Today’s post is centered around a new book I just finished: Living Candida Free. This book is so good I read it in 2 days!

*There is chance to win a free copy at the end of this post

Living Candida Free is about Candida, or the correct term Candida Related Complex (CRC), which is when the body has a over growth of yeast.  Candida occurs naturally in our bodies, but can easily grow out of control (feeding on sugars) creating CRC.

Some symptoms of Candida (CRC) include

  • recurring yeast infections
  • thrush
  • intense sugar cravings
  • skin rashes
  • sinus infections
  • weigh gain
  • and more

This book in my opinion does a great job of walking you through candida. How it works, why some people who eat a lot of sugar have no symptoms while others can’t even handle a piece of fruit without having a candida flair up.

This book also goes into what foods you can eat and what foods to avoid. It provides a meal plan for those interested, 100 candida friendly recipes (1 recipe included below). It also contains a few excuse busters (which help you check yourself, before you chicken out!), oh and one thing I really liked is a substitution guide –  this book does a great job of explaining how to modify your recipes so that they’re more appropriate for an anti-candida diet. I think that last part is so important when it comes to eating healthy in general!

It’s written by Ricki Heller, an expert in candida if I do say so myself! She is a registered holistic nutritionist, a college teacher, a cooking instructor and an author who’s been studying candida for over 20 years!  Ricki shares her journey with candida at the beginning of the book, it’s so good (you really feel for her!)  And it’s something that I can certainly relate to as I’m sure you can in some way or another.


Personally, I’ve dealt with candida (CRC) for a few years, especially when I worked at Whole Foods Market in the bakery. Talk about sugar cravings! I’ve had all signs of candida clear up only to return again when my diet wasn’t as clean as it could be.  Ricky does a great job of making Candida (CRC) management less of a chore and more of a journey you want to embark on.

I wanted to ask the expert a few questions for myself…

4 Candida Questions for Ricki Heller

1). How would you explain candida to someone that’s never heard of it?

Basically, candida is an overgrowth of a natural yeast, candida albicans, that already lives in and on the body. In a normal, healthy body, candida is kept in check by all the other co-existing microorganisms, such as bacteria, germs, and lives harmoniously with them. But sometimes, if the balance is upset (either by an unhealthy diet, taking antibiotics, other medications, environmental toxins, etc.), then the candida grows out of control, damages the gut lining, and can wreak havoc all over the body. “Candida” is really a shortcut name for Candida Related Complex (or CRC), as candida itself isn’t a disease; it’s only when something happens to trigger an overgrowth that people begin to experience symptoms and feel unwell.

2). What would you recommend for someone trying to cut back sugar?

I’d say the key is to find satisfying substitutes you can enjoy without feeling deprived, and to move slowly. Most of us in North America eat way too much sugar (around 70 pounds a year!). If you can cut back a little at a time, then slowly replace sugar with other more natural sweeteners, you won’t even miss it (I promise!). For me, the key was finding substitutes that taste great and learning to use them in a way that I could share with my friends and family. I’m still a chocaholic and still enjoy sweet foods, but don’t eat sugar at all any more (and haven’t since 1999). Instead, nowadays I make my own chocolate and other desserts to ensure they’re anti-candida friendly.

3). How do you eat candida friendly with your husband, does he eat candida recipes?

Yes, my hubby eats what I eat! In fact, the main difference in our diet has nothing to do with candida, but more to do with the fact that he’s an omnivore, so he eats meat, chicken, etc. (he doesn’t have CRC). Typically, he’ll enjoy whatever I cooked for dinner that night, and, if he wants some animal protein with his meal, he’ll just add a piece of fish or chicken on the side. Living with an omnivore was really helpful to me when I planned out my Candida Kick-Start course, as I was able to cater to both omnivores and vegans that way when I designed the recipes and meal plans. And one of the things I’m most proud of in the book (Living Candida-Free) is that the recipes are good in their own right—I didn’t want to include anything I wouldn’t be happy to serve to friends.

4). How prevalent is candida?

I’d say candida is much more prevalent than we realize! One of the doctors who pioneered anti-candida treatments has called it a “hidden epidemic” in our society. So many of our health problems occur as a result of too much sugar in our diets, but processed foods, pesticides, and other environmental factors contribute as well. We are all dealing with so many more toxins than our ancestors did that our bodies can’t fend off invaders like candida as well as they used to. It’s just beginning to be recognized more by the mainstream, so I predict we’ll be seeing more of it as years go by.

Thanks Ricki!

Now, onto a recipe…

This is a really fast and egg-free version of a scramble (like scrambled eggs). Most vegan versions use tofu so I was super curious about this! It did not disappoint (Peter liked it as well!)

Chickpea Breakfast Scramble

5.0 from 6 reviews
Chickpea Breakfast Scramble
Prep time
Cook time
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Serves: 2 servings
  • ½ cup chickpea flour (garbanzo bean)
  • ½ cup vegetable broth or stock
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Pinch of sea salt, or to taste
  • ½ medium-size tomato, chopped
  • ½ small zucchini, diced
  • ½ cup (120 ml) broccoli florets (we used kale instead)
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill, 1 teaspoon dried parsley, or chopped fresh parsley or cilantro (we used 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin organic olive oil
  • ½ medium-size onion, chopped
  • Avocados & Hot sauce (We served this with mashed avocados and hot sauce) optional but recommended
  1. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the chickpea fl our, broth, turmeric, and salt until
  2. smooth.
  3. Add the tomato, zucchini, broccoli (or kale), and herb of choice and stir until the veggies are
  4. coated.
  5. In a large, nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until
  6. translucent, for about 7 minutes.
  7. Add the chickpea mixture and stir once or twice, as you would scrambled eggs.
  8. Keep stirring as the mixture comes together, cutting large pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula to create a mixture that looks like scrambled eggs, for 5 to 8 minutes.
  9. Keep cooking until the “egg” mixture is dried throughout, for another 5 to 10 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ of scramble Calories: 248 Fat: 16g Carbohydrates: 21.1g Sugar: 5g Fiber: 7g Protein: 10g Cholesterol: 0

From Living Candida Free by Ricki Heller. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong © 2015.

This recipe tastes just like scrambled eggs to me… it’s been a few years since I’ve had them but my mind is running with the idea, so many filling options:) I hope you give this recipe a try.

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    21 replies to "Living Candida Free: lose the sugar with a recipe, review and giveaway!"

    • Ricki

      Thanks so much for this lovely review, Sarah! I’m thrilled that you like the book and feel it will be helpful to people. And that scramble is a favorite of mine–yours looks GREAT! Best of luck to everyone who enters! :)

      • Sarah

        Thank you Ricki! You created a wonderful book and should feel very proud. I know this is going to help a lot of people!

    • Marianne

      The biggest thing with sugar for me, is when I have even a small amount, I get almost instant cravings for more.

      • Sarah

        Marianne, I can totally relate to you on that! It’s so addictive. Good Luck to you:)

    • Kerri Warren

      I eat way too much sugar and have the biggest sweet tooth! I feel like there is sugar in so many things, I don’t know where to start!

      • Sarah

        Baby Steps Kerri:) I hear ya though…sugar it’s everywhere. I think this book could help you! Good luck!

    • Kelsie Pasquale

      I crave something “sweet” literally every night after dinner. I’ve gotten better with my cravings(especially since I became gluten free), but it’s still so hard. Knowing alternatives would be great though, and would make cutting back on sugar so much easier.

      • Sarah

        Hey Kelsie,
        That’s awesome about going gluten free, It’s helped me a lot with sugar cravings. I will try and post some healthy alternatives for sweets. In the mean time, Peter and I like to have a set dessert night and only have dessert on that night. Dark chocolate and peppermint tea is our go to treat:)

        • Christine Rideout

          That recipe looks great. I overdid it during the holidays & I’m struggling with sweet cravings now! Grains & chocolate–oh my! I’d love to check out this book. I have an old one–The Yeast Syndrome. I did a candida diet way back in the 80s but it certainly wasn’t vegan. Not sure I know how to do it now.

          • Ricki

            Christine, I used that book, too! That was before I was even diagnosed. Candida is a much more recognized syndrome nowadays, and I think the treatments are more effective, too. My book includes vegan recipes, but omnivores can use it easily by adding their own protein to the existing dishes. :)

          • Sarah

            You and me both Christine! It seem’s like you are back on the workout wagon and that really has helped me when dealing with cravings. This book is really awesome in the fact that it’s vegan and very do-able…you get waffles!

    • Christiana

      Hey guys!:) This recipe looks awesome!
      I can easily say no to sweets. It’s those salty carbs (even starchy root type veggies or fruits with seeds and dried fruit) that really I have trouble saying no to! Every afternoon around 3-5p I crave crispy chips, so if I don’t have a healthy brand (it’s still processed tho!) on hand, I try to plan ahead with an apple and a little nut butter or something! That usually helps! Drinking water and tea help too (I love soda but sparkling water helps). Thanks

      • Sarah

        Hey Christiana!

        It’s nice to see you here:) :) I think you are better off not craving the sweets but the salty chips are tough as well. Peter is a big fan of the apple and a little nut butter in the afternoon. I like doing protein drinks. But in the evening I love doing tea, peppermint is my favorite. I think you’d really like this book….good luck dear!

    • Alicia L. Clinton

      I’m in with the rest of the crowd, sweets, anything sweet. And if I have it I keep craving it. I’m trying new things like drink a full glass of ice cold water if I feel it come on. Or I keep a small bowl of dark chocolate hidden away. Asking myself is this my absolute favorite sweet? BUT, it doesn’t always stop me. *sigh*

      • Sarah

        I’m with you, sugar is so addicting! I’ll have one piece of chocolate and then of course I have to have more. Water is a great tip, Peter and I also like to do something to get our mind off of the sugar when a craving strikes, like go for a walk or do some yoga, that usually help:)

    • Alfred Ventura

      Soda is my weakness

      • Sarah

        Hey Alfred!
        Soda can be tough…have you tried Kombucha? I know it’s a little funky at first but it has that fizzy ness that soda has and it’s slightly sweet. Worth giving a try or two because at first taste you might not like it but It kinda grows on you:)

    • Pat

      Love your website!
      I have always loved Ricki’s recipes and will be making this scram for Sunday breakfast
      Thanks for all you do to promote healthful lifestyles !

    • Pat

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    • Kimberly McGill

      Was so tired of being sick! I’m desperate! Been trying to read research what I can and can’t eat! I still want my dark chocolate!!!

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