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The Candida Plan

Candida albicans is a type of yeast-like fungus that inhabits the intestine, genital tract, mouth & throat. Normally it lives in healthy balance with other bacteria & yeasts in the body, but certain conditions can cause it to multiply causing an infection

The Candida plan

There are a number of foods you will need to eliminate from your normal eating regime. After a suitable length of time, some of these may be able to be reintroduced. However, most people find they feel so good after following this advice, they do not want to go back to eating the foods they did in the past.

Foods to eliminate

All forms of added sugar. These can be written as sugar, glucose, sucrose, honey, fructose, maltose, corn syrup, maple sugar, maple syrup, invert sugar, molasses, malt dextrose, corn syrup, sorbitol, aspartame, saccharin. There is a sugar substitute available, called Stevia, which you can use, if you really need to.

During the beginning of this program, you may need to be careful with the amount of dried fruit you eat, particularly raisins, sultanas, dates and prunes, as these are very high in natural sugars.

You will need to start reading the labels on everything you buy. This is to make sure these do not contain sugar or anything else that is not permitted.

This also includes medicines that are in a syrup and coated tablets. If you must take antibiotics, it is essential that a large amount of Acidophilus is taken as well. However, always remember that there are natural alternatives to antibiotics that work as effectively, without the side effects. The contraceptive pill should also be avoided and another reliable form of birth control found.

Foods containing culture e.g. sour cream, cream cheese, all soft cheeses such as brie etc., but particularly blue cheeses. This does not include unflavoured Acidophilus yoghurt, which you are encouraged to eat. The only safe cheese to eat is a Mild Cheddar or Edam.

All fermented foods and foods containing yeast e.g. savoury yeast, vegemite, marmite, bovril, promite, natex, vecon, all soy sauces, vinegars, all alcohol and cider, bread, buns, cakes and doughnuts etc., unless you have made it yourself and know that it does not contain sugar or yeast.

All foods containing monosodium glutamate, or MSG (this is also written as Flavour Enhancer).

Mushrooms and other fungi.

Melons, such as water & rock melon. These are the only fruits that are not permitted.

Oxo, bisto and any other stock or gravy mix.

Anything labeled "Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein".

Any nuts.

Sausages, sausage meat, bacon, luncheon sausage, pressed ham and other processed meats. These all contain either sugar or bread.

Chicken can be a problem for chronic candida sufferers, as can eggs, unless they are organic or free range.

Ideas for Meals


Fruit salad, consisting of apple, pear, orange, kiwi fruit etc., with unflavoured Acidophilus yoghurt.

Stewed fruit, such as apple, with yoghurt.

Cereals: Healtheries puffed grains, such as Puffed Rice, millet etc. Porridge. You could make your own Museli that does not have sugar or honey. Hubbard's have a breakfast cereal called "Thank Goodness".

Tahini or seeds, such as sesame, pumpkin or sunflower, can be added to breakfast.

You could make a "smoothie" by adding fruit, milk, yoghurt and tahini and blending these together. You could add Spirulina powder to this as well.


Water, Caro, Dandelion coffee, herb tea or 100% fruit or vegetable juice.


Yeast & sugar-free bread, with avocado, tomato, sprouts and lettuce etc. Yeast & sugar-free bread is available at Mamata Bakery, Richmond Road, Grey Lynn.

Rhyvita or rice crackers, with salad.

Potato, kumara, pumpkin, yams etc. with salad.

Cold pasta salad with tomato, avocado, garlic, basil, mint, parsley, with a lemon & oil dressing.

Corn on the cob with salad.

Rice with stir-fried vegies.

Hot pasta with a tomato sauce, made with onion & garlic, oregano, sweet basil and whole tinned tomatoes.

Pumpkin soup with crackers or a yeast-free bread.

Crumpets or scones that do not contain sugar.
You could have Healtheries Just Fruit jam or St. Dalfours jam as a spread on these.


Salad, consisting of avocado, lettuce, sprouts, celery, carrots, tomato etc.

Vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, beans, cabbage, brussel sprouts, corn, etc.

If you eat meat, choose fresh cuts, such as beef, lamb or fish. Luncheon sausage, bacon or any other processed meat is not permitted. Chicken is a problem for a lot of chronic candida sufferers.

If vegetarian, you could have beans, legumes, soy products (make sure these have not been fermented), or egg dishes, such as quiche or omelette. Eggs should be free-range, such as Frenz.

Pre-prepared foods that are permitted

"Sahara Cuisine" Falafel & Hummus

"Olive Grove Authentic" Souvlaki Sauce

"Asian Home Gourmet" Indian Chicken Curry, Meat Curry. These are flavour sachets that can be added to food


"Krispa Natural Style Potato Chips" Garlic & Parsley & Plain (There are a lot of other permitted potato chips - you can not have sour cream, cheese or bacon flavoured)

Air-popped popcorn in butter

"Aztec" salted corn chips

"Healtheries" Just Fruit Jam

"St. Dalfour" Jams

"Continental Stockpot Soup Mix" (Vegetable Flavour)

Hubbard's "Thank Goodness" breakfast cereal

Frozen foods and meals

"Mattas Jewel of India": Mild Curry and Rice, Lamb Roganjosh

"First Choice": Chilli Concarne, Lamb do Piaza, Aloo ghobi

"Watties" Golden Heart Hash Browns

"Ernest Adam's Super snack" Fish Pie

Most Puff Pastry - Check the label

Tinned food

"Old Elpaso" Refried Beans

"Roxdale" Apricot Pulp

Any tinned fruit in its own juice

Most tinned whole tomatoes are sugar-free - check the label

"Campbell's All Natural" Creamy Potato & Leek Soup is the only one I have found that is permitted

Watties Creamed Corn, sugar-free


Fresh garlic, fresh herbs and any raw green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, parsley and any other "greens"

Cottage Cheese is OK for most people

Mexicano Tortilla Buritto. This is yeast-free

Also yeast-free Naan Bread. Make sure you choose the yeast-free one

Braggs Liquid Aminos is an excellent, very tasty alternative to soy sauce

Mild & Edam cheese

Hot chips and battered fish (check the batter does not have vinegar added to it)

Appletise & Grapetise

Some supermarkets, such as Countdown at Birkenhead has gluten/yeast-free bread. This is also sugar-free

If you follow this advice for a minimum of 4-6 weeks and still find your symptoms have not improved, we will need to look at other aspects, such as fruit, but particularly over-ripe fruit, dairy products, reheated foods and using your compost heap or digging in your garden. These can all affect a chronic candida sufferer.

Please Note: We are not stating that foods suggested on this sheet are necessarily healthy, but they could be suitable alternatives for candida sufferers.

This plan should only be followed under the supervision of a registered health practitioner.

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The Naturopathic Team
Ideal Health

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