Foods to eat on a Candida diet include vegetables, live yogurt cultures, meat (excluding pork and processed meats), eggs, fish, nuts and seeds, non-glutinous grains, and herbs and spices. Lisa Richards, author of the "Ultimate Candida Diet," recommends using stevia or xylitol in place of sugar.
The main focus of the Candida diet is to avoid foods that may contain mold, aggravate food allergies, or feed the Candida overgrowth. According to Richards, sugar is forbidden along with alcohol, dairy products, grains and glutinous foods, beans, nuts, condiments, vinegar (apple cider vinegar is permissible), mushrooms, and mold-prone oils, such as canola, corn, canola and soybean. Ideally, the only beverages consumed on the Candida diet are water and herbal teas, such as peppermint, ginger, cinnamon and licorice.
A special class of foods is not only acceptable on the Candida diet but encouraged due to its anti-fungal properties. Coconut oil contains lauric and caprylic acids, both effective in the fight against Candida. Olive oil is also an excellent choice for cooking or use in dressings. Richards also recommends garlic, onions, seaweed, rutabaga, ginger, lemon and lime, pumpkin seeds and cayenne pepper.
Once Candida has been defeated, Richards advises a slow reintroduction of foods starting with low-sugar fruits or beans. It is best to continue avoiding sugary snacks and junk food.