Vivica Menegaz is a certified wholefoods nutritionist, blogger, published author and one of the leading voices advocating for a food-based approach to healing. She's also the founder of “The Healing Foods Method' – an 14 week online nutrition program where she works 1-on-1 with clients to turn their health around utilizing a therapeutic keto paleo diet. Tracing back to her Italian origins, Vivica is a passionate foodie whose love of food has been shared with millions through her blog, “The Nourished Caveman.” As a former food photographer, she spent years immersed in the LA restaurant scene photographing (and eating) some of the most incredible fine foods. Vivica is also the author of 3 cookbooks: “The Ultimate Paleo Cookbook” 2015, together with 9 other bloggers, and “the big book of Fat Bombs” in 2016. Her latest book: “the Keto Paleo Kichen” was released in December 2017.
What do I do best?
I listen to people. Both in my professional and personal life, I listen to people’s needs and desires, and then try to find a way to facilitate the way there. I have been clear on my life’s purpose for a long time, and it’s really nothing glamorous. I am a helper, a person of service, and that is what I do best, I help! These days there is a lot of talk of spirituality and awakening, but I hold the very old notion that a spiritual path should be humble, simple and uncluttered….it shown in the little everyday things, that is where the practice lays, not in the big words or gestures.
What makes me the best version of myself?
I think vision and persistence. I do have an innate ability to see in the mind’s eye what I could create in my life, and that gives me the inspiration I need, to persist on the path there. They say accomplishing the goal extinguishes desire, and that the path itself is the ultimate goal, but I find it very energizing to have big dreams and to work hard to accomplish them, because when I do get there, another bigger dream always appears. I am happy to say that now, at the age of 49 I can finally start to glimpse the depth of my accomplishments, which for me means the inner peace I am finally finding, after a lifetime of struggle with feeling of unworthiness. Also finding my path as the “helper”, being able to express my unique gifts in service, has given purpose and meaning to my whole life.
What are my aspirations?
My latest business goals are to be able to continue getting better at what I do, helping people with nutrition, and to be able to work with people in person, through retreats and workshops, not just long distance. I want to write another book, despite the fact I really do not love the process, but I do love the final product! As a personal/ business goal I would like to include more tools than just nutrition, to guide people through the journey of learning to love themselves.
My Biggest Success?
I think finding my true path was by far my biggest success. This path includes my practice as a nutritionist, my cookbook writing, as well as my personal development. I feel like I am just getting started on the road of success, and the best is till to come! Even if all my achievements will be inside myself, I want to be an active part of the collective awakening of our consciousness!
My Most Challenging Moment?
Learning how to let go of people and things I love but that no longer serve me. That one never gets easy, but it does get better as I become more discerning on what thoughts, habits and people are toxic for me. I find it especially hard when it comes to personal relationships, be it my husband or my office manager. The more I learn the more I can help others do the same!
Let the food do the healing is my work motto…as well as “be kind to yourself”
My Favorite People/Role Models?
Don Rosenthal, Byron Katie, Gay and Katie Hendricks, Leanne Vogel, all the women who learned to love themselves!
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
The Dead Sea, Joshua Tree, Sardegna and my whole country of Italy in general, The state of Bahia ini Brasil, Iquitos Peru.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
Kitchen tools are probably some of my very favorite things, now my Instapot, my chef’s knife, Standard Process nutritional supplements, old cashmere sweaters, my stuffed animal owl and my tempurpedic pillow!
My Current Passions?
I have fallen in love again with yoga, really deepening my practice and integrating it into my cosmology of physical and emotional healing. I think movement is a necessary part of any healing practice. I also have recently traveled to the jungle of Peru to study indigenous plant medicines. Plants in general have been a big part of my life in the last few years, both as food and as medicine!