It’s what you do eat, not what you don’t.

So I don’t like the starvation mentality among health-conscious people: don’t eat this, don’t eat that, maybe eat a bit of that but not too much… There’s a lot of poison out there masquerading as food, it’s true, but if you take that approach too far, you’ll become a freaked-out, paranoid hermit.


Think about what you do eat more than you think about what you don’t eat. Do eat real food, plenty of it. Eat a lot of vegetables, more than you might think is reasonable: big piles at every meal. Eat bright and dark colored plants, lots of them. Eat the cleanest meat you can find, including grass-fed red meat. Eat all different parts of the animal, especially “organ meats.” (Yes, eat liver.) Eat fermented foods, all different kinds, as often as you can.

If you eat enough of those foods, you won’t have much room left for poison, and you’ll be better equipped to deal with the poison you do encounter. And you can’t avoid poison these days. You really can’t. (You do breathe, right?)

I’m not much of a video-watcher, but this talk from TEDxIowaCity gets to the point. Terry Wahls is inspiring: she came back from progressive MS, which is almost unheard of, and she’s a plainspoken doctor who knows what she’s talking about.


  1. jean said,

    December 18, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

    Funny, my husband said pretty much the same thing this morning. And, you’re both right. I’ll check out the video on Terry Wahls.

  2. chris said,

    December 19, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    Hi, I found this link facinating and challenging. Like Jean I too am in agreement with you and though thats a lot of fruits and veggies each day, it is not as hard to get in as people think. I decided to carefully measure out about the amount of fruit and spinach i use in my morning smoothie today and was pleased to see that i use, on average, a heaping cup of mixed berries (frozen) and 2 cups spinach, I didn’t think i was using that much! The only argument I have is where are the grains and cultured milk products? I would be hard pressed to be willing to give up my whole grain breads, yogurt, creme fraiche, cheeses and kefir! Let alone the cream in my coffee each day, I suppose i do have my vices after all. Thanks for the link it was facinating.

  3. chris said,

    December 20, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    I just re-read my post and feel i need to clarify one point, when I asked where are the grains and cultured milk products?, I was refering to Terry Wahls video not your post (Herbwife’s kitchen)! I realize you also emphasize a wide variety of good wholesome foods. Thanks again for the link it was truly interesting!

  4. Jan said,

    December 20, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

    Great post and a very well done video. I will be sure to share it.
    Thanks for posting this.

  5. michelle wolff said,

    January 15, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

    off topic question: how do I “follow” this blog? I’d love to get notices when there are new postings? I LOVE this blog 😉

  6. Steve said,

    January 24, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

    I totally agree with this. It’s kinda funny, I was thinking the same thing just a few days ago.

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    March 27, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    I had no idea about fermented foods! I have always been told that liver is good for you and growing up we used to eat it atleast once a week. I still have not been able to enjoy the taste! Thanks for the advice, I now have a good idea of what I am going to cook for dinner tonight! 🙂

  8. Nikki said,

    September 4, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

    I love this post! Its so true, the food you eat makes a world of difference! My favorite recently has been Kale chips baked with a little bit of oil, Garlic and Salt! I’ve never tried fermented foods so that will be something I try next! Thanks for the great post!

  9. Jackie said,

    January 25, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    Wise words! So glad to find your blog! Please check out mine.

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    January 27, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    Ugh! that’s

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  12. Connie said,

    April 29, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    Totally agree with you. You are what you eat! I feel so much better having cut out bread.

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    Great post…my husband eats a lot if I am the one who cooks just impress me that the food taste so good so that I’ll be encourage more to cook, till I finally met the better taste of funny and interesting with him..

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