This Month: Diet

The following are answers and comments to many questions we’ve received at concerning the diet for treating yeast overgrowth.

Keep your questions coming. Write to and we’ll answer as many as possible each month through this ASK AN EXPERT section. So check back often.


Q:Where do I start to get relief from these yeast related symptoms? I have already stopped eating sugar and breads. Help.

A:You’ve already got a great start on your road to recovery. Removing yeast and sugar from your diet is one of the most important factors to getting relief. To continue on, you have several choices.

  • One, take a look at some of the treatment options listed under Yeast-Fighting Program on this site. There, you’ll find all sorts of other ways to help your body begin to change its chemistry and strengthen its immune system to help you get relief.
  • Two, review pages 188 - 192 in Dr. Crook’s newly released The Yeast Connection and Women’s Health available through our store. These pages give a concise and organized list of 10 steps to follow to regain health. Or, see page 194 for a very clear description of the four steps involved in the diet portion of the treatment. You’ll see avoiding sugar and yeast are part of step l. To continue to improve and get results, you may need to eliminate other foods such as fruit and other processed food items.
  • Three, get on the discussion board and talk to others as they work toward relief too. You’ll needs encouragement, support, and hope as you keep moving toward gaining health.
  • Beginning in February, we’ll be offering our own line of dietary supplements that will support you in your journey to find relief.

Q: Are oranges an acceptable food for a person undergoing treatment for yeast overgrowth?

A: No fruit is recommended for the first step: Elimination - of the treatment. During this first two or three week period, eliminating all fruit along with sugar, alcohol, processed foods, anything containing yeast, and fungi significantly reduces symptoms.

Then, during Step 2: The Challenge phase of the diet add fruit, including oranges, back in to see whether your body can tolerate them or if you develop symptoms after eating oranges. . Be sure to only add one type of fruit at a time. And, if you develop symptoms after eating one particular type of fruit, skip at least one day before challenging with another type of fruit.

Q: My eight-year old daughter has been diagnosed with yeast overgrowth. How do I find recipes and menus for kids with this condition?

A: We aren’t familiar with any cookbooks specifically addressing cooking for kids with yeast overgrowth. Your question definitely peeked our staff’s interest and, in response, we’ve added a kids cookbook onto our list of ideas for future projects. However, we know that is not going to help you now.

So, here’s what we suggest. The most important factor in helping your child handle this or any other sort of dietary restrictions is how you interact with her about her food on a daily basis. We know of no other book as concise and on the mark as Carol Beck’s book, Nourishing Your Daughter available in our store. No, it is not written especially with yeast overgrowth in mind. But, it gives you loads of tools and techniques, including how to word discussions that may cause conflict about food. You’ll learn how to help your daughter begin to listen to her body and feed it well.

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