Ricki Heller – CANDIDA Author, Blogger & Coach
Hear best-selling author Ricki Heller talk about CANDIDA and what it means if your healthcare provider has told you that candida overgrowth is a problem for you, as well as share practical advice to help equip you to tackle it and free yourself from its grip.
About Ricki Heller
Although Ricki holds a PhD in Modern American Literature, food and cooking have always been her heart’s passion. Early in her career, Ricki’s love of baking led to a 5-year stint as a dessert caterer after a colleague asked her to provide desserts for her wedding. Later, she ran a wholesale organic bakery, Bake it Healthy, that provided healthy muffins, cookies and other treats to stores across the Greater Toronto area. Recently Ricki was a nominee in the 2016 Canadian Holistic Nutrition Awards.
Enter IBS & Candida…
After being diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) at age 23, Ricki began to change her eating habits and realized how much the food we eat influences our health. She was diagnosed with Candida Related Complex (CRC) in 1999 and followed the anti-candida diet for three years, eradicating all symptoms. That led her to pursue studies as a holistic nutritionist to learn more about the healing power of foods; she obtained her Registered Holistic Nutritionist designation (RHN) from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, where she graduated summa cum laude and was Valedictorian.
When the Candida Returned, Ricki knew it was time for a Permanent Change.
Following a second bout with the condition in 2009, Ricki’s world turned upside down when her health issues again required her to cut out gluten, sugar, eggs and dairy. At that point, she realized she’d have to change her eating habits forever. These days, she shares her anti-candida friendly recipes via cooking classes across the Toronto area as well as through her blog and books. She’s determined to show people that an anti-candida diet is not only doable, but can even be enjoyable; and that you can succeed on the diet while still living in the real world. In 2016, Ricki was a finalist for one of five Canadian Holistic Nutrition Awards (national awards for holistic nutritionists in Canada).
Ricki in The Media
In addition to writing her blog, Ricki is an Associate Editor for, and contributes a monthly column to, Simply Gluten-Free magazine, the number one magazine in North America in the gluten-free category. She is also a regular contributor to Gluten-Free & More magazine (formerly Living Without); her articles and recipes have appeared in Clean Eating magazine, Allergic Living magazine, Canadian Living Magazine, One Green Planet, KrisCarr.com, Buzzfeed, VegNews.com, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Tonic Toronto and others. As a brand ambassador for Attune Foods, she created recipes and wrote for the Attune blog. She was also a regular contributor to The Balanced Platter and Fitalicious.com.
Ricki’s television appearances include Canada AM, CityTV’s Breakfast Television, Global’s The Morning Show, CTV News at Noon, as a featured guest on York Region Living, In the Know, and as a frequent guest on Rogers’ daytime (York Region and Toronto). She was also a speaker at the inaugural Nourished conference in Chicago in 2012, where she appeared on CBS Chicago, as well as the Toronto-based Gluten-Free Garage and Gluten-Free Expo.
Today Ricki shares recipes and information through her blog, rickiheller.com, her online group programs such as her Candida Kick-Start course, The Sweet Life (private members’) Club and through private individualized coaching for people on restricted diets. Nothing makes her happier than helping people learn to love food again and discover how easy it is to thrive on a “free-from” diet.
A complete guide and cookbook for anyone dealing with candida overgrowth, or anyone with multiple food restrictions. Filled with practical, realistic strategies for living a life free of sugar, Living Candida-Free includes a three-stage program; tips on how to transition to eating the anti-candida way; information on herbal supplements and treatments; a full list of ingredient substitutions; and delicious, satisfying recipes that anyone can prepare.
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Recent & Upcoming Shows:
October 11, 2018: Andrew Lopez – TOXIN-FREE GARDENING & PEST CONTROL (LISTEN NOW)
December 13, 2018: Kathryn Kellogg – ZERO WASTE HOLIDAYS – Part 2 (ENTERTAINING & DECORATING) (LISTEN NOW)
January 10, 2019: Lynda Shrager OT – AGE IN PLACE (LISTEN LIVE)
February 14, 2019: Lady Rizo – THE HEALING POWER OF GLITTER (LISTEN LIVE)
March 14, 2019: Kate Nicholson – OPIOIDS & INTEGRATIVE PAIN MANAGEMENT (LISTEN LIVE)
April 11, 2019: Dr. Philip Gregory – SOIL HEALTH & HUMAN PAIN (LISTEN LIVE)
May 9, 2019: Maralee McLean – CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IN THE HOME (LISTEN LIVE)
June 13, 2019: Barbara Arrowsmith Young – HOW YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR BRAIN (LISTEN LIVE)
More Exciting Guests To Look Forward To…
Robyn McCord O’Brien – “REAL FOOD”
Drs. Karin & Rick Dina – RAW FOOD NUTRITION
Melvin Bray – STORYING INCLUSIVITY FOR KIDS
Allison Carmen – THE GIFT OF MAYBE
PODCASTS of Past Shows
1 / 2RETHINKING GLUTEN & THE GUT with Dr. Alessio Fasano, World-Renowned Celiac & Non-Celiac ResearchWHAT IS MAST CELL ACTIVATION SYNDROME? - Dr. Jill Carnahan MD on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowWHAT'S WITH WHEAT? with Cyndi O'Meara on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowFUNCTIONAL MEDICINE DR JILL CARNAHAN'S LIFE-CHANGING CANCER STORY on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowTOXIC BLACK MOLD EXPOSURE & REMEDIES with Dr Jill Carnahan on the Dr Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowIRVIN YALOM & His Memoir 'BECOMING MYSELF' on the Dr Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowTHE DIDGERIDOO: CURING SLEEP APNEA, SOUND HEALING & THE DIDGEMINDFUL EATING WITH MAYO & HAELY LINDAU on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowSUSTAINABLE LIVING - A SIMPLER WAY TO LIVE: Dr. David Boyd 'The Optimistic Environmentalist'NEVER, EVER GIVE UP! - MONICA GARTNER SHARES HER INSPIRING STORY Living with Osteogenesis ImperfectaWHY IS SALT SO BAD FOR YOU? Dr. Saul Pilar MD Shares The Truth about Salt & HealthWHAT IS NATURAL DETOXIFICATION? - Dr Jessica Renfer ND on The Dr Theresa Nicassio ShowCHANGING EDUCATION: Teaching Kids with Mindfulness in Mind & Teen HumanitarianRETHINKING MOOD DISORDERS with Functional Medicine Doctor Jill Carnahan MD -Dr Theresa Nicassio ShowCBT, REBT & Positive Psychology -How Dr Albert Ellis Changed Psychotherapy (Dr Theresa Nicassio)RETHINKING TRAGEDY: "Crushed Alive: From Tragedy to Triumph"RETHINKING JOY & KINDNESS Thru Art & Urban Gardening on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowRETHINKING SPINAL CORD INJURY: Victim to Survivor to Thriver with Logan Seelye & Melody OwenShocking New Discoveries About GLUTEN with Nadine Grzeskowiak on The Dr Theresa NIcassio ShowRETHINKING LIFE with Deanna Won on The Dr Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowRETHINKING THE POWER OF ART: Caprice Hogg (& Melody Owen: On Embracing Life)LIFE-CHANGING CELIAC DISEASE with Jules Shepard on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowRETHINKING 'HONEST MEDICINE' with Julia Schopick on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowFOODS THAT KILL CANCER & FOODS THAT FEED IT - Nutritionist Haely Lindau on Dr Theresa Nicassio Show#RETHINKING #VACATIONING with Marco Aguilar (& Special Guest Appearance by Kim Vopni)RETHINKING FOOD SECURITY & FOOD SAFETY with Jane GrueberRETHINKING ANOREXIA & RUNNING With Christine BlanchetteRETHINKING FOOD & FERTILITY with Dr. Lorne Brown of Acubalance on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING HAZING, SEXUAL ASSAULTS & SUBSTANCE ABUSE: Michael Ayalon on Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING PARENTING with Leeza Steindorf on The Dr. Theresa NIcassio ShowRETHINKING SLOW FOOD & PLEASURE with Raw Food Chef James SantRETHINKING FOOD LABELING with Caroline Moassessi on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING MOMENTS & MINDFUL LIVING with Marianne Pestana on The Dr Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowRETHINKING EXERCISE, AGING, MOOD & BRAIN HEALTH with Kate Maliha on the Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING SELF-ESTEEM, DISORDERED EATING & THE REPLACEMENT CHILD with Dr. Barbara JaffeDr Philip Zimbardo – FROM CREATING EVIL TO INSPIRING HEROISM (The Heroic Imagination Project)RETHINKING AUTISM: A Mother-Daughter Love StoryRETHINKING OBSTACLES - Stories of Courage on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING LIFELONG IINTIMACY with OB/Gyn Barb Depree MD on The Dr. Theresa NIcassio ShowRETHINKING HUMAN RIGHTS with LGBTQI Advocate Michelle Emson on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING YOUR OWN BRAND OF SEXY with Dr. Susan Edelman on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING COMPASSION & ANTI BULLYING on The Dr Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowRETHINKING PERFORMANCE with The Power of Food Author Adam Hart on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowFART FACTS: What Are Your Farts Telling You? with Dr David Miller ND on The Dr Theresa Nicassio ShowARE YOU SITTING TOO MUCH? SITTING DISEASE on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING The SOCIETY FOR RECOVERING DOORMATS with Ivy Tobin on The Dr Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowRETHINKING CHEMICAL TOXICITY with Alan Bell on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET - with Dietitian Layne Lieberman on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING PAIN AS TEACHER with Dr Paul Epstein on the Dr Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowRETHINKING DEATH & DYING with Yvonne Heath on The Dr Theresa Nicassio Show1 / 2
January 16, 2017: Kate Maliha – EXERCISE FOR HEALTHY AGING, MOOD & BRAIN HEALTH & Judy Russell – How Are The Big Toe & Kidney Connected?(LISTEN NOW)
January 23, 2017: Dr. Jill Carnahan – DOCTOR SURVIVOR: LESSONS OVERCOMING CANCER (LISTEN NOW)
February 27, 2017: Dr. Alessio Fasano – CELIAC DISEASE, GLUTEN & THE GUT (LISTEN NOW)
April 3, 2017: Michael Ayalon – POSITIVE CHANGE ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES (LISTEN NOW)
September 25, 2017: Dr. Paul Epstein – ILLNESS AS OPPORTUNITY, PAIN AS TEACHER (LISTEN NOW)
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