Everything Bagel Cheese Ball (Dairy-free, Grain-free, Sugar-free)

Back in the Decade of the Dinner Party, throwing a bash for New Year’s Eve was just a normal occurrence. These days, now that The HH and I are both “of a certain age” (and given the fact that our newest family member, the Zoey pup, is basically equivalent to a 14 year-old teenager, in […]

Why Acceptance Can Be a Good Thing

“I’m just going to accept that this is the way my life is now.”  When I heard those words from my client, my heart sank. Not because I think acceptance is bad–I actually think it’s a good thing–but because the meaning behind her words was, in my opinion, far from accepting. And that, I thought, […]

Does Candida Influence Your Behavior?

  So often at the holidays, I hear from people who worry that they’ll give in to their own cravings to eat all the holiday foods. More often than not, though, many people do just fine when they’re on their own; it’s only when they find themselves with other people that the temptation feels too […]

How to Handle Nosy Questions About Your Food at the Holidays

  For most people, the holiday season is full of positive experiences. It means anticipation, excitement and looking forward to the parties, meeting with relatives, animated discussions and lots (lots!) of yummy foods. When you’re dealing with dietary restrictions, however, it may be a slightly different scenario. Instead of delighting at seeing your extended family […]

How to Resist Cultural Pressures to Eat Unhealthy Foods at the Holidays

The other day, I was taking The Girls for a walk through our neighborhood, and I couldn’t help but marvel at all the amazing Halloween decorations. Houses were adorned with streamers, strings of lights, laser shows, witches, faux skeletons and corpses, coffins. . . you name it. It occurred to me how much Halloween has […]

What You Must Know To Eliminate Cravings

With the holidays upon us, it’s pretty hard to avoid thinking about all the special, once-a-year, foods that abound right now. And for so many of us, thinking about the foods means that cravings hit. When I hear from readers and clients around the holidays, what I sense more than almost anything else is fear. […]

Cookie Dough Bars from Incredible Plant-Based Desserts by Anthea Cheng

[Who doesn’t love cookie dough? To me, the dough is almost better than the cookies. These bars provide all the joy of raw Chocolate Chip Cookie dough without any of the drawbacks! Plus, they’re vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free and yeast-free. Suitable for Stage 3 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.] One of […]

People Who Try to Derail Your Eating Plan

It seems to be particularly common around the holidays, but truthfully, this can happen any time. You’re at an event, or a party, or a celebration of some sort, and there’s food all around. But you’re dedicated to your healthy way of eating. You know exactly which dishes (if any) you can eat, and which […]

Macadamia-Rosemary Cheese from Vegan Mediterranean Cookbook

[A simple and delicious vegan cheese that’s sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.] I’m one of those people who has waaaay too many cookbooks. I mean, who needs almost 300 cookbooks?! That said, I have my favorites. Those that I cherish and leaf […]

You Are Not Your Symptoms

When you’re not feeling well and dealing with symptoms due to your condition, it can sometimes feel overwhelming. For instance, when I was first diagnosed with candida, I dealt with a rash that covered my torso; recurrent sinus infections (4 infections and 6 courses of antibiotics in 3 months); foggy thinking; overwhelming fatigue; constipation, bloating […]