I'm a bit behind on this from being gone, but here are my thoughts on that link JaneS posted on the first page of this thread (the one that suggested that you don't necessarily need to eliminate foods to cure candida): after a few hours of research, I think there may be some basis to what they said, but I also think there are some things there are not entirely accurate.
For instance, I don't think fiber is necessary for good digestion. It depends on what you are eating--if you only eat good proteins and fats and have a healthy gut, you should not get constipated even if you don't eat any fiber (like the Eskimos). I also don't agree that low carb diets are damaging when pregnant or nursing--maybe if you don't eat any carbs, or the other foods you are eating aren't healthy, but otherwise they should be fine (again, the Eskimo example). Also, if you have candida overgrowth you probably have digestive issues, also, and many of the foods that are not allowed on an anti-candida diet are also very hard to digest, like grains, nuts, and (non-cultured) dairy, which isn't good for you even if they don't make candida worse.
But from stuff I've read on the candidasupport forum, and other places, it does seem that people who've had candida overgrowth tend to have difficulties when they add many new foods in, which does make me think they something more needs to be done so people can return to normalcy (a normal NT diet, not the SAD). Plus quite a few people on this forum have seen a lot of benefits from kefir, which supports the idea that you have to overwhelm the candida with good bacteria and yeast.
So this is my thought right now: the anti-candida diet I'm doing is helping, so I am going to continue it. But I don't want to be on it for a year and then realize when I try to add foods that I'm not as healed as I thought I was, so I'm going to do some "extra" stuff, also. I'm going to do the diet for a few weeks to normalize after my junk-food binge, and then I'm going to try introducing things like water kefirs and see what effect those have. I'm also going to try to introduce some of the illegal foods that are easier to digest, like buckwheat or brown rice. And I'm going to play around with pH testing and see if I think there is any validity to that theory.
This got kind of long, sorry...anyone have any thoughts on my ramblings?