The Candida Diet Book that Changed Everything for Me!
Having read a million and one websites for useful Candida diet information I can count the Candida books I have read on one hand.
This particular book: Erica White’s Beat Candida Cookbook was one of the first ones I read, and it had a huge impact on my life. That’s why I want to show it to you, in case you haven’t heard of it or you need a little refresher.
Here’s the link to the video with my book review:
Or if you prefer to read… Here’s a summary of what I liked about the book:
In the video I explain that the author was a Candida sufferer herself. Her personal story at the beginning of the book is very authentic, heartfelt and I could instantly relate to her. I had not come across anyone who talked about her suffering and who shared the exact steps to take to rebuild your health in such open down to earth words.
I was also impressed with the fact that following her recovery when she was already well in her fifties she decided to study nutrition, went on to become qualified and help many, many clients overcome Candida and recover their health.
The book explains what Candida is as well as its causes, and how to test for it (although that can give false positives or negatives and is very expensive).
The book contains a complete 4 step plan to beating Candida right down to what meds you need to take when. There’s also a big section about possible complications that can make you feel very poorly. That was very helpful to me because until then I had not known that depression, allergy and mood swings can be a side effect of the toxic by products in your blood stream from dead Candida cells.
Another interesting chapter is devoted to diagnosing food sensitivities at home and how to gradually transition your diet to allow for a wider variety of foods until you can tolerate most or all foods again.
But by far the best take away for me was that whole grain carbs are ok to eat! The Candida diets I had been following before were super strict and did not allow any bread or cereal. So being able to eat such foods again for comfort was an absolute revelation and felt too good to be true.
I have to say though that eating carbs gets encouraged in that book a little bit too much. This certainly led to one or the other of my Candida relapses. So I would take this with a pinch of salt and use common sense to not go overboard with the carbs.
One of the things I found super interesting in the book was the recommendation of drinking dandelion root coffee to help the liver (minimalises die off symptoms!)
Another thing I liked about the book is that there are hundreds of recipes in there, which came in handy when I was getting too thin after the strict Candida diet part – the rich recipes in this cookbook helped me put some weight back on!
Highlight of the book in my opinion is the Yogurt Soda bread that built the base for my super popular Sesame Soda bread. Noteworthy are also the carrot bread, quiches, Mediterranean breakfast (I sightly adapted this by leaving the seeds and cucumber out) plus the selection of desserts and puddings.
The recipes have no pictures (but that didn’t really bother me, I just enjoyed the huge variety of dishes). Another thing I noticed was that to my taste buds quite a few of the recipes could have done with a bit more seasoning (but that might be down to personal preference). What I thought was a bit weird though was that maize meal, soy milk and whole wheat were allowed. Personally I would be a bit wary of the GMO corn that often gets used to make maize meal for gluten free flour, corn tortillas or corn chips (watch out!) and wheat has a devastating effect on the gut even for non celiac people. Soy is on my list of foods to avoid because it contains toxins (note: fermented soy seems to be ok).
Recap of the Beat Candida Cookbook:
The Beat Candida Cookbook contains a great 4 point Beat Candida treatment plan and a generous 4 week meal plan full of comfort foods. You won’t go hungry. If anything you’ll be eating too many carbs and either putting weight on or risking a relapse thereby slowing your recovery time down. But all in all superb down to earth advice and very upbeat and encouraging. The recommended medicine also really helped me get better.
or if you are reading this in the US then you can find it here.
I am not sponsored by the author in any way. I just like her book, and it is my goal to share everything with you that improved my life and helped me recover from my systemic Candida issues. Most candida treatment advice costs an arm and a leg – this candida cookbook on the other hand is totally inexpensive. So in my opinion you can’t possibly go wrong with it if you suspect you have Candida, if you have a gluten, yeast or dairy intolerance or if you need to cut back on sugar for other health reasons, Diabetes etc.