Candida diet and weight loss

Life Coaching

I’m 1m83, I used to weigh about 78 kilos and I dropped to about 71 kilos in roughly two months simply by changing my diet.

I did not set out to loose weight, I needed to change my diet for medical reasons. This experiment showed me that, contrary to popular wisdom, weight loss is NOT about calories and and calories out, or insufficient exercise, it is about what we are eating. 

I have heard many people say that’s nonsense. Really? If so, let’s do an experiment: I’ll go on a diet of 2,400 calories per day of only vegetables, meat, fish, nuts and water, and you can go on a diet of 1,800 calories per day of chocolate and beer – we’ll see how our weight fluctuates over 2 months.

Furthermore, when speaking of weight gain or loss, it’s important to distinguish what we are measuring: muscle weighs more than fat. When people speak of weight loss, they usually mean “fat loss”. In turn, this is different from “having more definition on the body”, a combination of fat loss (which shows the muscle which is there) and muscle gain.

In all cases, this is my story with facts – which I share as it may help others improve their life by improving their diet. As stated above, the only variable which I changed was my diet by eliminating all sugars. This is a radical version of the paleo diet, however tending towards it is already better than continuing with a regular unhealthy diet.

If you are looking to implement the candida diet to fight off candida, you will find many ressources on the internet.

If you are:

  • struggling with implementing the diet

  • frustrated at how bland life seems without your sugar / dopamine boost, or

  • worried about what will happen if you don’t succeed in implementing it,

contact me as I have helped others be successful by

  • understanding why they were reluctant,

  • reframing their mindset so that the diet became less of a struggle and more enjoyable

  • addressing the core underlying issues that made them self sabotage using a combination of psychology and cosmoenergy healing.

In 2014, I was diagnosed with high levels of candida albicans, of which I had never heard before. My friend Olivia diagnosed me: lack of energy, lack of focus, deteriorating memory, energy swings, sugar cravings – and a few extra kilos, mainly around my abdomen.

I got my blood tested and candida levels were alarmingly high. My doctor told me that medication would not be sufficient to kill the candida, my diet would have to change so that I stop feeding it.

  • refined sugar

  • carbs (rice, potatoes, bread, pasta)

  • alcohol (he did say that, occasionally, I could treat myself to one glass of red wine, though it would slow down the treatment)

  • fruit (apart from lemon or lime)

  • vegetables with high levels of sugar: carrots, beetroot, corn, for instance

  • processed food (which I find disgusting anyway)

  • dairy

  • mushrooms (because of fungus)

  • coffee

  • tea

  • vegetables

  • meat

  • fish (in moderation, because of heavy metals)

  • most nuts

  • avocado

  • olive oil

  • goat products, including goat yoghurt, goat cheese.

The first three days were awful. For the first time in my life, I had sympathy with heroine addicts. I was like an animal searching for sugars. I found a dried fig, ate it, and then realised that it too was sugar. The temptation were terrible, I gave away the amazing Italian pasta I had, have away anything that would tempt me.

After three days, things got better (best to start this on a weekend so you don’t murder your colleague who’s bringing in the chocolate chip cookies).

After about two weeks, I got used to the diet. My sleep had improved amazingly, I’d sleep earlier, wake up more rested, my energy throughout the day was constant, I no longer fought sleep after lunch.

After a month, I noticed something strange. I felt very, very awkward in my clothes. They all started looking ridiculously large on me. I had not been overweight, however I’d lost maybe 3-4 kilos in those weeks, mainly around the waist.

I started worrying: I loved my clothes, I did not want to buy a new wardrobe and did not know when my weightless would stop. I started eating more avocados, more feta, using more oil.

My weight loss continued despite this change of diet. I’d realise when I was using too much oil as I got really full quicker and was able to find my sweet spot (oily spot might be more accurate).

After about two months, my weight stabilised – I’d lost about 7 kilos DESPITE (and this is important) eating absolutely delicious meals for every meal.

I had another month to go before I could reintroduce sugars. I actually felt so good that I continued for 2 months beyond what was necessary.

  1. Constant energy and focus, clearer thinking: dramatic change – probably the start of the path that led me to coaching

  2. No more sugar cravings – which helped with the focus

  3. Significant weight loss – feeling like I was back to my ideal weight

  4. A change of friends: more time spent with good, positive people and negative people seemed to disappear. This may seem surprising, however… by eliminating alcohol, going out to bars would be rather boring, as sparkling water and lime isn’t quite the same as wine or cocktails. The boredom meant I would go out far less and I would be less tolerant of conversations that bored me. I would also be less tolerant of people I would not want to spend time with: negative, bitter, resentful people are insufferable when you’re actually looking after yourself and aspire to a better life rather than “mutually assured destruction”.

  5. More reading books: simply put, when sober, it is easier to focus on reading books – and strangely there are more evenings available for reading.

  6. Huge amounts of money saved: alcohol is expensive! If you spend $20 per week on wine, that’s about $1,000 per year – over 10 years, $10,000. If you spend $100 per week on alcohol (a few cocktails and some wine, especially if you are treating someone else), that’s… $50,000 over 10 years (without counting inflation). Going out in an expensive town, a nice glass of wine is easily $10 and cocktails are easily $15-20 – it adds up.

  1. One pack of yoghurt, preferably goat

  2. Ground nuts (I’d mix almonds, roasted hazelnuts that taste like Nutella and desiccated coconuts)

  3. A pinch of Xylitol

  4. Lots of cinnamon

  5. If you’d doing low sugar, instead of no sugar, a handful of berries: blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are wonderful

  • I’ve reintroduced sugars, in moderation.

  • I avoid all carbs, though I sometimes treat myself. This distinction is important, I view sugars are a treat, rather than a staple food.

  • I stay clear of breakfast cereal and processed “food” – the idea being that “if it’s processed, some food may have been involved at one point, but it no longer is food – and whatever it is, I don’t want it in my body”.

  • I used to drink some alcohol, in moderation. Mostly red wine, occasionally spirits or cocktails, avoiding beer and cider. I recently had to give up alcohol as it interfered with my healing work.

For more information on diets and health, look up:

  1. That Sugar Film

  2. The work of Robert Lustig

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