The intention of the diet is to reduce or eliminate foods that irritate the lining of the small intestine, and to  starve the fungus/SIBO of those foodstuffs that it thrives on: simple sugar, carbohydrates, and yeast containing food.. 

There's no cut and dried all encompassing list of permitted or prohibited foods, various sources offer contradictory advice. Each participant must choose for themselves which foods in the "grey area" list  they will accept or not. Consideration to: severity of candidiasis related symptoms, length of time experiencing symptoms, pre existing allergies/sensitivities and current diet must be taken into account. Our advice is to eliminate all the foodstuffs possible and only include "grey area" list foods if absolutely necessary. For example, for those on vegetarian and vegan diet who need to maintain adequate protein intake. The most restrictive part of the diet lasts for two weeks only, and we consider this a worthwhile sacrifice for the long term benefits you will undoubtedly reap. The length of time the restriction diet needs to be followed varies from person to person, and the suggested timeline given is a guideline. You want to eliminate all possible trigger foods from the diet until you're feelings the benefits of the restricted diet and are free from previous symptoms. At this stage you can start reintroducing some of the prohibited foods, usually around week 6 of the plan (week 3 of the restriction diet). Re introduce foods one at a time and assess your body's response to them. See the RESTORE PLAN  for more details on reintroducing foods. 

Accepted Foods:
Grey area foods:
Prohibited foods
  • Brown rice

  • Tinned tomatoes in small amounts (if boiled hard and fast)

  • Non processed organic meat (not pork)

  • Fish (avoid species that potentially contain mercury)

  • Green leafy vegetables

  • Onion

  • Garlic

  • Leek

  • Quinoa

  • Seaweed

  • Olive oil and olives

  • Artichoke

  • Asparagus

  • Rutabaga

  • Aubergine

  • Courgette

  • Cauliflower

  • Avocado

  • Lemon

  • Lime

  • Non-mouldy, activated nuts and seeds

  • Organic eggs

  • Sheep and goat's milk products

  • Spices

When choosing grains, choose those that have both low carb and low sugars content such as millet.

  • Quinoa

  • Millet

  • Buckwheat

  • Caffeine*

  • Dairy*

  • Eggs

  • Low GI fruits such as blueberries

  • High to medium GI vegetables such as sweet potatoes.

  • Legumes

  • Pulses (we highly recommend sprouting seeds and pulses)

   *    Caffeine and dairy are contra-indicated, not because they feed the Candida but because they are potential irritants to the gut wall, provoking inflammation and contributing to gut wall damage. Goat and sheep milk products don't have this effect as the proteins in sheep and goat's milk are much smaller than those in cow's milk and better tolerated by the human digestive system.

  • Refined sugars

  • Mouldy foods

  • Sugars

  • Yeast

  • Sugary fruits

  • White rice

  • Dairy products

  • Caffeine

  • Peppers

  • Sweetcorn

  • Carrots

  • Tomatoes

  • Garden peas

  • Potatoes

GRAINS                    Net Carb Content                               Sugar Content 

                               in 1 Cup Cooked Grain


Oats                                     21                                                    0

Millet                                   29                                             Less than 1g

Quinoa                                34                                                

Buckwheat                         29                                                 1.51

Teff                                      42

Amaranth                           41

Spelt                                   44

Popped Popcorn                  6.4

White Rice                          44

Brown Rice                         41

Wild Rice                            32


SPROUTED                                                        Net Carb Content in 1 Cup            



 UNSPROUTED cooked Puy Lentils                                   25

Sprouted Lentils                                                                 17

Sprouted Broccoli Seeds                                                     3.5

Sprouted Sunflower Seeds                                                 3.5

Activated Almonds                                                               3

FLOURS                                                             Net Carb Content in 100g

Teff                                                                                      58.5                    

Soya                                                                                    20.5

Gram (Chick Pea)                                                               47

Buckwheat                                                                         61.5

Spelt                                                                                   61.3  

Almond                                                                                 9.3