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    I really need to kick my Candida overgrowth once and for all, and in order to do that I think I need to do a Whole30. This is a true no-cheat zone, if you cheat the candida wins, and your gut gets overtaken with bad bacteria again.

    If you're not sure whether you have a candida issue, but think it might be causing some issues (chronic yeast infections are a huge clue, as are fruit cravings), take this Candida Questionnaire to see if a 30-day anti-candida diet might help you.

    I'm sure things will change as this challenge develops, but here are the basics:
    • No fruit
    • No nuts
    • No potatoes of ay kind
    • No high sugar veggies (carrots, beets, peas, acorn or butternut squash)
    • No mushrooms
    • No bacon unless it is uncured with no additives
    • No vinegar
    • Lots of probiotic vegetables (sauerkraut, homemade pickles)
    • Plenty of meat, including organ meats
    • Homemade bone broth as desired
    • Organic butter/ghee (raw if possible)
    • Anything listed on This website is safe
    • For me personally, no nightshades because I react horribly to them


    I hope some people will join me! I desperately need the accountability.

    ETA: According to the website, yogurt and kefir are NOT candida safe, but I'm not sure I agree yet. I'll let you know. I have decided to keep them in for my Whole30, and re-evaluate at the end of the 30 days.
    ETA2: Yogurt and Kefir are definitely out for me, causing bloating and gas
    Last edited by OperaDivaMom; 05-19-2011, 10:41 PM.

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    That sounds like my kinda W30! Alas, I just did it in April, and not really emotionally ready to take it on again just yet (in a month or two for sure!)
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    • #3
      I'll do it! I've been hemming and hawing about doing the Whole30 thing anyway and I, too, think I have a bit of a Candida overgrowth. I won't be having yogurt or kefir, though.

      So, count me in!

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      • #4
        Yay, glad to have another person joining me! I changed the challenge wording to make yogurt, kefir, and kombucha optional. I'm going to keep them in, and re-evaluate in a month.

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        • #5
          I'm in!! I could kick the dark chocolate/sugar habit. When do you want to start?

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          • #6
            I'm starting tomorrow (the 15th), but if the rest of you want to start Monday that works too!

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            • #7
              Sunday works for me!! Looking forward to it. I feel the first three days are the hardest and then about a few weeks in, so doing it with a group will be nice

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              • #8
                I would love to join this W30. I have been wanting to start one for a couple of weeks but have had a problem getting around to it, this is my first one. I will plan on starting tomorrow. I do have a question, Is unsweetend coconut okay during a whole 30?

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                • #9
                  For a regular Whole30, unsweetened coconut is fine, along with most other nuts (no peanuts though). Here is the list of foods if you want to do a regular Whole30 along with our anti-candida Whole30

                  The Whole30, Version 3.11 | Whole9 | Let us change your life.

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                  • #10
                    I'm pretty sure that unsweetened coconut is all good, as is coconut oil.

                    I'm going to start tomorrow, totally stoked.
                    Last edited by Robynbee; 05-14-2011, 09:08 PM.

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                    • #11
                      I've been reading through other threads on Candida and I'm overwhelmed. I have numerous symptoms of candida, and I definitely know something is off because if I happen to OD on a bunch of sugar I get outbreak symptoms. Once a month I have to put up a tough week -long fight with the sugar monster and I don't like him at all!

                      But I don't know which protocol to follow. Do I follow Bee Wilder? Know the Cause or The Body Ecology Diet? GAPS? Ahh! Though it's not that much different, PB seems like a breeze compared to some of these diets.

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                      • #12
                        Candida is definitely overwhelming. I'm kind of looking at the different versions of what's ok and not ok, and taking out most of the stuff that everyone recommends to not eat, and anything else that I can rationalize and makes sense to me, and that's how I came up with my list in the first thread. Basically, no fruit, no nuts (including coconut), no mushrooms, no high sugar veggies (carrots, etc.), no vinegar, the only allowed dairy is butter, ghee, yogurt, and kefir.

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                        • #13
                          Don't really have any problems with candida (took the quiz) but I'm in for a W30. After this past weekend's sugar/bread/cheese/pizza binge I think I need to detox. And I'm heading to Sharm el Sheik in a month so I'd love to shed a bit more BF to look good in my bikini!

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                          • #14
                            I'm pretty sure candida is one of my issues, and I need to do a whole30. My main target isn't candida right now though, it's aiming for zero gluten and corn contamination and no sugar (and only berries for fruit), as my primary focus is dealing with residual inflammation. Could I join in anyway?

                            Alas I have to stop taking my Bio-kult as it has corn maltodextrin. I'm looking for new sources of probiotics and supplements that are corn free but it's going to take time emailing manufacturers and so on, so I'm just going to jump in and quit them for now.

                            I am allowing dairy but aiming for low casein as I suspect I may have an issue with it as many gluten intolerant people do (cream, butter and little bits of milk in tea). I also have water kefir, I don't drink it because I am concerned about sugar, but I give the liquid to the family and I eat the grains. I can't eat coconut but have been taking caprylic acid, but they also have maltodextrin. I have just made it up to 4 drops a day of oregano extract though, so I can carry on with that and I am thinking of adding in olive leaf extract.
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                            • #15
                              I'm pretty sure candida is one of my issues, and I need to do a whole30. My main target isn't candida right now though, it's aiming for zero gluten and corn contamination and no sugar (and only berries for fruit), as my primary focus is dealing with residual inflammation. Could I join in anyway?

                              Alas I have to stop taking my Bio-kult as it has corn maltodextrin. I'm looking for new sources of probiotics and supplements that are corn free but it's going to take time emailing manufacturers and so on, so I'm just going to jump in and quit them for now.

                              I am allowing dairy but aiming for low casein as I suspect I may have an issue with it as many gluten intolerant people do (cream, butter and little bits of milk in tea). I also have water kefir, I don't drink it because I am concerned about sugar, but I give the liquid to the family and I eat the grains. I can't eat coconut but have been taking caprylic acid, but they also have maltodextrin. I have just made it up to 4 drops a day of oregano extract though, so I can carry on with that and I am thinking of adding in olive leaf extract.
                              Gluten intolerance and hypermobility syndrome http://www.cfids.org/pdf/joint-hypermobility-guide.pdf

                              Eat food. Mostly real. Enjoy life.

                              Health, energy, wellbeing, vitality, joy, LIFE! Health At Every Size

                              "Do not ask what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
                              Harold Whitman

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