Is Organic Worth It?

Benefits of organic food for candida

Do you eat organic food? If so, how often?

And if not, why not?

One of the questions I get asked frequently is, “Is organic food worth the cost?” A quick search online will confirm that this is a common question among health-seekers (Google that exact question today, and you’ll find 3,150,000 results).

In recent years, a few studies have surfaced that suggest organic food offers no more nutrients than conventional foods. Other studies affirm that organic is higher in antioxidants that support good health. As with any health issue, it’s possible to find studies that support both sides of the debate.

That said, I still prefer organic foods whenever possible. I explain why in today’s video. 

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Mini Sweet Potato and Chocolate Chip Muffins

[Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite baking staples–they add sweetness, density, and fiber to your baked goods. And they taste amazing! These Mini Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Muffins are to die for–and all refined sugar-free, gluten-free,  dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free and yeast-free, too.  Suitable for Stage 3 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.]

Candida diet, sugar-free, gluten-free sweet potato chocolate chip muffins

[photo credit: Celine Saki]

Let’s just say that my mother was not an overly adventurous cook. She habitually repeated the same six or seven dishes over and over, with the occasional new recipe from Family Circle, my aunt, or someone in her Mah Jong group thrown in on occasion.  So we were treated to salmon patties and potato boats (called “twice-baked potatoes” these days), hamburgers with mashed potatoes, grilled cheese sandwiches, or tuna salad over cucumber, tomato, and iceberg lettuce on a rotating basis.

Fresh fish?  Forget it.  Artichokes?  Don’t make me gag.  Fresh herbs?  Bah!  Who needs ’em?!  (Once, when I was visiting during March break, in a moment of temporary insanity I wondered aloud if we might purchase some dried oregano for the pantry.  It was as if I’d taken a cup of steaming clam chowder and poured it over her bare feet.  Actually, no.  Clam chowder was too exotic for our house.)

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All About Probiotics, Part III: Probiotics from Food

Candida Diet probiotics from food

Today’s video is Part 3 in the 3-part series all about probiotics.  Part One discussed the different sources of probiotics and how to find them, while Part Two covered which types to take and when to take them. Most of us know that yogurt contains live “good bacteria,” or probiotics. But did you know there […]

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Make it a Sweet Life Thanksgiving this Year!

One of the HH‘s favorite holidays is Thanksgiving (which is coming up on October 9th here in Canada!). Although his family did celebrate Christmas, too, when he was a kid, for some reason that holiday didn’t make its mark on his psyche in quite the same way as T-Day (I know, he was a strange […]

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Creamy Malted Fat Bomb Shake

vegan, candida diet, creamy malted fat bomb shake recipe on rickiheller.com

A rich and creamy fat bomb shake that’s not only vegan, but a great source of protein, too.  Plus it’s sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.   So if you follow holistic health gurus or if you’re simply interested in the latest […]

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Creamy Coleslaw (Dairy-free, Egg-free, Grain-free, Sugar-free)

vegan, sugar free, gluten free creamy coleslaw recipe

[Every home should have at least one recipe for a perfect, classic Creamy Coleslaw.  I’m guessing this will become yours, too. Creamy Coleslaw is vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, optionally nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.] Whenever a magazine or website features an interview with one […]

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All About Probiotics, Part 2

candida diet, vegan uses of probiotics

In Part One of the “All About Probiotics” series, I talked about the different types of probiotics and where to find them. But how do you know which types to take? And what about when to take them? We’re learning more and more about probiotics daily, as well as how crucial they are to our good […]

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Giant Chocolate Chip & Fruit Cookies from Stephanie Belding

candida diet, sugar-free, gluten-free chocolate chip cookies on rickiheller.com

[I don’t know about you, but I can never get enough chocolate chip cookies! This variation contains seeds and dried fruit (plus I’ve made an ACD-friendly version). They’re vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free and yeast-free. Suitable for Stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.] I’m thrilled today to share what is not […]

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All About Probiotics, Part I

Types of probiotics for candida on rickiheller.com

You may be hearing the word, “probiotic,” more often than usual lately. That’s because modern science and research is finding more and more that probiotics–as an integral part of our gut health–are central to most of our health in general. Probiotics outnumber our own cells in the gut, and they are responsible for a huge […]

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Parsley Quinoa Tabbouleh from Protein from Plants

candida diet vegan protein

I clearly remember that day back in 2003 when, as a keen, bright-eyed student at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, we learned about macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates, and fats. “All foods contain all three macronutrients to some degree,” my instructor said. “It’s just a matter of ratio. So, for instance, most plants are low in […]

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