Candida Diet Update August – How what I ate affected how I felt

candida diet update August 2013


Addiction to Apple & Pear Spread and Lazy Meals – Risking a Relapse

I aimed for improving my lifestyle (going to bed at 10.30pm, not pushing myself to the limit with work, basically stopping before I felt tired and run down) – found that very hard though since it was the run up to publishing my first Kindle book (check it out here in case you haven’t seen it)!

Also had my work cut out to get back in the swing with a reasonably clean diet after my 5 days of frolicking with friends at a music festival. I had great plans for starting a fast on my return. But because I had been eating all the wrong foods and even drinking alcohol my whole rhythm was out of whack and I found myself resorting to quick & easy meals that were not super healthy.

Needless to say that after the festival I developed a few symptoms and felt run down. Lots of bread, little veg, no fish, a fair amount of non-organic meat and lots of fruit smoothies and pancakes with apple and pear spread.

That’s my latest addiction: Pancakes (preferably gluten free) with probiotic yoghurt and pear spread – strange, I know – but I’m crazy about it!!!

apple and pear spread yoghurt snack

Just to recap: This is what was going on last month: Too many fruit smoothies and 5 days of Sugar, Booze, White Flour Bread & Late night Unhealthiness

I ate healthily all month really. Even drinking bone broth again, taking meds to heal/ prevent leaky gut and eating healthy foods. The only weakness really were the fruit smoothies that I pretty much had daily.

Then I lived really unhealthy for 5 days. With this over-the-top indulgence undoing all the goodness of the previous weeks of healthy eating.

For the first time in years I ate white bread and white rice on a regular basis. Going from virtually symptom free to sniffles and regular thrush flare ups in the space of two weeks.

What I typically ate this month: (fish, potatoes, and gf free whole grains)

It felt impossible for me to get back onto the diet after giving into temptation on a regular basis (think fruit, white bread, white pasta…) My attempt at fasting failed miserably — I didn’t even manage to eat less, let alone stay away from fruit.

Biggest change: No pot noodles or pitta breads; eating before/ at 6pm rather than between 7.30 and 9pm. Having soup/ broth before lunch. Started eating lots of gluten free oats and sometimes even normal oats.


  • During the week homemade soda bread with homemade spreads. At the weekend Ground Rice Pudding with Apple Slices or Gluten free Porridge Oats


  • Creamy Stir Fry with Chicken, Veg and Bacon or Feta or Scrambled Eggs with Bread and Salad


  • Spelt bread with tuna or salmon and potatoes

What I snacked on: Smoothies and gf free pancakes with Apple & Pear Spread

raspberries smoothie

  • Started putting really sweet fruit into my green smoothies (handful of cherries or even pineapple)

  • Also liberally adding agave syrup whenever something tasted a bit sour.

  • And of course obsessively slapping the apple & pear spread onto toasted bread and pancakes.

  • Drinks: water, dandelion tea, Pau d’arco tea, nettle/ mullein tea, yannoh (coffee sub)

(at the festival: apple, pear and berry cider, gin tonic, hot chocolate, mojito, long island ice tea – ouch!)

Lifestyle/ Activities: Low Key

  • Being less sporty – only doing 1 yoga class a week and running about 1-2 times a week. (going for 2 brisk walks a day though).
  • Reading, reading, reading!

Health Issues this month:

  • Thrush on and off
  • Itchy, irritable eyes
  • Itchy skin patch
  • Bouts of depression and mood swings
  • Aching

What Supplements I took:

  • Rotating olive leaf capsules (twice daily), wormwood & clove drops (once a day), goldenseal capsules (1 a day) and oil of oregano drops (2 drops once a day).

  • Higher strength probiotics (50 billion organisms) twice a day

  • Magnesium (and the usual multi vit, chlorella, spirulina, linseed oil, evening primrose & fish oil)

  • L-Glutamin (for tissue healing after exercise and after eating very spicy foods)

To recap what I learned/ How this Applies to You:

Weeks of Dietary Sins during Stage 3/4 Eventually Cause a Relapse that takes weeks to undo

  • You basically cannot eat sweet fruit on a daily basis AND have whole weeks where you eat completely normal (think pizza, white flour bread rolls, chips and mayo, booze, chocolate…) and get away with it. That might work once you’re fully recovered AND you have continued to stick with a clean diet for a fair few months. But straight away after having normal candida levels it doesn’t work. Ah well, somebody had to test it I guess ?

  • It’s looking hopeful though. The diet changes for the better seem to be catching up. I already feel much better and have eliminated all symptoms again, finally (took me 3 weeks this time). I’m hopeful that next month I’ll still be symptom free for once :)

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  • Kathy

    Reply Reply September 5, 2013

    I also have been off my diet, I have all the same systems you had. I never had anything with yeast. But lots of fruits no veggies and lots of sugar, think chocolate and peanut butter on crackers. Darn that’s so good am still trying to break that habit.

    What is good is taking ice burg lettuce in place of bread and make a sandwich of tuna or if allowed organic meat ( you get my meaning ) it makes you think you have a great sandwich I love that. Let me know if you like this ok. Love you Sandra you keep me going. I needed to read what you said to get myself back on track. Kathy

  • Sandra

    Reply Reply September 5, 2013

    You had me had chocolate and peanut butter Kathy, mind you I am capable of also layering banana slices onto the choc pb sani :)

    I’m grateful that you admit that you’re still experiencing symptoms, too. We’re not alone! The thing is, I used to experience horrendous symptoms even when I stuck to the diet 100%. Now I experience only a few symptoms, generally feel really good and I can almost eat what I want. It’s hard to motivate myself to go back to the diet…

    I love your trick with the iceberg sani – that will come in handy when I do the final push with the diet. For now I am a carb monster :) eating tons of bread… and there’s a new ice cream place in town, uiii… Last sweet days of summer. Come October I will get back on track (just in time before Christmas… ?

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