When I was suffering with severe Candida (an overgrowth of yeast), keeping my sugars low was not enough to eliminate it. I had tried that approach before, for about a year, and believe me it just did not work!
In my desperation, I had also tried many different types of natural anti-fungals, such as; Grape fruit seed extract, Olive leaf extract and Caprylic Acid, but to no avail. They all seemed to help me while I was taking them, but as soon as I stopped, my Candida levels would rise, and get out of control again.
So with some research, help and advice, I began a very strict diet of NO wheat, dairy, and sugar (including fruit), and of course, NO yeast containing products for about 16 weeks. It was very hard, but I was determined not to ‘cheat’.
I was now on a mission to clear my cupboards from all those ‘forbidden’ ingredients. I also raided the fridge; throwing away all my jams, marmalades, sauces, and pickles. All those foods were feeding my Candida, and I’d just about had enough!
The first two weeks were challenging. I remember feeling overwhelmed while shopping for food, and wondering what on earth was I going to eat? Every box, packet, can or jar of food seemed to contain one or more of the ingredients that I was NOT to have. But I slowly got the hang of it and replaced my fridge with fresh natural produce, and my kitchen cupboards with minimally processed foods (e.g. natural greek yoghurt, bagged spinach, and tinned tomatoes etc)
I was brought up on a healthy Mediterranean diet, but somehow over the years, I started falling into an easy ‘pre-packaged, processed-kind’ of diet that was slowly playing havoc with my health. Although systemic candida was distressing and unpleasant, it taught me to get back to eating natural God-given foods. The foods that heal and sustain you.
So, from now on, it’s got to be as natural as possible for me (and also for you, I hope).