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It is often recommended for yeast intolerant people to commit to a yeast free diet. There is a bacteria called “candida’ within all of our bodies and this is perfectly normal. However, sometimes these candida levels can exceed normal levels and can lead to medical problems. Common symptoms include bloating and abdominal pain among others. The goal of a yeast free diet is to stop the growth of candida, or at least to slow it down.
Once you embrace a yeast free diet, the basic foods that you would no longer be able to eat would consist mostly of breads and rolls, pretzels, and cookies and pastries. Vinegar is also high in yeast and therefore is also off limits. This includes foods that are high in vinegar, many being condiments such as mustard, mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, and salad dressing. You will also have to give up fermented foods, including wine, beer and spirits, cider and sauerkraut, pickles, pickled foods and pickled meats. Finally, be sure to add dairy foods and cheeses, smoked or dried meats, mushrooms, soy sauce, nuts, pre-packaged herbs and teas, malt, and canned tomatoes to that “foods to avoid” list.
Sorry to break this to you, but you would have to give up on the sweets on this diet too. That would mean no chocolate, soft drinks and drink mixes, honey and maple syrup, granulated sugar or brown sugar, and anything containing high fructose corn syrup. There is even a lot of sugar to be found in a lot fruits as well, so you will also want to stay away from fruit juices, grapes, citrus fruits, raisins, prunes, dates and dried fruits,
Once you have been on a yeast free diet for a few weeks you will start to notice its effects. You will start looking better, and all around feeling better too. By this point in time, your body will have already begun to flush harmful toxins from the body. Common side effects during this period are weakness and/or irritability, but this is only temporary.
Six weeks after beginning the yeast free diet, you can start slowly re-introducing certain foods back into your diet, one at a time. It is recommended that you keep a food journal throughout this stage, keeping track of everything you eat. If you find something is irritating your system, stop eating that food immediately. Through this process you will be able to learn what foods your body will tolerate and what foods your body will not.