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 particular case, the person was asking about what I eat when I experience symptom flare-ups. 

The question came at an appropriate time, since I’ve been dealing with a recurrent health problem (we’re not yet sure if it’s connected to my chronic candida or not) for about 3 weeks. It’s finally under control, but it got me thinking a lot about how I handle these kinds of things. 

This particular instance, my symptoms became so debilitating that I was willing to venture out to a doctor’s office for the first time since COVID all began. (I was already working with my naturopath on this; she’s the one who suggested I see my doc to get some tests and a referral she couldn’t do). 

When you feel awful and your symptoms seem to take over your waking life, it’s easy to become disheartened. Having a low mood, feeling like your health isn’t improving–that’s natural. You might even consider abandoning your healthy diet and eating whatever you feel like eating instead.

Unfortunately, your negative mood may also then affect how you feel about more than just your illness–it tends to creep outward and infiltrate everything, like a splotch of ink slowly making its way outward into a crisp, white shirt. 

In those instances, wouldn’t it be great if we could simply change our eating habits for a few days, and–voilà!–everything would go back to “normal.” In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s what people are actually asking me to provide when they inquire about what I eat during a flare-up. 

But here’s the thing: what you eat is entirely dependent on your own unique and individual situation. Maybe it’s okay for me to continue eating buckwheat and almond butter when my symptoms flare (it is); maybe not so great for you.

So, in general, my advice around the food is to simply revert to the cleanest, most basic form of your diet that you can, until things are back under control.

More importantly, though, I believe that your thoughts and behaviors can affect your symptoms, and also influence how quickly a flare-up leaves you. 

I’ll start the discussion about this topic in today’s video (to be continued next time). I hope it helps you to find a different perspective on this issue! 

Have you experienced flare-ups or setbacks to your health that affected your thinking? If you got yourself out of the negative mindset, how did you do it? Share in the comments below!


  • This is Part 1 of How to Deal with Setbacks. Find Part 2 here.
  • My first thought when I address the question of how to deal with flareups.
  • How your thoughts feed into your symptoms (or not).
  • The differences between optimists and pessimists in life and in health.
  • What you must do if you find yourself falling into negative thoughts when you are experiencing symptoms or a flare-up.
  • How this can apply to chronic illness that is debilitating but isn’t critical at the moment.



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