Though the change can take a lot of effort, you might feel so good after a few weeks on this diet that you want to stay on it forever. By working to find the diet that is right for you, you are bound to derive tremendous satisfaction.
Eventually, your inner wisdom will guide you to choose only the foods that nourish you and starve the candida.
- Make dietary choices to nourish you but deprive the yeast. Try new foods and recipes that are delicious and nourishing.
- Focus on what you can have, instead of what you can't.
- Empty your cupboards of 'temptation items'.
- Plan ahead; organize your groceries and meal plans.
- Ask your loved ones if they'd like to join you on the diet.
Celebrate incremental change
The transition to new habits can be difficult, more for some of us than others. Rest assured that once you get into the habit of focusing on wellness instead of sickness, your new habits will feel more natural to you.
No matter how good your intentions are, you can't expect to be able to follow the diet perfectly - at least initially. You're bound to go back and forth for the first little while. If you feel symptoms creeping back, you can revive your determination and start again and again if need be.
Try to be as objective as possible when you fill out your weekly questionnaire so that you don't become overly-optimistic about proceeding to the next stage of your diet (or overly pessimistic about your progress). See Questionnaire page for more information.
Food cravings can be powerful. Cravings can be caused by candida die off, allergies, dehydration, protein deficiency and vitamin/mineral deficiencies. Of course, the best way to manage intense cravings is to understand why you are having them.
Sorting out cravings and their origins comes down to careful self-observation and learning to recognize the different types of cravings. If you feel that you can't live without a certain food and the need to eat it is overwhelming, you will probably be better off resisting, because it is not a real body need.
Types of Cravings
Candida Die-off: The survival of the candida depends upon sugar. As the yeast are dying, they can initiate a craving for sugar or starch. The habitual use of sugar for short-lived bursts of energy can also perpetuate sugar cravings.
Simple thirst and protein deficiency can also create sugar cravings.
If we are allergic or intolerant to a food, that intolerance may come along with an uncontrollable desire to eat that food. That is especially true of foods that create either a stimulating or sedating effect when we eat them.
Anxiety, depression, grief, self-doubt, fear, anger and almost any stressful emotion can trigger a craving for a comfort food. Sweet and starchy foods temporarily increase serotonin levels, "comforting us" for a short time.
As our health improves, our bodies adjust and begin to send food signals that are more in tune with our true nutritional needs. For example, when we need calcium, we may crave broccoli instead of craving ice cream. We'll come to recognize nutritional imbalances that can create unhealthy urges and learn health-boosting strategies to overcome them.