Is it Okay to Cheat on Your Anti-Candida Diet?

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The anti-candida diet is one of the most challenging special diets out there. When I first started the diet, I remember wondering how I’d manage to stay within the dietary boundaries and still find enough to eat. Or, how to avoid wandering outside those boundaries.

These days, after having eaten this way for around 15 years, I no longer worry about such things. But in emails from readers, I’m often asked about how much they need to adhere to the diet in order to get well. Is it really 100% or nothing?

I get questions like, “Well, what happens if I happen to have a few pieces of bread on the weekend?” or “I was at a party and had half a glass of wine. Is that horrible?” or “I couldn’t help myself. I was out with friends and I had a few pieces of chocolate. . . but it was 70% chocolate.”

In other words, “How bad is it if I cheat on the diet? Will I have to go back to square one and start all over again? Or is it not so bad if I have a little something now and again?”

In today’s video, I talk about my perspective on cheating. Let me know what you think about this topic in the comments below.

Have you ever cheated on the anti-candida diet? If so, how what happened, and how did you handle it? 

Video Highlights:

  • Why asking the right question is crucial if you’re thinking of cheating
  • Three considerations that will affect what you eat
  • What I do to ensure cheats don’t happen


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  1. TUERE PERKINS says:

    I am in stage one and i am starving no eggs sugar flour(coconut) just spinach cucumber, green beans broccoli and I cannot juice anymore or eat another salad. I began eating probiotic chicken and nuts and m still starving. When i eat the chicken nuts my stomach will get a little glatulence hours later and thats it. What can i do to keep from being hungry and having diversity.

    • Sorry to hear that, Tuere. There are over 700 recipes on this very blog, and I have 100 more in my book, Living Candida-Free. I know there are lots of other anti-candida sites as well that offer recipes. Take a look and see what you find–there is really lots to eat on this program! I also offer 4 new recipes every month in The Sweet Life Club. I hope that helps!

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