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?

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[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)

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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!

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[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)

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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*

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* 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 […]

SOS April Ingredient Reveal!

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It’s April–which means the cruelest month  love is in the air another SOS Kitchen Challenge! This month, with so many of us thinking about spring and green shoots finally making their way toward the sky, Kim and I have chosen an ingredient that is itself a harbinger of spring.  With its lively green hue and […]

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