Is there a recipe for healthy eating?
The quality of what you eat is important to your overall health and wellness. But is there something that is even more important?
The folks at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition think so. (I'm a graduate of their holistic nutrition program.) Advocates of a holistic approach to nutrition, they postulate that what you eat is secondary to the quality of your life - your relationships, your career, your physical activity, and your spirituality - considered primary food in their unique recipe for healthy eating and living.
They teach that no matter how much attention and care you give to your diet and what you eat, optimal health and wellness will evade you if your sources of primary food are deficient. Focus on what really feeds and nourishes you and you are sure to thrive, even if your 'diet' isn't perfect. This is a key ingredient in their recipe for healthy eating and an essential weight loss ingredient.
The bottom line is that you can't really separate your diet from your life. They are interconnected. Eating Right is important. But so is living right.
It's the news I've been waiting to hear after years of trying to determine the 'right way to eat' from all the experts and authorities who appear locked in a violent battle of conflicting nutritional information. When you look around you realize that the science of nutrition has done little to alleviate the modern woes that surround us - obesity, chronic disease, and deep seated unhappiness, so maybe it's time to let go of some of the more common diet myths and stick to more common sense natural nutrition advice.
Because what we eat can never replace our desire for quality relationships, rewarding work, enjoyable physical activity, and spiritual connection. And yet we try to fill all that is missing in our lives with food. In the process we become sicker, fatter, and unhappier.
Once we recognize the importance of primary food in our recipes for healthy eating and begin focusing on improving these critical areas of our lives our issues with the food we eat take their appropriate secondary position and become manageable.
We are able to lose the weight and eat better with much less struggle. It seems too good to be true, but it's not. We are on the path to living healthy, happy, rewarding lives. We have found a recipe for healthy eating we can live with that will support us. Will there be bumps in the road? Yes, but given our increasing awareness of food's rightful position of importance we will feel equipped to handle them.
I think this is ultimately what Weight Watchers is trying to teach their latest Beyond the Scale Program. What you eat is only one aspect of lasting weight loss. Their are several more ingredients required.
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