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I have a confession to make and a story to tell you...

Posted by joe rigs on Sunday, December 1, 2013, In : Get your mind right 

This is probably the most honest and transparent blog I've ever written. Please read.


I didn’t write my book Sow for you. I wrote it for me. Let me explain.

Did you know when I originally launched The Definitive Way to go Gluten Free it only sold 55 copies?

Yep, that’s it. I spent 7 months researching, reading studies and writing that book. Then editing and rewriting and rewriting again. It was a ton of work.

The day of the launch I was incredibly excited. I expe...

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What do your food cravings mean?

Posted by joe rigs on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, In : Get your mind right 
When you have severe food cravings it can be a sign of a serious nutrient deficiency.

OR... It's could just mean that you should eat what you're craving because it tastes good!

I'm not trying to downplay the fact that some people have some real issues with food. I have no doubt some folks may even crave the very foods that are harming their health. For many folks however, I don't think that's the case.

I see many otherwise very healthy people completely and neurotically overanalyze their cravin...

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THE Perfect Diet.

Posted by joe rigs on Friday, August 23, 2013, In : Get your mind right 
My diet is perfect. Not because it’s rigid, flawless and squeaky clean, but because I choose to use the first definition of the word perfect.

adjective: per·fect

1. having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.

“As good as it is possible to be.” Doesn’t that sounds a lot nicer than rigid, flawless and squeaky clean? Doesn’t that leave a lot of room for interpretation?

Let’s add two little words to the end of th...

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It's all about macros... and everything else.

Posted by joe rigs on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, In : Get your mind right 

Beware of anyone who takes an extreme stance against a single macronutrient, and blames it for all the health problems in the world. 

Fat does not cause heart disease.

Protein does not cause cancer.

Carbohydrates do not cause diabetes. 

In and of themselves, none of these are THE cause for anything. 

Fat, protein and carbohydrates from really crappy and processed foods will contribute to health issues but even that is only one part an equation that also includes sleep, stress, environ...

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The Tao of Wellness (part1): Be Sick of Sickness

Posted by joe rigs on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, In : Get your mind right 

“Knowing ignorance is strength.
Ignoring knowledge is sickness.

If one is sick of sickness, then one is not sick.
The sage is not sick because he is sick of sickness.
Therefore he is not sick.” -Tao Te Ching, verse 71

    Let me start with telling you, once and for all, that there is no such thing as the perfect human diet. Trying to be perfect, when perfection is impossible, will lead to stress. Stress will lead to poorer health. Poorer health will cause you to try to be more perfect. The onl...
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About Me

Joe Rignola, HHC, FDN Joe Rignola is an author, Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist and Health Counselor. More importantly, I hate talking in the 3rd person. I'm really just a guy who took control of my own health and overcame several ailments including metabolic disorders, digestive issues, depression and ADD. Actually, my recovery from ADD however is questionable.