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What are your food rules?

March 9, 2009

Many people have rules around what they consume. Some people set guidelines in an effort to keep weight off. Other people don’t eat certain foods because of family traditions. And some people don’t know why they eat the foods they do.

Most people are not consciously aware that we have these food rules. But maybe by slowing down and understanding the reason behind eating a strict vegetarian or a low-carb diet we can vastly improve health throughout America. What do you think?

In Michael Pollan’s recent New York Times blog, he asks readers to send in their food rules. This is a great exercise to try out. Look at your own diet. Do you eat only until you are half-way full or do you stick to a strict vegetarian diet?

At Integrative Nutrition we encourage students to think about the foods they eat. Maybe you have been eating vegetarian for as long as you can remember. Do you know why you choose to stick to this diet? Experiment. Maybe one week you eat only vegetarian and another week you take milk out of your diet.

You may find that you have been a strict vegetarian for most of your life, but by experimenting with other ways of eating you feel better when you incorporate more meat into your daily meals. No dietary rule is set in stone. It is your body and it is important to find what works best for you.

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.