When Your Diet is Perfect. . . and You’re Still Not Better

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It can be incredibly frustrating.

Your practitioner commands you to eliminate a whole list of foods from your diet so that you can improve your digestion, symptoms, and overall health.

It sounds nearly impossible–you mean, you want me to take out gluten? But what about bread? Bagels? Cereal? Pasta? PIZZA???.

Or it could be dairy (Milk? Cheese?? ICE CREAM????).

Possibly sugar (But how will I sweeten my coffee? Or eat chocolate? Or yogurt? Or–what’s that? Sugar is in healthy granola bars? And my favorite soy sauce? And salad dressings? And spaghetti sauce?? And canned soups?? And my deli meats??? And McDonald’s FRENCH FRIES???? And on. . . .).

You might even be told to cut out eggs, corn, nuts, soy, citrus fruits, shellfish–or any number of other common (or uncommon) allergens.

It’s tough, but you agree to do it. After all, your health is paramount, right?

So you follow the diet perfectly. You pine for your “regular” foods, but you stick with it. . . and then. . .


Your symptoms don’t resolve. You still feel like a wet dishrag that’s been sitting on the counter overnight. You’re fatigued, foggy-brained, bloated, in pain–and pretty ticked off.

So what’s going on? Is it possible to stick to your restricted diet 100%–and still not get better?

You betcha.

In today’s video, I talk about some of the other factors to consider if you’ve been following a restricted diet for health, but still not seeing the results you’d like. 

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Can You Love Food TOO Much?

Can you love food too much?

Is it harder to stick with your restricted diet if you happen to really (really, REALLY) love food? 

Being told that you have to cut out most (or all) of your favorite foods because of a health condition can be truly devastating. Besides the fact that you might not know about other foods and new, strange ingredients, you might also be wondering whether you’re going to ever get over losing all those foods that you’re so used to eating and that you love so much.

In fact, I hear from a lot of clients and people in my programs that part of the reason they tend to slip up when it comes to sticking with these restricted diets is because they just love their old foods “too much,” and find them to be irresistible when they’re out with friends, enjoying holidays with family, or at restaurants.

Believe me, I get it. I’ve been there! I was beside myself when, as a professional baker, I was told I’d have to stop using sugar, eggs, dairy and gluten. Can you imagine? What else would a baker, um, bake with? 

In today’s video, I tackle the question, “Can you love your food TOO much?” 

In other words, how does loving our food impact the way we approach and stay on our diets? How does it affect our psychology as we try to navigate a new way of eating? And what can we do about it?

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Greek Pasta Salad from Go Dairy Free

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If you’ve been reading my site for any length of time, you already know I’m a huge fan of Alisa Fleming from Go Dairy Free. I first met Alisa over 10 years ago (hard to believe, now!), when I was just starting out on the blogging scene and Alisa was already a seasoned professional. I […]

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The Most Important Thing You Need for Success on the Anti Candida Diet

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I’ve heard it over and over from so many of my clients. They start out really well on an anti-candida diet and really stick with it. Over time, they begin to feel better (yay!). They’re determined to be clear of candida forever. Over time, their symptoms improve, or maybe disappear entirely. And they really do […]

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Glazed Tempeh (aka Tempeh Bacon)

sugarfree, vegan, grainfree tempeh bacon recipe on rickiheller.com

[Shown here with My Favorite Tofu Scramble and Grainfree Fluffy Pancakes from The Sweet Life.] When I was a kid, my dad (a butcher) would literally “bring home the bacon” every weekend. Because he worked 6 days a week, Sunday brunch was sacrosanct as family time.  Brunch was an occasion to share significant events from […]

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40+ Patriotic Eats for Canada Day and Independence Day

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  [Chaser engaged in one of her favorite summer activities] One of the (many) things I love about summer is all the long weekends. (Seriously, shouldn’t there be at least one long weekend per month? It would make the calendar year SO much more appealing). This weekend here in Canada, it’s Canada Day (July 1st), […]

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My Lowest Point with Candida

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Following an anti-candida diet can be challenging–no doubt about it. When I first started my diet, I was determined to make it work and stick with it, no matter what. But, despite my best efforts, I fell off the wagon. . . with disastrous results. For those of you who may not know my story, […]

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How I Squashed My Cravings and Learned to Eat Healthier

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One scenario I hear from readers and clients all the time is what I call the story of the “recidivist eater.” If it sounds really familiar, it’s because so many of us (myself included) have been through this series of events: First, you’re either diagnosed with a condition that requires a change to your diet, […]

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Ricki’s Raves: Yes, This IS Healthy!

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I’ve decided to start a little series called Ricki’s Raves, in which I share some of my favorite items (both food and non-food alike) that I truly love and use all the time. Today, I rave about the products I’ve discovered that provide healthier alternatives that still taste indulgent.    If you’re used to eating […]

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40+ Ideas for Mother’s Day Brunch

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It’s almost Mother’s Day! Will you be celebrating this year? While the kitchen is no longer the sole domain of “Mother” nowadays, I bet she’d still love a break from cooking on her special day. Why not prepare one of these special recipes for your beloved Mama, and show her how much you care? Here […]

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