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 […]

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Where do you draw the line?

Ricki talking about where you draw boundaries with other people

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 […]

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If You Think You’re Too Old to Succeed on a Candida Diet

asking if you are too old to change and stick with it

I hear it all the time. “It’s too late for me, I’ll never be able to change.” “I’m too old.” “I’m too set in my ways to completely change the way I eat.” When people are faced with the changes required to stick with a candida diet, sometimes it feels as if you’re facing an […]

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When You Do Everything Right and It’s Still Not Working

Perfect candida diet and still not better

You started an anti-candida diet prepared to stick to it 100%. You did all the prep, bought all the special ingredients, cleared out your pantry and scoured the internet for “candida friendly” recipes. You started off full of energy and motivations that this time would be the one. And you plowed through the failed recipes, […]

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What We Learned About Food and Why We Must Unlearn It

upset over the things we learn about food

We’ve all had these kinds of slip-ups: maybe an argument, or a problem at work, or even something fabulous, like your kid just got engaged. And then. . . We eat.  Whether we’re angry, or stressed, or bored, or even happy, so many of us eat when we have strong emotions that are tough to […]

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Why “What Am I Doing Wrong?” Isn’t a Helpful Question (What To Think Instead)

ricki advised not to dwell on what you are doing wrong with candida

When things don’t work out as we wish, it’s natural to ask, “what am I doing wrong?” For most of my life as a teen and through adulthood, that was the question that first occurred to me any time I didn’t see the results I was hoping for in my life.  If I wasn’t promoted […]

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When People Try to Sabotage Your Diet, Part 3: The Benefits of Saying NO

Ricki is glad she says NO to food saboteurs on her candida dit

In this third part of this series that deals with other people who try (knowingly or not) to sabotage your candida diet, I share the reasons why it’s so important for your health and well-being to learn to truly say “no” when offered food that’s off the plan. As you saw in Part I and […]

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When People Try to Sabotage Your Candida Diet, Part 2: What You Can Do

Ricki saying she doesn't want any of your stinkin food!

It’s no fun when you start a new dietary regimen and you feel as if the people around you don’t “get it,” or worse, they deliberately try to sabotage your eating by pushing foods you shouldn’t eat right at you. Last time, I talked about why other people might feel compelled to offer you cakes, […]

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When People Try to Sabotage Your Candida Diet, Part 1: Why This Happens

Ricki upset that people try to sabotage her diet

It’s happened to all of us on a restricted (or any!) diet. You start to eat a new, healthier way. Maybe you’re following an anti-candida diet, like I am. Maybe you’re just trying to cut out sugars. Or maybe you need to radically change the way you eat because of other health issues. You tell […]

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A Return to Sweetness

gluten-free, vegan, allergy-friendly, candida diet cookies on rickiheller.com

[Chocolate Cinnamon Sandwich Cookies. Aw, so sweet!] It’s now been over ten years since I began this latest round of the ACD. For the past 10 years, I’ve lived 100% compliant with the candida diet, eating neither sugar (nor any other high-glycemic sweeteners), nor gluten, moldy foods, coffee, dairy, or any other “taboo” foods. To […]

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