Why you keep slipping up (and what you can do about it)

Ricki looking upset about slipups

Just last week, I noticed something different about our (relatively) new puppy, Zoey.

Ever since we got her, we’ve been putting Zoey in the crate at night when we go to sleep. Even at a year old, she’s still not mature enough to know that she shouldn’t eat tissues out of the waste paper baskets, or nibble on the edge of our comforter at the foot of the bed.

It took her a couple of weeks, but after that, she’s been pretty quiet every time we lead her to the crate and secure the latch. In fact, we’ve sort of developed a little routine.

In the evening, when it’s time for bed, we dim the bedroom light, and as I begin to wash up for bed, my husband tends to announce to the dogs, “Time for sleep!”. Then he leads Zoey to her crate and secures her in it.

Well, a few nights ago as I was brushing my teeth, I glanced around to notice little Ms. Zoey already in her crate, lying comfortably on her fuzzy mat (ie, her “bed.”).

She had trotted into the crate all by herself, noting the usual cue–we were washing up!

Well, that got me thinking about the power of habit and how this relates to our human habits, especially when it comes to sticking with (or not sticking with) our restricted diets. 

In fact, I think Zoey’s story has a lot to do with why we tend to slip up–and what we can do to prevent future slip-ups.

That’s what I talk about in today’s video. 

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How do you know if it’s working?

Ricki is confused about whether the anti-canidda diet is working or not

Recently, one of the new members in my Facebook group, Food Restrictions Made Easy, asked this question: 

“I’ve been on the anti-candida diet for several weeks now. How do I know if it’s working?”

It struck me that this is a question that might be on your mind, too.

For those of us on restricted diets, it’s quite common to feel worse before we feel better; in addition, there are no hard and fast rules about how long it takes for the diet to “kick in” and for the physical signs to arrive to tell us, “you’re better.”

So how do you know when the diet is working for you? What are some of the signs to look for, and how do you keep track of them?

If you’ve been wondering about whether your diet is the right one for your body or if you are actually healing, I talk about this and more in today’s video. 

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What’s your relationship with your symptoms?

Ricki talking about your relationship with your symptoms

You might not think of the way you deal with symptoms as a “relationship,” but there are many similarities. Do you treat your health with respect? Do you dump healthy eating when something “better” comes along? In today’s video, I talk about how we sometimes consider our symptoms when we try to decide whether to […]

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The First Step to Healing from Candida

Ricki talking about the importance of acceptance with candida

It can be a real shock to be told you have to change your diet dramatically, no matter the diagnosis that accompanies it. Whether you have to cut out sugar and simple carbs because of diabetes, or grains and legumes to follow a Paleo diet, or gluten because of Celiac disease, or sugar, gluten, eggs […]

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Everything Bagel Cheese Ball (Dairy-free, Grain-free, Sugar-free)

Creamy dairy-free cheeseball cut to reveal the interior

Back in the Decade of the Dinner Party, throwing a bash for New Year’s Eve was just a normal occurrence. These days, now that The HH and I are both “of a certain age” (and given the fact that our newest family member, the Zoey pup, is basically equivalent to a 14 year-old teenager, in […]

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Why Acceptance Can Be a Good Thing

Ricki Heller talking about acceptance

“I’m just going to accept that this is the way my life is now.”  When I heard those words from my client, my heart sank. Not because I think acceptance is bad–I actually think it’s a good thing–but because the meaning behind her words was, in my opinion, far from accepting. And that, I thought, […]

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Does Candida Influence Your Behavior?

Worried woman about candida influencing personality

  So often at the holidays, I hear from people who worry that they’ll give in to their own cravings to eat all the holiday foods. More often than not, though, many people do just fine when they’re on their own; it’s only when they find themselves with other people that the temptation feels too […]

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How to Handle Nosy Questions About Your Food at the Holidays

Someone asking a nosy question about your food

  For most people, the holiday season is full of positive experiences. It means anticipation, excitement and looking forward to the parties, meeting with relatives, animated discussions and lots (lots!) of yummy foods. When you’re dealing with dietary restrictions, however, it may be a slightly different scenario. Instead of delighting at seeing your extended family […]

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How to Resist Cultural Pressures to Eat Unhealthy Foods at the Holidays

spooky halloween decorations

The other day, I was taking The Girls for a walk through our neighborhood, and I couldn’t help but marvel at all the amazing Halloween decorations. Houses were adorned with streamers, strings of lights, laser shows, witches, faux skeletons and corpses, coffins. . . you name it. It occurred to me how much Halloween has […]

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What You Must Know To Eliminate Cravings

Ricki talking about how hard it is to deal with cravings on a candida diet

With the holidays upon us, it’s pretty hard to avoid thinking about all the special, once-a-year, foods that abound right now. And for so many of us, thinking about the foods means that cravings hit. When I hear from readers and clients around the holidays, what I sense more than almost anything else is fear. […]

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