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Herbal cleansing is a safe and effective way to help eliminate harmful yeasts, parasites and other unfriendly organisms from the body. If allowed to thrive and grow out of control, such opportunistic microbes may cause health issues such as fatigue, brain fog, sugar cravings, unexplained aches and pains, gas and bloating, as well as recurrent vaginal yeast infections or bladder infections. Below is a list of simple diet recommendations to follow during a yeast or parasite cleanse.

General Diet Recommendations during a Yeast/Parasite Cleanse

Overall, stick to fresh vegetables (raw or lightly steamed) and lean proteins such as organic (or natural) chicken, turkey, beef, fish and eggs. Legumes (except peanuts) are also a healthy source of protein and complex carbohydrates. Avoid shellfish, as many types of shellfish can harbor harmful bacteria and mercury.

Wheat alternatives* may include quinoa, amaranth, millet, spelt, teff, basmati rice and khorasan wheat.  These make excellent pastas and hot cereals and can often be found in your local health food store and some grocery stores. Soups and stews are also excellent during a yeast/parasite cleanse. Remember to practice healthy food combining (See Cleansing Diets, Part 1) and digestion will be greatly improved. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of purified water each day to help flush your system.

What Can I Eat? A Quick Overview (Serving sizes are typically ½-cup.)



Sprouted grain breads: (millet, quinoa, flax made with baking soda)

Steel cut oats (for oatmeal)

Fruit: Granny Smith apples, lemons, limes, unsweetened cranberries

Nut butters (ex. almond)                                              

Legumes: includes hummus, beans (black, kidney, navy, adzuki, any type of dried bean)

Butter, ghee (clarified butter)

Eggs (natural/organic are best), eat sparingly – a few times a week


Wheat grains, wheat products

Fruit juices; fermented beverages such as ciders

All other fruit, fresh or dried

Alcoholic beverages

Sodas, coffee

Milk: includes milk products, sour cream, buttermilk, cheeses

Peanuts, pistachios




Plain, organic yogurt

Unsweetened kefir                                            

Unsweetened carob

Herbal teas (ex. chamomile, peppermint, pau d’arco)

Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds (soaked overnight, preferably raw)

Carrot sticks, celery sticks

Almonds (preferably raw)

Almond butter

Unbuttered fresh-popped popcorn                       

All fresh vegetables (raw or lightly steamed)

Green vegetable juices (with lemon Granny Smith apples to taste)


Fruit or fruit juices

Caffeinated teas

Nuts (nuts in general are acidic and hard to digest)

Peanuts, peanut butter

Microwave popcorn (typically contains harmful hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated oils)

Carrot juice, beet juice, tomato juice, tomatoes

Canned vegetables, mushrooms




Lean meats: beef, chicken, turkey (organic is best, or no antibiotics/hormones)

All fish: deep-sea white fish and salmon are particularly good

Yeast-free grains: millet, quinoa, basmati rice, amaranth, brown rice, khorasan wheat, teff, buckwheat, rye

Yeast-free grain cereals: UNSWEETENED (no fruit juice or other sweeteners)

Red-skinned potatoes (sparingly)

Olive oil, flaxseed oil (cold-pressed if possible)



Shellfish: shrimp, lobster, crab (mercury content)

Wheat, wheat products

Rolled oats


Semolina pasta

Yeast-containing foods (ex. breads, pastries)

White potatoes, russets, yams, sweet potatoes







Soy milk, rice milk, almond milk                       

Tofu (if tolerated well)

Rice, soy, almond cheeses

Goat milk, goat cheeses, goat kefir                         

Bragg® Liquid Aminos (in place of soy sauce)

Raw apple cider vinegar                                                                              

Rice flour, rye flour, soy flour

Beans (in conjunction with DigestMORE™ Ultra or Gas STOP™)


Artificial sweeteners: (ex. aspartame, Sweet’N Low® and NutraSweet®)

Sugars: honey, maltose, raw sugar, date sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, maple syrup, maple sugar, fructose, molasses, lactose, glucose, mannitol, sorbitol, galactose, sucrose

Condiments, sauces, vinegar-containing foods (ex. mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, pickles, MSG)

Tomato sauce (or sauce with tomatoes)

Packaged/processed foods (including enriched flour products)

Malt-containing products (including malted milk drinks, cereals, some candy)


ParaZYME™ is recommended after meals to promote intestinal lining health. It contains an added protein matrix, probiotics (acidophilus/bifidus), HCL and plant enzymes (for digestion).

DigestMORE™ Ultra and Gas STOP™ are recommended as needed to help digest beans and other gas-forming foods.

*NOTE: Wheat sensitivity is often due to the high gluten content in certain types of wheat. Many species of the wheat family such as (unprocessed) spelt and khorasan have a much lower gluten content and are therefore a better alternative.

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  • Philip

    There’s an interesting post over at the Health Journal Club that makes the case that people should just not eat anything that wasn’t a food 100 years ago. Gets rid of the aspartame, bleached GM flour, high fructose corn syrup garbage they try to pass off as food these days. If interested you can read on it here,

  • linda

    Philip, i like that idea, not eating anything over a 100 years old (well wasn’t a food a 100 years ago!)

    I personally do eat a healthy diet with lots of fresh produce and very little processed food.

  • melanie

    Hi I have been suffering with vaginal yeast for three years now and I am finaly experiencing symptoms of die off. I was just wondering how long after the yeast is cleared will I be able to consume fruits and well…Alcohol. Will I ever be able to drink with my friends again or will I have to completetly wipe out sugar forever.

  • detoxing101

    Drink Half My Body Weight in Water?? Are you kidding? That is crazy. Are you serious?

  • psapio

    Nice catch! We’ve revised – drink at least half your body weight *in ounces* each day. :)

  • Stacey

    I see that pork is not allowed on this diet. That is consistent with my other Yeast Diet research. Can someone share with me…Why?

    Also would be curious to know why eggs should be used only sparingly.


  • renewlifesupport

    Hi Stacey,

    Many of the foods recommended on the Yeast Cleansing Diet are foods considered most compatible with healthy cleansing and detox. Because pork—like crab and shrimp—is considered a less “clean” protein source, it is often left out of cleansing diets. With regard to eggs, some diets consider eggs a dairy product, but technically eggs are a protein source and do not feed harmful yeast in the body as dairy products do. Therefore, they are recommended sparingly. Grapefruit is actually very high in sugar, and even though it is natural fruit sugar, it is still not recommended on the yeast cleansing diet since sugar feeds yeast. Buttermilk is still milk (dairy) and is not cultured like plain yogurt.

    Overall, it is important to remember that these are recommendations only, and ultimately it is up you to decide what is best for your body. But if, for example, you have had persistent problems with yeast overgrowth in the past and have not experienced positive results with cleansing and diet changes so far, you may find the Yeast Cleansing Diet helpful. A healthy diet is the key to keeping your body in balance—with yeast as well as weight and other health issues. Then, once you have been on the diet for a while and hopefully seeing positive results, you may begin to reintroduce certain foods one at a time to see how your body responds. If symptoms return or worsen, you may need to avoid that food completely.

    Hopefully you found this helpful – good luck and happy cleansing!

  • G-Man

    How long should one stay on a candida diet?

  • renewlifesupport

    Really it is up to you. While we recommend following the diet at least as long as you are taking the CandiGONE cleanse (or if you are not taking the cleanse, at least as long as symptoms persist), many people benefit from following the diet long term. However, upon completing the cleanse or as symptoms begin to lessen, you may wish to gradually reintroduce certain foods back into your diet and monitor how you feel. If symptoms return when you begin to eat certain foods again, you may wish to avoid those foods altogether.

  • Teresa

    Are there certain vegetables that should be avoided, arent sweet corn and carrots high in sugar? Most people think of tomatoes as a vegetable they in fact are a fruit, as well as eggplant, cucumbers, squash, zuchini, peppers, and pumpkins. Do these ‘fruits’ need to be avoided as well?

  • Teresa

    also i didn’t see agave syrup on the list anywhere, it is not acceptable either -correct?

  • Carissa

    Renew Life Support, please answer Teresa… Because I have the same questions! (especially regarding “mistaken vegetables” (i.e. tomatoes, peppers, etc.), and sweeter or starchier vegetables (i.e. carrots) Thank you!!!

  • rachaelc83

    Hi, I wanted to say thank you for all the amazing info! I was wondering a few things:
    I am just finishing “firstcleanse” and headed into the beginning of “candigone” cleanse, but before I start, was curious if it could harm me more than help me if I began tomorrow, and finish the cleanse right before a family trip overseas where they say nothing but “eat, eat, eat!” Avoiding sugar and sticking to this diet will be particularly hard, and not to mention hurt the feelings of relatives who don’t speak English or understand the concept of a cleanse like this.

    In other words: I have no way of avoiding many foods that are strictly against this diet and I will be there for a full week. My main concern is that I could make matters worse by flushing out everything that I’m trying to get rid of, and then cake my system up within one week of all the crap I’m trying to get rid of. Does it make me more vulnerable? Should I wait to do the CANDIGONE cleanse until after my family trip?
    Or do you think it will be safe to do the two weeks now, take a break for a week, and maybe another two week cycle as soon as I get back? Please let me know asap :) Thank you so much!!

  • alana

    Hello, I have purchased the Candigone kit after discovering that I have a reoccuring yeast infection in my esophagus. It is not however in my stomach or intestines.
    I want to do the cleanse and follow a yeast free diet, the only concern I have is, I am a very tiny woman (just shy of 100 pounds) and am worried that I will loose weight on the cleanse. I can handle a pound or two but really nothing more. Any advice on diet modifications taht will help me keep weight on while fighting the candida? I have already decided to do the cleanse at 1/2 the dose as the instructions state for smaller bodies. A 7-10 meal plan would be helpful too if anyone has one to share.

  • Patrice

    I have the same question as Alana.

  • Miranda

    Hey there! Thanks for this useful info. I’ve been looking for a cleansing method that could help me lose weight. I’ve been gaining a few pounds for some time now and I have just followed a diet. So thanks for this again!

  • Luz

    What was your response to Racheaelc83 dated 6/5/12? We are going to Mexico in a few weeks. I wondered the same thing? On both the First Cleanse and Condigone

  • Tess

    Doesn’t seem that any of these pertinent questions are being answered, not sure why, please answer them. Thanks

  • Shelley

    Would someone PLEASE answer Teresa’s 3/9/11 questions?! It would be nice to have all the questions answered actually…….why have a place for questions if they don’t get answered?

  • renewlifesupport

    Dear Shelley,
    The culinary distinction between a fruit and a vegetable is the taste – sweet vs. savory. Zucchini for example, is technically a fruit, coming from a flower, however it is savory, so for eating purposes (and in reference to this list), it’s considered a veggie. It’s important to understand why foods would be added to a Cleansing Diet. With regard to a Yeast Cleansing Diet, foods are being evaluated from the perspective of sugar content, since sugar increases overgrowth of yeast and bacteria and fuels silent inflammation. Here are a couple of blogs that will be helpful for you –
    Also, this website will allow you to determine the Total Carbohydrates and Fiber of almost all foods, prepared in different ways – Now you have the info and tools to determine which foods will be helpful, both during your cleanse, and also day to day.
    Renew Life Support

  • Juliana Telleria


    I just want to make sure I am doing this cleanse correctly. I weigh 126 pounds and half of that is 63 and turned into ounces that is 1008 ounces. I should be drinking 1008 ounces a day. Is that correct.

  • Juliana Telleria

    7.8 gallons a day?

  • Leigh Anne

    Juliana Telleria, I am not the author or involved, but I do know that what is meant by this is that you need to drink 63 ounces of water per day.

  • renewlifesupport

    Thanks Leigh Anne. Yes Juliana, what it means is 63 ounces of water per day. I’m sorry if the wording was confusing.

  • Jane frazier

    I purchased your book, cd, etc.. through WHRO Public TV and have misplace the coupon for the Analysis of Stool sample. I requested this test for my local doctor doing my colonoscopy, and he rejected this as a helpful step. I am convinced it is important, and would like to do this through the lab on the coupon. I love in Norfolk, VA, and if you know of physicians doing this procedure, I would appreciate knowing.

    Thanks you.

  • renewlifesupport

    I have sent your comment to Brenda Watson’s assistant who will be contacting you shortly via email.
    Renew Life Support

  • Amelimou


    I’ve been following a yeast cleansing diet and am currently following the 15-day Candigone treatment. I have not found it difficult to follow this diet, though I do miss Nutritional Yeast, which I eliminated at the start of my cleanse.
    Recently I was told that, since it is a deactivated yeast which cannot reproduce, Nutritional Yeast does not have to be eliminated during a Candida cleanse.

    Does Nutritional Yeast cause or contribute to Candida overgrowth? Should it be eliminated altogether during a cleanse? Is this a food I should be avoiding in general (even when not cleansing), or is it perfectly safe and healthy?

    Thanks for your help!

  • Sherry

    Should I be having an increase in vaginal discharge? I’ve noticed more milky white , not thick fluid expelling ? It’s quite frustrating I’m on day six of candigone cleanse.

  • ReNew Life

    Due to the type of response you are having, we would suggest you stop the cleanse at this time and consult a medical practitioner. This is not a typical response to cleansing (possibly slight headache, maybe a little fatigue).

  • Henrietta

    I’ve been getting chronic yeast infections for six months now, and just recently diagnosed with BV as well. I am currently on antibiotics to treat it. I would like to start this cleanse today, but not sure if I should with on the antibiotic meds. Is it okay? Thanks.

  • Marina Fick

    Hi Teresa as far as I know and have heard root veges like carrots and all potatoes beetroot and tomatoes are all high in starch or carbs so can get converted into sugars too easily its best they are eliminated on anti candida diet

  • Marina Fick

    Agave syrup is not good for your teeth and also very high in fructose/sugar so a no in anti candida diet apparently best sweeteners if any are stevia and also Lakanto ( which can be hard to source I know Body Ecology diet website sells it, its very low glycemic) hope that helps

  • Anna B

    Is coconut milk OK?