Should You Avoid All Sweet Things on a Sugar-Free Diet?

It seems there are two camps when it comes to cutting sugar entirely out of your diet: those who think it’s prudent to satisfy sweet cravings with sugar-free options (such as stevia or xylitol) and those who think you should cut out sweeteners entirely, since they may end up increasing your sugar cravings even more. […]

Is it Okay to Cheat on Your Anti-Candida Diet?

The anti-candida diet is one of the most challenging special diets out there. When I first started the diet, I remember wondering how I’d manage to stay within the dietary boundaries and still find enough to eat. Or, how to avoid wandering outside those boundaries. These days, after having eaten this way for around 15 […]

Four Tips to Stick with Your Special Diet Over the Holidays

Do you love the holidays? Most likely, like many of us, you love certain parts of it but not other parts. Getting together with loved ones, catching up with old friends, taking long walks in the (possibly very brisk!) outdoors, singing holiday tunes, watching sappy movies, giving and receiving presents, deepening spiritual connections, visualizing the […]

Looking Back on 2011: It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Not-So-Best of Times*

*Or, a Tale of Two Rickis *Or, How About a Dickens Reference Other Than A Christmas Carol for a Change? [“Happy New Year, Mum!  A saner approach to 2012 sounds good to me, too.  Oh, and kudos on that atypical Dickens reference!”] Happy 2012, everyone! Hope you all had a great time ringing in the new year.  […]

Baked Granola “Haystack” Cookies

[A plate of detox-friendly cookies! In the background, the ailing azalea plant my cousin gave me. Any advice on how to keep it alive?] Are you a fan of granola?  For most of us, the mix of (usually) oats, nuts, seeds and raisins or dates is very alluring.  I must admit, however, that I first […]

Anti-Candida Update: Recalling My First Detox Diet–and Why I’m Ready for Another

Are you following a restricted diet and feel as if you need support? The Sweet Life Club helps you stay motivated, cook great food, and stick with it in a way that feels natural and normal. We’ll be opening up again soon, so be sure to get on the waitlist! Some Personal Sharing: My Detox Experience […]

Lifestyles of the Rich and Sugar-Laden: Chocolate "Buttercream" Frosting

[Whipped “buttercream” variation. Go ahead. . . lick the beaters.] When we were kids, my sisters and I used to crowd round my mother every time she baked something (coffee cake, chocolate chip cookies, cheesecake, or her legendary chiffon cake) just so we could vie for who’d get to lick the beaters, or bowl, or spoon (this […]

Living with Candida, Twenty Two Months Later: The Ugly, the Bad–and the Good

Are you ready to start an anti-candida diet? The Candida Kick-Start can help! Kickstart your diet and pave the way for success on your anti-candida journey! Find more information here.   Grrrr! Candida can be pretty scary.] The Ugly: The Monster Returns Here it is, 2011, and it’s already time for a confession (don’t worry, […]

My Way of Eating*

*[Not to be confused with Morris Dithers’ answer in this classic SCTV skit.] [The main course table from my recent holiday potluck with nutritionist friends, clockwise from top left: [out of the photo–Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts]; Southwest Brown Rice Casserole with Beans [white bowl behind cutlery]; Tempeh-Brown Rice Curry and Vegetables; Baby Spinach Salad; Rutabaga […]

I Am Thankful For. . . Chocolate Pumpkin Pots de Creme (Vegan, Dairy Free, Sugar Free)

[This is the final recipe I have to share from this year’s Thanksgiving feast–but what a way to end off the meal!  If you’re looking for even more Thanksgiving recipes, check out my mega roundup of 75+ Healthy, Whole Foods, Vegan & Gluten-Free recipes.] I do seem to be on a “pumpkin and chocolate” kick these […]

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