My friend Ricki Heller just came out with a new book Living Candida-Free which contains 100 yummy recipes and a 3-Phase Program to restore your health and vitality. I can’t wait to share with you a Q&A I did with Ricki and at the end of the post you can enter to win a copy of her fantastic book!

Living Candida-Free

In my holistic nutrition practice I work with a lot of clients experiencing Candida. Candida is a yeast overgrowth in the body that affect the way you feel, your skin, your digestive system and your immune system. When I’m working with clients experiencing Candida, I recommend supplements and an anti-candida diet which can sometimes be hard to follow without a meal plan. If you have every tried an anti-candida diet you know what I’m talking about! That is why I am so excited to tell you about Ricki Heller’s new book Living Candida-Free. I was a recipe tester for the book so I tried almost all of the recipes and let me tell you, they are delicious!

If you are experiencing Candida symptoms I would be happy to help you develop a plan to kick your candida to the curb. Email to set up a FREE 15 consultation with me.

Q&A with Ricki Heller, author of Living Candida-Free

What are your intentions for Living Candida-Free?

My main goal for this book was to prove to people that you really can still enjoy life on an anti-candida diet! Yes, it’s a challenging diet, but with the right tools and strategies (and great recipes), you don’t have to feel deprived, even as you work to kill off excess candida and regain your health.

I love your other cookbook and eBooks, how is Living Candida-Free different?

Thank you! Unlike the others, Living Candida-Free is much more than a cookbook—it’s a resource and guidebook for how to live well on an anti-candida diet. I love creating recipes and writing cookbooks, but because actually living candida-free has literally been my life for the past 15 years and I remember how difficult it can be at the beginning, I wanted to help people work through the entire diet without feeling lost or afraid at any point. The book contains chapters on how to deal with the inevitable challenges of the diet such as cravings, learning about new ingredients, cooking from scratch, detox, and more; plus how to “live in the real world” where you still attend social events, parties, holiday events, and go to restaurants or travel. It can be done!

I have done several Candida cleanses and I always struggle to find yummy and filling breakfast recipes. Does Living Candida-Free contain breakfast recipes and which one is your favourite?

Yes, there’s an entire chapter with breakfast recipes! My favourite breakfast in general has to be pancakes, so I have included two different pancake recipes in the book. I also love the grain-free granola.

Who would you recommend pick up a copy of Living Candida-Free?

Obviously, if someone has been diagnosed with candida, thinks they have candida, or has tried the anti-candida diet in the past and found it too challenging, this is the book for those people. However, it’s also a great guidebook for ANYONE who wishes to cut refined sugar out of their life, or anyone who wants to eat a whole foods diet free of most allergens (all the recipes are free of eggs, meat, dairy, gluten, mushrooms, and corn; and most are free of soy).

When and why did you start following a Candida-Free lifestyle?

I was first diagnosed with candida related complex (CRC) in 1999, but I didn’t really adopt the “anti-candida for life” attitude and lifestyle until my second round with the condition in 2009.  I came down with some serious candida-related symptoms (yeast infections, sinus infections, rashes) at that time and decided I wanted to get this issue under control permanently. I haven’t looked back.

What advice do you give to clients & people who are just starting out on a candida cleanse?

Of course, having a good practitioner, a proper protocol and knowing about all the foods you should eat is essential. But beyond that, I think the most important—and useful—strategy people can adopt is to change their attitude about what the diet is all about. As long as you are on the diet waiting to return to the way you used to eat before and you don’t think of this as a permanent change for your lifelong health, it will be easy to relapse and then you’ll have to start all over again. So just believing that this way of life is better for you, and something positive that you are doing as a gift to yourself, is a great place to start.

Who are your favourite role models and sources of inspiration in the health and wellness world?

There are so many—I couldn’t possibly name them all here! I love Kris Carr (who doesn’t??), Dr. Alejandro Junger, Dr. Lissa Rankin, and of course, my co-writer for Living Candida-Free, Andrea Nakayama, who inspires me every day. In the world of blogging, I think that Tess Masters (The Blender Girl) is amazingly knowledgeable, as is Gena Hamshaw (Choosing Raw), Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) and Adrienne Urban (Whole New Mom), for their wealth of helpful information, healthy attitudes and great recipes. I could go on. . !!

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 foods would you want to eat for the rest of your life (they don’t have to fit within a candida diet!).

Chocolate, chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, and chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips. 😉

When you’re feeling physically stretched, stressed and out of balance- what do you do to keep yourself grounded?

I play with my dogs. They always remind me to live in the moment, and they always (always!) make me smile.

What’s your favourite inspirational quote?

One of my favorites is “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” from Eleanor Roosevelt. I also love the quote with which I began the book, from Christopher Reeve: “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”

Finally, any last piece of love you’d like to leave us with?

I think it’s important for anyone dealing with a health issue to remember that the human body is incredibly resilient. It’s truly amazing what the body can endure—and survive. Not to sound overly dramatic about it, but so many conditions can feel overwhelming, especially when they’re chronic, like candida can be.  Remembering that our bodies are great at adapting, changing, and healing is so important when you’re going through something physically and psychologically challenging. I believe that virtually everyone can heal eventually, in one way or another.

I was given Living Candida Free as a gift, however all opinions are my own and I only share products I actually use and enjoy. If you are interested in seeing your product featured on, please email


  1. Deb E on February 10, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Love Ricki’s recipes, her dogs and books! I need this one!

    • Jesse Lane Schelew, CNP on February 10, 2015 at 8:37 am

      I totally agree Deb, good luck!

    • Ricki on February 13, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      Thanks so much, Deb! Good luck with the giveaway! 🙂

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  3. Ricki on February 13, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks for this lovely review, Jesse! (I think my first comment may have been kicked into spam?). And thanks for running a giveaway, too–wishing all the participants good luck! 🙂

  4. Linda on February 19, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Sure would love to beat this thing! I have had bouts on and off….thanx! Linda

    • Jesse Lane Schelew, CNP on February 19, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      I would love help you out Linda. I know how frustrating it can be when Candida keeps coming back and I can help you keep it away for good! Would you like to set up a free 15 minute phone or Skype consultation? Shoot me an email at and we can find a time what works for you.
      You can also check out my services to get an idea of how I can help you.
      Love & Wellness,
      Jesse Lane

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