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

Which Low Carb Alcoholic Drinks Can You Have?


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˜‰


… 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.


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.


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:



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.


    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!

    • Cider is actually incredibly high in sugar-which candida feeds on. Apples are some of the highest sugar containing fruits so I would not drink cider. A bottle can contain up to 35-5 grams of sugar-which is even higher than coke! It also has yeast in it. You’re better off sticking to a vodka-soda with lime if you have to have alcohol or gin.

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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!

  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.

    • 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!

  17. I’ve been told i have a yeast infection of the throat. The doctor put me on diflucan and I’ve put myself on a low sugar dairy and gluten free diet. It’s not clearing up yet and new years eve is in a couple days. Really wanting to have a couple glasses of good bourbon (on the rocks) and maybe something not too cheaty like tacos. I feel better about doing this thanks to your article. I appreciate not feeling like everyone else follows their diet perfectly. If we can’t enjoy the holidays, what’s the point? Thanks for your positive and understanding outlook! After the first I promise to be good (till the next holiday lol)

    • That’s what it’s all about – not letting a health imbalance completely rule and ruin your life!
      But at the same time of course you have to make up for any drink you do enjoy and double your efforts now in the New Year. Happy New Year btw!
      Hope you didn’t have too bad a hangover today. It can only get better in 2017! Onwards and upwards, you can do it!

  18. I was told last April that I had candida in my lower oesophagus but the consultant said I didn’t need to go on a candida diet but just needed to take a mild dose of anti depressants?!! I took 1 & felt awful so decided to change a few things.I have a constant pain in my right side which goes through to my back,get a burning mouth & have developed a husky voice.Ive had lots of scans & my gallbladder & liver were clear.They have found an ovarian cyst ….anyway basically I over indulged over Christmas & have felt rough…fuzzy head added to my symptoms! I’ve decided to do the candida diet as I have diagnosed myself with candida …does it sound like the symptoms of candida? I’m now taking Paragone & a gentle cleanse….I would value your opinion!

  19. Hi! A tip for everyone, whenever I’m feeling the cravings for something sugary or alchaholic I drink Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice tea with almond milk. It has a natural sweeter flavor with the cinnamon but no sugar or sweetener required. I find it helps kick the cravings. If I really must have alchahol I have gin/lemon/water.

    • Awesome, thanks for the tip Anne πŸ™‚ Great idea with the tea against cravings. I found Cinnamon in foods helpful for that purpose too!

  20. Thank you so much for this post. I think what I’ve struggled with the most during this diet is that I don’t find many people who talk about how hard it is! It’s comforting to hear someone acknowledge how hard it is and also give options for dealing with social events. Thank you!

    • Hello Jackie, it’s lovely to meet you πŸ™‚
      Thank you for your kind comment. I feel the same way. You might like our conversations in the Detox Buddies Facebook group. There are quite a few of ‘us’ in the same boat at different stages of the Candida diet sharing their experiences.

  21. I am going on my third month of trying to recover from candida caused by a steroid shot for shoulder pain, followed by two bouts of urinary infection (taking antibiotics). I was also having 2 drinks in the evenings. I got thrush, was extremely tired…..that’s when I began my extensive candida research. Alcohol was not even an option and did not miss it. Until the last few days-had beer thinking ‘surely this won’t matter’. I still don’t know for sure because I sleep so much now anyway. But reading this blog really woke me up to this subject….thank you so much!!! I’ve been taking strong pro-biotics, a candida cleanse, drink lots of cinnamon water, follow a strict candida diet plus other supplements. I’m assuming I’m not nearly over this candida overgrowth because of tired my tiredness, feeling weak, not to mention, mental gog and forgetfulness. I’m going to continue this protocol…just too afraid not to! I’ve read that people can be on this routine for 6 months or more. But I’m not sure when to know my body is really clean/well?????? I’m beginning an exercising program that is pretty low key and hoping that helps. Would appreciate and words of wisdom!

    • Hey Mary, I feel for you – it’s really quite something to tackle Candida, so well done you for taking up the fight and for starting a light exercise regime. That will definitely help. As for how long the recovery takes, that totally depends on your unique circumstances. It can take months or years…. You can feel amazingly better in a matter of weeks though. So don’t be disheartened. How you know when it’s gone? Simple – you have your energy back and no Candida symptoms/ infections. You’ll get there!

  22. All this Info is so helpful & encouraging! I have suffered with skin issues now for almost 2yrs & have just recently come to realize it is due to Candida so I have started a cleanse & candida diet, but it is rough to make all these changes! I know over time the cravings will go away, but I’m having some really tough days and I seem to really stress on those days and I know that stress fuels the candida as well. I am taking a probiotic, yeast cleanse and will reup on my coenzyme b, immune health support & digestive enzyme supplements. I just want this to be gone it is sooooooo frustrating!! I am going to join the fb page for more helpful Info and please send me any pointers, thank you!!

    • Hi Amanda, welcome πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you found us, I think you’ll like the FB community. It’s full of people like you and me. It’s comforting to know you are not alone and that you will leave all of this hardship behind.
      Keep up the great work, you’re on the right track! Hope you’ll get better soon!

    • My nutritionist has me taking the following: CAPRYLIC ACID, PAU D`ARCO, AND COMPREHENSIVE MULTIPLE VITAMINS which includes MINERALS with ANTIOXIDANTS &BIOFLAVONOIDS. Upon someone else’s recommendation I have been drinking 1_2 glasses of water with 1t. Baking soda which relieves there stomach discomfort. I beat it before years ago, but stress in my life is more than likely the culprit. It will be better, don’t get discouraged because that is when depression kicks in. Listen to meditation videos at bedtime (Jason Stephenson) is excellent. Best wishes to all. DΓ³ra

      • Hello DΓ³ra,
        many thanks for your words of encouragement, that’s sweet of you. The combination of meds you are taking helped me enormously, but like you say it’s easy sometimes to get disheartened and feel depressed. Much less so with the right vitamin and mineral support and daily meditations. I’m with you on that one – I have Jason on my youtube playlist πŸ™‚

  23. I’ve been placed on a Candida diet today and feel completely defeated on day 1. Trying to stay positive, but knowing what’s to come, I’m already stressed. Not to mention feeling isolated from social activities when my typical week includes enjoying craft brews and wine on the weekends. I’d rather give up my iphone than wine. I stumbled across your page and feel better about not being so hard on myself and managing my symptoms accordingly. I know I can stick to an candidat diet (and alcohol free) for 2-3 weeks, but I know I will cave after that point. Thanks for the helpful posts!
    – Kellie

    • Kellie, you’re doing so well. It might not feel like it, but feeling down in the dumps is actually a sign that your body is getting rid of a lot of toxins. It’s a courageous thing to embark on a diet like this, and you did it, yay! Stay strong girl. It’s what you do most of the time that will get you results. The occasional slip won’t kill ya, just don’t make it a habit. Focus on the good things you can have though. It might only be tiny things at first that you can appreciate because you are so focused on what you are missing out on, but if you think really hard there are good things in any situation. For instance you could focus on how cosy you have it compared to friends who might have to walk around in the cold to get to a pub. Or they wake up with a splitting headache and you can feel smug that you did the right thing… Small steps! You got this!

  24. Wow! All of this is such great, positive information. I have been on a Candida cleanse, going into my 3rd week. No sugar, no carbs, just great protein and green veggies. I will have the occasional vodka/soda and it has not hurt me much at all. I am a huge red wine drinker but have foregone that so that the sugars are not in my system. I have been taking a Candida cleanse, probiotic and liver cleanser. BUT, what has helped me the most—-COLONICS!!! Amazing what it has done for me in getting the toxins out and with the liver cleanse, the biles are flowing out with the waste. I recommend this to everyone!!!

    • Yay, so pleased that your Candida cleansing approach is working for you, well done you! πŸ™‚ Which liver cleanse and Candida cleanse are you doing? I totally agree with you – liver support and colonics were definitely instrumental in my recovery too! Keep up the good work!

  25. Hi. I have been 100% on the Candida diet for 10 weeks with no sugar / starch / alcohol. I am also taking anti fungal homeopathic drops and digestive enzymes per my Naturopathic Doc. I have read blogs that claim Budweiser filters out all yeast and is the only beer even possible on the Candida diet – true? When do you think I will be able to have alcohol? I am comfortable drinking vodka with club soda (no sugar), but am at heart a beer fan. Thanks for listening.

    • Hi Mike,
      well done for staying on the candida diet for 10 weeks straight – that’s awesome! Impossible to tell how long it will take you, but a rough ball park figure would be 1 month for every year you have had Candida. For most people that ranges between 3 and 9 months sometimes even longer than 12 months. So I would try and wait until you are symptom free or virtually symptom free. Not sure about Budweiser, I just know that my early attempts at drinking beer on the Candida diet royally backfired, so I have sadly gone off drinking beer now. But it might be different for you. Best wishes.

  26. Hi. What about vodka with graifrut juice? As a know only graifrut is allowed in candida diet. It’s hard for me but I’m trying hard for more than 3 months. It’s hard with the diet. I’m starting with supplements and probiotics. Hope it will be easier now.

    • Great idea, you might think Grapefruit was ok because it tastes bitter. But as it turns out it has almost as much fruit sugar in it as orange juice, gasp ( I can attest to that too. I went on holiday during the Candida diet and ate some grapefruit and that had a yeast feeding effect. So unfortunately there is very little you can have with with or without vodka that doesn’t directly or indirectly encourage yeast growth. Try and be strong! It’s worth it!

  27. Does Candida affect the immune system’s ability to heal properly? Can Candida die off show up in other ways, such as dilated blood vessels in both hands/arms? I’m just trying to figure out why my limbs have been looking so veiny lately… I’ve basically stayed away from sugar for about a month now and have been taking Candida cleanse pills for two weeks, and I have yet to experience flu-like symptoms, in addition to my tongue continuing to appear cracked and white.

    • Interesting question Jim. It certainly impacts the immune system but I hadn’t heard about it also causing dilated blood vessels. Are you drinking enough water? It’s great that you are not experiencing flu symptoms though!
      You could try oil pulling to help with the oral thrush. Good luck!

  28. Does this just happen to people on a regular basis? I got thrush from an antibiotic and started eating based off the Candida diet to help it go away with the prescription anti fungal and probiotics, stopped drinking, upped on greens and water. My question is, after this goes away am I okay to go back my normal life? Or does the fact that I came down with this mean I might be succeptable to getting it again?

  29. I felt so depressed when diagnosed with candida-causing severe acid reflux etc…. But also am intolerant to dairy and wheat and more….. Thankfully I have never been much of a sweety eater and have eaten rice cakes etc.. for many years-but now knowing its best I don’t eat any wheat or sugar at all – of course I am now having withdrawal symptoms Looks like stevis is a must. Thank you so much for all advice and tips – especially facing Christmas.

    • You are welcome Amy. I remember all too well what it was like! My heart goes out to you. Hang in there, you can turn this round. The withdrawal symptoms can disappear in as little as 2 weeks! Stick with it

  30. Wow! thank you so much for this wonderful information. You are amazing! I was diagnosed with Candida overgrowth (my blood level was 119.0), food sensitivities (gluten/dairy/corn) and leaky gut. No real symptoms except for brain fog. I was shocked to receive such news, However, because of the overuse of antibiotics prescribed in my life, I knew I had to get busy killing Candida. I started a very strict diet about one month ago. I am following the Candida diet, I alternate Colloidal silver and Oil of oregano for a week at a time. I am taking high dose probiotics, L-glutamine, Papaya enzymes, coconut oil, Pau d arco, ACV, Olive leaf oil, Ojibwa Tea (x2) and currently doing a 30 day high fiber colon cleanse and drinking tons of water to remove toxins. I know it is working because the die off symptoms have been very apparent. Depression has been a real problem as well. Two questions, Any other suggestions to get rid of this beast? Also, I am going to a social event and would like to have a glass of wine. I read what you said but am so conflicted and worried that it will “feed the beast” If i get right back on the diet, can i have an occasional glass of wine without worrying that it will put me back at square one. Thank you for taking the time to help all who are struggling with this issue. Blessings to you!

    • Hi Kathy, so glad you are here! Many thanks for your kind comments! Sounds like you are on the right track. As a matter of fact I always have some suggestions how to ‘get rid of this beast’ up my sleeve πŸ˜‰ After all I have been obsessed with fine-tuning my own Candida diet and treatment approach for years until I found something that worked and was finally able to break through the healing plateau that I had been on for ages. Feel free to book a 1:1 skype session with me to shortcut your healing and to figure out ‘how much cheating is too much’ when having a glass of wine out socialising. Something that I tested extensively as you can see! Blessings to you!

  31. Hi,
    From the time I was 7, I was given anti-biotics twice a year for tonsillitis, then in subsequent years, sinus & ear infections, mono, bronchitis, & pneumonia. I have had digestive issues since I was a teenager. My mother didn’t cook, so I ate sugary cereals for breakfast, school cafeteria food for lunch and fast food or restaurant fare for dinner. My diet did get better after I married and had children of my own, but I ate a lot of pasta, bread, grains and sugar. About 6 years ago, things went from bad to worse…I was trying to save my business, going through a divorce, a stressful year long tax audit all while taking care of my sick parents and putting my three children through college. I started getting vaginal yeast infections, bladder & kidney infections and kidney stones. I went to my General Practitioner who sent me to specialist after specialist and each one gave me a different medicine to cover up the symptoms, and antibiotics to kill the infections, but none of them figured out why so many organs in my body were infected at the same time. I had always been thin but now I looked and felt like I was 6 months pregnant, even though that was not possible. The nausea, pain and debilitating fatigue was so bad I would cry. My Gynecologist did an ultrasound and found the lining of my uterus was very thick infected so he did a biopsy and thankfully I did not have cancer, but still no diagnosis. I had horrific headaches and couldn’t concentrate. Sleep was elusive and then panic attacks set in. At one point, I thought I might die and if I didn’t have my children, I probably wouldn’t have cared if I did….it would have been a relief. One doctor said it was Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, another said it could be Fibromyalgia or Lupus or another type of autoimmune disease, another said maybe I was just depressed. (Of course I was depressed…I felt horrible and was in so much pain on top of the Hell I was going through). My medical bills were making my desperate financial situation far worse. My GP finally suggested the possibility of a parasite so I started researching parasites and came across an article about Candida Albicans. I delved in further and learned about Systemic Candida, Candidiasis, etc. It all made sense and I was both relieved and scared at the same time. I started an anti candida diet, and took antifungals. I followed one program to the T and after going through the ‘die-off’ stage, I started to feel better over time. I never felt like I got rid of it and have had several flare ups and recently a major one. I know I had been less strict with my diet and was drinking wine again, so I decided to get serious and start another program. I went on the internet to refresh my memory of the program, but now there is so much information out there and I am so confused. Some say you can eat carbs, some say no supplements, some say antifungals, some allow one food that another does not. I want to eradicate this once and for all. Why is there so many contradictions with different programs….HELP.

    • Gosh, you painted such a realistic picture of what living with systemic Candidiasis and all its complications is like – I felt transported back to my own healing crisis with all its doctor visits and suffering. I am sorry you have had to endure all this. You are right, there are many contradictions. But it helps if you try and re-frame the situation and view it as opportunities. The goal isn’t to analyse all the different programs out there and then pick ‘the right one’. It’s picking one that makes sense to you, and being able to try a different approach to clear the last remaining symptoms up if the other one only gets you so far. Variety and choice are a good thing. Imagine how boring life would be if there was only one Candida diet plan, and you had to eat and do the same things all the time. You would go crazy. At least this way things stay interesting. Chin up. It takes time ‘to get rid of it’ so don’t be disheartened. You’ll get there.

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