Updated: Jan 1
I often get questions about how to do the candida cleanse if you're vegan, as well as, what types of proteins can be had on the candida cleanse. Firstly, if you are wanting to do the candida cleanse while plant based, I can assure you it is possible! Secondly, many candida diets promote a low carbohydrate, high fat diet that favours the intake of animal protein and fat. However, in my personal experience with battling candida and working with other women who have candida, this approach often doesn't work. In many cases, it can make the environment within the body more favourable for candida overgrowth.
When we cut out all fruit, complex carbohydrates, and starches from the diet, and consume a diet primarily based on animal protein, we often run into a heavy intake of fat. Too much saturated fat is not beneficial for eliminating candida because it can hinder bile flow within the liver, which can prohibit digestion and detoxification, and contribute to irritating the gut lining. The liver is already struggling to detoxify the toxins emitted from the candida pathogens, the last thing it needs is more fat, which will just slow the entire digestive process down.
So what should you eat? Plenty of fresh low fructose fruit, non starchy vegetables in abundance, and a moderate amount of starches and complex carbohydrates. Proteins can include organic poultry, wild caught fish, beans, legumes, organic, non-GMO tofu, nuts, seeds, and high quality vegan protein powder. I outline in my Candida Guide eBook why you may be reacting to plant based foods while candida overgrowth is present.
I have a completely different way of approaching candida overgrowth. In my candida program, I provide specific guidelines for which types of carbohydrates to eat and when. I do not ask my clients to omit all fruits, complex carbohydrates, and starches from the diet. Rather, I focus on cycling certain types of carbohydrates and I created a specific way to food combine, which ensures proper digestion and balanced blood sugar. These are key principles to focus on when overcoming candida. When we don't food combine properly while candida cleansing, any undigested food will serve as food for the candida pathogens.
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tsps fresh ginger, minced
½ red onion, diced
1 broccoli crown, chopped into florets
1 package of cauliflower rice *see note
4 carrots, chopped
1 pepper, thinly sliced
¾ cup dried lentils
2 cups water
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
Optional toppings: green onion, sesame seeds, chili flakes
Prepare lentils by adding them to a colander, give them a good rinse in water. Then add 2 cups of water to a small sized pot.
Add in the lentils, bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, and cook for about 20 - 30 minutes uncovered. You may need to continuously add water as they cook as the lentils absorb some of the water (the lentils should be just covered with water as they cook).
The lentils will be done cooking when they are soft and not crunchy (old lentils tend to not cook very fast and may still be crunchy after 30 minutes). When they’re done, strain the water out of the lentils, add them back to the pot and season with sea salt and pepper. Then allow them to cool on the side.
In the meantime, prepare the teriyaki sauce.
Heat up a large pan on medium heat, add in 1 tbsp sesame oil and the cauliflower rice. Season with sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Allow to cook for about 10 - 15 minutes. Remove from heat when done, set aside and cover to keep warm.
Heat up a large wok or large sized frying pan, then add 1 tbsp of sesame oil and red onion. Cook for about 2 minutes or until the onion starts to turn translucent. Then add ginger, garlic, broccoli, carrots, and peppers. Allow to cook for about 10 - 15 minutes.
You can add the cauliflower rice to the pan and mix everything together or you can divide the cauliflower rice up onto plates and add the veggies on top.
Then add ½ cup of lentils to your plate right before serving. **see note
Top with teriyaki sauce, green onion, chili flakes, and sesame seeds.
* If you want to make this dish not candida friendly, you can substitute the cauliflower rice for white rice instead, as shown in the photo.
** If you are cleansing from candida and you're vegan, I recommend sticking to a 1/2 cup measurement of lentils per serving. This is obviously a generalized recommendation and will vary depending on your body's needs, but as a whole, starches should be kept to a minimum if you have an overgrowth of candida.
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