When I was first diagnosed with candida overgrowth in 1999 and then again in 2009, I was obsessed with my symptoms. And no wonder: when candida reared its ugly head that second time, it appeared as an angry, red rash that covered most of the front of my body, that hurt and itched at the […]
My History with Anxiety and Depression, Part II: Causes, Treatments and How I Got Free
This post is Part 2 in a two-part series about anxiety and depression. You can check out Part 1 here. Because this post turned out to be so much longer than I expected, I’ve separated it by sub-topics, so you can skip ahead to any part you would like. VERY IMPORTANT CAVEAT: I am not […]
Why It Can Be Hard to Get a Clear Candida Diagnosis, Part 2
If you saw my earlier post about why it’s hard to get a clear candida diagnosis, you know that not all “candida” is equal. However, even when a doctor does acknowledge candida overgrowth as a viable condition (excluding the very deadly or anti-fungal resistant strains such as candida auris), it’s not always clear whether tests […]
Why It Can Be Hard to Get a Clear Candida Diagnosis, Part 1
Do you feel certain that you have candida overgrowth, yet it seems that there’s no doctor who states this as your diagnosis? After spending many frustrating months hearing “it’s not candida” or “there’s no such thing as candida overgrowth,” I finally found a holistically-minded practitioner who confirmed what I had been thinking. Up until that […]
Lessons from Living with Candida for 20 Years
What’s it like to be dealing with candida for 20 years? How does that even happen? I can barely believe it myself, but this month marks 20 years since my first candida diagnosis. In today’s video, I talk about what’s been happening in my candida journey over the past two decades since I was first […]
How I deal with the winter blues
For decades, as soon as autumn hit, I’d notice depression start to appear. My mood would basically deteriorate throughout the winter months, and by the time April rolled around, I’d be a mess, barely able to drag myself of out bed in the morning, feeling like a limp dish rag and having gained anywhere from […]
When Your Diet is Perfect. . . and You’re Still Not Better
It can be incredibly frustrating. Your practitioner commands you to eliminate a whole list of foods from your diet so that you can improve your digestion, symptoms, and overall health. It sounds nearly impossible–you mean, you want me to take out gluten? But what about bread? Bagels? Cereal? Pasta? PIZZA???. Or it could be dairy […]
Candida Diet Myths #2: How Long Will It Take?
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 […]
Anti Candida Diet Myths #1: Weight Loss
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 […]
Does your restricted diet make you feel deprived?
I When I first started following an anti-candida diet, having so many food restrictions made me feel incredibly deprived. I mean, no more cake? No more pasta? No more ice cream? No more CHOCOLATE????