Whole Foods Healing Diet
The Whole Approach Candida Diet is a healing, low-glycemic diet planned around hypo-allergic foods that do not promote yeast growth. The Whole Approach Diet emphasizes highly-nutritious and easily digestible foods. By avoiding foods that feed candida and emphasizing foods on the Whole Approach Candida Diet food lists, (customized according to each individuals preferences and needs), can help to reduce yeast levels, minimize mucous and reduce inflammation.
Abstinence from hard-to-digest foods, allergens, contaminants or additives, helps encourage intestinal healing and whole body detoxification. GMO-free and organic foods are preferred.
To enhance success rates, The Whole Approach Support Forum, provides guidance and support for healthy eating. Tarilee Cornish, CNP (Certified Nutritional Practitioner) provides support and other helpful tips for navigating food quality and food safety issues inherent in our global, industrialized food system.
Corresponding educational reference resources further augment the WholeApproach food lists, including the Food Notes and Candida Diet FAQs. An overview of the Whole Approach Candida Diet can be found below, as well as a description of Tarilee's healthy eating guidelines.
Customized to Individual Needs
The Whole Approach Candida Diet is customized by each individual according to their improving score on the WholeApproach Candida Symptom Assessment Questionnaire. Food choices are selected from a Food List download, divided into easy to use, color-coded, OK, Limit and Avoidcategories. Members choose foods according to their nutritional needs, preferences, and tolerances. Progress on the transitional diet is determined by the candida symptom questionnaire score.
Diet Rules - Are they all Essential?
On a healing path we will encounter a multitude of health theories, therapeutic diets and eating styles. The sheer quantity of information can be overwhelming and the contradictions can be baffling. Some people go from diet to diet in the hope that one of them will fit just right. Others study all of the theories and try to accommodate all of them into one diet. However, trying to incorporate too many dietary theories at once will leave one spinning in circles in the isle of the grocery store, unable to decide what to eat.
The candida diet itself, being low-carbohydrate, can be challenging in itself. Try not to follow so many rules that it makes your diet stressful or worse, impossible. Try to remember that every diet approach is right for every person.
To simply the approach to a candida diet, we have created the WholeApproach Candida Diet guidelines and food lists including food notes. This includes a careful selection of what we consider to be the most important diet considerations to enhance your recovery from CRC. It not only incorporates recommendations to support recovery from candida overgrowth, but also includes considerations for boosting immunity, detoxification, energy, brain health, blood sugar balance and intestinal regularity.
The Whole Approach Candida Diet can be challenging for some people, especially when it represents a dramatic change in habits. Balancing your diet rules with a calm, immune-boosting state of mind takes practice and time. As you settle into a diet that feels right for you, the anxiety around your choices will fade away.
We can't emphasize enough how important it is for you to learn to listen to your body. As you move forward, you will learn what works best for you. Your diet notebook will prove invaluable in helping you evaluate the effectiveness of your food program.
A gradual approach to change may be useful, starting the diet in stages.
- quit all sugar and fruit
- lower carbohydrate reliance
- reduce caffeine and eliminate alcohol
- further reduce caffeine and carbohydrates
- explore dietary intolerances with an elimination-provocation approach (see this article on candida and food allergies)
- at any time above when your bowels are feeling balanced you can introduce a gradual increasing colon cleanse product protocol.
- when you start to feel stabilized in your state and aware of how you are responding to the above, you could introduce the anti-fungal to your purge drink, gradually.
Visiting the welcome section of this candida information forum is helpful early in your program and at various stages throughout. Tarilee is available on the forums on Monday and Thursday for a couple of hours each. She will providing coaching as you learn about the products and diet. She encourages self observation and careful experimentation to find what works best for you.
Tarilee Cornish CNP- “ I believe it's important to be mindful of the way our diet and lifestyle choices affect our health. My approach also encourages awareness of environmental influences on well-being. I encourage people to get in touch with their bodies, to learn about healthy food and a healthy environment, and to learn about candida recovery and healing. Choosing a healing path that feels right for them helps individuals develop confidence in their own intuition. I also encourage an emphasis on the advantages offered by lifestyle improvements rather than deprivation due to diet changes.
I believe our language and thoughts about our self-care are as important as what we choose to eat. For example, the word 'diet' is so loaded in our society, conjuring up thoughts of hunger and unsatisfied cravings. As much as possible on the Support Forum, I refer to the Whole Approach Candida Diet as "food therapy" in an effort to help paint it with the self-loving brush that is intended. To provide maximum support in the direction of positive change, I try to help minimize the negative and immobilizing emotions like fear and guilt, striving instead to cultivate excitement and planning for a healthier future.
As we navigate the path of healing, we have different needs at different times, so ongoing self-observation is essential. At the beginning of our healing program, we may need something different than at the middle or end. Other variations and cycles in our health can also be at play as well, so daily attention to what our body is telling us is helpful. For instance, fatigue, stress, travel, hormone cycles, weather and environment can all affect our healing experience.”
Use of the Whole Approach Diet instructions and food lists.
Well-informed, natural food selections with home food preparation as much as possible.
Emphasis on nutrient-rich, organic, and minimally-processed whole foods.
Diversity in the diet to help increase nutrient balance and prevent food intolerances. Consider following a four-day rotation diet.
Drink plenty of purified water. Drink half your body weight in ounces (for example if you weigh 140 lbs, you should drink at least 70 ounces of water).
Food sources rich in essential fatty-acids and Healing fats and oils; purchased carefully and selected appropriately for cooked or raw use.
Use of healthfully prepared beans, nuts and seeds (see Candida Diet FAQ’s for more information).
Exercise regularly. Allow adequate time for sleep. Develop effective stress management and relaxation skills to help combat both physical and emotional stress.
Avoid unnecessary use of antibiotics, steroid drugs and birth control pills whenever possible, since they promote the overgrowth of candida. Drug use, alcohol consumption and smoking lower your immunity - so strive to avoid them.
Use of a diet and health journal for self-monitoring feedback and motivation.