Candida is an overgrowth of yeast (fungus) that can be anywhere in the body, however I only experienced this in my stomach (gut) which occurs with an overgrowth of an intestinal organism called Candida Albicans due to over-use of antibiotics, overgrowth of yeast, stress or a diet high in sugar. Candida can also effect the blood stream as well as internal organs such as your liver or spleen.

The side effects vary, however some common symptoms of Candida are:

  • Skin rashes
  • Headaches
  • Brain fog
  • Food allergies
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Digestive issues
  • Skin rashes
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Chronic fatigue

I had to remove many foods from my lifestyle when I had yeast in my stomach including sugar, dairy, gluten, white flours, vinegar and many others listed below.  I took billions, YES Billions of probiotics daily to keep my good bacterial in my stomach, which helps fight off your bad bacteria. I took natural anti-fungals such as oil of oregano, Dr. Ohhira’s Probioitcs and grapefruit seed extract, which were helpful but I recommend only taking these with your Integrative M.D.’s supervision. To order Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics use code: Amie6 for Free First Class Mail shipping and a Free Sample Size of the Kampuku Soap with any order.

Foods To Avoid When You Have Candida:

  • Sugars
  • Honey
  • Syrup
  • Lactose
  • Fructose
  • Chocolate
  • Molasses
  • Rice Syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Yacon Syrup
  • Agave Nectar
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Wheat
  • Rye
  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Spelt
  • Corn and Corn byproducts
  • White bread, pasta, cookies, baked goods, etc.
  • Fresh fruit
  • Dried fruit
  • Canned fruit
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit juice
  • Potatoes (White and Sweet Potatoes)
  • Carrots
  • Yams
  • Beets
  • Peas
  • Parsnips
  • Yucca
  • Pork
  • Cured Meats such as (Salami, Pepperoni, Pastrami, Hot Dogs, Cured Meats)
  • Processed Deli Meats
  • Bacon
  • Smoked & Vacuum Packed Meats
  • Shellfish
  • Cheese
  • Milk, Cream, Buttermilk
  • Yogurt
  • Whey Products
  • All Dairy Products
  • Citric Acid
  • Energy Drinks
  • Malted Drinks
  • Coconut Water
  • Sports Drinks
  • Soda/Diet Soda
  • Coffee
  • Green/Black Teas
  • Peanuts
  • Cashews
  • Pistachios
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Carob Powder
  • Soy Products
  • Soy Milk, Soy Cheese
  • Tofu
  • Chickpeas
  • Beans and Legumes
  • Truffles
  • Mushrooms
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Relish
  • Vinegar
  • Horseradish
  • Salad Dressing
  • Soy Sauce
  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • Peanut Oil
  • Corn Oil
  • Cottonseed Oil
  • Soy Oil
  • Margarine
  • Shortening

It is essential to work with a nutritionist and an Integrative M.D. because I am sharing general information that is not intended to be medical advice. This information is only given for informational purposes.

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Ricki May 28, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Great list, Amie. As you know, I’ve dealt with candida for many years, too, and had to remove most of these as well. Though I’d say we’ve both done a pretty good job of adapting to a changed diet. ;-) Have you added back any of the “no” list yet? How is your candida now?


Amie May 28, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Thanks Ricki; so great to hear from you! Yes I have added in lots of foods. I’m feeling much better. How are you feeling?


Michele September 23, 2013 at 6:58 am

So why have a photo of foods you CAN’T eat? What’s left?


Katie October 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm

How long did you have to follow this diet? I did have this infection recently and restricted my diet as much as I could (due to breastfeeding). After almost two weeks (and multiple weeks of meds) I finally felt better and started adding things back in. I determined I eat a lot of sugar…and it was places I knew about but hadn’t thought about. I hope to stay clear of this in the future and be better about eating the right foods and taking my probiotics.

Thanks for sharing!


Amie October 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Thanks Katie; so great to hear from you. I still have to follow this lifestyle. Candida is tricky to get rid of. I got rid of mine but if I eat sugar or something that I’m not supposed to eat- it flairs up. Hope you are still feeling better. My suggestion is to eat as clean as possible with lots of organic food!


Jan November 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Please advise what can I eat. I have suffered with Candida for years and tried all kinds of things but feel like it still is in my system. I eat as little of sugar and artificial sugar as possible, nothing white, and have recently been reading about wheat products. I thought a whole grain wheat diet was healthy. Now I am wondering if I need to be gluten free too.


Amie November 7, 2013 at 12:12 am

Jan, The list of candida foods is on this page. You may need to check for bacteria overgrowth if you are still having issues. With candida, you cannot have any yeast which is what is in breads. Thanks!


Yvonne November 10, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Thanks for the great list!!
After years of suffering with yeast breakouts on my legs, I learned that it was from beer. Once I stopped drinking I didn’t have any more leg breakout problems. Amazing! However I had a tongue saliva test done recently and it said that my ph was high most likely due to sugar in my diet. I know that I am sensitive to sugar too. I was recommended to take zinc. I am taking 12mg a day. I don’t notice any significant changes.
Well, I will keep working myself through this list!


Suzanne January 17, 2014 at 8:26 am

I get your emails but just found this post in Pinterest. I need to know what is in the salad/wrap above. It looks divine! Would you please share it? Or is it on the site, and I’m just missing it?



Amie January 18, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Thanks Suzanne; recipe is coming soon. Stand by! oxxx


Shannon January 29, 2014 at 11:34 pm

This is an informative post on Candida, which I appreciate. I too suffer from it and am in the beginning stages of cleansing myself from it. Looking at this list of all the things NOT to eat, can you please provide some insight as to what you CAN/SHOULD eat? This list is a bit overwhelming, as it seems to include everything.
Thank you


Amie February 1, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Shannon, Great to hear from you! Stick with lean proteins (organic) such as chicken, turkey, certain seafood that isn’t on the list along with healthy fats like avocado and olive oil, flax seeds, chia seeds, coconut oil, unsweetened coconut milk and lots of leafy green veggies and green juices!


kendra February 25, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Hi Annie,
I’m so overwhelmed and discouraged with this VERY RESTRICTIVE Candida diet. I mean, your mention of healthy fats, organic lean proteins, and leafy greens and juices is really nothing; every day is just basically meat and vegetables, meat and vegetables, then repeat. I am a cook and baker, and am bored to death and quite anxious with this diet. I did the spit test, combined with evidence of my symptoms, & concluded Candida was the culprit; that’s after MDs couldn’t figure it out & kept giving me one antibiotic after another. My symptoms are moderate compared to some I’ve read about saying they are totally crippled by Candida. I basically have sleep issues, achy joints, vaginal & anal itching, and digestive issues. If I eat sweets too many days in a row, I get tongue/mouth sores. I just need to know: How long do I do this diet? And what’s the process of adding things back in, or transitioning off of the Candida diet without it returning?

Thanks for your help,


Amie March 18, 2014 at 9:21 pm

Happy to help and work with you as a client Kendra! Stay positive. xoxx


Ashley Ageloff March 15, 2014 at 9:52 am


What happens when you know you had candida in the past and now you have hypothyroidism? Some of the foods you should eat for one and not for the other. I am very confused! I feel my thyroid issues is related to my gut yet now I do not know what to eat! Thanks!


Amie March 18, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Thanks Ashley; you have to cross reference and work with what works for both ailments; happy to help!


Vivian April 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Hi, thanks so much for this information. What about cacao powder though? I am already limiting this because of adrenal fatigue but having trouble elminating it completely as it is pretty much the only treat I can have. Thanks again!


Amie April 15, 2014 at 9:13 pm

You can try using cacao and if you react to it then I’d avoid it! Thanks Vivian.


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