Posted 10/24/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -6)
I can try to help you.... I haven't been great lately- I haven't been eating as much as I should, but I can give you some pointers.
1st- they are many different versions of the sugar-free diet. On some of them, you have to exclude all sugar and alll wheat products, but can eat small amounts of potatoes, or brown rice, etc. Then there are the very strict ones- no bread, cereal, or wheat products of any kind. No potatoes, no rice, and avoid foods like carrots, peas, corn, etc if you can (high glycemic index stuff). Also- no fruit except high fibre/low sugar fruit (one person told my ONLY granny smith apples, but some people eat blueberries). Almost all other veggies are fine (peppers, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, zuchinni, mushroom, etc...). Nuts, and all proteins are ok- but not the processed proteins that are full of sugar! (ie pepperoni, etc.)
Dr. Burrascano's treatment guidelines (you can find them on the ILADs website) give some basic info on his recommendations, or you can google "Candida elimination diet". A lot of the sites about the diet include menu recommendations.
I started out on the super-strict diet, and still pretty much follow it, but about once a week I have a flax seed/whole grain porridge-like cereal for breakfast. It takes 30 min to cook (the longer you have to cook carb-like things, the better they are), and once in a blue moon (so far, once every two months- I'm doing good :) ) I cheat, and have something sweet.
For breakfast, I eat eggs. This is because a) Eggs are easy b) I like eggs and c) eggs have enough solidity that I can take my pills with them, and they give me enough energy to start my day.
Lunch...what I should be doing (what I used to be doing) is splitting this meal into smaller portions, since this is when I don't feel like eating, usually. So I'd bring nuts, a piece of cheese, an apple, and maybe some salad, and I'd eat little bits here and there.
Supper: I usually just eat a salad or stir-fry, but I try to add some sort of protein (chicken, eggs, cheese etc), to make sure I'm getting enough to eat. It's really hard to get enough calories just eating salad. So I sometimes have home-made chicken ceaser-salad, stir-fry with tofu (I like tofu) etc.
As long as I avoid all carbs and sugar (excluding the breakfast cereal- it looks like bird seed, and hardly counts), I don't crave it. But as soon as I have something sweet, I have a week where I really have to push myself to stick to the diet. Some people can "cheat" more often and be ok, but I don't have the willpower.
But- since you did mention you were having trouble making yourself eat, be careful! When I first started this diet, I would eat a couple of slices of tomatoe and avacado for lunch, and a salad for supper, which wasn't nearly enough. I actually had to sit down and count calories to determine how much I needed to eat. If you are worried, or unsure, you could also consider going to a nutritionist. They could help you come up with a plan.