What I’ve Been Eating on the Anti-Candida Diet

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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I love that you guys are so interested in my anti-candida journey and what I’ve been eating lately. I’ve received A TON of questions and hundreds of you have already signed up for my Anti-Candida Meal Plan + Prep Guide. These were created by a Registered Dietitian and include a bunch of recipes and a grocery shopping list to get you started, but I also wanted to share some of the “real life” meals on the anti-candida diet that I’ve been eating lately, including a few of the ones I ate while dining out.

Below is a quick summary of the foods that I’m trying to avoid while on this diet. (There are a million different “foods to avoid” lists on the Internet, and they all vary a little bit. This is the one my practitioner gave to me.) It actually hasn’t been too difficult since I generally eat pretty healthy, BUT a lot of my favorite foods are on this list (i.e. peanut butter, wine, cheese, sugar). Wahhh. I miss them, but seeing results so quickly has definitely motivated me to keep at it. Anyway, I hope you guys find these meal ideas helpful!

what not to eat on anti-candida diet

I also wanted to share some candida research via Chris Kresser as well as one of his recent podcast episodes about whether candida overgrowth is a real diagnosis or just a fad. Obviously, this is just one side of the story, but I hope you find this information useful to your own health journey.

A 2017 study found that fungi may play a role in multiple sclerosis (MS).

Other evidence has shown that fungi affect our immune response and can be a risk factor for many immune-mediated diseases.

And several recent studies have investigated the role that fungi play in inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.

“Real life” meals on the anti-candida diet


I’m loving Unbun rolls with sunflower butter on them for breakfast. The brand sent me some to samples to try, and they arrived at the perfect time. Their vegan Keto bun is gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, and yeast-free. Check out the ingredients below – and they’re delicious!!

Water, Blanched Almond Flour, Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder, Coconut Flour,
Psyllium Husk, Olive Oil, Coconut Milk, Flax Meal, Chia Seed Meal, Apple Cider
Vinegar, Paleo Baking Powder (Baking Soda, Cream of Tartar, Salt)

sample anti-candida breakfast made with low-sugar roll from unbind


Lunch and dinner has been pretty basic. I’m mostly sticking to meat and veggies with the occasional starch, but I’m trying to switch things up as much as possible, so I don’t get sick of eating the same things again and again.

This shredded chicken mixed with no-fail chimichurri sauce was so darn delicious! FYI: I left out the vinegar and added extra lemon juice, and it still turned out well!

For the record, this “pizza” tasted absolutely delicious, but… it destroyed my stomach since it was so processed. Blah. The crust had a couple of corn ingredients in it. Whomp whomp.


Dining out on an anti-candida diet definitely isn’t easy, but, as I always say, if there’s a will, there’s a way! I mostly stuck with meat + veggies for my meals.



Sadly, I’m not enjoying too many treats, but these coconut + lemon macaroons from Daily Harvest have saved the day a few times! 🙂 The bites are actually pretty big, so I’ll typically eat half (just 3.5 grams of sugar) when I’m having a sweet craving. Daily Harvest has a bunch of delicious sounding bites on their website! FYI: You can save $25 off your first order from Daily Harvest with code carrotsncake.

That’s all I’ve got for now. I hope you enjoyed this summary of “real life” meals on the anti-candida diet. If you liked it, please let me know because I’ll write another one in the coming weeks. I mean, I have more than 2.5 months to go and definitely want to keep things interesting! 🙂

P.S. I’m hosting a giveaway to win a charcoal deodorant from Primally Pure. Enter here!

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