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.

I’d change the way I ate. . . for a while.

But eventually, I always went back to the unhealthy ways, even though I knew that wasn’t what I wanted. It took a life-threatening illness for me to finally make the switch.

Sadly, I’ve seen the same pattern in far too many other women, too. Maybe you’ve been there? You know you want to change your diet for good, but it just never seems to “stick.”

In the first part of this series, I shared four reasons why it’s so hard for humans to think about, or attempt, changes in our lives. Today I’ll take it a step further, and discuss why we can be thrown off-course even when we implement changes.

If you feel stuck in the trap of fear and inaction, take heart:  there are ways to overcome and bypass these traps, so that you can make those changes a permanent part of your life.

Next time you want to change the way you eat for good, consider the following.

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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 had no other choice. Eventually, the physical symptoms became so severe that I could no longer ignore them; I couldn’t function.

I had to learn to shift my behaviors quickly, or, quite honestly, I believed the candida would kill me. 

So if I, a holistic nutritionist who knew what she had to do, could resist change so dramatically, what does that say about why we don’t make changes in our lives in general? 

Here’s what I’ve learned over the past 2 decades about how–and why–we change, as I’ve dealt with my own candida and helped hundreds of others learn to eat well and change their own lives for good.

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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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Living with Less

Ricki looks serious explaining how to live with less

With limited access to stores, restaurants, entertainment and basically all of the usual amenities we are used to “normal” times, it can be frustrating to feel limited in what you can do or buy, and whom you can see in your day-to-day life. I’ve heard from so many people that they are feeling stressed and […]

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Easing into the “New Normal,” Part 2

Ricki discusses the new normal and what to do now

When you think about our “new normal” at the moment (during the COVID-19 pandemic), what does your daily life feel like to you? Is it very different from your life before “sheltering at home”? For many of us, life day-to-day is nothing like our lives before this all began in March 2020. With working from […]

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Easing into the “New Normal,” part 1

Ricki talks about the new normal part 1

 There’s no doubt about it, we’re living in a new reality. It might be one we didn’t ask for, and might be one that is throwing myriad new challenges our way–but whether we like it or not, it’s here. How are you adjusting? Are you finding ways to carve out new routines for yourself, or […]

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