So, cocoa is a powerful food, but is it banned on the anti yeast diet? Not really no. There is nothing in there that directly feeds yeast. However. It is associated with general health depletion, both as a result of chemicals in there and because we use it as a quick fix. If we want to really fix our bodies so that they are able to successfully combat yeast we should always try to strengthen our overall health. This means we would want to avoid stimulants and fix underlying life problems such as stress.
However, sometimes we might really feel like a taste of “chocolate”. If so, analyse yourself. Are you the kind of person who if they feel like chocolate will not be put off. You will eat the entire fridge rather than the chocolate and then still want the chock? If so, maybe a taste of cocoa product would be better than an avoidance binge.
Alternatively, some people cannot stick at a taste and if they have a bit they will have a lot. If that is you, probably no cocoa tastes for you.
Interestingly, craving cocoa/ chocolate, can be a symptom of magnesium deficiency. Maybe investigate that option. Other people have found that acai berries successfully remove the craving.
But, if you are going to have a smidge of cocoa, without compromising your anti yeast diet, here are some recipe ideas.
1. Make yourself a cup of roast dandelion tea and add cocoa to taste. Drink. Note – this will be extremely bitter. You can add almond milk or another acceptable milk replacement if you like. Traditionally cocoa drinks were consumed unsweetened, without dairy, but with spices. They were valued in part for their bitter nature. Experiment with adding cinnamon, cloves etc.
Bitter drinks and foods play a specific and important role in our diets. Bitter is one of the five basic flavours in Traditional Chinese medicine food theory. It drains heat (inflammation) and toxins. It is extremely useful. You may be pleasantly surprised at how much your body likes it – I know that mine does. Not to excess of course.
2. Make yourself a chocolate and nut paste. Either buy an organic whole nut paste (almond is good, probably not peanut!) or make your own by soaking nuts for 24 hours, then roasting them at about 60 degrees celcius until as desired. Run them through a food processor with some organic shredded coconut if you like and then add a little cocoa powder to taste. Can be eaten on a spoon, and keeps well in the fridge. Some people add a little sea salt, preferably Himalayan. The coconut has anti bacterial anti fungal properties.
If you want it sweet, some people allow themselves stevia or xylitol while eating the anti yeast diet. These are fairly new wonder sugar substitutes – go easy on them would be my advice. They may still feed the body’s craving for sweet things, which is part of the western world’s dietary crisis.