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Exploring the Candida Diet: Breakfast Options
Those of you familiar with the Candida diet recognize how limiting it can be. Candida albicans is a naturally occurring yeast that lives within the body. In the normal body, the balance of good intestinal bacteria keeps the Candida organism in check. When the body goes out of balance, due to illness or the use of an antibiotic, for example, the levels of Candida can rise and cause complications.
When the average person-years the term yeast, she thinks of the female vaginal yeast infection. This isn’t the only type of yeast infection that occurs. Oral thrush, jock itch, fungal skin irritations, nail fungus, leaky gut syndrome, and many other conditions are all caused by yeast overgrowth.
While your doctor may provide some anti-fungal medications and probiotics to help bring your body back into balance, the most common way to combat a Candida infection is through the Candida diet. Because the diet is so limited in what you can and can not have to eat, many people have a difficult time finding foods they enjoy. With this in mind, we’d like to share some Candida diet-friendly breakfast ideas.
Fresh Veggie Omelets
Omelets are delicious and filling, especially if you are careful about the ingredients you put in them. Create an omelet with 2 or 3 organic eggs and include a handful of fresh spinach leaves along with a couple of tablespoons each of chopped onion and green pepper. You can not include cheese on the Candida diet, so leave it out. This recipe is appropriate for individuals on stages 2 and 3 of the Candida diet.
Gluten-free pancakes are another great option, as long as they are yeast-free as well. You can search the web for recipes to make them yourself, but we highly recommend hitting the gluten-free aisle at your local grocery store and buying a pre-packaged mix. The Candida diet is already difficult enough to follow, so try to take a few shortcuts here and there to alleviate some of the stress associated with these major dietary changes.
Brown Rice Pudding
Take a cup of well-cooked brown rice (al dente doesn’t taste so great in a pudding) and mix in 2 tablespoons of coconut oil along with some cinnamon and stevia to taste. You’ll end up with a filling dish that leaves you feeling satisfied until your next meal.
While yogurt may not seem to make sense based on the dairy restrictions, the probiotic nature of yogurt actually supports its inclusion. The problem is that you need to choose a yogurt that does not have any additives, sugars, fruits, or artificial sweeteners. You can spruce up that plain yogurt with some cinnamon and/or chopped nuts.
Be Creative with Proteins
No one said you had to stick to traditional breakfast foods at breakfast time. Protein will leave you feeling full despite your lack of carbs and the other foods you’re used to. Why not have a serving of chicken breast or salmon for breakfast? Pair it with a serving of fresh veggies, steamed to taste, and you’ll have a lovely, filling breakfast that won’t leave you feeling deprived.
Not sure how to create the rest of your Candida diet meals? Don’t worry! There are dozens of great ideas out there for every meal of the day. All you have to do is relax and focus on what you can have rather than getting upset about what is restricted. For more information about the Candida diet and the foods, you can eat, visit yeastinfection.org by Eric Bakker.