When you think, “I deserve it!”

Ricki talks about feeling like you deserve to eat treats

I hear this story from clients all the time.

Maybe you’ve been following a healthy diet because of some condition, like Lyme disease, candida overgrowth, SIBO or something else. Or maybe you need to follow a low-histamine diet, a low-oxalate diet or some other “free-from” diet, like gluten-free, sugar-free, or whatever.

You start the diet feeling motivated and knowing it’s going to be so good for your health. You’re happy with your progress, and feel like you’ve got a handle on it.

But as time goes on, you feel more and resentful of the restrictions on your food. You feel deprived, left out of social events, and like you can’t even have fun with your friends or family any more because you can’t eat “normal” foods.

And then, you rebel.

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Broccoli Spoon Salad

 [If you’re looking for a new favorite salad, this is it! A great new way to use broccoli that everyone can love. This Broccoli Spoon Salad is vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for Stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.]

bowl of raw broccoli salad with goji berries and seeds over a colorful plate.

I think we can all agree that 2020 was a bust when it came to eating (most people ate more, gained weight and exercised less), but as of 2019, at least, broccoli was still America’s favorite vegetable. Just a guess, but I suspect the same was true for Canada as well.

Would you have pegged broccoli as the favorite, too?

When I was growing up, broccoli (usually frozen) was one of the few green foods we ate in our house. The others were iceberg lettuce, cucumbers and green peppers. (I’m not counting the moldy cheese that my dad ate anyway, slicing away the moldy bits and digging right in. I guess it didn’t hurt him–he lived till almost 99).

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The Power of One

When you’re first told you need to change your diet for health reasons, it can feel like you’ve been dumped into a huge vat of chocolate with a collection of random tools and utensils floating everywhere and you have to try to fish through everything at once and create some kind of order. In other […]

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How your mindset affects your diet

Ricki in a turquose shirt talking about how mindset affects food choices

I love stories of people who “made it” later in life. For instance, did you know that Julia Child didn’t publish her first cookbook until she was 50? Laura Ingalls Wilder didn’t publish her first Little House book (which became the TV show Little House on the Prairie) until she was 65. Grandma Moses didn’t […]

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Grain-Free, Sugar-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free Salted Caramel Truffle Cups

plate of sugar-free, grain-free, salted caramel protein cups

 [The perfect healthy obsession! These Salted Caramel Protein Cups are vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for Stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.] When I first heard from Naked Nutrition inquiring if I might be interested in trying their products for a sponsored post, my […]

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Does your food do this for you?

Now that I’m an (ahem) mature woman who has been with my spouse for almost two dozen years, I can honestly say that I don’t know a single female friend who doesn’t have at least one cringe-worthy relationship in her past.  What’s usually worse, most of us have had the same cringe-worthy relationship. ..several times, […]

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How to Deal with Setbacks, Part Two

If you follow a restricted diet for health reasons, you have likely experienced setbacks at some point. I know, I know: for most of us, as we barrel along with our new diets, feeling confident as we begin to feel better, we imagine a healing trajectory that brings us from where we are right now […]

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How to Deal with Setbacks, Part One

Ricki looks aside while talking about dealing with setbacks.

Ever since I first started my anti-candida diet, I’ve been asked this question countless times (before the ACD, the most common question I was asked was, “When are you due?” Yes, really.). This week, on my YouTube channel, I was asked once again in the comments: “Can you show us what you eat?” In this […]

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What does it take to quit sugar?

Ricki talking about how to quit sugar for good

We’ve all been there (except for my husband, apparently): You’re working at home, producing great work. . . but suddenly, mid-afternoon, you’re overtaken by a massive sugar craving, and go searching for something sweet. If you’re anything like I was as a supreme sugar addict, you might even start to ransack the kitchen (looking in […]

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The Ultimate Keto Fudge (sugar-free, dairy-free, grain-free, optionally nut-free)

Keto chocolate fudge stacked on a plate

[Who wants a plate–I mean, a piece?] One of the holiday delights that I absolutely cannot do without is fudge. (In fact, if you check the archives of this site, you’ll find not one, not two, but THREE recipes for chocolate fudge!). So why a new recipe now (when it’s not even the holidays any longer)? […]

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