What I Learned from My Dad about Food and Health

Ricki talks about what she learned from her dad about food and health

Last month, my dad turned 98. Ninety-eight!! While I wasn’t surprised based on my dad’s history, I have been truly shocked by what’s changed in his life in recent years since he moved into an assisted living residence and, almost a year ago, into a nursing home.

In today’s video, I talk about the way my dad ate most of his life and what has changed since he no longer has home-cooked meals (my mother used to cook from scratch, and when she died at age 62, my dad began to cook for himself).

My father has always been an example to me of how to eat well and how to live a healthful life–and these recent years are no exception (though perhaps not for the reasons you might think).

Here’s what I’ve learned about health and food from my dad.

Question: Do you think there’s a direct correlation between what you eat and your physical and mental health? What connections have you noticed in your own life? 


  • How my dad ate most of his life
  • What my dad used to do to stay healthy in terms of exercise and medications
  • The types of food they serve at the nursing home
  • Changes I’ve noticed in my father since he moved to the home
  • My conclusions about what you eat and how it impacts your health and well-being
  • What to do to avoid cheating on your candida diet


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  1. Julie Shannon says

    That was fabulous Ricki. So very helpful to me, who is struggling with ‘the sugar thing’.
    You have a way of inspiring confidence with your manner.
    Thank you so very much. I appreciate all that you are, and offer.

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