I am Vivica, creator of “The Healing Foods Method”, nutritionist, cookbook author and blogger.
It’s my purpose and mission to ensure that you reclaim your health and quality of life.
I work with the ketogenic diet for weight loss and as a therapeutic diet.
This blog, it’s resources and my program are here to help you learn how to get healthier, lighter and have more energy.
I am here to help you with changes that will eliminate those incapacitating symptoms which lower the quality of your life. I am here to show you that eating better is possible, and it’s not as complicated, time consuming or expensive as you think.
I will support you in reclaiming your health so that you wake up in the morning excited to be alive and exhilarated at the thought of what the day holds for you. Together we will work on whatever is blocking your way to a healthy, fit, trim you. I will be there as you take the tiny steps that bring you closer to the place of health you want to be in.
This is a place for knowledge, support, and empowerment. Here you’ll find all the tools to help you on the journey to better health.
Armed with better information and insight, you’ll be prepared to make choices now that set you up for success in getting healthy!
You can read how I began my journey with the Ketogenic lifestyle in this post: My Love Story with Keto!
“Just thought I would post how my week has been going. I have lost 3.5 lbs just this week and a total of 7.8 since October 31. I have been in a stall for so long I forgot what it was like to see the scale move down. But the thing I am most pleased with is I can skip one to two nights of my insulin and when I do take it I’m down to 20cc rather then 26 – 28cc. . I am also feeling more energetic although that is still a problem for me. I’m getting the hang of figuring out my nutritional values for my foods and a routine for my meal prep. I’m not much of a cook but I’m getting there.” Debby after only 3 weeks on the program!
“Since beginning a ketogenic eating program, I have found a great deal of helpful information from Vivica Menegaz’ blog and fb site: The Nourished Caveman. I recently contacted her when I needed support to get back in ketosis and advice for staying on track with being keto-adapted. In just one meeting and several brief fb conversations, she was able to outline a program that put me back in ketosis and back on track with ketogenic eating through a two stage shift in my fat, carb and protein ratios. She also changed the timing of my supplements and referred me to an exercise program that will help me with my metabolism. Thanks to her advice, I was back in ketosis and losing weight and feeling revitalized about my eating in three days. Vivica is very knowledgeable about nutrition and is able to break down the complexities of ketogenic eating and deliver information in a personable and engaging way. – Julie“
“…it was a treat to be a part of your class last night. Your love of cooking & practice of incorporating FUN in the kitchen were evident. You inspired me to embrace the art of preparing nutrient dense food as more of an adventure, not a chore. May you be richly blessed as you pursue your new vocation. Dianna“
“Thank You so much Vivica. Started a Low Carb diet three weeks before this class and lost and maintained 5 lbs and now was relieved to discover your program and that the good fats are a big part of it! I’m gluten intolerant so this is the life style eating plan for me! – Jeanette“
“Most of my life, I have viewed my relationship with foods in a pleasure only category. About a year ago, I started to explore and participate in many different styles of eating plans. They all were either too strict, left me too uncomfortable or just not doable with my lifestyle. I was just about to give up, when I discovered Vivica’s nurishcaveman blog. The concept of food as healing really resonated with what I needed. The fact that a whole meal plan with a grocery list was available provided just the incentive I needed. I did email Vivica with a few questions and I heard back promptly with expert advise and encouragement. This women is dedicated to explaining and helping people gain back not only a healing but a nutritional way of eating. After enjoying the weekly meal plan, not only did I have healthy eating back in in my life, but pleasure was a key component as well. With the support, information and new recipes from Vivica, I feel like I have found a style of eating that is not only sustainable, but healing and also delicious. I do hope you take advantage of Vivca’s knowledge and meal plan. – Donna “
About this blog
I love food! When I started working with nutrition, patients were constantly telling me that they did not know what to eat, or how to make simple, satisfying meals that were healthy and delicious. So I started writing some Paleo recipes for them and then organized them in a blog.
This has evolved into the site you see now: A blog for low-carb, Keto friendly, Paleo recipes which are fun and uncomplicated and combine local, seasonal and organic foods as much as possible, but also a place for nutrition information and guidance.
These are the guidelines to all the recipes contained here:
• Grain Free
• Mostly Dairy Free (except for specific Ketogenic recipes)
• Fresh, real ingredients. I also use a lot what I preserve myself form my own harvest.
• All veggies are organic
• All meats organic, free range, fed what nature intended and treated better than just humanely!
• Local and seasonal as much as possible.
• Focus on organ meats, them being the foundation of health.
I was born in Italy, at a time when small grocery stores still existed. I grew up buying veggies at the “verduriere” and meat at the “macellaio”. For the first 6 years of my life my parents had a restaurant and hotel in a small resort in the mountains of Northern Italy. There I spent a lot of time playing in the kitchen, and in the pantries. I visited herds of cows out on pasture and drank fresh milk, and ate cheese made over a wood fire.
Those memories shaped my future taste and understanding of food in a deep manner.
I left Italy at 19. Lived in Germany for 5 years then in Spain.
I moved to California in the early nineties, and decided to become a photographer, a food photographer! Working for national and local magazines gave me the chance to visit (and try) many amazing restaurants. I ate and photographed my way around Los Angeles.
Then for 10 years I lived between LA and Brasil, changed career, opened a new business. But in the meantime I was always around food, helping my chef friends with catering jobs, cooking, taking pictures.
In 2009 I moved to Northern California with my husband, cats and dog.
This has been the move that closed the circle. I am back in the landscape of my childhood, mountains and pine trees!
For the last 3 years I have been realizing an old dream of living self-sufficiency. Growing my own food, being connected to Nature and the Earth.
My passion for food and the desire to help others has also found its ultimate calling: Nutrition. I am now certified as a Technician in Whole Food Nutrition. I am studying for my Clinician certification.