Can Sweet Treats Be Part of a Healthy Holiday?

Do you enjoy all the sweet treats over the holidays?  Most often, the story I hear goes like this: you’ve been following a restricted diet, either for candida or another chronic condition like Lyme disease, arthritis, eczema, or something else. You’ve established a pretty good pattern of eating healthy foods, and you’ve stuck with it […]

Why It’s So Hard to Say “NO” to Holiday Foods

When I was a kid and through my 30s, I looked forward to the holidays every year. It was a time when I had free rein to eat as much as I wanted–basically, the entire season from October to April was a licence to pig out. Then, when I was diagnosed with candida, I had […]

Thai Red Curry Sweet Potato Dip

[If you love Thai spices, you’ll adore this dip. Thai Red Curry Sweet Potato Dip is sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.] Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Stylist:Margaret Monroe Dickey Although I love to travel, I tend not to do it […]

Discouraged By Holiday Food Restrictions?

It’s a story I hear from my clients far too often: “Everything was going just great! I was eating foods that are 100% compliant with my restricted diet. I was planning my food, taking lunch to the office, cooking extra on weekends so that I wouldn’t have to worry about what to eat for breakfast. . […]

40+ Patriotic Eats for Canada Day and Independence Day

  [Chaser engaged in one of her favorite summer activities] One of the (many) things I love about summer is all the long weekends. (Seriously, shouldn’t there be at least one long weekend per month? It would make the calendar year SO much more appealing). This weekend here in Canada, it’s Canada Day (July 1st), […]

Ricki’s Raves: Yes, This IS Healthy!

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 […]

40+ Ideas for Mother’s Day Brunch

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 […]

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

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 […]

Two Toned Potato Pancakes (Latkes)

[Latkes are great for Hanukkah, but this version is so yummy, you’ll want to eat them all year round. These Two Toned Potato Pancakes are vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free and yeast-free. Suitable for Stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.] The weekend began like most other mornings:  a wet, cold nose against […]

Two Weeks with NO Added Sweeteners (!)

For many of us on sugar-free diets, the reason we got here in the first place is a love of sweets. I’ve made no secret that I consider myself a sugar addict. If I’m honest, I still have issues around most sweet things, even those sweetened with stevia, xylitol or other low- and no-glycemic sweeteners. […]