Recipes for a Fantastic Father’s Day (Sugar-free, Gluten-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free and more!)

candida diet, sugarfree, vegan recipes for Father's Day

I was that kid in high school and university that everyone hated because I always got my essays done early. While my friends were pulling all-nighters on the weekend before a due date, I was out partying and whooping it up (though, as it turned out, in the company of strangers–since my friends were home pulling those all-nighters.)

These days, I can’t boast quite the same exemplary record when it comes to getting tasks completed early. Sure, I meet my deadlines (you can wipe that sweat from your brown, dear editor of mine!), but I never do manage to get things done with quite the same comfortable buffer I used to have. Which means the execution of plans isn’t quite so laid-back as it used to be.

Just in case some of you might find yourselves in the same boat, I decided to post this list of yummy Dad-friendly recipes for you to use.

As usual, each recipe is free of gluten, eggs, dairy and refined sugars (though some might require minute adjustments to render them anti candida diet-friendly–subbing apple cider vinegar for the existing vinegar in the recipe, for example). Plus, they all allow Dad to sit back and relax while someone else does the cooking.

To all of you celebrating–Happy Father’s Day!

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The Dirt on Cleansing

Please note: I provide this material for informational purposes only. I am not a doctor, naturopath, or other medical professional and cannot tell you what to do with your health; please always consult with your own healthcare practitioner before embarking on anything like a cleanse or detox, and before making any changes to your health routine, medication or supplements. It is purely my own perspective on the topic and is by no means intended as any kind of medical or professional advice.

candida diet detoxing and cleansing


For those of you who read my blog regularly, you know that I regularly undergo cleanses (ie, I “detox”). Since I’ve received quite a few questions about why I cleanse and how it works, I thought it might be useful to share a bit about cleansing in general and my own choices over the past.

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Candida symptoms what to do

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causes and treatments for depression and anxiety

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Why It Can Be Hard to Get a Clear Candida Diagnosis, Part 2

how to test for candida overgrowth

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Ricki's story of anxiety and depression

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Why It Can Be Hard to Get a Clear Candida Diagnosis, Part 1

Candida diagnosis difficulty

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Quick and Easy Avocado Boats from College Vegan

avocado boats from college vegan cookbook by heather nicholds

[Super easy to prepare and delightfully tasty, these Avocado Boats are vegan, 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.] One of the requests I hear all the time from readers and students in my programs is, “Can you provide recipes that are […]

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Does Healthy Food Prep Take Too Long? Here’s What To Do

saving time on healthy food prep

Whenever I ask my clients or people in my programs what is their greatest challenge sticking to their dietary restrictions, one of the first answers I normally hear is, “Prepping all that healthy food just takes TOO LONG.” Of course, it makes sense that in our modern society, where we expect almost everything to be […]

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What Is EFT and Should You Try It?

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What is EFT? EFT, or Emotional Freedom Technique, is also known simply as “tapping.” It was developed by Gary Craig, who took an earlier technique called Thought Field Therapy from psychologist Roger Callahan and both simplified and modified it so it would be easier to apply in more situations. The Principles of Tapping According to […]

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