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What Do I Eat for Breakfast on the Candida Diet?

It can be very challenging for many people to accept the food choices available to them for breakfast while on the Candida diet and requires a great deal of change in not only behavior but thinking. We explore this issue further in this question from a site visitor…

Hi Cynthia,

Just wondering what the best way is to deal with constipation. I also noticed in one of your blogs that you mention not to eat the same thing everyday. I have candida and have been having 2 boiled eggs for breakfast each morning. I’m not sure what other options may be available to me? Thanks very much for your help,
Jennifer

Hi Jennifer,

In regard to what to eat for breakfast on the candida diet, the first thing that has to change is the mindset. We have been conditioned to believe that we are supposed to eat certain things for breakfast that must go if we want to improve our health. Most people think they should have eggs, toast, cereal, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles etc. Contrary to popular belief, most of these foods, except eggs are not healthy.

On the candida diet, all forms of sugar must be removed and the amount of foods that break down into sugar in the body must be greatly reduced, including complex carbohydrates. Therefore, pretty much all traditional breakfast foods are out the window, except eggs.

You have to begin by reframing your definition of a breakfast meal. You must let go of traditional views of breakfast and expand your thinking to include other atypical breakfast food choices.

Yes, I say you shouldn’t eat the same food every day because over exposure to a food often results in sensitivity to that food. Eggs are one of the most common foods that we develop sensitivities to. Food sensitivities usually go hand in hand with Candida. So eggs should not be eaten everyday, because this will increase the chances of developing a food sensitivity. There should be variety in the diet.

On the candida diet, all meals, including breakfast, should consist primarily of meat and low-starch vegetables.

Here’s some of the foods I eat for breakfast and all other meals — meat and steamed vegetables which may consist of any of the following:

  • buffalo burgers
  • beef liver
  • ground buffalo
  • chicken breasts
  • ground beef
  • beef burgers
  • ground turkey
  • turkey patties
  • wild Alaskan salmon
  • cucumbers
  • spinach
  • green beans
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli
  • eggs
  • carrots (only small amounts with another vegetable, because of sugar content)
  • avocado
  • cabbage

Other possibilities

  • ostrich
  • deer
  • goose
  • duck
  • pheasant
  • any low carb vegetable

If you do okay with yogurt and nuts, then that is another possibility, however many people with Candida do not tolerate nuts very well. For many, Candida will feed on nuts. Personally, I can’t eat yogurt or nuts unless I have first eaten meat and vegetables. If I eat yogurt or nuts alone, it will feed my Candida and give me a migraine. If I eat them after a meal of meat protein and vegetables, and keep the proportion low, then I do okay. However, yogurt contains lactose, which is milk sugar that can feed yeast if too much is eaten, so it needs to be regulated.

I sometimes have a small serving of fruit with a meal, but again it must be eaten after meat protein and vegetables. If I eat fruit alone, it flares Candida and gives me a migraine.

Fruit, yogurt and nuts contain natural sugars which will feed Candida when eaten alone, but in the presence of meat protein, the meat slows down the absorption and availability of sugar. It’s also better for blood sugar and insulin.

However, the amount of fruit, nuts, yogurt and other complex carbohydrates that one can consume varies greatly from person to person, depending on genetic factors, the level of Candida overgrowth one has, the strain of Candida one has and other health issues that may accompany Candida, like adrenal fatigue and hypoglycemia. Some people may be able to eat more complex carbohydrates than others. Each person has to gauge their decisions by how their body responds.

I also eat a rotation diet, which is always recommended for food sensitivities that usually accompany Candida. So one day I have buffalo, the next day I have chicken, the next day turkey and the next day beef. The same with my vegetables, they are alternated daily. All food should be organic, of course. Meat, eggs, and dairy should be grass-fed and free-range. Fish should be wild Alaskan.

So, as you can see, this type of breakfast is far from the traditional choices most people have been socialized to follow. It takes some time to adjust to the new way of thinking.

The other important point to keep in mind is this, the diet that you are forced to eat with a Candida problem is really the diet you were supposed to eat in the first place. The human body is not genetically designed to eat sugar, grains, legumes, potatoes, etc. These foods disrupt neurotransmittters, blood sugar, insulin, metabolism and the GI tract, all of which leads to poor mental and physical health. When you eat a Candida diet, which is basically a slightly modified version of the Paleolithic diet, then you are eating the foods that are healthiest for you all around and won’t lead to other degenerative health conditions like type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity and more.

In regard to constipation, it can be caused by a variety of issues. Hypothyroidism, adrenal disorders, poor diet, candida overgrowth, lack of sufficient water intake, bacteria overgrowth and nutritional deficiencies can all play a role. A deficiency in magnesium is a common root factor. I have found that supplementing my diet with buffered Vitamin C powder keeps my bowels running efficiently. You can read more on this what causes constipation page for more in depth info on this issue.

Best Regards
Cynthia

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  • Margaret Collins November 8, 2013, 2:04 pm

    I have COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmunary Disease and often have Candida flare ups due to sterroide inhalers, nasal sprays and antibiotic tablets and nasal cream. I am losing weight and need to eat as many calories as possible. If I stick strictly to the Candida Diet, my calories are low, too low. I am possibly lactose intolerant , just get bloated when drinking semi skimmed milk . I have tried lactofree milk and Almond milk and they are fine. Some probiotic yoghurts do not agree with me. I tried Activia but that seemed to give me slight stomach cramps. Actimel was fine but not many calories in this make. I am in Scotland United Kingdom. Any suggestions as to how I can increase calories. Margaret Collins.

  • Admin - Cynthia Perkins November 22, 2013, 5:27 pm

    Hi Margaret,

    I’ve written about this topic on the following page,

    http://www.holistichelp.net/blog/managing-weight-loss-while-on-the-candida-diet/

    Best
    Cynthia

  • JMC May 19, 2016, 2:16 pm

    Hi,
    I don’t eat meat, and I am allergic to dairy and gluten and stevia, and I have candida. I also have very long days at work and I am very active (workout alot) so I eat a vegan protein supplement for breakfast for example. But my question, is how can I avoid passing out? I can’t seem to kill the candida either. And is it possible to kill it permanently?I eat sunflower seeds and L glutamine twice a day on an empty stomach (to heal my gut lining)..but what do you recommend I do? I also travel quite a bit and I am always on the go. I heard fruit has fructose, and if you eat it, like bananas blood sugar drops immediately after..
    Can you help me please?

  • Admin - Cynthia Perkins August 10, 2016, 10:05 pm

    Hi JMC,

    You can’t make any progress on a vegetarian diet. You should take a look at the following pages.

    http://www.holistichelp.net/why-you-shouldnt-be-vegetarian.html

    http://www.holistichelp.net/candida-secrets.html

    Best,

    Cynthia

  • diane May 1, 2018, 5:57 pm

    I recently had a bad cold which resulted in blocked ears. I have attributed this to a possible problem with candida as well as a problem with acid refux. I need to have some suggestions on what to eat for breakfast as well as lunch and dinner. I just can’t figure out what to eat anymore. I need to eat something that is good for both acid reflux and candida. Some foods that you eat like garlic for candida gives me hearburn. I am eating lite this week because I am preparing to go on a 3 day juice fast to help jump start this new way of eating, I also need to loose some weight and my metabolism is sluggish which I know is a good indicator of too much yeast (candida) I have pretty much eaten vegetables since sunday with some tuna 2 of the days but I am confused as to what foods to eat for both candida and acid reflux/hearburn.

    Diane

  • Admin - Cynthia Perkins May 4, 2018, 7:36 am

    Diane,

    The list of foods in this article would apply to both Candida and acid reflux. Your acid reflux is more than likely the result of SIBO. Please take a look at the following pages.

    http://www.holistichelp.net/blog/sibo-101-a-comprehensive-guide-to-small-intestinal-bacterial-overgrowth/

    http://www.holistichelp.net/blog/sibo-treatment-diet-and-maintenance/

    http://www.holistichelp.net/blog/candida-sibo-or-h-pylori/

    You should also consider my new book, which covers both Candida and SIBO, found here.

    http://www.holistichelp.net/blog/get-my-new-book-healing-chronic-candida-in-bookstores-now/

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