THE Perfect Diet.

August 23, 2013
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 that statement: “As good as it is possible to be FOR YOU.” For YOU, not for someone else. Not for the diet gurus of the internets. Not for so-called experts on TV.

YOU set the parameters for what your perfect diet should be.

YOU decide what all the required or desirable elements are.

YOU determine the qualities and characteristics of the food you eat and the life you live.

The required elements should not include things like guilt, shame, regret or anxiety. Those are not characteristics of a healthy diet, or a healthy life.

Whether you’re paleo or vegan or somewhere in between, YOU decide what YOUR perfect is and don’t concern yourself with what other people think.

Do what makes you feel great physically, emotionally and psychologically.

I’ve found my perfect version of Paleo and it includes ice cream.

And sometimes gluten-free cookies. And dark chocolate. And wine.

It also includes love, acceptance, fun, laughter, compassion, friends and family.

And that’s just perfect.


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

June 11, 2013

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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Link Between ADHD and Obesity Later in Life: Another Study That Says Nothing.

May 20, 2013
A new study conducted by researchers at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center found men diagnosed as children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were twice as likely to be obese in a 33-year follow-up study compared to men who were not diagnosed with the condition.

I just want to note for the record that I copied last line that from the official press release. Please don't chastise me for that ridiculously long run-on sentence.

Link Between Childhood ADHD and ...
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How I Eat (Part 2): Diet Dogma

April 23, 2013
About three years ago (Dec. 2010) I posted a blog on my old website, Eat Think Wellness, describing how I generally ate, and why. Three years in internet time is a LONG ass time. Back then I think I had maybe 5 or 6 followers-- one, if you don’t count my family. Alright, zero if you don’t count my wife. It was a lonely time for me in the health blogging world.

Things sure have changed since then but one thing definitely hasn’t: Diet Dogma.

Back in 2010 I encouraged folks not to become t...
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Dietary Shocker! (not really)

February 7, 2013
“New” study concludes that PUFA's ( specifically omega 6 in this case), not saturated fat, is associated with heart disease as well as death from all other causes.

This is certainly no surprise to many of us. We've known for a while that omega-6 is highly inflammatory, and inflammation is the underpinning of heart disease (and pretty much everything else). Still, the conventional "wisdom" has been to reduce saturated fats and i...
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The Tao of Wellness (part1): Be Sick of Sickness

January 30, 2013

“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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Eat for Heat: Based on a true story of pizza, ice cream and awkwardness

January 17, 2013
A about a week or so ago I posted, on Facebook, how much a enjoyed reading Eat for Heat, I said that I even had a slice of pizza for the first time in a number of years. Not “paleo” pizza. Not gluten-free pizza. Pizza, Pizza. Full on gluten, baby. Well, I figured I had better write a follow up to that status lest people fear that I’m laying in the back ally of a pizza joint in a gluten-induced coma- cheese still stuck to my chin and a piece of crispy crust clenched tightly in my fist.

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Coconut Milk Part II: Sans KY Jelly AND BPA.

December 7, 2012
So after my blog post yesterday, I had a few people ask where they could find coconut milk without crap in it.

So, I went to The Wizard again and this is what I came up with. Not only did I find coconut milk without crap (guar gum, carrageenan, KY jelly) I found some in cans that don't have BPA. Score!

Apparently, this company, Natural Value, actually responded to market demand for this product and delivered. See what we can do when we scream loud enough?

Now if only we could find coconut milk ...
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Trader Joe's, Coconut Cream and KY Jelly

December 6, 2012
    I know what you’re thinking... What on earth do those things have in common. Unfortunately, a lot.

    I love all things coconut. Coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut flakes, coconut water and of course, just straight up coconut. I freaking love the stuff. Almost as much as I love bacon. Anyone who knows me knows how much I f&*%$#@ love bacon.

    Coconut is a close second but It’s tough to find real coconut milk without some pretty gnarly ingredients. And I’m talking about the canned...
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The Diet of Disease

December 5, 2012
It's probably the most common questions I get: "What the heck should I eat to be healthy?"

Instead of going into all the things you should be eating on a healthy diet, I'm going to approach this from a different direction. Let's dissect the finer points of getting sick—a radical eating plan that will guarantee that you’ll end up as a sick and miserable human being. I call it...

The Diet of Disease

    This extreme, illness-inducing diet contains an obscene amount of grains, around seven to...
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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.