How to Handle Symptom Flare-Ups

Candida symptoms what to do

When I was first diagnosed with candida overgrowth in 1999 and then again in 2009, I was obsessed with my symptoms.

And no wonder: when candida reared its ugly head that second time, it appeared as an angry, red rash that covered most of the front of my body, that hurt and itched at the same time, and that seemed to have a life of its own.

It was all I could think about: was it any bigger today? How would I stop the pain and itching? What could I do to make it GO AWAY?? And so on.

Of course, it’s totally natural that we’d be concerned with our symptoms of ill health, whether from candida overgrowth or something else. Symptoms are a physical, visual indication that something isn’t functioning properly in our bodies, so it only makes sense that we’d want to be rid of them as soon as possible.

Over the years, my symptoms did diminish, to the point that I consider myself “clear” of candida today, and I can say with confidence that my body is “95% candida-free, 99% of the time.”

But what about that other one per cent? When symptoms do decide to make an encore appearance, what can be done then?

In today’s video, I share my experience with symptom flare-ups over the years, and how I’ve learned to deal with them so that they never flare up too severely, and never last too long. 

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My History with Anxiety and Depression, Part II: Causes, Treatments and How I Got Free

This post is Part 2 in a two-part series about anxiety and depression. You can check out Part 1 here.

Ricki's story of anxiety and depression

Because this post turned out to be so much longer than I expected, I’ve separated it by sub-topics, so you can skip ahead to any part you would like.

VERY IMPORTANT CAVEAT: I am not a doctor or other healthcare professional and absolutely nothing in this post is intended to diagnose, treat, or otherwise make any kind of suggestion to you as to how you should deal with your own anxiety or depression. I share this for informational purposes only, and as an example of what I did about my own anxiety and depression. In my own case, I never took prescription drugs and I was never suicidal. Please, please, PLEASE, always speak to your own doctor or other qualified professional before you try or change anything when it comes to these serious conditions. 

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Why It Can Be Hard to Get a Clear Candida Diagnosis, Part 2

how to test for candida overgrowth

If you saw my earlier post about why it’s hard to get a clear candida diagnosis, you know that not all “candida” is equal. However, even when a doctor does acknowledge candida overgrowth as a viable condition (excluding the very deadly or anti-fungal resistant strains such as candida auris), it’s not always clear whether tests […]

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My History with Anxiety and Depression, Part I: What is Anxiety & Depression?

Ricki's story of anxiety and depression

This post is Part I of a two-part series on anxiety and depression, which came about as a result of requests for more about my story from listeners of a recent podcast where I described my experiences, and from my audience on Instagram, who requested more details.    When I was four years old, my […]

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Why It Can Be Hard to Get a Clear Candida Diagnosis, Part 1

Candida diagnosis difficulty

Do you feel certain that you have candida overgrowth, yet it seems that there’s no doctor who states this as your diagnosis? After spending many frustrating months hearing “it’s not candida” or “there’s no such thing as candida overgrowth,” I finally found a holistically-minded practitioner who confirmed what I had been thinking. Up until that […]

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Quick and Easy Avocado Boats from College Vegan

avocado boats from college vegan cookbook by heather nicholds

[Super easy to prepare and delightfully tasty, these Avocado Boats are vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.] One of the requests I hear all the time from readers and students in my programs is, “Can you provide recipes that are […]

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Does Healthy Food Prep Take Too Long? Here’s What To Do

saving time on healthy food prep

Whenever I ask my clients or people in my programs what is their greatest challenge sticking to their dietary restrictions, one of the first answers I normally hear is, “Prepping all that healthy food just takes TOO LONG.” Of course, it makes sense that in our modern society, where we expect almost everything to be […]

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What Is EFT and Should You Try It?

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What is EFT? EFT, or Emotional Freedom Technique, is also known simply as “tapping.” It was developed by Gary Craig, who took an earlier technique called Thought Field Therapy from psychologist Roger Callahan and both simplified and modified it so it would be easier to apply in more situations. The Principles of Tapping According to […]

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Homemade Twix Bars (Grain-Free, Sugar-Free, Egg-Free, Corn-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free & optionally Nut-Free)

candida diet, vegan, grainfree Twix Bars recipe

As a kid growing up in a home where all desserts were from-scratch, I was more or less obsessed with candy bars. I couldn’t wait to become an adult already, so I could buy as many candy bars (called “chocolate bars” where I grew up) as I wanted. As soon as I was old enough […]

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Lessons from Living with Candida for 20 Years

vegan candida diet for 20 years

What’s it like to be dealing with candida for 20 years? How does that even happen?  I can barely believe it myself, but this month marks 20 years since my first candida diagnosis. In today’s video, I talk about what’s been happening in my candida journey over the past two decades since I was first […]

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