Meet Mary Ruddick

Director of Nutrition

Dubbed the "Sherlock Holmes of Health," Mary Ruddick is a seasoned medical nutritionist who specializes in metabolic, immune, and nervous system disorders. She is the Director of Nutrition for, Enable Your Healing, The REIGNS Method, and the Back to Joy Program, and she currently travels the globe studying traditional diets and seeing patients onlive via her private practice. She has been featured with the book, "Beat Autoimmune" and she can be found on several productions from GundryMD, the Food Lies podcast, and MeatRx. 


Mary Ruddick specializes in rebalancing the microbiome by addressing nutritional and epigenetic aspects that underlie various physical and mental health disorders.   She is a specialist in the field of autoimmunity, histamine intolerance (MCAD), mental disorders, and nervous system disorders to include dysautonomia, and seizure disorders.

Having used both lifestyle and dietary changes on her own miraculous healing journey, she emphasizes the balance of both.  Meditation, cold therapy, light therapy, and limbic system exercises are used extensively in her programs. 

Mary is the owner of Enable Your Healing.  She runs several programs online including Systems that Heal and The Back to Joy Program.  Her recipe books and meal plans can be found with our shop.

Having used both lifestyle and dietary changes on her own miraculous healing journey, she emphasizes the balance of both.  Meditation, cold therapy, light therapy, and limbic system exercises are used extensively in her programs. 

Read Mary's own healing journey here.

More about Mary:

  • Co-Founder of Systems that Heal, an online educational program for regulating autoimmunity and chronic disease.

  • Co-Founder of the Back to Joy Project, a GAPS diet inspired online mental health boot camp for regulating anxiety and depression through limbic system retraining and nutritional rebuilding of the nervous system.

  • Creator of wellness programs for Alliance Health Insurance.

  • REIGNS Institute founder. 

  • Instructor for Five Seasons Medical in Portola Valley, CA.

  • Director of Nutrition, recipe creator, and educational YouTube vlog creator for Captain Soup.

  • Certified GAPS Diet Practitioner.

  • GAPS Diet Instructor.

  • Food historian and world-wide diet researcher.

  • World-Wide Medical Diet Retreat Leader.

  • Professor of Nutrition

    • Courses commonly taught: 

      • Oxalates, Lectins, and other Plant Toxins.

      • Gut Health

      • The Microbiome

      • Preventing Alzheimer's Disease

      • Preventing Cancer

      • Preventing Diabetes

      • Reversing Anxiety and Depression with Nutrition

      • Balancing Hormones Naturally

      • Weight Regulation through Nutritional and Lifestyle Changes

      • Reversing Lyme, CFS, MS, and Fibromyalgia through Nutrition and Lifestyle Changes

      • Pain Management through Diet

  • Featured on GundryMD.

  • Featured on the Peak Human Podcast.

  • Featured on the Meat Rx podcast with Dr. Shawn Baker. 

  • Featured on “Healing is Freedom.”

  • Featured on "Freedom from Food Addictions" summit series where she gave a featured presentation on eating disorders.

  • Featured in the book, "Beat Autoimmune" by Palmer Kippola and Dr. Mark Hyman. 

  • Author

    • The Back to Joy Program

    • The Ketogenic GAPS Recipe Book

    • The Low FODMAP GAPS Intro Diet

    • The Low Oxalate Ketogenic Diet

    • The Antihistamine Meal Plan for Kids and Adults

    • The Low Salicylate and Antihistamine GAPS Intro Meal Plan

    • The Full GAPS Diet for Kids.

  • Certified Yoga and Meditation Instructor.

  • Former Director of Nutrition for the Alive Holistic Mental Health Clinic. 


Why Nutritional and Limbic Therapy?

They can help with


Both our immune systems and our nervous systems are primarily found in the gut lining.  If your gut isn't healthy, you are not healthy. 

Nervous System Disorders

Did you know that our nervous system has a food?  Or that it regrows every six months?  Specific foods and lifestyle habits help to rebuild and balance the nervous system while others cause it harm. 

Mental Health

The bulk of our feel-good chemicals like serotonin are made within the gut lining.  Learn how to turn on your own receptors and create a wellspring of joy!


With the bulk of our immune system in our gut lining, you can influence its behavior with each bite of food. 

Weight Loss

Weight issues are a result of inflammation and not an issue with caloric consumption.  Learn how to decrease your own inflammation and transform into that thin person you always knew you could be. 


Cancer is ultimately an issue with an under-active immune system.  Learn how to rebuild your own immune system while simultaneously starving cancer cells of their primary foods. 



“Without Mary, I never would have healed my body.  Before working with her, I had tried several diets and protocols, but my panic disorder, obesity, and Hashimoto's persisted.  It was not until I implemented both her diet and lifestyle recommendations that I achieved remission.  It is not easy, and she required that I sacrifice a great deal, but what I gained in return is priceless.”  K.B. in Colorado.

"Working with Mary has been a life changing experience!  She has helped my wife and I live better and feel better.  With her help we have been able to stop taking dangerous, life shortening prescription medications; our health has improved to the point we simply don’t need them!  She has guided us beyond diabetes, a traumatic brain injury, migraine headaches, skin cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome and so much more.  She is so knowledgeable and empathetic.   We simply can’t imagine our lives (and our health) without her.” -- David and Pam Perrich in Florida


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