If you think you can’t change the way you eat (Part 2)

Ricki explains how to love healthy foods

“I’ve tried to eat healthy foods, but they just don’t taste as good as the “real thing.”

Have you found yourself thinking this way?

The thing is, if you’ve tried to change the way you eat in the past, you probably already know how important it is to change your diet, for your ultimate health and well-being.

Do you have debilitating symptoms when you eat “normal” food? Bloating? Acne or rashes? Fatigue that just won’t let up no matter how much sleep you get? Or maybe you find that your thoughts are foggy and you can’t concentrate, even with several cups of coffee to boost your brain.

Eating the foods that your body needs to heal shouldn’t be an afterthought. If you want to feel better and, ultimately, live the life you know is possible for you, then you need to change the way you eat. Not just sometimes, but all the time.

When I first starting eating an anti-candida diet, I thought I’d never be able to change my foods, either. The new stuff just didn’t appeal to me.

But over time, that all changed. Today, I am basically “immune” to sugar, processed foods, and any of the junk I used to live on–like Betty Crocker frosting, sugar donuts, Big Macs, May Wests, and the entire line of Little Debbie’s baked goods.

How did that happen?

I allowed myself to eat the healthy food long enough to (a) feel better and (b) start to love it.

How does that happen? I talk about two shifts in perspective that can make a difference in today’s video.

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If you think you can’t change the way you eat (Part 1)

Ricki talks about how to change your diet permanently

“I could never stop eating sugar or gluten–I love my food too much to give it up!”

Does that sound like you? Do you feel like you love food so much that it’s taken over your mind and heart?

Maybe you’ve heard things like, “well, we pay attention to people we love. We don’t sneak off to enjoy their company in private, or hurry up when we’re with them without really enjoying the time we have together, or give them half our attention while we watch TV or surf on our phones.”

In other words, if you really loved your food, you’d never hide it; you’d take your time while eating; and you’d never eat while doing anything else.

And while all of these ideas are valid–you really can appreciate the foods you love so much more when you take your time with them and give them your full attention–I’m not sure that you can’t still love food without doing all those things, either.

In today’s video, I talk about one of the most common comments I hear when I talk with clients or potential clients about changing their diets.

Just like other love relationships, we can love food even when the relationship is less than ideal. But what do you do about it?

Here are some ideas around how to look differently at the changes you need to make in your diet. These will help you to envision a new relationship that’s healthier and more beneficial for you–without giving up on all those “loved ones” in the fridge and pantry.

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Lessons the bank taught me about sticking to your healthy diet

Ricki talks about how a visit to the bank can help with your healthy diet.

As I write this, much of the world is just heading into Stage 3 of the COVID-19 pandemic (if you’re reading this and don’t know what that is, lucky you! Just Google “2020: the lost year” or something like that). Where I live, just north of Toronto, Stage 3 means mandatory masks in all public […]

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Seven things I’ve learned about how to change your diet for good, part 2

Ricki trying to avoid eating a chocolate bar

“Should I or shouldn’t I. . . . ?” It happened to me countless times in the past: I’d read a book about healthy eating or see an inspiring movie or read an inspiring blog post. I’d go off like a house on fire, buying new foods, planning recipes to make, revamping my entire kitchen. […]

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Seven things I’ve learned about how to change for good (Part 1)

a cloud spelling out the word "change"

Back when I struggled with candida symptoms that ravaged my skin, my sinuses and my digestive tract, I ignored it all at first. As someone who had dealt with candida before, I knew that the solution was to change my diet and lifestyle. But that didn’t matter. In fact, I began to truly change only when I […]

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When a new set of eyes can help your perspective…

Ricki talks about the value of a coach, part 1

Sometimes, a different set of eyes can make all the difference. Have you ever had this experience? Think about the last report you wrote, or even the last essay in college. You’ve checked and re-checked the text, ensuring that everything is perfect. Yet, when your colleague or friend reads over the contents, they easily point […]

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How to get your diet back on track

Ricki talks about getting your diet back on track

I was talking with a collegue the other day about our current grocery shopping habits. At the time of this writing, the COVID-19 pandemic is still in full swing (although many retailers and other services are beginning to open up again), so we were both still “sheltering at home” as much as possible. There were […]

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My recipe to deal with anxiety about the future

Ricki talks about dealing with anxiety around COVID openings

At the time of this writing, we’re still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic; millions of people worldwide have contracted the virus. Scientists are working furiously on a vaccine and the general public is self-isolating as much as possible at home, “socially distancing” from others (maintaining at least 6 feet or 2 meters from […]

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How to stick with it when you don’t feel like it

You know it’s the best thing for you.  You know that this will make you feel better. You know that your symptoms will remain under control. . . If only you stick to eating within your dietary restrictions. And yet. . . somehow, you keep eating foods that aren’t the best for you. Why is […]

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The Comfort Cookie

candida friendly, grainfree chocolate chip cookies on a plate

[Need a cookie, like, now? This quick and easy Comfort Cookie serves one in minutes. And it’s still vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free,  dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, optionally nut-free and low glycemic. Suitable for stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.] Raise your hand if this sort of thing happens to you: you find yourself in […]

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