There are several different approaches to the candida diet. I checked out several books from my local library and each one different. I chose to use The Candida Directory & Cookbook, because their recipes and menu plans looked to be the most enjoyable. (Some of the books had recipes for boiled tongue and whatnot...sorry, but I'm not a fan!) This candida diet eliminates sugar/artificial sugar, mold foods (cheeses, mushrooms, yeasted breads), fermented foods, alcohol, and caffeine.
I only lasted a couple weeks on the diet, through Phase I. Swirlz cupcakes showed up and just like that I lost all will power. But I felt so incredibly better, lost weight, and was always satisfied with my meals. I know I should start following it again. Soon.
One of my favorite recipes on the diet was "Anni's Garbanzo Rice Fiesta Salad" The recipe can be found here or below:
Anni's Garbanzo Rice Fiesta Salad
1 15-oz can garbanzo beans
2 cups wild rice, cooked
3 scallions, chopped fine
½ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh jalapeño peppers, chopped fine
salt and pepper to taste
juice from 1 large lemon
2 TBSP olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
Mix beans, rice, scallions, parsley, and peppers. Add salt and pepper to taste. Squeeze lemon juice on top. Combine olive oil with garlic and pour over all.
Recipe excerpted from The Candida Directory & Cookbook (Celestial Arts, 1994)
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