Good Food/Bad Food

"A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe." 
-Thomas Keller

The quote seems obvious. Of course, recipes/foods have no soul.  The writer speaks of something more than just throwing food on a plate and calling it a meal.  He speaks of the experience of
creating, presenting and sharing a meal with others.  Just as food doesn't have a soul, food is neither inherently good or bad.  Yet, in certain circles, in certain minds, food is indeed bad.  We live in strange times where food is concerned.  The person next to you could have any manner of food dispositions: gluten free, dairy free, Paleo, Keto, vegetarian, Pescatarian, Vegan, low carb, FODMAP, low fat, Atkins, Ornish, South Beach, DASH, etc, etc, etc.  

To be clear, a particular diet may be necessary for a particular person, even at a particular time in life. But overall, your way of eating may not be right for the person sitting next to you.  This we refer to as Bioindividuality- one person's food is another person's poison. We live in a culture where food is often demonized.  Gluten? Bad!  Carbs? Bad!  Fat? Good! (tho yesterday
it was "bad").  Honestly, it's a lot to keep up with and there really is no need for all the labeling.  In fact, an unhealthy obsession with health food has been given the name "Orthorexia".  The end result can truly be the elimination of so many foods that the diet becomes unhealthy and the person becomes riddled with anxiety, shame, and guilt. Orthorexia can also damage relationships.  If you think the way you eat is the best way for everyone, you can alienate those closest to you.

So here are my suggestions:  
If a certain food causes negative symptoms, remove it from your diet, watch your symptoms and journal how you feel. If you feel better, leave it out for a time, but try to reintroduce it at a later date. (Unless it's a true food allergy)
Don't always stick to the same foods. Use different oils, different sweeteners, eat different sources of proteins, fats, and carbs.
Eat a wide variety of vegetables and fruits. (More veggies than fruits.)
Enjoy and appreciate what's on your plate.
Try not to make others fit into your ideas about food.
Rather than taking something out of your diet, ask yourself, "What can I add to my diet?" (Unless it's a true food allergy or you have an illness that requires taking something out.)

The updating of my new space is going well! I'm looking forward to having you over. Some ideas that are being discussed:

A women’s self-defense class (provided by my office neighbor who teaches jiu-jitsu).

A combined spiritual rest-physical rest class.

Periodic Thursday night gatherings for women.

Let me know what else you're interested in!

My rates are increasing July 1. If you've ever considered scheduling with me, now is the time! Don't forget a one-hour Health History Consultation with me is always FREE!



June 12, 6-7:30 pm $20. Worth every penny!Green Top Grocery, Bloomington IL.Reservation is required. Go to and click on Events/Classes. SPECIAL RATE FOR MY FAITHFUL NEWSLETTER READERS! When you sign up for this class, enter the discount code: YFF for 25% off the class!

True story: I was in Kroger with a friend recently. She was picking up some frozen gluten-freeUDI's buns for hamburgers. I hadn't had them in years and asked, "Are they better these days?" She said, "They're ok. You have to toast them." This is EXACTLY why you need to come to this class. These rolls are moist, fluffy and delicious! No more dried out bread/rolls that you have to toast and load up with butter or a nut butter just to choke them down.. My mouth is watering just thinking about my gluten free/grain free rolls!

Struggling with food? Can't decide what is best for you? Email or call me and let's set up a time to talk! 309-825-0424