I hope you really do love vegetables because they’re one of the best things you can possibly have on the Candida diet. What I recommend is making a list of the vegetables you love most right now. This is a great way to start so that you can compare which of the ones you already know and love to a list of the veggies you can and can’t eat. You’ll end up with a list of “safe” staples and then you can experiment with adding some you aren’t as familiar with!
Let’s start with the veggies you can NOT have. The good news is that the list of veggies you can’t have is a lot shorter than the list of those you can have. You’re going to avoid all starchy vegetables, like potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, parsnips, and beets. Carrots, peas, and corn are on this list as well. With the exception of peas and corn, note that most of these are root vegetables. While these vegetables do have a lot of great nutrients, the starch will convert to sugar during the digestive process, which will actually fuel your Candida.
What yummy veggies can you have on a Candida diet protocol? Experiment and learn to love some you haven’t tried before. Asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, cucumber, kale, onions, spinach, and zucchini are all great. You’ll also enjoy artichokes, avocado (which is actually a fruit), Brussels sprouts (if you can stand them), celery, and tomatoes. Onions, already mentioned, are great for boosting your immune system.
Rutabaga is a great because it is known for its anti-fungal properties, but you need to be really careful with it. A lot of people complain of strong die-off symptoms after eating rutabaga, so you’ll need to start very slowly.
If you’re not sure, talk to your doctor or naturopath to make sure you’re on the right track to a healthier, Candida-friendly lifestyle.