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A Reunion and some Reflections

First of all: Wow.  I am truly bowled over by the enthusiastic response to the giveaway, and thrilled that so many of you would like my cookbook!  Thanks, all, for your entries and your comments.  I have been slow in responding to comments, but have read them all and will respond to any questions later today.  (Oh, and the contest continues until May 15th, so if you haven’t entered yet, you still can!)

I did want to clarify one point about the recipes, though:  while there ARE some gluten-free recipes in it (about 25%), the book does not include gluten free recipes exclusively.  Spelt does contain some gluten–though about 30% less than wheat–and it is often suitable for people with gluten sensitivity such as myself.  Most of my recipes employ spelt, barley, or oat flours (much like any of the desserts on this blog).  I thought it important to mention this, in case some of you are expecting a gluten-free cookbook (that will have to be next time!) 😉


[My typical dinner these days: raw collard rolls with bean spread; fresh tomato; green beans. No wonder there are no new recipes!]

I’m afraid I don’t have a new recipe for you all today, as much as I’d intended to post one a few days ago.  After a whirlwind high school reunion last weekend in Niagara Falls, I came home to discover that the charming candida in my system was being its opportunistic self and took advantage of my slightly altered diet and shift in regular routine while away from home.  Ever since I got back, I’ve been feeling sapped of energy and spending more hours in bed than Sleeping Beauty (no prince for me, though. . . unless you count Chaser licking my ear as a magical “kiss”).   

(“But Mum, I have to keep licking your ear!  All beauty aside, how else am I supposed to let you know it’s time for a walk?”)

My (conventional) doctor has now prescribed an oral anti-fungal medication for me, something about which I’m not at all pleased (even though it does confirm candida as a culprit), but which, it seems, is entirely necessary since virtually none of the other methods I’ve tried have worked.  On the ACD site where I found my current diet, they do caution that a candida problem can never be entirely eradicated with diet alone; so I’m okay with the pills. I will see my naturopathic doctor next week, so perhaps he’ll have a new idea.

In the meantime, I am determined to continue with the regime, and have faith that it will take effect eventually, bringing about a healthy change–as it did the last time I followed this diet (for a duration of two years!! Let’s hope it doesn’t take that long this time round).  The only bright spot so far is that the weight-loss lull has finally been shattered:  as of this morning, I’ve lost 17 pounds (7.7 kilos) since I began the diet on March 9th (just about 8 weeks). My weight hasn’t been this low since 2003. Yowza!


[Butterscotch blondies with chocolate chips and dried cherries]

I did bake some goodies from Sweet Freedom for the gang at the reunion, though (still can’t resist baking something for any gathering!).  There were about 60 of us.  And while I’m still in regular contact with my own (female) friends from that era, such as Sterlin (who flew in from England to room with me!), the Geminis, Phil, Babe, and so on, I haven’t seen any of the guys since grade eleven (the highest year of high school in Montreal).  And when I did finally see them–Quel Surprise!


[Miniature orange-cranberry scones]

There were a few blank stares as I first spied some of the men, but once they introduced themselves, it was easy to spot the sixteen year-old in the forty-something faces and there were hugs all around.  Within minutes, we all assumed our old, familiar camaraderie and went on to enjoy a raucous weekend with tours of the Falls, karaoke (I didn’t sing, but Sterlin and I did hop on stage as backup “dancers” for a pair who sang “Addicted to Love”), and a goodbye brunch complete with awards for everything from “Guy you’re most surprised is a parent” to “Person who brought the most photos of family” (that was Sterlin).


[Easiest Almond Cookies–grain free and gluten free]

Am I glad I went?  Absolutely.  I reconnected with a couple of people with whom I’d been very close in high school, and with whom I’m sure I’ll be in touch once again.  And it was terrific to hear, “You haven’t changed a bit!  I’d recognize you anywhere!” repeatedly, despite my own sense that I’d changed dramatically in the past 30 or so years.  There’s already chatter on Facebook about the next reunion!


[Chocolate Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies]

For the next little while, my posts may be a bit less regular or more infrequent than usual, as I feel I need to concentrate a bit more diligently on regaining my physical health and equilibrium.  I will still be cooking, though, and will post recipes whenever I have them!  And I’ll continue to read all your blogs and comment whenever I can. 


[Ultra-Fudgy Brownies]

As always, I am deeply grateful for all of you out there who read this blog and continue to provide support and comments. Because of all of you, these health issues have been made to seem manageable.  Now it’s time to really kick that candida’s butt once and for all!

Last Year at this Time: Vanilla versus Vanilla (cupcakes and muffins)

© 2009 Diet, Dessert and Dogs



35 comments to A Reunion and some Reflections

  • i am glad you had a good time!


  • The excitement over your book is very well deserved!


  • Sorry to hear your energy is down. Traveling always seems to do that. I didn’t realize how much this candida thing is affecting you! Feel better and I am interested in what your naturopath says. Awesome you got to go to your reunion btw. I recently had one too and it was fun. With Facebook I feel like we hardly need reunions anymore, though I hope we still have them!


  • Drooling over the photos…


  • Jes

    Aw, what adorable mini scones! Here’s a ((hug)) for your energy to go back up!


  • congrats on the weight loss! that is really really great =)

    p.s. those butterscotch blondies look like raw cookie dough! YUM!


  • Those blondies look to die for!!! Now I REALLY can’t wait for your cookbook…


  • AAHHH, it all looks SO good!!!


  • Thanks so much for sharing your ups AND downs with Candida. I have been on and off the Candida train for many years and am fascinated by how different people are affected. I find your posts so colorful, interesting and upbeat. It inspires me! Good luck with your health journey.


  • 17 pounds in 8 weeks is AMAZING!!!!! way to go!


  • Take care Ricki.

    I’m so excited your cookbook will soon be available for purchase.


  • Hope you’re feeling better soon! Sounds like the reunion was fun and everyone was lucky to receive your baked goods. =)


  • Jessica

    Good for you! that must feel great losing 17 pounds:)
    Hang in there with your health, I struggle with the same thing and know how hard it is :(. Have you ever looked into the product Threelac? I ordered it from the states and I live in Canada, it’s quite pricey but well worth it. Maybe check it out? you could google it. If you do take the prescriptions make sure to take a high quality probiotic as it will kill the friendly bacteria with the bad, making it worse. I’m sure you already knew that though:) Take care and I hope you feel better as soon as possible!


  • Congratulations on the weight loss! Wonderful. Your dinner looks very tasty. 🙂


  • Courtney

    2 years?! I cannot believe you followed the ACD for TWO years! You are amazing :o) I will keep my fingers crossed that it does NOT take that long again…

    And 17 lbs is wonderful–wow! Congrats!



  • congrats on your weight loss! I’m sorry you’re so fatigued. I hope the new meds help you recover some energy.


  • I do wish you well in your fight with candida… it sure is a stubborn thing isn’t it? I am working on it as well and it seems there is no “one answer” for everyone. All sorts of methods, diets, medications have worked differently for different people. I hope you find what works for you!

    Wishing you well <3


  • Mom

    Hi Ricki, You are incredibly generous to continue baking goodies for others when you are on this diet. I wish that you would talk to Rita about the Candida. Our family has watched her go from looking like an inflated life-size version of herself to having cheekbones again in a matter of months. She was working with functional medicine doctors and taking herbal preparations. She is now on the path of regaining her health. Best wishes for your speedy recovery.


  • Ooh, you made some of my very favorite Sweet Freedom recipes for the reunion. Good thinking! I’m so happy you had a nice time.

    I don’t like taking meds, either, but I hope they help get your candida under control.


  • oh the irony of you baking these wonderful treats and putting out a sweet cookbook and not eating them! Glad to hear at least you are losing weight if the candida isn’t going away – am sure that will help you feel better (eventually) – good luck with regaining your health


  • Glad to hear you had such a great time at your reunion. Keep up the good work with your diet…17 pounds? That’s amazing!


  • Sounds like a fun reunion weekend. Sorry you are not feeling well now, though. Do take care and I hope your energy returns soon!


  • oh no i’m sorry you had a flare up 🙁 rest up ricki!

    ps- those blondies look like fudge. can’t wait to make them 🙂


  • Sorry to hear you are feeling down… congrats on the weightloss though – thats awesome!!!


  • Congrats on the weight loss!! I’m sorry the candida has returned…


  • gerdaleigh

    Which antifungal pills did you get put on? If they aren’t working, you could try fluconazole. That’s what I was put on for my candida. (They work wonderfully!) I hope you get better, soon!


  • 7.7K!!!!!! Ricki – that is amazing. I’m so excited for you. I’m sorry the evil fungi is fighting so hard, you must be just so lovely to live in. It’ll go, you are tougher.
    I need to email you…hopefully tomorrow? I need to go to bed!
    Glad the reunion was a success! Those almond cookies….one of my favourites from the book!


  • “Butterscotch blondies with chocolate chips and dried cherries”? Ok, that seals the deal: I need to get your book! It doesn’t matter that I haven’t ever had a blondie in my entire life and never missed it a bit, this one is the one that changes it all. It sounds and looks sooo good!
    I hope you’ll feel better soon. Take good care of yourself.


  • Hope you get rid of that nasty candida soon!!! And yay for a wonderful reunion!


  • Such adorable mini scones! I can definitely see how this spread would be a huge hit at just about any party, it all looks wonderful. 🙂

    I’m so glad to hear that things are going well for you- Keep up the great work!


  • So much fun! I hope you are feeling better very soon, and congrats on the weight loss!


  • I am drooling over the blondies and the brownies. Oh, how I wish I could bite into one of them right now!


  • bee

    wish you quick and complete healing, dear ricki. those almond cookies look absolutely fantastic. raw collard rolls? why didn’t i think of that? i love the idea.


  • Great photos! Take care of yourself!


  • I hope you start to feel better soon Ricki – I know what feeling awful all the time feels like! Glad you had a good reunion, too!


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