My Lowest Point with Candida

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Following an anti-candida diet can be challenging–no doubt about it. When I first started my diet, I was determined to make it work and stick with it, no matter what.

But, despite my best efforts, I fell off the wagon. . . with disastrous results. For those of you who may not know my story, here’s the abridged version, leading up to my lowest point on the diet, what happened, and how I got over it.

If you’re struggling to stick with your own restricted diet, whether an anti-candida diet, gluten-free diet, sugar-free diet, or some other special dietary regime, I hope this will help to show you that there is a way out.

Watch the video to learn more. 

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How I Squashed My Cravings and Learned to Eat Healthier

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One scenario I hear from readers and clients all the time is what I call the story of the “recidivist eater.” If it sounds really familiar, it’s because so many of us (myself included) have been through this series of events:

First, you’re either diagnosed with a condition that requires a change to your diet, or else you become determined that you’re going to eat better and cut out all the “usual suspects” from your meals–sugar, gluten, refined flours, or whatever is most important for you.

You eat this way with great gusto and motivation, sticking to the diet 100%, as you begin to feel better and notice that long-standing symptoms either improve or clear up entirely. You’re ecstatic, and life is great!

Then, something happens. You’re out with friends, and everyone is eating a “forbidden” food. OR, you have a long, hard day at the office, you’re stressed to the max, and when you get home, it’s virtually impossible to resist the siren call of those chocolate chip cookies in the cupboard. Maybe you just get really bored eating so much “healthy” food for so long, and you miss pizza too much, and you have a big slice. . . and then two, and then three.

As I mentioned, I’ve been there. 

So how did I break the cycle for myself? How have I managed to eat NO sugar, NO gluten, NO eggs, NO dairy, NO coffee, NO alcohol, NO mushrooms (plus a few other “NO’s”) for the past 10 years, yet don’t feel deprived, and don’t feel the need to break the diet? 

In this week’s video, I talk about my approach to these kinds of cravings that can derail your healthy diet. 

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Ricki’s Raves: Yes, This IS Healthy!

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I’ve decided to start a little series called Ricki’s Raves, in which I share some of my favorite items (both food and non-food alike) that I truly love and use all the time. Today, I rave about the products I’ve discovered that provide healthier alternatives that still taste indulgent.    If you’re used to eating […]

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40+ Ideas for Mother’s Day Brunch

vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free brunch recipes

It’s almost Mother’s Day! Will you be celebrating this year? While the kitchen is no longer the sole domain of “Mother” nowadays, I bet she’d still love a break from cooking on her special day. Why not prepare one of these special recipes for your beloved Mama, and show her how much you care? Here […]

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Candida Diet Myths #3: Starchy Vegetables

Can you eat starchy veg on a candida diet?

Recently, while I was going through a 10-day detox (I’ll post about it here anon), I shared some of my meals on instagram. When I posted one of my meals that contained sweet potatoes, almost immediately, I was met with a comment: “You can’t eat sweet potatoes on an anti-candida diet. They’re too high in […]

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Candida Diet Myths #2: How Long Will It Take?

How long will an anti-candida diet last

One of the first things I’m asked when someone signs up for a program or coaching is, “How long will I have to stay on the diet?” What they’re really asking (I know this because it’s exactly what I asked, too) is, “How long will I have to stay on the diet before I’m completely […]

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Staying Healthy When Traveling (Even Last Minute!) on a Restricted Diet

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[image source: Pixabay] I recently took an impromptu trip to the US for a dear relative’s funeral. This wasn’t my typical kind of travel when I have my packing list out a week before departure, slowly purchasing all the ingredients so I can prepare dehydrated Alkalizing Kale and Seaweed Crackers or my favorite Breakfast Cookies […]

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Sushi Bowl with Toasted Sesame Miso Dressing

vegan, sugarfree, grainfree, dairyfree sushi bowl from plant based diet meal plan

[A super easy-to-prep meal that covers all the bases for amzing taste and texture. Sushi Bowl is vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, optionally grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, optionally soy-free, nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.] I’ve known fellow nutritionist Heather Nicholds for almost a decade now, ever since she first interviewed me […]

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Anti Candida Diet Myths #1: Weight Loss

Candida Diet Weight Loss Myth video

For many of us (like me) on an anti-candida diet, losing weight can be a welcome change. After all, if you developed candida after years of over-indulging in certain foods or after eating too much sugar over time, it’s quite possible that excess weight came along with the excess candida. And when you first begin […]

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40+ Sugar-Free Sweets for Valetine’s Day (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

Vegan Valentine's Day

It’s almost time for Chocolate Day  Long-Stemmed Roses Day  Cheesy Greeting Card Day Valentine’s Day, which means eating way more sweet stuff than you may be used to. Ever since I started an anti-candida diet back in 2009, I’ve sought out healthy, low glycemic treats for the Day of Love each year. I mean, if […]

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