If you think you can’t change the way you eat (Part 1)

“I could never stop eating sugar or gluten–I love my food too much to give it up!” Does that sound like you? Do you feel like you love food so much that it’s taken over your mind and heart? Maybe you’ve heard things like, “well, we pay attention to people we love. We don’t sneak […]

Lessons the bank taught me about sticking to your healthy diet

As I write this, much of the world is just heading into Stage 3 of the COVID-19 pandemic (if you’re reading this and don’t know what that is, lucky you! Just Google “2020: the lost year” or something like that). Where I live, just north of Toronto, Stage 3 means mandatory masks in all public […]

Seven things I’ve learned about how to change your diet for good, part 2

“Should I or shouldn’t I. . . . ?” It happened to me countless times in the past: I’d read a book about healthy eating or see an inspiring movie or read an inspiring blog post. I’d go off like a house on fire, buying new foods, planning recipes to make, revamping my entire kitchen. […]

The Comfort Cookie

[Need a cookie, like, now? This quick and easy Comfort Cookie serves one in minutes. And it’s still vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free,  dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, optionally nut-free and low glycemic. Suitable for stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.] Raise your hand if this sort of thing happens to you: you find yourself in […]

Why you keep slipping up (and what you can do about it)

Just last week, I noticed something different about our (relatively) new puppy, Zoey. Ever since we got her, we’ve been putting Zoey in the crate at night when we go to sleep. Even at a year old, she’s still not mature enough to know that she shouldn’t eat tissues out of the waste paper baskets, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Where do you draw the line?

For most of my adult life, holiday visits to my family back in Montreal caused me undue anxiety and stress. As a people-pleaser who also hated confrontations of any kind, I’d often acquiesce to my parents’ wishes (even as a “child” in her 30s or 40s), which left me feeling less than festive. Because trips […]