Your not really following the stict diet if your slipping up. Your following your own diet. Which is your choice but if you keep slipping up then you will keep wondering why its not working. I am no expert but feeling die off symstoms is not the goal,killing candida is. Maybe you need to slowly work your way toward the strict diet and then go for it. in my opinion the diet is good for your health and losing weight and that can allow for slip ups. However for fighting Candida, slip ups will set you back quite a bit.