Below is a list of portion sizes, not all necessarily low carb fruits, but suitable in these portions for a candida cleanse:
First, let's mention Lemons and Limes - These are used in small enough amounts, and usually mixed with other foods so their carb ratio is not enough to worry about.
Indulge in lemons and limes if they agree with you.
If you are really a fruit lover, and it agrees with you then by all means, keep enjoying fruit in your daily diet. Even though there's no long, luscious list of "low carb fruits", simply use the serving sizes listed below as guidelines.
Fresh fruit doesn't make us sick, crappy refined fake foods do. Though I wouldn't recommend any heavily sprayed fruit crops either, no matter how fresh they are.
Fresh fruits are rich in fiber, water, vitamins, minerals, and they help to alkalize an overly acidic body.
Try eating fresh, organic (or "clean grown") fruit before your meals, not after, to prevent the digestive disturbances that can arise by mixing fruits with other slower digesting foods.
Fruit is healthy for many of us. One or two servings a day will be fine for some folks, but it's fine to avoid it for a while if you feel you need the extra help getting off sugar.
Here are some "low carb fruit" serving sizes to use as guidelines.
one cup blackberries
one cup raspberries
3/4 cup strawberries
1/3 cup blueberries
1 cup cubed papaya
1/2 cup honeydew melon
two small fresh apricots
1/2 green apple
one small peach
one small tangerine
There may not be many truly low carb fruits to choose from, but we make up for it with a plentiful assortment of delicious and nutritious vegetables.
Best Low Carb Vegetables
Asparagus, arugula, bok choy, beet greens, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chard, cucumber, endive, fennel bulb, lettuce, nappa cabbage, mustard greens, peppers (green, sweet, hot), radish, romanesco, salad greens, spinach, tomato, watercress.
Fresh garlic & ginger.
Pretty much all leafy greens!
Homemade sprouts - clover sprouts, radish sprouts, broccoli sprouts, lentil sprouts, mung bean sprouts.
(Legumes, when sprouted, have low carb counts. Sprout them until they grow a shoot at least half an inch long) Make sprouts in small batches and eat them while fresh. Of course, you can buy them at the market, but I do prefer to make them at home whenever possible so I know they're fresh! Don’t store sprouts in the fridge for more than a couple of days or they will begin to collect mold.
Lacto-fermented vegetables including Pickles, Sauerkraut and Kim Chi.
Don’t forget these lacto-fermented low carb vegetables, they are one of our tastiest choices! Include some every day to aid in digestion, and to help repopulate the intestines with friendly bacteria. Easy to make at home, or check your health food store’s refrigerated section.
Low Carb Vegetables:
These are a little higher in carbs, but still great additions to our low carb vegetables list.
brussel sprouts, celeriac,
coconut, dandelion greens,
green beans, eggplant,
leeks, okra, onion,
rutabagas, sno pea pods, spaghetti squash,
turnip, yellow and/or green summer squash, yellow wax beans, zucchini.
Higher Carb Vegetables:
sweet potatoes, yams, regular potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, winter squashes, yucca, taro
It's not necessary for everyone to avoid these vegetables while doing a candida cleanse.
Carrots, butternut squash and pumpkin work great for many of my clients. Some even are fine eating sweet potatoes and regular potatoes in moderation.
For those of you having trouble sleeping - A small portion of sweet potatoes with dinner (1/3 cup is about right) can aid in getting a good night's sleep too by helping regulate the natural hormonal cycles that lead to winding down and resting at night. Make sure you leave time for dinner to digest before going to bed ( 2-3 hours is good). Also turn off the computer and cell phones 1 hours before sleeping, read a book or do some silent meditation to help your brain begin to relax.