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 […]

Easing into the “New Normal,” Part 2

When you think about our “new normal” at the moment (during the COVID-19 pandemic), what does your daily life feel like to you? Is it very different from your life before “sheltering at home”? For many of us, life day-to-day is nothing like our lives before this all began in March 2020. With working from […]

What to do with negative emotions

When life changes quickly, there’s no doubt it can be stressful. Whether you’re dealing with a once-in-a-century event like COVID-19 and the ramifications to people all over the world, or whether you’re adapting to a new structure in the household once the kids have left for college or you are starting your life in retirement, […]

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 […]

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 […]

What We Learned About Food and Why We Must Unlearn It

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 […]

The Dirt on Cleansing

Please note: I provide this material for informational purposes only. I am not a doctor, naturopath, or other medical professional and cannot tell you what to do with your health; please always consult with your own healthcare practitioner before embarking on anything like a cleanse or detox, and before making any changes to your health […]

How to Handle Symptom Flare-Ups

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 […]

My History with Anxiety and Depression, Part I: What is Anxiety & Depression?

This post is Part I of a two-part series on anxiety and depression, which came about as a result of requests for more about my story from listeners of a recent podcast where I described my experiences, and from my audience on Instagram, who requested more details.    When I was four years old, my […]