Nele Liivlaid on Vegan Candida Diet

My Experience and Results After 11 Months on Vegan Candida Diet

I started my journey on vegan Candida diet 11 months ago and I think it’s about time I briefed you on my results, experience, failures and success.

In August 2016 I went on Vegan Candida Cleanse excluding all fruits, legumes, gluten, starchy veggies, peanuts, corn, rice, coffee, black and green tea, vinegar, yeast and artificial sweeteners from my diet. I was left with non-starchy veggies, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, oat bran, tofu, tempeh, soy yogurt, chicory coffee, seeds, nuts, coconut, and avocados.

My Experiences on Vegan Candida Diet, The Cleanse

Although I did not start with antifungals and probiotics straight away, I still experienced Candida die-off symptoms:

  • I had headaches for 4 days starting from the second day. It was quite bad for the first two days, but I still managed to do without any painkillers. On the third and fourth day it already got milder and was quite bearable.
  • I experienced dizziness and lack of energy. Part of it was certainly due to the fact that I just couldn’t eat as many calories as I was used to. Starches and fruits give a lot of energy, but as these were taken away I needed to get used to new quantities and eating habits. Being already quite thin, I even lost a kilo in the beginning, but gained it back pretty quickly.

I used the following probiotics and antifungals:

Furthermore, I made my own antifungal and anti-inflammatory shots (click for blog post and tutorial video).

Re-Introducing Foods on Vegan Candida Diet

After I stayed on vegan Candida cleanse for 6 weeks I started to re-introduce foods back into my menu:

  • 1st and 2nd week – I switched back in menu (one-by-one) without any symptoms: lentils, brown rice, beetroot, raw cocoa, blueberries and raspberries (as garnish).
    Foods that I tried, but that caused some symptoms to return: chickpeas, red beans, grapefruit and unsweetened applesauce.
  • 3rd and 4th week – I re-introduced without any symptoms: butternut squash, sweet potato, parsnips, mung beans and chickpeas.
  • 2nd month – I re-introduced without any symptoms: gluten-free jumbo oats, white and black beans.
    Foods that I tried, but that caused some symptoms to return: dates and nutritional yeast.
  • 6th month – finally I could have fresh fruits (yes!), except bananas. I eat mainly oranges, kiwis, melons, apples, pears, berries and grapefruit.
  • 7th month – next came nutritional yeast (max 1 tbsp. a day and not every day) and an occasional splash of agave syrup or coconut nectar.
  • 8th month – and finally, I added back bananas, but in a very small quantity (⅙ of a big banana).

New Information on Vegan Candida Diet

Even if my symptoms withdrew, I still experienced blood sugar highs and lows. This, in my experience is one of the main contributors to candida overgrowth. So, I continued to search for more information. After being on the diet for about 2 months I discovered Yeast Infection No More by Linda Allen. Her book taught me about the importance of low fat diet when fighting candida. I also switched brown rice back into my menu without any adverse consequences.

Now, my blood sugar was doing fine for some time. However, I started to have the fluctuations again after a while. Whenever I experience blood sugar highs and lows for 2 consecutive days I can be sure that at least one of my symptoms start to emerge. Usually, it is itching or sore corners of my mouth. As soon as I get back on track, the symptoms withdraw. Thus, I concluded that it is not only about the right and wrong foods, but also about right food combining and the amounts I eat at one mealtime. As a result, I’ve put down the principals that keep me Candida free in a separate blog post Vegan Candida Diet – Living Candida Free After The Cleanse. 

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