Marbled Matcha-Lemon Raw Vegan Cheesecake

Gluten-free, candida diet, marbled matcha-lemon vegan raw cheesecake recipe

[You’ll flip over this elegant, visually impressive Marbled Matcha-Lemon Raw Vegan Cheesecake! It’s smooth, creamy, and suitable for vegan, sugar-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, corn-free, soy-free, yeast-free, low glycemic and anti-candida diets.] There’s a phrase in French, “coup de foudre.” The literal translation is “thunderbolt,” but colloquially, people use it to mean “love at first sight” […]

What Does “Sugar-Free” Really Mean?

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As some of you know, I’ve been on a journey with my diet from whole foods-based to strict anti-candida to where I am today–what I call anti-candida “maintenance.” So, if you’ve been reading me for a while, or if you check back through to some of the earlier posts, what you’ll find is a broad […]

Candida Corner 2: Which Prepared or Packaged Foods Can You Eat on a Candida Diet?

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Even when you have a full list of foods you can or cannot eat on an anti-candida diet, it’s sometimes difficult to know whether a particular packaged food is actually permitted or not. To some extent anyone on a special diet needs to learn how to be an ingredient detective. In today’s Candida Corner hangout, […]

Top Ten Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Sauerkraut Juice

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If you follow a whole-foods or traditional diet, you’ve probably eaten your fair share of lacto-fermented sauerkraut (in fact, it’s probably fair to guess that you’ve even made some from scratch, right?). Lacto-fermented sauerkraut–and other naturally fermented foods, like kimchi–are staples on most anti-candida diets, too. They’re bursting with healthy probiotics and taste great as […]

9 Common Herbs & Spices that Reduce Inflammation

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[You can fight inflammation with common ingredients from your own kitchen. Here’s a list of the top nine anti-inflammatory herbs and spices, plus some of my favorite recipes using them.] You may think that “inflammation” only occurs after a bee sting, when you scald your hand on a hot pot, or when you unwittingly walk […]

Spotlight on Spuds: Should You Eat Potatoes?

Are potatoes okay on an anti-candida diet?

[Should white potatoes be included in an anti-candida–or any healthy–diet? Here are the pros and cons of eating potatoes, their effect on blood sugar balance, and other considerations before you take a bite.] [The humble potato: dietary friend or foe?] It’s finally summer (hallelujah!) and people’s minds are turning to BBQs, picnics and other outdoor […]

Eight Tips for Cooking Whole Foods from Scratch–Quickly and Easily (Part 1)


Way back in this post, I asked you all if you’d be interested in tips on speeding up the process of cooking whole foods from scratch. Today, I’ll begin to answer that question. I realized there is so much to say on this topic that I’d need to split it up into two smaller posts. […]

Six Degrees of Iris and Brittany: Breakfast Carrot Cake, Giveaway, and Interview with The Essential Gluten-Free Baking Guides’ Authors!


[This post is part of an ongoing series of interviews with cookbook authors, bloggers, women entrepreneurs and home chefs whose work I enjoy and admire. If you’ve got someone in mind you’d like me to approach for an interview, please shoot me an email at dietdessertdogsATgmailDOTcom, or leave a comment here and let me know! […]

Olive-Quinoa Salad with Olive Shortbreads (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan)


Some decisions in life are just no-brainers.  Did I wish to get a second dog after Elsie?  Uh-huh. Should I move in with the HH? Duh. Do I present at Nourished when asked? Uh, yeah. Will I accept when Ellen finally invites me onto her show? OF COURSE I WILL!!  And when Casey of KitchenPLAY […]

30 Days to Easy Gluten-Free Living: Why I Love Gluten-Free Baking*


* No, seriously.     [No Gluten, Get Happy: The easiest way to bake gluten-free is with no flour at all! How about  Happy Hemp Two-Bite Brownies?] Welcome to Day Nine of the blog event from Diane over at The Whole Gang, 30 Days to Easy Gluten-Free Living! The objective of this event is to show you all […]

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