Candida and Leaky Gut have been linked to most of the problems that people experience every day. Anything from headaches, bloating, and weight gain to severe sinusitis, and it’s even linked to asthma!
Fortunately, there is a diet that can be followed that in most cases will allow a recovery from a Candida-related condition.
The problem with this diet is that it severely restricts calories from carbohydrates. Some people, like me, need to follow a diet like this to avoid symptoms, while also losing weight every week when I follow it to the letter. In fact, I contend that the complete reduced sugar / carb diets that some people with Candida and leaky gut follow are even worth it.
People like me, who are quite thin, have a hard time gaining weight, they are called ectomorphs. We need more calories every day. The different types of bodies are, in simple terms, ectomorphs, mesomorphs, and endomorphs. Endomorphs tend to always look for the next best weight loss diet, as their body type retains fat and they can put on fat quite easily. Mesomorphs are somewhere in between, they get fat not as easily as endomorphs, but they can also have a hard time getting rid of it completely. Then there are ectomorphs like me who could eat the entire world’s bread supply and still not make a pound. So for an ectomorph, their diet requires a large carbohydrate intake to maintain their body’s high calorie needs; otherwise, weight loss occurs much like an endomorph can gain fat just by thinking about food. So a low calorie diet for an ectomorph would seem like a ridiculous idea. Although in the case of diets like the Candida diet where the objective is to eliminate sugars and carbohydrates to eliminate the overabundance of bad bacteria, this is exactly what the person does.
This is where the balancing act comes in. For one, you have an individual suffering from Candida overgrowth with a need to cut down on carbs and cut out sugars. At the same time, if this person abandons too many carbohydrates, they will put their body in danger, since their own health and energy will be compromised. As an ectomorph, I had the experience of cutting out my carbs and sugars while following a Candida protocol only to find myself even worse and lose weight quickly, most of which was muscle mass. This was not the result of a healing crisis. It was a food crisis! I was chronically fatigued even worse than before, so when someone suggested that I had come out the other side and was now experiencing fatigue due to a lack of carbohydrates, I decided to increase my carbohydrate intake again and the symptoms disappeared. Any diet can be modified, nothing is set in stone.
My point is that even a Candida diet protocol is not an end to everyone. Every “Body” is different, and regardless of what the goal is, that should never be forgotten. The removal of sugars is definitely a must, as bacteria in the presence of sugar have been shown to grow rapidly up to 200 times faster. At the same time, your carbohydrate intake should remain stable! Not all carbohydrates are bad! Just eat the right ones. Follow up with the brown rice and eat more quinoa. I know some people say that brown rice should only be eaten in moderation, but I say if you have a very high metabolism then NO. Now, with that said, if you eat brown rice and feel worse, don’t do it, but otherwise don’t deprive yourself either. Your body’s needs come first and foremost than what a cleansing or diet protocol may demand! If your body doesn’t have more calories to burn, it will deplete all of your energy, and in the worst case scenario, it can be dangerous for you over time!
In addition to all of this, you must be willing to take the time to cook your own food and prepare it to be successful on this diet. If you succumb to processed foods that are very rich in sugar and artificial ingredients, then this whole diet plan will fail miserably. The key is to eat whole, unprocessed foods, eat the carbohydrates from vegetables and grains. Again, make sure they are the right ones, as I mentioned brown rice and quinoa, as well as amaranth and millet. Also, this sweet potato is a great source of carbohydrates, as it provides plenty of good carbohydrates, but the sugar content will not seriously worsen Candida like processed sugar. Just don’t overdo it, as it is key to avoid eating too much of a food when you have this condition, as you are much more prone to developing food allergies to just about anything. Of course, as if I didn’t have to mention it, you can never do too many greens. Try to only steam / cook them if you choose to cook your veggies. That is, no more than 1 minute of steaming and then take them out before they lose too many nutrients.
So if you are trying to go on a Candida diet, suffer from leaky gut, or are just doing a total elimination diet. Keep in mind that carbohydrates and grains are not all bad. Some are, but not all. Just stay away from processed foods, just sugars like cane sugar and honey. Also avoid glutinous grains like Kamut, Spelled and of course Wheat. With this balance with lots of veggies, you’ll be on your way to regaining your health without making it worse!