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 […]

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 […]

Does Healthy Food Prep Take Too Long? Here’s What To Do

Whenever I ask my clients or people in my programs what is their greatest challenge sticking to their dietary restrictions, one of the first answers I normally hear is, “Prepping all that healthy food just takes TOO LONG.” Of course, it makes sense that in our modern society, where we expect almost everything to be […]

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 […]

3 Essential Keys to Change Your Diet Permanently

  What does it really take to change your diet permanently?  If you’ve done it, you know it’s not an easy–or a straight–path. But adopting new habits, learning to eat (and love!) new foods, and making the small shifts that are necessary for real, lasting change can be an absolute life saver. When you restrict […]

The Number One Question About the Candida Diet

Almost every time I begin work with someone, whether as an individual client or part of one of my programs, one of the first questions I get asked is, “When can I go back to eating my normal diet?” This makes total sense, of course: when you’re diagnosed with candida or told that you have […]

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 […]

Are You Addicted to Sugar?

Recent studies have confirmed what many of us have suspected for years: sugar is addictive. In fact, long before “sugar addiction” was even a term, I used to say that I was a “sugarholic,” implying that my addiction to sugar was like an alcoholic’s addiction to alcohol. Turns out, I was right. But feeling compelled […]