Category Archives: Diet and Nutrition

The Whole30 Program—From Viral to Mainstream

The Whole30 went viral over four years ago and still remains a top* diet. Fad diets come and go and diets from government agencies remain seriously dated, but grassroots experience rings true. Should you have health or energy concerns, perhaps it’s time to look into the Whole30. I’m impressed by how quickly my clients succeed… Continue Reading

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Allergy Symptoms and Chronic Health Complaints? Histamine Sensitivity Might be the Source

Self-Test to Determine if a Low-Histamine Diet Will Help Resolve Your Health Issues. If you suffer from allergic-like symptoms, suspect hypersensitivities to multiple foods, or have chronic health complaints, histamines might be the problem. There are no medical tests for histamine sensitivity and very few health professionals identify or treat this condition. But it’s not… Continue Reading

2 Responses to Histamine Sensitivity

  1. Hi Rebecca,
    Could you please tell me if earthen cookware is a good idea or not for someone diagnosed with Histamine Intolerance. I am concerned about bacteria hiding out in the pores of the cookware and building up over time.

    I would love to try clay vessels to cook in, but don’t want to make my situation worse.


    • Not to worry. Bringing food to a boil would kill any bacteria. Also dry the pot thoroughly after each use (and don’t store with lid on) and bacteria will die-off.

Low Salicylate Diet for Food Sensitivities

If you have nagging health complaints, you might be one of the increasing numbers of people with sensitivities to naturally occurring chemicals in foods such as salicylates. Guest blogger Maribeth Evezich, RD, offers information on sensitivities caused by salicylates (suh–lis-uh-leyts) to help you get a handle on–and resolve–your health issues. What Are Salicylates and Where Are… Continue Reading

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Low-Salicylate Diet

Maribeth Evezich will post a guest blog here on August 1, 2016. It includes: – What are salicylates and where are they found? – How do salicylates work and how can they be a problem? – I think I’m salicylate intolerant. Now what? – Where to get help. Do revisit us. Thanks for your patience.… Continue Reading

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2 Responses to When NOT to Eat Melon

  1. As always, your advice is sound and balanced. I love that you included information on the occasional need for a melon’s cooling properties as medicine, even in winter. For someone who is a walking menopausal heating system, cucumber works fine for me in winter. In fact, winter works fine for me. And my husband loves curling up to my hot flashes on the coldest of nights. I will make sure i serve him cucumbers that are pickled and set aside a few for me that are not. Thanks and warm cheers.

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Sweeteners to Avoid

Be savvy about harmful and healthful sweeteners. Here’s a list of the three kinds of sweeteners to avoid along with their various brand names. You’ll find details for those to favor at Quality Sweetener Guidelines. Armed with the information below about the “bad” sugars, you can now ignore various marketing claims for “natural” cane sugars and all sugar… Continue Reading

11 Responses to Sweeteners to Avoid

  1. What are your thoughts on xylitol made from birch bark? I know it’s toxic to pets, but my understanding is that it’s a healthy version of xylitol. Thanks so much! 🙂

    • Excellent question. Yes jaggery, piloncillio and other ethnic cane products can be excellent quality if 100% cane and additive free.Just not always easy to find. And perhaps not organic.

  2. Hello Rebecca!

    I would like to tell you that during this 4 years since I have been living the diet you prescribed for me, I have missed my sweets! One thing I have always enjoyed is canned sour cherries.
    I bring them home and add my own sweetener. Well, now guess what?
    They don’t have it on the shelves anymore. People WANT that other kind of canned cherries that are already sweetened with the bad stuff. If anyone knows where to buy unsweetened cherries, I’d like to know about it. They could be frozen too.

    • Four years! And how are you feeling. I’m trusting that the diet is paying off. And while a little sweet is ok, if you’re craving “too much” (and only you can discern that) then that’s typically an indicator that you need a little more protein and/or fat in your diet.

      Yes…sour cherries are great and their availability varies from place to place. I buy mine dried from Eden Foods and if you click on the link on my page, you receive a 15% discount.

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Bust Bad Food Habits

If you’re ready to tackle your bad food habits, there’s relief at hand. It’s free and takes just a split second. Here’s the assignment: Next time you are reaching for the chips (or chocolate, or pizza, or whatever) imagine taking a snapshot. End of assignment. Put a lot of detail into your mental photo: the… Continue Reading

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3 Responses to Free Yourself from Sugar Cravings

  1. If this should be helpful to anyone, I eat a nice even, protein, good fat, low carb (no grain or potatoe) diet with lots of fresh and cooked vegetables and from time to time bone stock. And still, sometimes I don’t know what I’m craving, so I’ll juice deep leafy greens and voila! If that lovely hit of minerals and phyto goodness doesn’t do the trick. So the search, e.g. hunger, in my case is for dense nutrition. Interesting, hugh? Go Rebecca!

  2. Dr. told me to “tweak” my diet a little bit to overcome so many urinary infections. I am 79 years old and understand that many women have this problem.
    I tweaked it all right! I have been eating sweets, too much dairy, and don’t get enough nutrients. It is lunch thatI have trouble with. Never know what to eat to get full.I have meat for breakfast and dinner..never can find anything at noon. I do get bored on this diet, but it certainly is a lot better than it was when I started 3.5 years ago.

  3. I like this post. Eating meat more often than I used to seems to have helped me feel more satisfied and not indulge on tons of fruit. Thank you!

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14 Responses to Benefits of Eating Meat

  1. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. I wish I had been learning from someone with your background a long while ago. Doctors have been telling me I was fine for years and later that I had IBS. It went downhill until 2.5 years ago when I learned about food sensitivities.

    I was only vegetarian for a year because I was starving. I don’t need a lot of animal protein, but I have to have some or I’m exhausted and thinking about food. I’m glad you share the information that our digestive systems are unique and have varied requirements.

  2. Hi Rebecca,

    I recently had an experience of becoming quite ill — physically (my pelvic wall gave out) and mentally (I became quite depressed with dark thoughts) because my body was NOT doing well on too much raw food. Once more, I have realized that I need warm, cooked or lightly-cooked food with some animal protein. Although a big raw salad every day and a raw (but room temp) smoothie in the morning do well for me. With no animal protein, my brain stops working and I become quite depressed with thoughts that are definitely NOT me. Once I start with a complete amino acid profile and Omegas, I feel completely different. I believe I have finally learned that I need to feed myself a certain way rather than trying to go along with the fads or the “ideas” of what might work. Thank you for teaching about BALANCE and about finding what it means for each of us.

  3. In contrast to a rather scathing comment left in response to this article, I would agree that carefully selected happy meat (local, properly fed) is very nourishing and easy to digest. I find beans difficult to digest and require enzymes when I eat them, but a local, slow cooked chicken provides us much protein for several meals. I also believe in the benefits of bone broth, and cook and use it frequently. Thank you for an informative blog.

  4. I really liked your article, Rebecca. Poor Albert – may his mind open sooner rather than later and allow room for us all.

    I was vegetarian for many years and until my 4th pregnancy in 1984 when my body demanded I eat meat. I have done so in moderation ever since. A year a go I eliminated all wheat and now I restrict other grains and legumes, soaking them first. We are gradually reducing all CAFO-products and shifting to local, organic, not easy in a small town in northern Canada.

    • The Blood Type diet has value. However more important than the list of foods that goes with your blood type is for you to know whether or not you are digesting those foods. Many people have dairy and gluten on their “list” but are allergic to them. It is naive to build a whole diet on one particular characteristic (blood type). To do so does not take into account other important factors regarding your unique system. Today so many people are suffering from food sensitivities and/or allergies and these first must be identified and then eliminated in order to have a healthy diet. In my ebook, Clean and Free, I detail how you can discern the diet that best suits you.

  5. I am very surprised, even astonished, that you wrote an article about the benefits of eating meat. Even if some doctors recommend it, it doesn’t mean that it’s healthy and beneficial. Did you know that humans are not carnivorous? Instead of degrading yourself by becoming a meat-eater, you should have given yourself a promotion to become a raw foodits abolishing meat, processed and cooked foods. But it’s never too late to educate yourself and see the light on overall wellness.
    I have lost all faith in your books and articles; you have lost your integrity among us, the healthy eaters. It’s very unfortunate that you influence so many people in the wrong direction by suggesting meat, an acidic dead ‘food’, a good source of illnesses. By the way, your books will be given to charity to people who don’t know the truth about health, energy and longevity.
    Please cancel my subscription; I don’t want more toxic contamination.
    You should live up to your own words, “May you be well nourished!”

    • We should all be careful of self righteous responses. What is good for one, in not necessarily good for all when it comes to diet. As God says in the bible ” Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.”
      Matthew 15:10-12

      We need to all have a heart which serves others, and Rebecca, I am happy to see it in your heart and your willingness to change your mind and diet as needed.

      I, myself, thinking it was healthier, once upon a time, tried a vegetarian diet. I have always worked outdoor physical jobs, and frankly, eating totally vegetarian left me HUNGRY! It seem that I just could not eat enough to supply my needs, especially in the winter. And I am sure that a vegetarian diet for some is totally appropriate, but let’s have grace for one another, and understand that we are all imperfect people, making mistakes and hopefully learning and growing.

  6. Hi Ms. Wood,
    I was wondering what you think of the Ayurvedia eating lifestyle. From India an holistic approach to eat according to your dosha.

    There’s so much conflicting, different eating lifestyles ie blood type, ayurvedia a person can get confused.

    • Yes, there’s a lot of different ways/paradigms to look at diet and Ayurveda has some useful information. In my New Whole Foods Encyclopedia I type foods using both Chinese 5-Elements and Ayurveda.

      In my ebook, Clean and Free, I map out the guidelines so you can determine what diet best suits you and your specific health needs.

  7. I have gradually re-introduced wild fish and free range chicken/turkey back into my diet (about 1 oz at a time) after being vegan for about 7 years. Following those years of cleansing and healing, I have found my ability to digest animal protein is better than before. I have also learned that 2 oz once a day is often enough to benefit my body without taxing it. I “do not take in anything that causes harm” or my body would have to heal from it. I feel much better about not wasting or over eating the animal tissue so as not to cause more harm than needed. I will in no way contribute to mass animal breeding, penning, treatment etc. My local farmers support conservative use through small packaging availability also. Start with broth & then just leave a bit of meat.

  8. Dear Ms. Wood,

    I always find your news letters very helpful. I have also bought your book ‘whole foods encyclopedia”

    I just wanted your advise if possible if you could please shed some light on ‘ blood type diet’.

    Your opinion will be very appreciated.

    Thanking you,
    Kind regards,


  9. Dear Rebecca-La

    what a great post about meat eating! You manage to say the things I would like to be able to say to people but with the gentleness and authority of someone who was such a committed vegetarian as well as someone who is so experienced with nutrition and health.My diet for SLE (lupus) for the past 25 years eliminated all beans and dairy (and eggs) so I have always relied on the animals and fish to feed me (not beef).

    I am grateful for that and for you!


    • Penny-la,
      Thank you for sharing your own example. Yes, it’s important for each of us to shed concepts that don’t serve us and then to discern our own dietary truth.

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