Grain-Free, Sugar-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free Salted Caramel Truffle 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.]

a stack of sugar-free, dairy-free, grain-free, nut-free salted caramel protein cups

When I first heard from Naked Nutrition inquiring if I might be interested in trying their products for a sponsored post, my response was a no-brainer. Of course I’d be interested!

I’d seen mention of their simple, often single-ingredient protein powders all over the internet, and every review seemed to be unequivocally positive. Plus, they had a variety of plant-based products that appealed to me.

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Does your food do this for you?

Ricki talks about how to change your relationship with food

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, with different partners.

In my 20s and 30s, I tended to date the same type repeatedly: my “ideal man” had to be super intelligent, funny, a brilliant artistic type (duh, of course) and a hopeless romantic who showered me with constant expressions of his affection (say, chocolate truffles , a sweet handwritten card, or–if he knew me really well–a Vitamix). 

What I ended up with, instead, was usually someone who appeared fabulous at the outset, but fairly quickly revealed his Inner Cad (or simply his lack of suitability for a long-term relationship).

There was the actor who sort of resembled a young Robert Redford, but was so bitter about his own lack of fame that he constantly cut me down with sarcasm and even mockery;

There was the rock singer-wannabe who was so self-absorbed that when we had dinner at his place, he often “forgot” to buy a second bottle of beer for me. Oh, and cheated on me repeatedly (I found out later); 

And then there was the writer who, while sweet and loyal, was so impoverished that he lived in a place that was, literally, condemned. 

Finally, around age 40, it hit me: what the heck am I doing?! 

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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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Birthday Cake and 2021: How to Get What You Want

Ricki talks about changing your perspective to get what you want

How is 2021 going for you so far? Is it living up to expectations?  If you were hoping that January 1, 2021 was going act like a magical switch that would change our lives in an instant, you were not alone. Tweet Pin It

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How I Got Out of the Symptom Swamp

Ricki talks about how to stop focusing on symptoms so much

One of the worst parts of dealing with candida, for me, was the recurrence of old symptoms each year. Every year around Christmas time (the same time that my symptoms first blew up and my body was covered with a horrible rash), I’d experience a flare-up of the old rash. For the first 6-7 years […]

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Two key shifts that helped me clear my candida

Ricki talking about how she cleared her candida

The other day, I had a sudden realization: although I often refer to myself as “95% symptom-free, 99% of the time,” it has actually been over a year since my last symptom flare-up. Ever since I first healed from candida in 2010 (I started the diet and protocol in 2009), I always felt that candida […]

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If You Worry You’ll Never Love “Healthy” Foods

Ricki looking disgusted with healthy food

I often hear from people who’ve adopted healthier diets who tell me, “There are so many weird and new foods. I just can’t see myself ever loving them as much as I love my normal foods.” Have you felt that way about your healthy diet? Do you believe that you will never enjoy eating this […]

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