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The Road to Optimal Health

March 2, 2009

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This article talks about the movement that's focusing on maintaining a state of optimal health rather than targeting symptoms or treating a disease. Doctors, nurses and other health practitioners want Americans to be more mindful of how we choose the foods we eat, the activities we engage in and our relationships with others.

The article outlines some steps you can take to achieve optimal health:

Consider what's right with you. Thank your body for doing the work that it does. Thank your eyes for seeing, your liver for functioning and your feet for carrying you from place to place.

Love yourself unconditionally. We are too hard on ourselves. If you set a weight-loss goal think of something nice to do for yourself throughout the journey and something really nice when you achieve that weight.

Live in the present moment. So what if you forgot to exercise yesterday. What are you going to do right now?

When life gets tough, don't take it personally. Try to get out of the “if only” mind-set. It’s important to accept responsibility for your actions, but look to the present rather than the past. What are you going to do that's different right now, at this moment, to move forward?

Put the "being" back in human. Somewhere along the way we switched to human doings—always emailing, texting or running to the next event. Try to take time out of every day to just be.

This shows the value of the work that you do at Integrative Nutrition. We note only coach people on the benefits of whole foods, but also healthy lifestyle choices. As a student or graduate of Integrative Nutrition you are a part of a very powerful movement.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.