Candida Diet: Candida Questionnaire

Candida Diet: Candida Questionnaire

Candida Questionnaire

Here is an abbreviated version of a questionnaire, created by Dr William Crook and designed to test for Candida.

The main difficulty with testing for Candida is that everyone has it! It is not the presence of Candida that is a problem, rather is is the overgrowth of Candida that gives you all those nasty symptoms.

Simply complete the test then scroll down to the bottom to see how to interpret the results.

Question Yes Score
1. Have you taken repeated or prolonged courses of antibacterial drugs? 4
2. Have you been bothered by recurrent vaginal, prostate or urinary infections? 3
3. Do you feel “sick all over,” yet the cause hasn’t been found? 2
4. Are you bothered by hormone disturbances, including PMS, menstrual irregularities, sexual dysfunction, sugar craving, low body temperature or fatigue? 2
5. Are you unusually sensitive to tobacco smoke, perfumes, colognes and other chemical odors? 2
6. Are you bothered by memory or concentration problems? Do you sometimes feel “spaced out”? 2
7. Have you taken prolonged courses of prednisone or other steroids; or have you taken “the pill” for more than 3 years? 2
8. Do some foods disagree with you or trigger your symptoms? 1
9. Do you suffer with constipation, diarrhea, bloating or abdominal pain? 1
10. Does your skin itch, tingle or burn; or is it unusually dry; or are you bothered by rashes? 1
11. When you wake up, do you have a white coating on your tongue? 1
My gender is: Male
Female
Click on Submit for your test results

Interpreting the Results

Women

A score of 10 or greater indicates that your health problems may be connected to a yeast overgrowth.
A score of 13 or higher suggests that they are almost certainly yeast connected.

Men

A score of 8 or greater indicates that your health problems may be connected to a yeast overgrowth.
A score of 11 or higher suggests that they are almost certainly yeast connected.

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Candida Diet: Foods to Eat

Candida Diet: Foods to Eat

Foods to Eat in the Candida Diet

Category Foods to Eat Why? Notes / Exceptions
VEGETABLES Asparagus, Avocado, Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Eggplant, Garlic (raw), Kale, Okra, Onions, Peppers, Radish, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnip, Zucchini
  • Vegetables starve the Candida of the sugar and mold diet that feed it
  • They also absorb fungal poisons and carry them out of your body
  • Avoid starchy vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, yams, corn, all squash except zucchini, beets, peas, parsnips and all beans except green beans
  • You should buy your vegetables fresh and eat them raw, steam or grill them. Add a little garlic and onions for flavor as they are especially helpful with Candida
LIVE YOGURT CULTURES Plain yogurt

Probiotics

  • Live yogurt cultures (or probiotics) help your gut to repopulate itself with good bacteria
  • The live bacteria in the yogurt will crowd out the Candida yeast and restore balance to your system
  • Especially useful after a course of antibiotics, or when a patient is suffering from Candida
  • Yogurt from goat and sheep milk is even better, as they tend to contain fewer chemicals
  • Good bacteria will also produce antifungal enzymes that can help you fight Candida
PROTEINS Beef

Chicken

Fish

Eggs

  • Proteins almost completely free of sugars and mold, so they fill you up while restricting the Candida
  • Eat fresh and organic meat if possible – processed meat like lunch meat, bacon and spam, is loaded with dextrose nitrates, sulphates and sugars
  • Smoked or vacuum packed meats are also best avoided
  • Most Atkins recipes will also work reasonably well in a Candida diet
NUTS AND SEEDS Nuts and seeds that don’t contain a high mold content
  • Nuts are a high protein food that starves Candida and restricts its growth
  • Avoid peanuts and pistachios as they tend to have a higher mold content
  • You can remove mold by soaking the nuts in water
  • Another tip to remove mold – spray the nuts with a diluted grapefruit seed extract solution
NON-GLUTINOUS GRAINS Buckwheat

Millet

Amaranth

Quinoa

Spelt products

Oats

Wild and brown rice

  • Grains contain a high amount of fiber, excellent for keeping the colon clear so Candida doesn’t get a chance to multiply.
  • Grains also act like a pipecleaner in your intestine, grabbing nasty toxins like pollutants, chemicals, pesticides and heavy metals on their way through.
  • For your breakfast cereal, try a low-sugar variety of oat bran or rice bran

Candida Diet: Foods to Avoid

Candida Diet: Foods to Avoid

Foods to Avoid in Stage 1

Category Foods to Avoid Why? Notes / Exceptions
FRUIT Fresh Fruit

Dried Fruit

Canned Fruit

Fruit Juice

  • The high sugar content in fruit feeds Candida
  • Fruits like melon may also contain mould
  • A squeeze of lemon is OK
  • In Step 2 you can reintroduce low sugar fruits like apples and berries
AGED CHEESE Cheeses aged for 6 months or more
  • Holistic practitioners recommend that Candida sufferers dramatically reduce their dairy intake
  • Candida prevents the body from processing fat properly
  • Only aged cheeses need to be eliminated completely
  • A small amount of Swiss or Mozzarella cheese every once in a while should not hurt
ADDITIVES & PRESERVATIVES Citric Acid

Anything on the list of ingredients that you don’t know or can’t pronounce!

  • Citric acid is derived from yeasts
  • Chemicals can disrupt your friendly bacteria and allow the Candida yeast to flourish
  • Citric acid is often found in tomatoes
  • Non-organic food like meat or eggs can also contain residual levels of antibiotics and steroids that were used during the farming process
ALCOHOL Wine

Beer

Spirits

  • Alcohol is high in sugar that can feed the growth of the Candida yeast
  • Alcohol also puts stress on your organs and immune system
  • Mixing alcohol and Candida is like opening all your windows in a house fire – you don’t want to feed the problem
  • Alcohol can be reintroduced in Stage 3, when the diet starts to work, but in small amounts
CAFFEINE / STIMULANTS Coffee

Tea

Energy drinks

  • Caffeine, sugar and sweetener all kickstart Candida
  • Taurine in energy drinks is another culprit
  • Even decaf tea and coffee are to be avoided, as they contain residual levels of caffeine
CHOCOLATE Chocolate

Chocolate drinks

  • Candida loves the sugar in chocolate
  • Candida sufferers often get sweet cravings. Put your Candida on a starvation diet – don’t eat chocolate.
GLUTINOUS FOODS Anything made with wheat, rye, oats or barley, e.g. white bread, rye bread, pasta
  • Some Candida sufferers have high sensitivity to Glutens
  • Give your immune system a break and allow it to focus on the Candida
SPICES / CURRIES Curries

Spicy foods

  • Curries can kill the friendly bacteria in your gut and allow the Candida yeast to flourish
NUTS Nuts that are high in mould, e.g. peanuts
  • Ingesting mould can promote a Candida outbreak
  • Nuts that were cracked a long time ago, for example sliced almonds, also have time to develop mould
  • If you like nuts, stick to freshly cracked or whole ones
MUSHROOMS / MOULDS Mushrooms

Truffles

  • Candida loves to feed on mould and fungi
  • Leftover food can contain mould that will feed your Candida
  • If you can’t buy fresh, keep leftovers frozen and then cook on a high heat in the oven (not the microwave)
CONDIMENTS Ketchup

Mayonnaise

Mustard

Relish

Horseradish

Soy sauce

Salad dressings

  • Condiments tend to be high in sugar and can exacerbate your Candida
  • For an alternative salad dressing, try Paul Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, or a simple olive oil and lemon juice dressing
SUGARS Sugars

Honey

Syrup

Lactose

Sucrose

Fructose

  • Condiments tend to be high in sugar and can exacerbate your Candida
  • Stay away from the soft drinks too
  • Sweeteners can also make your Candida worse
  • Sugar-free diet coke can feed your Candida as much as a sugary soft drink
VINEGAR All vinegars, except for Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Vinegar is made in a yeast culture, depletes the stomach of acids and can also cause inflammation in your gut
  • One particular vinegar, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, can actually be helpful in combating yeast

Cilantro-Garlic Shrimp with Brown Rice and Peas


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and garlic; saute 5 minutes or until shrimp are done.
Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat, and add cilantro.
Yield: 3 servings (serving size about 1 cup)

Serve over whole wheat pasta or brown rice! Add your favorite veggies on the side!
Enjoy!

I did it…finally donated my hair to Locks of Love!

I have been wanting to donate my hair for a few years now, but it seems like I always have it bleached or something that makes it so my hair is not able to be donated. Well, I have been wanting to get my hair cut for several months now. I went to the Beauty School here in Yakima. When I told them how I wanted it cut, they said I could donate my hair to Locks of Love! I said go for it! So here is my new do!

WHAT IS LOCKS OF LOVE?

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.

Disclaimer:

Locks of Love is a non-religious, non-political, not-for-profit entity. Further, Locks of Love does not take positions or align itself with any special interests. Any event taking place as part of a religious, political or any other special interest group does not reflect the views or opinions of Locks of Love.

Yeast-free, huh? So, what can I eat?

This is the first time I have ever done a diet where I have to eliminate certain foods…which makes me focus on what I CAN’T eat instead of what I CAN!

So let’s start of on a positive note on the things that I can eat!

All meats, fish, poultry, and eggs.

Vegetables: green beans, peas, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, green peppers, turnip greens, beet greens, collards, Brussels sprouts, kale, okra, carrots, squash, yams, sweet potatoes, cabbage, eggplant, cauliflower, parsnips, scrub bed potatoes, tomatoes, and avocados.

Legumes: lentils, peas, soy beans, dried beans-pinto, navy, northern, kidney.

Whole grains: barley, corn, millet, oats, brown rice, wheat, and whole wheat pasta.

Whole-grain muffins, biscuits, pancakes, waffles, rice cakes, whole wheat tortillas, and corn tortillas.

Hot or Cold cereals: wheatena, oat bran, cream of rice, zoom, oatmeal, wheat hearts, grits, shredded wheat, spoon-size shredded wheat, shredded wheat and bran, puffed wheat, puffed rice, roman meal, cracked wheat.

Unprocessed nuts and seeds. Almond and Cashew butters.

Butter and cold-pressed oils, such as walnut, linseed, olive, sunflower, and safflower.

Milk, plain yogurt (use as a sour cream substitute) buttermilk, cream cheese, ricotta cheese, cottage cheese.

Use catsup, mustard, mayo, miso and soy sauce very sparingly.

Now for the big NO NO list!

Foods to Eliminate:

Avoid all sugars, and sugar-containing foods, including table sugar, fructose, corn syrup, honey, molasses, maple syrup, maple sugar, and date sugar.

Avoid all white flour, and refined grain products or any type, including white pasta.

Avoid yeast breads, pastries; avoid anything that contains yeast, including brewer’s yeast, bread, baker’s yeast, crackers, pretzels.

Avoid all cheese except for cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, and cream cheese.

Avoid sweetened or fruit added yogurt.

Avoid all fruit juices and fruit.

Avoid all coffees, teas, and all herbal teas.

Avoid leftovers that have been in the refrigerator too long.

Avoid obvious fungus, such as mushrooms.

Avoid peanuts and peanut products.

Avoid processed meats, such as bacon, sausage, ham, hot dogs, luncheon meats, corned beef, and pastrami.

Avoid all products soaked in vinegar, such as pickles, relish, and sauerkraut.

Avoid all artificially sweetened drinks and food products.

I am to follow this plan for 4-6 weeks. I am hoping that I will see improvements in my headaches, back aches, fatigue, and acne along with a few other symptoms!

The hardest part is going to be not focusing on what I can’t have because I feel that will make me want it even more! It is going to be very hard for me to give up coffee, but I am willing to do it for better health!

Time for a Major Change in How I Eat!!

Today I went to the Doctor…he specializes in allergy and wellness. I have been struggling with acne for several years now along with back pain, headaches…the list goes on. He started me on a few different supplements, but the most eye opening this is the yeast-free diet! He gave me the book Back to Health A Comprehensive Medical and Nutritional Yeast Control Program.

(here is something from the book)

Anxious, depressed, and can’t remember things? Do you suffer with heartburn, indigestion, gas, and pain or diarrhea? Do you crave sugar, chocolate or alcohol? Is weight control a constant battle for you? Are you tired, weak, sore all over, and do you have trouble just making it through the day? Do you have: emotional problems, poor memory, hypoglycemia, hyperactivity, food cravings, acid indigestion, mistrust, tired muscles, psoriasis, heart burn, asthma, confusion, bloating, depression, headaches, menstrual problems, sore throat, trouble concentration, rash, panic, hives, nausea, gas, acne, food sensitivities, ineffective work habits, lethargey, indigestion, migraines, irritability, thrush, cough, anxiety, eczema, low self esteem, sleep disturbance, easily angered, skin infections, sinus pressure, pms, chemical sensitivities, loss of interest, diarrhea, fatigue, gastritis, cystitis, muscle stiffness, vaginal yeast infections, fussy thinking muscle cramps, irrational fears, constipation, intestinal pain, weight gain?

If you suffer from these, this book is for you! While yeast occurs naturally in the body, it is generally harmless at controlled levels. When out of control, however, it becomes the body’s enemy. Producing toxins that can affect organs and cells in all parts of the body, it can manifest itself in dozens of symptoms that can be difficult to diagnose. Getting back under control can correct many conditions that were once considered chronic, such as hypoglycemia, depression, insomnia, anxiety, and arthritis.

The book is written by Dennis W. Remington, M.D. and Barbara Higa Swasey, R.D.

So as I travel down the road of Yeast-Free eating, I will keep you up-to-date on the progress. I will try to include recipes and food ideas for others that wish to follow such diet!