Your physician may recommend a gluten-free diet if you are diagnosed with celiac disease and yeast-free diets are thought to treat candida. Gluten is a type of protein found in grains such as wheat. Some people have problems digesting gluten and find that removing it from their diet helps. Candida is an overgrowth of yeast within the body. It is fairly easy to remove both gluten and yeast from the diet at the same time as they are found in similar foods.
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Wheat, barley and rye contain gluten. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, you should avoid foods containing barley, bulgur, durham, farina, kamut, matzo meal, rye, semolina, spelt, triticale and wheat, as these are all derived from glutinous grains. Most breads, cakes, cookies, pastries, pies, pastas and cereals contain gluten; however, it is possible to find gluten-free alternatives.
Yeast is used as a raising agent in breads and in the production of beer. When following a yeast-free diet you should avoid all bread products including rolls, pastries, cookies, pizza and pretzels. Yeast is also found in gravies, vinegar, beers, wines, spirits, and fermented foods and drinks like cider. According to The Yeast Diet website, gluten and yeast-sensitive people also avoid sugary foods like honey and processed sugar; some fruits like grapes and dates; fermented foods like cheese and beer; and processed meats like cured bacon.
Gluten and Yeast-free Diet
When following the gluten and yeast-free diet you should eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Fruit is allowed on the yeast-free diet, unless you are following a candida treatment plan. Fresh meat and fish is allowed and will provide your body with protein. You can also find protein in eggs and beans. Try gluten-free grains such as, buckwheat, corn, quinoa, rice and tapioca as alternatives to bread and pasta. You can buy gluten-free flours to make your own foods.
For breakfast try porridge topped with fresh berries; scrambled eggs with grilled tomatoes; or a banana smoothie fresh from the blender. At lunch-time opt for a big salad topped with a slice of ham and a boiled egg or a jacket potato with tuna and sweetcorn. For dinner prepare pork chops or grilled fish and serve with mashed potato and lots of vegetables. Rice is another option at dinner-time. Serve it with stir-fried vegetables, or chili con carne.
Gluten and Yeast-free Snacks
You can snack on fresh fruit or vegetable sticks when following a gluten and yeast-free diet. Jelly or rice cakes topped with peanut butter are also good choices. Treat yourself to a bag of gluten-free flour and make your own cookies and cakes. They do not require any yeast, are quick and easy to bake and will last a few days.