Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Satisfaction for Wildest Stone; Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood's Wife Jo Shares Her Knowledge of the Good Life

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Satisfaction for Wildest Stone; Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood's Wife Jo Shares Her Knowledge of the Good Life

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Byline: by Jo Wood

ROCK wives aren't usually renowned for drinking beetroot juice, growing vegetables or concocting their own skin products.

But Jo Wood - wife of legendary Rolling Stones wild man Ronnie Wood - has embraced the good life. She believes it has helped save her husband's life and transform hers.

At 51, the glamorous former model is positively glowing with health and joie de vivre.

"I have had a great life. I have travelled the world, watched my husband play to millions, met lots of interesting people, seen fantastic places. I have been very lucky," she says.

But her luck apparently ran out in 1989 when at 36 she collapsed with excruciating stomach pains and was (incorrectly, as it later turned out) diagnosed with Crohn's disease, an inflammation of the intestine.

While desperately looking for a way to recover, she became "a self-confessed organic nut". Since then she has successfully lived a healthy life using principles and secrets she is now revealing in her new book, Naturally.

"I was introduced to an organic lifestyle and made aware of what the pesticides on our food do to our immune systems," Jo says.

"The more I thought and read about it, the more I realised that I was slowly killing myself with my diet.

And let's face it, my busy lifestyle touring the world wasn't exactly helping me. I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired." She revamped the family's diet - she and Ronnie have a son each and a son and a daughter together - and now believes the fact her husband has eaten only organic food for 15 years, even when on tour, has helped offset the damaging effects of his drinking.

"Since my conversion from someone whose mantra used to be 'Pass me the ciggies' to 'Who wants more beetroot juice'? I have delved more and more deeply into what it really means to be organic.

"I've looked at what a healthy, natural lifestyle entails, not just in terms of shopping and gardening, but in the kinds of foods you put into your body and what you surround yourself with. I still love to party, but now I feel more grounded."

She now has her own bath and skincare range - and a new-found confidence that has seen her become a passionate organic crusader.

Her new role has also helped her marriage, she says. "Now if Ronnie has a drink, I'm not consumed with worry for days. I'm too busy! I accept that it is his problem and that I can't be continuously nagging him.

"He has an ongoing battle with booze and I'm realistic about that. Alcoholics don't get better, it's a constant struggle.

"I love Ronnie as much as I did when we first got together 28 years ago' more, in fact, because of all we have been through together. I understand his weaknesses and I admire his willingness to try to deal with his addictions."

Jo Wood's tips for a healthy start to the new year

FOOD

Ideally buy only organic food or opt for fruit and vegetables that absorb fewer pollutants and pesticides, such as asparagus, avocados, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kiwi, mangoes, onions, papaya, peas, pineapples and sweetcorn. …

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