them high calorie, like cooking them with oils (healthy fats, like vegatable and olive oil), eating salads with dressings (again, oils, but there are lots of ways to make higher-cal healthy dressing).  Some vegetables and fruits are naturally high calorie, like potatoes, yams, avocasdos, pretty much anything fatty or starchy (and fats and starches from fruit and veg are good).

Lean proteins are also good; chicken, seafood, fish, etc.  They will be fine for this diet as long as you prepare them in a way that doesn't add anything you 'can't' eat.

Starches like rice, beans, oats (be sure to check that there is no possibility of contact with gluten), split peas...

There are a lot of things that you can be eating.  If you are saying that your appetite is 'normal' but you are not able to eat enough to maintain your weight, are you hungry all the time??  Because you should be...if not, than your appetite is not 'normal'.

Edit:  I see that you 'can't' eat fruits...which is ridiculous, I can't think of why you wouldn't be able to eat fruits, they contain natural sugars that give you energy and tons of vitamins.  Just so you know, tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumber are all fruits.  If it has seeds, it's a fruit.

A candida diet is usually done due to yeast infection.

Personally, we are not a website designed at writing out such a specific diet for you. If your doctor had told you to do this, then you need to ask them, not us.

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Hi!

Thnk you for your reply ..

Well I am not choosing to be on this freaky - scarry diet :P since august 2008 I am suffering from few symptoms that no test showed what is wrong with me.

Suddenly I loose my appetite and feel fatigue and low energy, down and nervous in addition of nausea.

It use to happen before my menstrual period and thought it's PMS but once I stopped breastfeeding it starts to come last days of period or sometimes later on.

Doctors drove me crazy with diagnoses, PMS, hormonal imbalance, postpartum anxiety etc... and all tests showed that it's not and even I was prescribed an anti-anxiety pills which killed me, 3 weeks and stop!! NO MORE!!

I went to homeopath 1 month ago and he put me on this diet he think that I am OR having yeast infection (candida overgrowth) or some food llergy, also he gave me some probiotic and enzymes and few herbal capsules to straight up my digestive system.

Honestly speaking that since then I am eating without any older symptoms coming back!

If you search on internet about candida diet you will see that the most restricted food is SUGAR even from fruits because this candida get fed from it.

In addition of all wheat - gluten product, no mushrooms or yam or so..it contains yeast!! yes believe or not...this diet exist :)

OH it's long storry but I am holding myself till this all nightmare will finish and hopefully soon it will.

Thank you again for your reply!  

 

I just notice that didn't reply on one thing, YES my appetite is normal (I don't crave food) but not hungry all the time!! this is my problem that I eat as much as I can which is not enough to maintain weight!

Come on how in this low calory diet it's hard to add calories unless if I will be eating the whole dy lol!

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Original Post by lalabanana:

A candida diet is usually done due to yeast infection.

Personally, we are not a website designed at writing out such a specific diet for you. If your doctor had told you to do this, then you need to ask them, not us.

 no dear i am not asking for specific diet just wondering what kind of high calory food can i eat (allowed in this diet)

Yikes. A friend of mine had this for over a year... you have my sympathies! Candida is not just your standard yeast infection - it's when the yeast takes over more then your lady parts and gets in you blood, your stomach, everything. You can get it from taking too many antibiotics (they kill off the good bacteria that fights yeast) but you can just have an imbalance naturally. I hope you feel better soon!!!!

Anyway, The Diet: From what I know, you'll need to eat a lot of fish and veggies.  Proteins, oils and veg are going to be your best friends through this. The suggestion my friend was given was to steam them, but if you're trying to gain, then I suggest frying them / baking them with ampleolive and sesame oil. I think you can still eat avocados and nuts, which are good weight gainer foods anyway. Suggested meal plan:

Breakfast: 3-4  eggs scrambled in grapeseed oil with sausage, spinach, peppers, onions, spices.

Lunch: dark meat chicken w/ skin on, big mixed green salad with walnuts, avocado, peppers, whatever suits your fancy that isn't fruit. Lots of olive oil.

Dinner: Ahi Tuna / Salmon or any fatty fish, pan seared in sesame oil with cajun spice, mustard greens or kale cooked with oil and spices (or southern style, with lard/ pork hock), oven roasted carrots and broccoli, whatever veggies you like, with olive oil.

 

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Try making waffles and muffins using buckwheat  and quinoa flours, with ground flax seeds, walnuts and covered in coconut oil. All of those things are tolerated by most people with candida.Eat raw almonds. If you want you can grind them in a processor into almond butter and eat them on rice cakes.

You can also try yams topped with coconut oil and pecans. Rice bran hot cereal, with coconut oil. Also, if you can tolerate brown rice pasta, that can help.

Flax oil can help as well...and use Sea Salt since your cells can get dehydrated, sea salt is good for you as well. Good luck to you

most of the foods that fitnessgirll suggests are great for you! but skip the avocado - it's fruit, and it has sugar. I also suffer from candida once in a while (usually after antibiotics), but probiotics are a great tool to solve that! also, not sure about the no-dairy rule - I would totally recommend probiotic yogurt! read on the net, there have been studies with people who have had yeast infection in their whole body and have gotten rid of it after consuming probiotic yoghurt everyday. for me, in order to avoid candida (been healthy for over 2 years now), I eat yoghurt everyday for breakfast. cheers!

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Original Post by mel_e_mel:

Yikes. A friend of mine had this for over a year... you have my sympathies! Candida is not just your standard yeast infection - it's when the yeast takes over more then your lady parts and gets in you blood, your stomach, everything. You can get it from taking too many antibiotics (they kill off the good bacteria that fights yeast) but you can just have an imbalance naturally. I hope you feel better soon!!!!

Anyway, The Diet: From what I know, you'll need to eat a lot of fish and veggies.  Proteins, oils and veg are going to be your best friends through this. The suggestion my friend was given was to steam them, but if you're trying to gain, then I suggest frying them / baking them with ampleolive and sesame oil. I think you can still eat avocados and nuts, which are good weight gainer foods anyway. Suggested meal plan:

Breakfast: 3-4  eggs scrambled in grapeseed oil with sausage, spinach, peppers, onions, spices.

Lunch: dark meat chicken w/ skin on, big mixed green salad with walnuts, avocado, peppers, whatever suits your fancy that isn't fruit. Lots of olive oil.

Dinner: Ahi Tuna / Salmon or any fatty fish, pan seared in sesame oil with cajun spice, mustard greens or kale cooked with oil and spices (or southern style, with lard/ pork hock), oven roasted carrots and broccoli, whatever veggies you like, with olive oil.

 

 

Hi, thank you for your reply, you are right for the YAKI but it is healthy diet but because i don't want to loose weight i am struggeling with it , actually sausages and all prossesed meat are a NO.

I think the best is oilive oil and nuts, most calories they have ...

you see the problem that all kinda of food which makes you gaining weight are a NO in this diet.

however, I don't think I have candida in blood stream but since my naturopath saw me having some troubles sometimes with digestive system so he decided to put me for a while on this diet as a detox for me and let me tell that I can see the benefits!

 

thank you again..

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Original Post by fitnessgirll:

Try making waffles and muffins using buckwheat  and quinoa flours, with ground flax seeds, walnuts and covered in coconut oil. All of those things are tolerated by most people with candida.Eat raw almonds. If you want you can grind them in a processor into almond butter and eat them on rice cakes.

You can also try yams topped with coconut oil and pecans. Rice bran hot cereal, with coconut oil. Also, if you can tolerate brown rice pasta, that can help.

Flax oil can help as well...and use Sea Salt since your cells can get dehydrated, sea salt is good for you as well. Good luck to you

 Thank you so much dear ... this is so kind from you!

yes you are 100 % right but still new to this diet and don't know how to start to use these kind of allowed flour and do baking at home, but deffenetly I will.

 

thank you!

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Original Post by chugra:

most of the foods that fitnessgirll suggests are great for you! but skip the avocado - it's fruit, and it has sugar. I also suffer from candida once in a while (usually after antibiotics), but probiotics are a great tool to solve that! also, not sure about the no-dairy rule - I would totally recommend probiotic yogurt! read on the net, there have been studies with people who have had yeast infection in their whole body and have gotten rid of it after consuming probiotic yoghurt everyday. for me, in order to avoid candida (been healthy for over 2 years now), I eat yoghurt everyday for breakfast. cheers!

 Hi chugra,

Yes I do love the yogurt plain but as I mentioned my homeopath put on candida + detox diet and in the detox NO DAIRY at all..

but I think since I am feeling better and I think I have no candida so this freaky diet will end soon :)

 

Thank you and everyone for support

 

I do appreciat it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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roro2009:

Recommend combining nutrition and energy medicine to beat Candida (recover your immune system) before you can start eating to regain weight:

Use Three-Lac, Digestinal, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Primal Defense, and the Harmonic Quad 5 with Antenna.  Because the candida diet can accelerate the recovery process, stay on it for the first 3 to 6 months.  After 6 months add the Harmonic Quad with Antenna and gradually experiment with adding different foods to your diet, continue to avoid refined sugar for at least 2 years or longer. 

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http://www.candidasupport.org/about_story.htm l

"Not only have our Candida problems been eliminated, but we now eat fruit, pasta, cereal, bread, cheese or can have a glass of wine with dinner. No food is taboo anymore (although we still don't go crazy with sugar). But what a joy it was to return to that kind of freedom in eating. Our sleep is deeper, our thinking clearer and we have more energy and get so much more done."

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http://www.candida-albicans-cure.com/coconut- oil.html

"In addition to Virgin Coconut Oil, if you suspect that you have a candida yeast overgrowth, supplement your diet with strong probiotics to balance the flora in your intestinal tract and rebuild your immune system. Traditional fermented foods are one of the best additions you can make to your diet, while eliminating refined sugars and simple carbohydrates that the yeasts feed upon."

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http://www.digestinal.com/

"Digestinal to restore proper immune system function."

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http://webdeb.com/zapper/testimonial.htm

Harmonic Quad 5 with Antenna, - start using it 10 minutes/day and monitor die-off reaction then gradually increase to overnight. More you use it the more you will interrupt the candida reproductive life cycle which progresses from spore to mycelial form very rapidly.  When you contact deb ask about anti candida products as well.

Good Luck!

 

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Dear recon ... thank uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu a bunch for this helpful reply!

I didn't read everything yet but loved what you wrote..

thank you really!!!

Well you can have a look at the high-calorie foods list on this forum and see which of those foods you CAN eat. But other than that, it's hard for us to help you. Maybe you should see a nutritionist?

HI,

I'm also a registered nutritional consultant and i just want to let you know that the candida syndrome  is one of the most over diagnosed illnesses on the planet.  The symptoms you were having could easily be due to a sluggish thyroid or a dozen other things.  The power of suggestion is immense and if someone tells you that you have candida...well you will often automatically start feeling better when you eat only the allowed foods--it's sort of the placebo effect.  In truth the only people who have candida in their blood stream are people near death with severely compromised immune systems.  There are many people who make serious money by diagnosing this and then selling people candida detox kits and the like.  Fruit..if eaten in moderation does not cause any illness and is full of antioxidants.  Dried apricots for instance are very low on the glycemic index and do NOT cause a spike in blood sugar...where a plate of white pasta will.  A homeopath is not really medically trained to diagnose such an illness....you need to be wary of who you listen to.  I realize when you're not feeling well and having symptoms you can get desperate...but honestly ...just eat well..cut down on your sugar sure...but dont exclude healthy foods.

Hi

 

I was reading this with interest,  as I think I many have candida after I read it can cause things liek fungal nail infections (have it on right big toe- tried treatments its not shifting)  then noticed rash on left leg.  First I thought I caught it shaving and used sudocrem cream but the rash is still there and after looking at pics online I think it maybe a ringworm rash. I have probs wiht thrush also and a very bloaded abdomen. 

 

The reason I wasnt sure is cos I have chronic Hypothyroidism since birth which can also cause bloated abdomen as the thyroxine meds contain sodium and lot of people on them have problems with water rentention. 

I was also diagnosed with a fibroid the size of an apple (the nurse said).  When I had the scan (last year)  I was 11st 7 now i cant get under 12st and fluctates through day with water retention goes up to around 12st 6 by end of day. Usually around 12st 2 when get weighed in morning,  occasionally has gone down to 12st but by lunch time its gone back up again. 

I'm thinking of trying caneston duo in hope it helps in case it is candida and would help the thrush and ringworm rash.  I'm trying to find ways to shrink fibroid as surgery is not an option due to my disabilities i been told I'm a high stroke risk. 

I was hoping if sorted those two things out I might lose a few more pounds.

The candida diet does sound really severe and some of foods contradict foods what help with fibroids if followed that one,  so hardly anything left to eat! 

Anyone know of herbal remedies or tablets which help candida?  or herbal remedies to shrink fibroids? 

 

I am kind of baffled by all this. I am a doctor and although not a specialist in either gynae/infection/nutrition would not advise this wierd diet to anyone.

If you are thin and loosing weight, it seems completely obvious that you should go back to eating a normal balanced diet.

The way to beat fungal infections is usually thought anti-fungal medications; a short term course not a crazy diet for life. Plus the chance of you having a systemic fungal infection is very low, unless you are life threateningly ill in a hospital/ ITU. If your symptoms have improved on this diet I think that is proof that its nothing to do with an infection, the symptoms are much more indicative of depression or IBD.

My advice to you would be to scrap  the diet - there is no evidence at all that it works and is clearly making you much worse!! 

Until your diet ends, you can replace the dairy yogurt with soy yogurt. In fact, you should be able to replace many products that are dairy with soy products.

In terms of spreads, you can go for nut butters, but make sure you get the natural type with no added sugar, though I guess added salt is okay. 

Avocados. SO GOOD. 

You totally have my sympathies, being on such a limited diet. I could never do it! Good luck!

I was introduced to candida while breastfeeding my fifth child. I had a horrible case of cracked, inflamed, painful, itchy nipple skin. I visited with two lactation consultants who really didn't know how to help me. I did research on the internet and followed the protocol of a Canadian M.D. which, among other things, included a compounded prescription for an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. My OB/GYN seemed happy to write the prescription for me off of the internet "recipe", although he didn't claim to know a thing about it. The skin condition cleared up almost immediately, but then a separate manifestation was deep pain, which is apparently fungal infection of the milk ducts. In my extensive experience, that part will only clear up if you make the necessary dietary changes (no refined sugar, no bread, no refined carbs and even restricted whole grains). Whenever I get lazy and eat too many yeast breads, pizza, or sweets, back it comes, even though I am no longer breastfeeding.

So, I have all the evidence I personally need. I, too, struggled with consuming enough calories while getting the situation under control; to help hurry the situation along, I read and experimented until I found that, for me, grapefruit seed extract or garlic capsules knock it back within a day.

By the way, at one point, I did beg my pediatrician to prescribe Diflucan for me (which was one suggestion of the Canadian doctor). She did, I took it, and it didn't help the external skin condition. (At the time, I had the milk duct situation under control.)

I was unaware that avocado was not part of the candida diet. I eat lots of avocado and don't have a problem with it.

I have fought with candida for about 10 years with the last 4 being a complete nightmare because I did not know what was wrong with me. I started to believe I was dying with the doctors all telling me I am extremely healthy. I did 10's of thousands of dollars in different tests with no real diagnosis. Finally I saw an allergy doctor that put me on some pills and told me to try and eat mainly meat and vegetables and take probiotics with a prescription medicine called Fluconazole for 10 days. It made me really sick for all 10 days of taking it especially the 10th day but a few days later I no longer felt 95 but more like 35. I told my doctor and how long it made me sick and he said I had what was called a "die off". He said that it was the worst die off he had ever heard of and he said usually a die off on lasts for 3 days or so. That diet sounds crazy that you are on and I would suggest trying it the easy way. Good luck.

P.S. I understand that I am a little late for this forum but wrote this for the next person that comes around.

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