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 continue with healthy eating or not. . . and how that can affect your body and well-being down the road.

If you’re not as consistent as you’d like to be when it comes to sticking with your healthy diet, you’ll find today’s video helpful. 

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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 and dairy due to candida or Lyme disease. . . in the end, what’s important is that a major change to your diet requires an equally major change in lifestyle and, to a huge extent, your own thoughts about the diet and illness. 

Having spent over 20 years living with and helping others with chronic candida, I’ve learned a few things about what helps–or hinders–healing from these types of chronic conditions.

In my own case, I’ve had to learn to live with recurring symptoms over the years while still working to heal my body from fungal overgrowth. And although I was incredibly keen to get better, it wasn’t always as easy to stick with the diet that I knew would help to improve my condition, especially when external factors (like work, other people, family events, etc) came into play.

If you’ve been struggling to get better and still feeling like your diet is “heavy” in your life, today’s video may help to provide a slightly different perspective that could change the way you feel and open the door to faster, and more permanent, healing. 

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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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Cookie Dough Bars from Incredible Plant-Based Desserts by Anthea Cheng

[Who doesn’t love cookie dough? To me, the dough is almost better than the cookies. These bars provide all the joy of raw Chocolate Chip Cookie dough without any of the drawbacks! Plus, they’re vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free and yeast-free. Suitable for Stage 3 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.] One of […]

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People Who Try to Derail Your Eating Plan

It seems to be particularly common around the holidays, but truthfully, this can happen any time. You’re at an event, or a party, or a celebration of some sort, and there’s food all around. But you’re dedicated to your healthy way of eating. You know exactly which dishes (if any) you can eat, and which […]

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