Happy Monday! Melody-Rose from RnA ReSet Customer Service here. I’m writing under my byline today because I have longstanding experience with the Yeast Free Diet. So, I’m going to approach resetting yeast levels from the perspective of what information helped me most and tricks I found that helped me work with the protocol and nutritional plan. Then, I’ll share what I’ve learned from Dr. Dean about choosing your eating plan.
Eating Healthy Isn’t a New Concept
Healthy eating isn’t a new concept. Up until convenience foods became popular in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Americans purchased “real” food locally. So, everyone ate local, seasonal, family farmed/gathered (currently called, “organic”) food. For example, those who lived on the coasts ate fish because that was available; whereas, those inland ate more meat because that was available. In fact, Americans are only a few generations removed from eating “real” “local” “seasonal” “organic” food.
If you don’t believe this, talk to one of your grandparents. I was born in the early 1950s, and we grew our own vegetables and fruits and traded with neighbors who had their own gardens. Crops that individuals couldn’t easily grow were purchased from the local farmer. Then, we went into town once a week to buy what we couldn’t grow from the local baker, butcher, etc. We did have a Piggly Wiggly where we purchased laundry detergent and other cleaners. But I was nearly in grade school before we had a grocery store with departments and pre-packaged meats. We didn’t know we were eating “real” food. We just ate what was produced locally because that was all that was available. We didn’t worry about pesticides and chemical fertilizers, because they weren’t commonly purchased.
The Downside of Corporate Agri-Farming
Within a 70-year span, corporate agri-farming has become the en vogue way to produce food. Initially, it seemed reasonable – more people getting fed for less money. But what really happened was that the more chemicals that were used to produce food, the less nutrition the food contained and the more depleted of minerals and good bacteria the soil was. Moreover, when someone’s body can’t get the nutrition it needs from sources the body can absorb, the body experiences layers of dysfunction and disease until a total body meltdown is a possibility. Here is a link to Dr. Dean’s eBook where she talks about “Total Body Meltdown and the 65 Reasons Why.”
It’s All about Feeding Your Body
I’m going through such an elaborate setup for talking about the Yeast Free Diet and Dr. Dean’s diet recommendations for a reason. Unless you understand that your body needs to be fed the nutrition it needs to maintain health, diet choices are just cosmetic as opposed to relevant for building wellness. Too, if you don’t understand how depleted the soil is and how little actual absorbable nutrients may be in your food, you can be overeating to try to feed your body’s needs and never accomplish that goal.
It’s Not About Dozens of Supplements, Either
We’ve had customers phone in or write us and give us a list of 20-30 supplements they are taking – many of which are synthetics or “cheaper” (as if price-shopping nutrients helps feed your body) and tell us that they feel horrible. When they tell us they have muscle cramps, eye twitches, gut pain and gas, and other deficiency symptoms, then we ask if they are getting enough magnesium and if they have worked on improving their gut health. Most of those suffering multi-layered symptoms, tell us, “No.” So, we always suggest going back to wellness basics:
- good hydration
- eating the best quality food available
- supplementing a few essential nutrients that can no longer be found in the food
- fresh air
We do this because we know that all circumstances improve when you build wellness around them. So, my intention in how I am sharing the following information about the Yeast Free Diet and Dr. Dean’s Diet Recommendations is to help you return to wellness, regardless of your current situation.
Yeast Free Diet Tools I Refer to
These are the tools I constantly refer to when I work with the Yeast Free Diet:
These resources are information-rich and will help you research resetting your yeast level. Now, I will break down this information into three different areas which I, and by extension you will find helpful in making yeast reset a success.
What Is Yeast Overload Syndrome?
According to Dr Dean, Yeast Overload Syndrome (“YOS”) is:
“a condition where yeast has overgrown and outgrown its natural environment in the large intestine and has invaded the small intestine. It is a health threat that remains untreated, mistreated, and if it’s ever recognized, it is under-treated.
A syndrome is a group of symptoms that consistently occur together, or a condition characterized by a set of associated symptoms. Doctors don’t like syndromes – there are too many variables. They want one major symptom so they can make a disease diagnosis and treat with a disease-specific drug. YOS, with its dozens of symptoms, gets a deer-in-the-headlights look from most doctors who ignore it or just call it a fad.
Medicine has been calling YOS a fad for over 40 years and I’m tired of this oversight, since the definition of a fad is an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived and without basis in the object’s qualities. I think YOS has outlived its ―fad status and should be treated with the respect it deserves.”
What Is a Yeast ReSet?
Dr. Dean simply calls her protocol a yeast reset because:
“a certain amount of yeast is natural to our body and we have to hit the ReSet button to achieve the right balance.”
How Do I Know I Have Yeast Overload Syndrome?
First, answer the seven questions Dr. Dean took from Dr. Crook’s Yeast Questionnaire plus one addition she makes. If you answer, “Yes,” to two or more of them, continue reading about the Yeast ReSet.
The Eight Questions:
- Have you, at any time in your life, taken “broad-spectrum” antibiotics?
- Have you taken tetracycline or other broad-spectrum antibiotics for one month or
- Are your symptoms worse on damp, muggy days or in moldy places?
- Do you crave sugar?
- Do you have a feeling of being ―drained?
- Are you bothered with vaginal (or penile) burning itching or discharge?
- Are you bothered by burning, itching or tearing of eyes?
- When was the last time you felt completely well?
Again, if you answered, “Yes,” to two or more of the above questions, get more information about your yeast load by taking Dr. Crook’s Candida Questionnaire.
My Personal Experience with the Yeast Questionnaires
I was in Total Body Meltdown when I first connected with Dr. Dean and had worked on moving toward saturation of minerals for over a year when “my body started going crazy again.” Deficiency symptoms were returning. I had heart burn, gas, gas pains, sporadic diarrhea, and bumpy skin rashes. So, I emailed Dr. Dean, and she asked me to take the yeast questionnaires. I answered, “Yes,” to five of the eight questions and couldn’t remember the last time I felt completely well. So, I took the Dr. Crook’s Candida Questionnaire and scored over 100. When I wrote that to Dr. Dean, she explained that I had YOS, where to look for information on her diet and protocol and told me that now that my body was moving toward saturation of minerals, she was ready to work on rebalancing yeast. So, this was a move toward more wellness. Having this confirmed was helpful because I felt a great deal of anxiety when I couldn’t figure out what my body was doing.
If you would like to see a list of YOS symptoms, go to page 72 of ReSet the Yeast Connection.
The Dr. Crook’s Candida Questionnaire
After answering the Eight Question, you may already have determined that you have yeast overgrowth. For you, the hard part is over.
For those of you who can’t decide, the Candida Questionnaire will uncover all possible signs and symptoms of yeast and give you a score that’s indicative of your YOS problem. Questions in Section A focus on your Medical History – factors that promote the growth of Candida albicans and that frequently are found in people with yeast-related health problems.
In Section B, you’ll find a list of 23 Symptoms that are often present in patients with Candida-related health problems.
Section C consists of 33 General Symptoms that are sometimes seen in people with Candida-related problems – yet they also may be found in people with other disorders.
Filling out and scoring this questionnaire should help you (and your health care practitioner) evaluate the possible role Candida albicans contributes to your health problems.
Section A: Medical History
1. Have you taken tetracyclines or other antibiotics for
acne for 1 month (or longer)? 35
2. Have you at any time in your life taken broad-spectrum
antibiotics or other antibacterial medication for respiratory,
urinary, or other infections for two months or longer, or in
shorter courses four or more times in a one-year period? 35
3. Have you taken a broad-spectrum antibiotic
drug – even in a single dose? 6
4. Have you, at any time in your life, been bothered by
persistent prostatitis, vaginitis, or other problems affecting
your reproductive organs? 25
5. Are you bothered by memory or concentration
problems – do you sometimes feel spaced out? 20
6. Do you feel “sick all over,” yet, in spite of visits to many
different physicians, the causes haven’t been found? 20
7. Have you been pregnant…
Two or more times? 5
One time? 3
8. Have you taken birth control pills…
For more than two years? 15
For six months to two years? 8
9. Have you taken steroids orally, by injection or inhalation…
For more than two weeks? 15
two weeks or less? 6
10. Does exposure to perfumes, insecticides, fabric shop odors,
and other chemicals provoke . . .
Moderate to severe symptoms? 20
Mild symptoms? 5
11. Does tobacco smoke really bother you? 10
12. Are your symptoms worse on damp, muggy days
or in moldy places? 20
13. Have you had athlete’s foot, ring worm, “jock itch” or
other chronic fungous infections of the skin or nails?
Have such infections been…
Severe or persistent? 20
Mild to moderate? 10
14. Do you crave sugar? 10
TOTAL SCORE, Section A
Section B: Major Symptoms
For each of your symptoms, enter the appropriate figure in the Point Score
If a symptom is occasional or mild ………………………..… 3 points
If a symptom is frequent and/or moderately severe …….. 6 points
If a symptom is severe and/or disabling …………………….. 9 points
Add total score and record it at the end of this section.
1. Fatigue or lethargy
2. Feeling of being “drained‘‘
3. Depression or manic depression
4. Numbness, burning or tingling
6. Muscle aches
7. Muscle weakness or paralysis
8. Pain and/or swelling in joints
9. Abdominal pain
10. Constipation and/or diarrhea
11. Bloating, belching, or intestinal gas
12. Troublesome vaginal burning, itching, or discharge
15. Loss of sexual desire or feeling
16. Endometriosis or infertility
17. Cramps and/or other menstrual irregularities
18. Premenstrual tension
19. Attacks of anxiety or crying
20. Cold hands or feet, low body temperature
22. Shaking or irritable when hungry
23. Cystitis or interstitial cystitis
TOTAL SCORE, Section B
Section C: Other Symptoms
For each of your symptoms, enter the appropriate figure in the Point Score
If a symptom is occasional or mild …………………………… 1 point
If a symptom is frequent and/or moderately severe …….. 2 points
If a symptom is severe and/or disabling …………………….. 3 points
Add total score and record it at the end of this section.
1. Drowsiness, including inappropriate drowsiness
4. Frequent mood swings
6. Dizziness/loss of balance
7. Pressure above ears . . . feeling of head swelling
8. Sinus problems . . . tenderness of cheekbones or forehead
9. Tendency to bruise easily
10. Eczema, itching eyes
12. Chronic hives (urticaria)
13. Indigestion or heartburn
14. Sensitivity to milk, wheat, corn, or other common foods
15. Mucus in stools
16. Rectal itching
17. Dry mouth or throat
18. Mouth rashes, including “white‘‘ tongue
19. Bad breath
20. Foot, hair, or body odor not relieved by washing
21. Nasal congestion or postnasal drip
Scoring Your Long Candida Questionnaire
The maximum possible score is 562.
The maximum score for your history is 236.
The maximum score for your symptoms is 326.
Yeast-connected health problems are almost certainly present in women with scores more than 180, and in men with scores more than 140.
Yeast-connected health problems are probably present in women with scores more than 120, and in men with scores more than 90.
Yeast-connected health problems are possibly present in women with scores more than 60, and in men with scores more than 40.
With scores of less than 60 in women and 40 in men, yeast is less apt to be causing health problems.
When Should I Use Dr. Crook’s Questionnaire/
What Does My Score Mean?
Dr. Crook’s Questionnaire has two purposes. First, you use the questionnaire to determine whether you have YOS or not. Then, you will use it to track your progress with the Yeast ReSet (explained later in this post). For most women, a score of 60-80, when you feel good, can show that your yeast is in balance. For men, the bottom number is closer to 40, so between 40-80 is a good score for a man.
If you want more complete information about the questionnaires and their meaning, read Chapter 4 of ReSet the Yeast Connection.
Feed Your Body, Not the Yeast
I would encourage you to keep these words as your mantra as you rediscover what eating “real” food is about – “Feed Your Body, Not the Yeast.” The typical modern, convenience/processed/sugar-laden diet feeds the yeast, not your body. So, when you crave those cheesy puffed corn snacks, if you are anything like I used to be, ask yourself a question, “Is it me or the yeast that wants this food?” Dr. Dean told me that at some point when I ate yeast free food, I would figure out who was talking – me or the yeast. She also said, “The yeast are like the Borg.” Truer words were never spoken. I would eat yeast free for about 3 weeks, then suddenly, I would crave eating hot dogs on soft buns with mustard and relish. The funny thing is that I never ate hot dogs fixed like that since I was a teenager.
Yeast Free Eating
A complete description of the Yeast Free Diet begins in Chapter 5 of ReSet the Yeast Connection. Let’s review the basics here. Dr. Dean gives this short description of the yeast free diet in her eBook:
“Most yeast-free diets, including the one in this book, are based on Dr. William Crook’s original advice. The diet avoids wheat, dairy, and sugar, eliminating all the simple sugars that feed yeast in the intestines. I’ve expanded the diet to be gluten-free as well. It is a high protein diet with lots of vegetables and limited fruit.”
Prepare Yourself to Win
Here’s some tips that Dr. Dean shared in her book that I found helpful before I started the Yeast Free Diet the first time:
- Have yeast-free foods on hand before you throw out yeast-feeding foods.
- Get the foods that you’ll be avoiding out of your line of vision.
- Always have yeast-free foods in stock at home, in your car, at work, in your
backpack or purse – wherever you typically and habitually eat, and especially
when you travel.
- Don’t allow yourself to get too hungry. This is not a calorie-restricting diet, so
you will have plenty of tasty food choices. It’s low on carbs but high on healthy
- Read the labels on items on your shelves and in the cupboards and fridge.
Remember: Many condiments can be yeast feeders like ketchup, pickles, mustard,
etc., because of the added ingredients. Did you know ketchup contains more sugar
than most sweet treats?
Here are some of my preparation tips:
- It was worth the money to go to Whole Foods Groceries or Trader Joe’s and purchase already cleaned, chopped, and sliced vegetables. In that way I could throw a salad, soup, or stir fry together very easily.
- Find someone to help you shop for and prep your food. My heaven was when I traded cooking lessons with a friend who was willing to shop, chop, and slice. This was very beneficial to us both.
- Get rid of any food with gluten or sugar (hidden and obvious) in it as soon as possible.
- Always have yeast free snacks available. It’s hard to find yeast free snacks at the Quick Trip when you are hungry.
- Invest in a slow cooker and an instapot. These two tools really helped me when time was short, and I made enough food to eat half of it now and freeze a portion for a night when I was too busy to cook.
What Can I Eat on the Yeast Free Diet?
During Your Transition to Yeast Free Eating, Add Yeast Free Foods:
- Start by eating more vegetables
- Experiment with eating organic, antibiotic-free meats
- Enjoy gluten-free, yeast-free bread alternatives
Once you’ve acclimated in the transition, you are ready to start the Yeast Free Diet.
The Yeast Free Diet:
On page 110 of Reset the Yeast Connection, Dr. Dean and Barb Schiltz, the nutritionist who worked with Dr. Dean on creating the menu plan and recipes, begin to give detailed instructions for eating yeast free.
My Experience with the Yeast Free Diet:
I found that I couldn’t stay on the yeast free diet for more than 3 weeks while I was eating carbs from the approved list. So, I consulted with Barb Schiltz about my specific nutritional needs and challenges. So, I restarted my Yeast Free Diet by only eating the following foods. This diet sometimes is referred to as an allergy elimination diet. To me it’s just a stricter version of Yeast Free eating.
- Berries Once a Day
- Organic, Grass-Fed/Free Range Protein including Eggs
- Wild Caught Fish/Shellfish
- Non-Starchy Vegetables
I found that this food fed my body – I felt better eating this food – and there were many choices for my menus, if I was willing to learn new recipes. So, I’ve now incorporated Indian and Mediterranean dishes into my repertoire. This is delicious and fun! Additionally, this stricter version of the yeast free diet gave my digestion a rest, and I noticed I had less inflammation in my joints.
After 2 or 3 weeks of this strict version of the eating program, I added 1/2 cup of winter squash once a day for two days. I felt great with that. Then, for two days, I added 1/2 cup of quinoa once a day. I still felt awesome with that. Then, I tried 1/2 cup of brown rice once a day for two days. I felt horrible – was foggy, puffy, etc. So, at that point I knew that brown rice didn’t work for me. I continued to add 1/2 cup per day of starchy vegetables or complex grains and basically found out which foods worked for my body in addition to the basic foods listed above.
All Levels of Nutritional Need:
So, you can see, that all nutritional needs can be met. You can work with the traditional yeast free diet or work directly with our consulting nutritionist to meet your individual needs. The only caution I have for you is this: DON’T NEGOTIATE WITH YOURSELF OR ANYONE ELSE ABOUT SUGAR, SIMPLE CARBS THAT TURN INTO SUGAR, OR PROCESSED FOODS. These are the seeds of imbalance for your gut.
The Detox Drink
Dr. Dean’s yeast protocol is thoroughly discussed in Chapter 6 of ReSet the Yeast Connection. I’m going to focus on answering questions about the Detox Drink because that is a part of the Protocol that can be confusing for people.
What Is the Detox Drink?
The Detox Drink is designed to help your body release toxins from the yeast and yeast die-off. In order to get the best results, I get up about 30 minutes earlier than I normally do and drink the Detox Drink, followed by 8 oz of sea-salted water, first thing in the morning. Then, I do the Detox Drink with water chaser again, about 30 minutes before I go to sleep. In this way, I’m not eating or drinking for at least 30-60 minutes after the Detox Drink.
What’s in the Detox Drink?
Measure each product into an empty shaker cup and add 4 oz. of water:
- Bentonite clay – 1-3 tsp.
- Psyllium seed powder – 1-3 tsp. (substitute 2-6 tsp. Aloe gel* if ―allergic to psyllium)
- Antifungal – rotate these five choices, using a different one each week.
- Garlic cloves – minced 1-3
- Or Grapefruit seed extract – 5-15 drops twice a day
- Or Oregano oil – 2-6 drops twice a day
- Or Caprylic acid – the contents of 1-3 capsules of caprylic acid (400mg)
- 1 teaspoon of Pico Silver
- For taste, add 1-2 drops of peppermint oil or orange oil. Otherwise the drink leaves you
with a slight aftertaste of dirt because of the clay!
- Aloe gel substitute in a dosage of 2 Tbsp. instead of 1 Tbsp. of psyllium seed powder to
maintain the right consistency.
Get used to the psyllium and bentonite before you add an antifungal. You have 5
to choose from, which allows you to rotate the different products so that the yeast doesn’t
develop a resistance to them. Take a different antifungal each week.
Where Can I Get the Products?
You can get caprylic acid from vitacost as well. Your garlic should be organic. As far as oregano oil and grapefruit seed extract, get food grade products with the best reviews/reputations. I go to my local health food store and ask questions, including asking for the COA for a particular product, if I have concerns about its purity. (We don’t have any recommendations for either of these products.)
When Should I Use the Drink?
When you are doing the Yeast ReSet, you will do the drink for 3 full weeks, with a different antifungal every week. Then, have a full week off, while you continue eating yeast free. At the end of the fourth week, take Dr. Crook’s Questionnaire again to see how you’ve progressed. If you are within:
60-80 for women
40-80 for men
Then, your yeast is reset, and you will probably only do a Yeast ReSet 1-4 times a year. (Many people like to do the Yeast ReSet seasonally, say after Christmas, for example.) This “Redo” ensures your body, and not the yeast, are being refed.
If you haven’t reached your goal yet, just re-add the Detox Drink for another 3 weeks, wait and week, and retest again. Don’t get discouraged if your body needs you to do the Detox a few times. It took a long time to build up the imbalance, and you are going to feel so good when your yeast is in normal range for you!
Which of the Diets Is for Me?
From my perspective, almost everyone has yeast overgrowth to some degree. So, if I were you, before I decided whether I wanted to do Yeast ReSet or Keto, I would begin by answering the Eight Questions. If I answered, “Yes,” to two or more, then I’d do Dr. Crook’s Yeast Questionnaire. If I found I had YOS, then I’d begin my journey to eating food that feeds my body all the time with the Yeast ReSet Diet. If you are one of the lucky ones that doesn’t have YOS, going directly to Keto could work for you. Here’s the linkfor Dr Dean’s thorough post about the Keto Diet. But, realize, that you are eliminating carbs on the Keto diet, too. So, if yeast is an issue, you probably will reduce yeast to some degree with Keto eating.
Detox Article on the Way!
On Friday, Dr. Dean will be reviewing the A-Z’s of detoxification in preparation for the pending release of her new book about sugar addiction.