Best Alcohol For Candida Diet & Paleo – The Do’s, Don’ts & Everything In Between!

Which Low Carb Alcoholic Drinks Can You Have?

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What do you do if all your colleagues and friends invite you to a pub or cocktail bar after work? Sounds like a nice way to end the day. But what if you’re on the Candida Diet?

Can you even drink alcohol?
And what happens if you do give into temptation and go out on the lash…?

Valid questions because let’s face it – going out and having fun is a huge part of life.

Of course you can lock yourself into a room and refuse to go out.

But realistically, there are only so many excuses you can come up with and only so much willpower to be mustered before you have to realize – sooner or later it is going to happen anyway.

You’ll be at a pub, party, business event or family do… and what then?

You’ll have to find a way to go out, have fun and still stick with the Candida Diet.
Now I don’t mean you can go out on a 3-day bender and expect to get away with it.

So, Why Is Alcohol Bad For You?

You’ve got to realise that alcoholic drinks just contain oodles of sugar. Even pure spirits like vodka, gin and so on get metabolised to sugar in your body.

Alcohol = Sugar = Candida Rocket Fuel

By all means have a sip … just don’t do anything I wouldn’t do πŸ˜‰

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… like offloading your drink onto someone else later on.

Alcohol + Stress = Dangerous Combination

So regardless if the drink tastes sweet or not it will make it harder for your immune system to fight candida, which very likely would mean you’ll feel worse for wear the next few days – and I don’t mean just a bit of a hangover.

There unfortunately is no such thing as an anti candida diet friendly cocktail.

  • On top of that smoky environments will put a dampener on your immune system.
  • And all the excitement and hectic and naughty nibbles will all contribute to Candida growth. Fact!
  • And there just is no sure way to know beforehand how much Candida problems this might cause.
What Can You Do to Minimise The Damage from Alcohol and Stress?

You might be able to heroically stick to bottled water all night at a family get together. But this is going to be much harder if you get dragged to your local by your colleagues after a hard day’s work.

Then it’s more about damage minimisation. About picking drinks that don’t do you much harm.

I’m going to show you my favourite low carb alcoholic drinks in a minute. But first of all I’ll tell you how I survived several do’s, festivals and family meals without giving up on alcohol completely.

Here’s my Beverage Battle Plan for You (Including The Best Alcohol For Candida Diet and Paleo):

If you stick to these guidelines you’ll be able to enjoy a drink or two while you’re on the diet, regardless whether you follow the Candida or the Paleo Diet. The core values of eating healthy & low carb remain the same.

Tips Before Going Out/Preparation:
  • Be Good Most Of The Time

If you don’t go out most of the time, slipping up once isn’t so bad.

  • Eat Well

When you do go out, eat well beforehand; stock up on good vitamin/mineral pills and drink plenty of water before during and after

  • Have Some Lush Food Ready To Go For The Next Day

Coming back from the event you are likely to get ravenous, so make sure you have something hearty and healthy ready to go.

Or if you’re eating out pick something semi healthy of the menu.

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It’s just too tempting otherwise to get an unhealthy takeaway or find something else convenient to munch that’s not in line with the candida diet.

Double tricky if you’re still with your friends who might be getting a pizza or something like my boyfriend in the photo above…

In those moments you’d be glad if you had prepared a nice stew or something to help you resist those extra temptations when you don’t feel like cooking or eating out.

  • Rest Before Going Out

Organise the day so you’re not rushing around like mad before going out. Go for a walk, take a power nap or listen to some chill out tunes.

  • Fresh Mint Tea Is The New Coffee

Whenever people around you drink lattes and cappuccinos – be strong and order a loose leaf mint tea or green tea

  • A Flask of Hot Stuff

If you go to an outdoor event or house party see if you can sneak in a flask of mint tea, ginger tea or broth – very flavoursome and invigorating

  • Nibble Some Semi-Healthy Snack Foods At Your Friends House

If you’re all meeting at a friend’s place before going to a club or watching a movie together and everyone is eating crisps and chocolates here’s what you can do:

  • Your best bet is to take hummous and veggy sticks with you to nibble on.
  • Another good semi-alright anti-candida snack is slightly salty crisps made from maize meal/ corn.

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Everyone loves nachos – your friends will dig in as well, and you don’t have to go completely hungry. I found this worked very well for me.

  • Useful Paleo Diet Info & What Alcohol Is

If you want to delve deeper into what alcohol is and about the pro’s and con’s of its consumtion, especially on the Paleo Diet – here’s a great article by SΓ©bastien NoΓ«l :

Tips For Your Night Out – What Low Carb Alcoholic Drinks You Can Have?
  • Less Is More

On special occasions when you do have a latte or alcoholic drink, just have the one drink, no more (binging really kickstarts candida)

  • Stay Away From These Highly Sugary/ Yeasty Drinks:

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Champagne, Vodka Redbull, Baileys and other cream liquors or shooters, Coke mixers, Creamy or fruity Cocktails and beer. All those things that I used to very much enjoy before I knew I had Candida… Like a refreshing “Weizen Bier” here in my holiday snap from Venice a few years ago (served with yeasty white bread – no wonder that I developed a yeast problem!)

  • Sneak In A Bottle Of Acv Mix

If you can sneak in your drink from home mix 1 teaspoon natural apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. It’s healthy, looks like cider or ginger ale and you won’t get any funny looks.

  • Choose One Of These Low Carb Alcoholic Drinks:

If somebody else is buying you drinks and you cannot get around having an alcoholic drink without causing an awkward moment pick one of these drinks: low-carb-alcoholic-drinks-146x220

vodka lime or pure gin (eek!) Dry white wine on the other hand still has a small amount of sugar and fermentation, but overall it seemed to agree better with me than beer. Cider, as delicious as it is, can have up to 25-30g sugar, so although you’ll feel fine while you’re drinking it, you are likely to experience some symptoms a few days after the event.

 

  • Stay Well Nourished

Make sure you regularly eat something nutritious to keep your energy levels up and drink volvic or similar good quality water throughout the night.

  • A Little is Better Than Nothing – Don’t pile the pressure on

Sometimes it’s better to have a sip than to miss out completely and get depressed about it.

The first few months on the candida diet I followed the guidelines to the t and felt thoroughly deprived of all fun and happiness in life. Wallowing in self pity like I did then is not good for your immune system. It’s actually stressful and detrimental to your health.

You might be thinking “I’m not eating what I want. I’m not drinking what I want. What’s the point of all of this? I feel really horrible. That’s not fair. I’m doing all the things the Candida Diet asks me to do. Why don’t I feel better?! I might as well tuck in now if I feel crap anyway. What difference does it make?

Sound familiar? Have you ever caught yourself thinking that? I have – plenty of times. And I’ve learned that sometimes “instead of just trying harder” and obsessing about sticking to the guidelines of the Anti Candida Diet hundred percent it’s better to let go.

  • Allow yourself to let your hair down.

Take your mind off things and enjoy yourself like you used to before you had candida.

Hey, within reason – you don’t want to start at square 1 again.
But… tomorrow is another day πŸ˜‰

Which Low Carb Alcoholic Drinks Worked Best For Me (with the least amount of side effects)

When I’ve been out and about with friends and I have given into temptation I tried to stick to cider, preferably half a pint. That worked well for me.

Clever Happy Hour Trick You Should Try

Another good way to enjoy socialising with friends without feeling left out is to order 2 of your favourite drinks with your friend. Mine is a Mojito by the way as you can see in the pic with the guitar below – best alcohol For Candida Diet hands down, well minus the cane sugar, uhm….

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Great way to make the most of the happy hour πŸ˜‰

It gives you a chance to sip a few times, enjoying the lovely taste and getting a bit tipsy. Then generously giving the rest of your drink to your friend.

Your friend won’t complain to have a bit more to drink and you don’t suffer the consequences for breaking your candida diet.

Tips For After Your Night Out – Including Hangover Remedies:
  • Chill It Out Afterwards

Drinking calming & anti-inflammatory loose leaf chamomile tea after the party promotes good sleep.

Hangover Cures:
  • Take Milkthistle

Milkthistle and vit/ mineral supplements help to get rid of the hangover symptoms the next day – because sometimes one drink `can’ just lead to another! Also, even with just a little alcohol it can multiply the yeast in your system making you more tipsy or drunk than someone without candida.

  • Get Your Metabolism Going

Other things that help you get back on track are sauna, getting lots of fresh air and movement to help your body eliminate the extra toxins from the booze and candida byproducts.

  • Eat Avocadoes

Snacking on avocadoes the next day helps to keep your mood stable and combats cravings

  • Do a Cleanse

After a big night out, say New Years Eve or after a festival – if you can face it – do an enema or book a colonic to flush your system out. And you’ll be back on track in no time.

  • If You’re On Antifungals – Take Less Before Going Out & The Day After

Less is definitely more here. When I went out I thought I could just take more antifungals. This would take care of the possible candida overgrowth from partying. Mistake! It doesn’t quite work like that.

More antifungals means more filtering to do for your kidneys and liver which are already working overtime with breaking down alcohol…

  • What Happens If You Take A Lot Of Antifungals While Drinking Alcohol?

There would just be more poisonous stuff going round your blood stream – causing you to feel hungover and rough the next day.

Or in other words this will encourage harsher die off symptoms. On the day of your event and on the day thereafter take less AF than you’d usually do.

When Is The Best Time To Go Out During The Candida Diet?

What About Partying in Phase 1 of the Diet?

In phase 1 during the candida cleanse you shouldn’t really go out at all – your body needs rest. But I know how it is – events are rarely coordinated around diets – they generally happen at the most inconvenient times.

I Tested It For You
In my case there was a 2 day music festival right after my fast, woot! Well, predictably irrational I ended up going (despite best intentions).

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I was fine at the festival. Hardly drunk any alcohol and ate pretty sensibly. But of course I didn’t get much sleep and all in all the small amounts of sugar in the bought drinks and food did add up.

Here’s What Happened
So the next 2 days I had pretty bad die off symptoms, sneezing, feeling bloated and so on… the whole works.

Which was to be expected of course. Partly brought on by the fact that I ate some delicious hot curry when I came back – not a good idea. Too spicy – killed all the good bacteria.

I trust you are a bit wiser than me πŸ˜‰

What About You?

Do the Candida Cleanse and be sure not to undo all the goodness you’ve done by drinking alcohol and staying up late… Moderation really is the key here…

But don’t be too hard on yourself either. You can’t deny yourself even microscopic amounts of sugar 24/7. After all you’ll have to live as well. You can’t just put your life on hold because of Candida. Who knows how long you might have to follow the diet?

So if you do enjoy foods and drinks that are not allowed on the Candida Diet then cherish the moment and don’t beat yourself up about it. With antifungals and natural remedies you’ll have any possible candida relapses back in check in no time.

Seize the moment. – Living with Candida is stressful enough.

You deserve to take your mind off things for a few hours!

What’s your experience with alcohol during the Candida Diet like? Tell me in the comments below πŸ™‚

  1. I love your realistic and upbeat perspective. It’s so fresh after reading all the other testiMOANials πŸ˜€ and really helpful too. Thank you x

    • Ha ha, testiMOANials – love it! Thanks Daisy, what a sweet comment – That has made my day!
      Having fun and being positive is what it’s all about πŸ™‚

  2. Found your article!
    Thanks so much, this is a BIG help. I did a lot of web searching about drinking with candida and most of the articles preached a zero-tolerance approach which made me feel completely hopeless.

    This is a great little blog and something I’ll probably re-read from time to time to get some inspiration.

    Thanks

    Chez x

    • I liked this helpful info!
      I’m missing red wine but don’t want yo set myself back too far so I will refrain from alcoholic beverages.I hope it doesn’t take too much longer I’m taking several things like oregano oil garlic pills kefir Probiotics and digestive enzymes.
      I’m craving sugar like mad right now 😣
      MY Dr said I could eat a little dark chocolate or honey to help curb the cravings
      Hope it’s okay and I get thru this candida bs soon
      Thanks again ☺

      • Thanks Stanley, it’s nice to hear from you πŸ™‚
        Chin up, you’ve come a long way!
        You can do this. Not much longer and your sugar cravings will subside. You could try taking Chromium. That’s meant to help curb cravings. Cinnamon as well as lemon are also good at taking the edge of it… so be sure to add those to food and drink wherever possible (and up your greens intake!)
        I like that your doc doesn’t want you to starve. But I’m not sure I’m on board with the honey as that definitely feeds Candida like wildfire. I’d stick with dark choc out of those two options, preferably home made with Stevia πŸ˜‰
        Hope you’ll get through it soon! Keep up the good work!

  3. I am 2 weeks into a candida overgrowth diet and am drinking a bottle of cider a night. Before I started this diet I was drinking 3 glasses of wine per evening. I cannot seem to go without alcohol! I have been allergy tested and wine is out, but bottled cider is ok.

    • Hi Rose, well done for sticking to the candida diet for two weeks. Even though you were drinking a bottle of cider a night you would still have killed some of the yeast overgrowth. It is a big lifestyle change. Give yourself credit for all the good things you are doing, and see how you are feeling. If you are feeling fine then there’s no reason to skip the bottle of cider. And if you do still have symptoms that annoy you then perhaps you can slowly phase the cider out, like literally drink a few sips less every night until you only drink it every other day and then only at the weekend or so to see if that makes a difference. You definitely need to find an enjoyable drink to reward yourself for giving up the wine/ cider. Perhaps a special tea? It’s not much of a consolation, but it does get easier with time! Hang in there. You’ll feel much better for not drinking alcohol on a regular basis. You just have to get through the initial weeks of detox horror where your body is confused and misses old habits. Just keep at it!

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  5. I have a small miracle pill to erase the night before bad habits. Take 2 charcoal capsules when you wake up with water wait 2 hours then take all your other medicines and supplements. It even works well when you cheat with ice cream and iced cupcakes. I have been on Candida diet for 7 months. I was almost cured until I decided I wanted a cocktail. But I had 6. And that was in my 4th month. But now I am growing stronger again. I think I may beat this after the holidays.

    • Awesome, thanks so much for sharing! I am intrigued! I only tried charcoal during my first fast and that was hard going. Makes sense though. I have been experimenting myself lately πŸ˜‰ 1/2 tsp of bicarb soda in a small glass of water after overindulging, at least that neutralizes the acid so food get digested quickly and your body can deal with the CandΓ­da better…

  6. I cheated with 2 glasses of red wine last… Otherwise I’ve been super strict with my diet. I also indulge in a little glass of straight gin after work weekdays. Glad to hear I’m not doomed!!! For a foodie that enjoys social dinner parties… This candida diet is hell!

  7. Good article, thanks. But I wouldn’t agree that Gin and Tonic is an acceptable choice, tonic is loaded with sugar! Gin or vodka and mineral water with a squeeze of lemon over ice with a sprig of mint, quite tasty and refreshing once you get used to it.

    • Thanks Sam, love your suggestion! Have you tried adding Vanilla Stevia drops? Either way the mineral water would also help to combat a hangover the next day, good stuff!

  8. Thank you so much for your information!!! I’m struggling with so many chronic illnesses and this Candida problem, has just made it worse for my mental state; depression, stress, etc…but I’ve been reading so much on your site that has helped me and motivated me to move forward. Knowing I can still have a social life with this Candida issue. Thank you!

    • Hi Faviola, thanks so much for your kind words! I can totally relate to what you’re going through, living with Candida is tough… The skills you’ll learn from having to deal with this will help you in the long run though, and although your Social life will be more challenging on this diet, it still helps to tide you over until you are healed and can enjoy life again. Hang in there!

  9. Hello,

    Thank you for the great blog. I have just completed my 6th week on the candida diet. Many symptoms, which indicated a candida overgrowth have subsided. Learning to be creative with the diet and realizing that a little self restraint goes a long way. Did give in this weekend though, having a generous portion of Anejo Tequila on the rocks. Um Um Good.
    I have read on several sites that taking a Caprylic Acid supplement when you do go a stray, helps. The food mixes with the supplement and the little beast stay away because it has such a great effect on them. Any thoughts?

    • Hi Ed,
      many thanks for your kind message. I’m glad you are seeing such great results, well done, that’s wonderful! I would drink a little bit of Tequila on the rocks with you to that. Mind you us Germans tend to drink it with salt and lemon juice πŸ˜‰
      Interesting about the Caprylic acid suggestion. I am not sure if I ever took it when I was out drinking. I know that the foodie based yeasties don’t like it and take the quick escape route which also isn’t necessarily pleasant die off and all.
      I’ve heard better things of activated charcoal as that literally mops up all toxins within reach. Might be worth a shot πŸ˜‰

  10. I have been on the candida diet incredibly strictly for nearly five weeks now including a full cleanse before starting. I am leaving to go on a vacation in five days and while I will have a kitchen to do most of my meals strictly candida I was getting really stressed out about not being able to cut any corners and feeling really left out of my life. Your article just landed so well with where I am at and with your helpful tips and support I feel a lot better and more secure about having a drink or two and a healthy but non candida meal out once or twice while I am away. I feel empowered to enjoy my vacation intelligently and then be really prepared to deal with any repercussions as they come and not shame myself. Thank you so much. I really needed to hear a lot of what you had to say.

    • Thanks so much Colleen, really appreciate your thoughtful comment πŸ™‚
      Hope you have had a wonderful time away without any repercussions.
      Keep in touch x

  11. Very helpful article. However in the acceptable drinks section, Gin and Tonic should be changed to just Gin as 99% of tonic “water” has as much sugar as a coke per fluid ounce.

  12. First off, I would like to say how much this site has helped me. Thank you for your realistic and encouraging approach to the Candida cleanse. I have been put through the ringer on this diet. Fever, aches and extreme fatigue! Oh, and sweating. I am literally going through withdrawal symptoms. Even with the hell I have been through, I decided to drink one of my favorite beers to celebrate doing so well. Two sips in, I gave the beer away. I am so glad I did! Those two sips put me right back into the sick phase. Like…almost immediately. Ugh. Tonight I am going to “the biggest party of the year” and as much as I would love to say I will be good…I know I will give in to at least one of the 200 guest there. I am fine with the diet now, so food choices will be easy. I do like gin, so we shall see how I feel. Do you suggest drinking the apple cider vinegar water before the evening? I will give it try. Thank you, again!!! I reference your site daily and will continue to do so.

    • Awesome, thanks so much, I’m super happy about your progress! I know how hard you’ve had to work for it… Don’t let a little set back destroy your momentum. Get straight back to it.
      Beer is definitely the worst, it really messes with your metabolism the days after. Gin would be preferable. Let your hair down, enjoy yourself (in moderation!) and do nothing that I wouldn’t do πŸ˜‰
      You got to learn to ride the wave, ups and downs are part of the journey and the up phases will get longer and better each time. So hang in there. Your body is detoxing it out of your system. It’s a good sign.
      In terms of acv I’m all for sipping a bit before and after, should also help to prevent/ treat hangover symptoms. Keep up the great work!

  13. I’m on Stage 2 of the diet and we have Champagne Brunch plans this Sunday. I’ll be on day 6 of the 2 week strict no sugar diet. What do I do, I love champagne? I’ve read champagne doesn’t have that much sugar and on this page I read stay away from. Any suggestions?

  14. I misspoke I read champagne has minimal yeast not sugar. Either way i still have a problem. Should i load up on apple cider vinegar?

    • Hi Selena, Champagne Brunch does sound nice, and if you’ve been looking forward to it for some time, I would probably go. But you’ll have to be prepared that this might very likely be a set-back on the Candida front. Champagne does have quite a bit of sugar, hence it goes to your head so quickly. If at all possible I’d avoid Champagne for the most part and perhaps just have a sip to begin with and then secretly pour sparkling water into your Champagne glass so you won’t get interrogated by the tipsy people around you why you can’t drink Champagne. If you do end up having some Champagne then definitely drink twice as much of water to go with it to minimize dehydration, and be sure to up your vitamin and mineral intake and use coconut oil in your cooking or take some mild antifungal herbs to inhibit the yeast growth. But whatever happens know that you can beat this thing. Chin up, one soon day you’ll be able to socialize again without having to worry about all this stuff. Focus on what you stand to gain. Good luck!

      • Hi I am researching candida diet as just been diagnosed with testing. I was informed if I have to drink to drink champagne? As the fermenting process rides it of all yeast ? Some Other sites also comment on this?

        • Hey Dee, Champagne contains lots of sugar so regardless of the yeast content is you have Candida and drink Champagne you won’t feel good.

  15. This is so helpful as I am just self discovering my Candida issue. I had hives from different things, including drinking rum, and could NOT figure out what the deal was; I’ve never had allergies. I was super foggy headed, bloated, potty issues, and then when the hives came I was like WHAT is going on. Through searching sites like this I found that all my symptoms fit this issue. I had to stop eating Truvia because the additive would make a flare up too. Actually any “diet” labeled things. I got a great NOW Candida supp, and a probiotic. I have been eating clean without those starchy veggies. Hopefully things get better soon!

    I’m grateful for this post because I’m going to a concert tonight for a best friend’s bday and want to have a beverage. Gin is her favorite so I’ll stick to that with some club and lemon. I appreciate all your comments, they have really made me feel less bad about having this issue!

    Did anyone else have hives while having die off?

    • Hey Jamie,
      thanks so much for your kind message. You’re awesome!
      I have heard of quite a few people who had hives during die off, and I have certainly had hives, as well as eczema and shingles on my road to recovery. So I can relate to how you are feeling. It’s a pain in the backside, that’s for sure, and it always flares up in times of stress. So be sure to take things a bit easier the next few weeks πŸ˜‰ Enjoy your night out, and see if you can stick to Gin straight rather than with club and lemon. I think club soda has sugar in it… I know I know straight spirits taste yuk… Just see what you can do. You got this!

  16. Hi Sandra!!
    I am going on holidays to Mexico and of course there will be tequila, is it ok to drink it since itΒ΄s not listed here? I normally drink it straight with lemon or lime or with water and some lemon or lime.
    Thanks!!

    • Hi Keny,
      awesome, you’ll have such a great time! In Germany we used to drink Tequila like that, with salt and lemon actually, hah!
      Any alcohol will always give your immune system a knock so Candida could get the upper hand. But since Tequila has no sugar it is definitely a much better choice than cocktails or beer… I’d say, moderation is key, and be sure to balance it out with lots of vitamins and some super tasty, super fresh and tasty Mexican meals, movement and a healthy dose of sunshine πŸ™‚
      Enjoy your hols!

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