Holistic Nutrition Looks at Individuals
Saturday, March 14, 2015 02:21 PM

"Diet" has become a dirty word.It wasn’t always that way. A diet is, very simply, the way a person habitually eats.”  Dieting, on the other hand, is more often associated with restriction, deprivation, starvation, and other misguided techniques.

“Eating, and living, holistically could not be more different from dieting,” one article notes. “Holistic nutrition practices encourage eating high-quality, health-supporting foods that have undergone minimal processing and are as close to their natural state as possible. It’s an approach that takes into consideration our complexity, placing a large emphasis on the psychological and emotional aspects of making decisions about food and eating.”

“We are more than just numbers on a scale, and our weight depends on more than just the antiquated concept of ‘calories in’ versus ‘calories out.’ It goes without saying that our weight, and our health, depends on how we exercise and how we eat, but there is so much more to it. Our stress levels, our genetics, our exposure to environmental pollutants, toxic chemicals, and any harmful ingredients in toiletries, cosmetics and household products all affect our weight and well-being.”

With integrative nutrition, you aren’t just looking at what a person is eating, but rather at their whole self--their spirituality, their relationships, their work. Nutrition is just one part of the puzzle and not necessarily the most important part. The philosophy of holistic nutrition takes into account bio-individuality--that no one diet is good for every person. Each person’s relationship with food and the way their body responds to foods is different.

“The goal of holistic health is to purify our lives of anything that would interfere with our body’s optimal state of functioning. How do we achieve this? We aim to stress less, move more, eat clean and live green,” the article notes.

"A good place to start in pursuing holistic nutrition is to slow down and tune in to your body on a day-to-day level.  Eat away from the computer or TV and be aware of your digestion. Stop and consider what your energy level is like after eating (you shouldn’t feel tired after you eat, for example), and pay attention to what happens to your body with different meals and different foods you are eating."

One of the simplest first steps anyone can take is to, over time, incorporate more and more whole, unprocessed foods into their diet, ‘crowding out’ unhealthy foods rather than denying ourselves. The idea is that as you incorporate more good things, you eat fewer unhealthy things. If you already had a piece of fruit, there is less temptation to eat a candy bar.

I suggest that people start by making small changes.  Ask, ‘What is one small change I can make in each meal toward something healthier and fresher?’”

Source:  http://www.nursezone.com/Nursing-News-Events/more-news/Down-with-Dieting-Holistic-Nutrition-Looks-at-Individual-Bodies-Lifestyles_42421.aspx