In this edition, I’ll cover the first stage of the Candida Crusher Diet, The MEVY Diet.
The M.E.V.Y. Diet (Meat, Eggs, Vegetables and Yogurt) for those with yeast infections is not a new concept; in fact you will find this diet in the book called “The Yeast Syndrome” (Bantam Books 1986) by Dr. John Trowbridge and Dr. Morton Walker.
This is one of my favorite yeast infection books; it is excellent although a little heavy reading for some. The lengthy food charts tend to make the yeast infection dietary approach confusing and complicated. In my experience, unless a diet is kept as simple as possible it will be difficult to follow for many.
Dr. Trowbridge once said that the majority of people he has seen over the many years exhibit minor symptoms of a candida yeast infection, while almost thirty percent of those living in Western developed nations population are severely affected, and that was back in the 1980’s. My experience spanning twenty five years of treating yeast infections certainly supports his assertion. Dr. Trowbridge has also said that candida is a precursor for almost every chronic degenerative disease because of its connection to cause harm to virtually every single body system, now you can see why it is important to tackle this all too common problem.
I prefer the simple and short-term approach to the MEVY diet, and while this diet is OK if you follow very strictly for 3 to 4 weeks, it fails as a complete nutritional program and does not supply your body with a sufficient amount of nutritional factors in a sufficient balance. It is best to adopt the MEVY diet in its strictest form for the first two weeks especially, then to loosen up a little for the next two to three weeks as you implement the low-allergy stage (stage 2) of the Candida Crusher Diet. Some may soon tire of being ultra-strict, but dietary discipline is a good thing, and as you begin to experience the cause and effect of the foods you have been eating and have been omitting, you will most probably want to stay reasonably strict for some time. I have found that others have no problems in enforcing a strict dietary protocol for themselves and remain on the MEVY diet for many months until they really improve.
It is really up to you to decide how long you want to stay on this dietary approach, but either way, let me assure you of one thing, the MEVY Diet works, and it works very well for those who adhere to it for some time, albeit in a modified fashion after enforcing it strictly for a week or two. I have trialed and experimented with many candida diets over the years and always seem to come back to the MEVY Diet for the simple reason that it works so well, time and again.
The MEVY diet is just a term for a low-carbohydrate diet, and was recommended in a time well before the low-carb, the GAPS diet, the Body Ecology diet or the modified starch diet craze stages. But unlike many other diets low in carbohydrates such as the Dr. Aitkin’s Diet or the South Beach Diet for example, the MEVY Diet isn’t recommended primarily as a “weight loss diet”, although you will most certainly lose weight on the MEVY Diet (if you have excess weight to lose), particularly if you follow it well. Instead, this particular restricted dietary modification will suppress and starve a candida yeast infection.
The MEVY diet brings the intestinal flora back into balance, and in my experience if you adhere to this diet very well you will discover that not only will your yeast infection and weight problems disappear over time, you will discover that your overall health will improve to a remarkably high level as a consequence. My Candida Crusher Program was not designed with the sole aim of ridding your body of candida; it is about getting your healthy life back.
While on this initial MEVY induction diet, you’re allowed to eat all meats, eggs, most all vegetables (except initially the high starch vegetables like potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, peas, corn and beets) and plain, natural acidophilus yogurt. Eliminate foods and beverages made from grains or yeasts such as cereals, pasta, conventionally leavened breads (containing yeasts and sugars), pastries, chips and all alcohol. I must emphasize, do avoid breads containing yeasts and sugars that are the leavened breads, although I have found that sourdough bread is generally OK. You also avoid all dairy foods, except natural unsweetened acidophilus yogurt.
No fruits, no forms of sugars (even xylitol, stevia, agave, etc; initially) or vinegar (unless naturally fermented vinegar like Bragg’s) are allowed. And that’s it, a simple diet yet highly effective and as you can see, there are plenty of foods you can eat so you really don’t have to starve yourself. You are OK to have the fermented and cultured foods, as well as the sea vegetables (seaweeds) of course.
MEVY Diet Effects
The idea behind this diet is that sugars and starches encourage the overgrowth of candida albicans in the intestinal tract. Remember that the Candida Crusher MEVY Implementation Diet is strictly a therapy employed against feeding candida and is usually will not be continued for more than three or four weeks at the very most. In some cases I have found patients to continue this phase for a month or two but then soon want to move on as they stabilize and improve.
The MEVY approach also allows your digestion to improve, as you won’t be consuming all those excess carbs and starches that may not be broken down sufficiently due to poor stomach and/or pancreatic function. I’ve discovered over the years that many with chronic candida need to improve the digestive health of their stomach and pancreas, the principal organs involved in carbohydrate metabolism. Poor pancreatic function in particular can mean more bloating, gas, and poor bowel function, and this is very common in candida sufferers.
Most people find that two to three weeks is sufficient with stage 1, they’ve simply had enough at the end of this stage. Others I know continue this diet on for several months but in a slightly modified version, they simply add a few of the items that they originally avoided. So how do you know when you have had enough of the MEVY Diet, when can you stop? You stop when you don’t seem to be improving anymore, that’s when. Remember, these are recommendations only. No diet is fixed or absolute by any means, it can be adapted entirely to suit your needs. But in saying that, I’d like you to follow this stage one MEVY Diet approach strictly for at least two weeks as a bare minimum, but preferably for three weeks initially for best results. Don’t forget to take the Candida Crusher supplement recommendations; you’ll be glad you did.
Stage One MEVY Diet Summary
1. Avoid all junk food (white sugar, white flour, soda drinks, take-out foods).
2. Include liberal amounts of fresh, unprocessed and nutritious food from a wide variety of sources. Shop at Farmer’s Markets and your local butcher and produce store rather than buying all your food from the supermarket.
3. Strictly avoid all sugars and sugar containing foods such as candy, chocolate, honey, molasses, and maple syrup.
4. Avoid most fresh fruits and fruit juices from 2 to 4 weeks and definitely no dried fruits of any kind! If you feel significantly better on a “no or low” fruit approach, you may want to continue this. You are allowed a few fruits, see below.
5. Try not to eat the same foods every day, rotate your foods if possible.
6. Feature low carbohydrate vegetables, seafood, lean meats, and eggs and natural acidophilus yogurt (try sauerkraut, kefir or Kim chi if you are allergic or can’t handle real yogurt). Try to incorporate some fermented and cultured foods as well as the sea vegetables into your diet.
7. Stage 1 MEVY Diet is one of the most important parts of your diet along with the Big Clean-Up, because they form the foundation. The MEVY Diet is the induction, so try to factor it around a time when you can take it a little easy and are not working very hard.
8. Be prepared in case you aggravate, I find it best to ease somebody into this phase especially if they have been drinking lots of coffee, tea and alcohol right up until they want to commit to the Candida Crusher Program. And for that reason I recommend they complete the Big Clean-Up.
Try my “warm turkey” approach, because going cold turkey can be tough and distressing for many; it makes sense therefore to make reductions in your consumption of caffeinated drinks and alcohol well before you start on the MEVY induction phase. Start a few weeks before you get serious with stage 1 by gradually cutting back on alcohol and caffeine and you will sail a lot smoother through these potentially rough seas.
9. Multivitamin – take one with each meal, digestive enzymes – take one with each meal. You can read a lot more about dietary supplements in section 4, chapter 7 of Candida Crusher.
10. Did you get constipated on this MEVY Diet? Try eating less meat, no more than 500 grams red meat in a week, and eat more vegetables. Pay attention to the fiber information in chapter 7. Linseed, sunflower and almond (all ground-up, known as LSA mix), can aid the bowel significantly if you have difficulties with bowel motions.
11. Stay on the MEVY Diet strictly for the first two weeks then allow yourself some starchy carbohydrates and maybe even a little fruit, depending on your level of improvement. Keep on the MEVY approach as you move into stage 2, the Low-Allergy Candida Diet phase.
You will need to purchase a copy of Candida Crusher if you want much more detailed information about the MEVY diet.
Next edition, learn about: The Low-Allergy Diet – Stage 2.
Here’s to your health!
Eric Baker ND B.H.Sc. Comp. Med. Yeast Infection Clinician, Expert and Author
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