Recently I was diagnosed with Candida; an overgrowth of candida albicans yeast in the intestines which can cause a number of symptoms ranging from headaches, rashes, recurring yeast infections, UTI’s etc. We all have this yeast in our gut but it can get out of control due to antibiotics, high sugar diet, birth control pills, smoking, food allergies and more. The only way to get it under control is to follow a Candida Diet which is very restrictive, as a vegan I have grown accustom to reading food labels and being creative in the kitchen so it didn’t seem too bad when my doctor handed me a (very long) list of foods I can and can’t eat.
No fruit for two weeks (this one sucks because I LOVE fruit) No grains for one week No sugar, no alcohol, fermented foods, no yeast (obviously), no breads, white flour etc
What I can eat:
Veggies! All veggies, beans, lentils, nuts, nut butters, tofu (non gmo soy), soy yogurt, Earth Balance (FUCK YES), olive oil, and spices.
I am currently at the end of day 3 of the candida diet; So far so good. I have had headaches and nausea the past two days. Ive been drinking a lot of water to flush it out and it has made a huge difference! The first day I made this giant salad: Kale, herb spring mix, cucumber, sprouts, grape tomatoes, orange pepper, avocado, and black beans. I used lemon and olive oil for the dressing. So yummy!
Last night I made veggie chili
Easy and simple meals so far! I’ve been on Pinterest a lot looking for vegan candida recipes and ideas. There isn’t a lot of info on vegan candida diet which is part of my motivation for blogging my experience. Now on to drinking a huge glass of water and cuddling Bentley!