I am so Excited about Integrative Nutrition!

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Integrative Nutrition – This is so basic but so TRUE!

What is Integrative Nutrition? This is a very difficult question to answer.  HYPERLINK “http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-integrative-nutrition.htm” \o “WiseGeek” WiseGeek defines integrative nutrition as a term for approaching nutrition from the alternative and holistic world which integrates a number of different dietary theories. It takes into consideration new theories and old, Northern and Eastern theories, along with Southern and Western theories too. In order to understand these theories, we must first learn what is meant by holistic health.  HYPERLINK “http://www.merriam-webster.com/” \o “Merriam-Webster” Merriam-Webster defines it as “Holistic is relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts.” Integrative Nutrition focuses on food and supplements’ value in healing the mind, body, and spirit to promote optimal health.

This is the mission of  HYPERLINK “http://www.integrativenutrition.com/” \o “The Institute for Integrative Nutrition” The Institute of Integrative Nutrition which is a specialized nutrition school, training many health enthusiasts into becoming successful health coaches. This New York based school, teaches their students to look at the individual as a whole and not by only what they eat. They have a different food pyramid as compared to the one presented to by the  HYPERLINK “http://www.usda.gov/” \o “USDA” USDA.

Integrative Nutrition Pyramid:

The pyramid shows how an individual is not only affected by the food he consumes but also external factors like career, relationships, and physical activities play a major role. Spirituality takes the top place of the pyramid.

The main element of integrative nutrition asks the individuals to reduce the amount of oils and sugars they consume, asking them to gradually change their diet to whole grains, like buckwheat, millet, and quinoa. Consumption of  HYPERLINK “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whole_grain” \o “whole grains” whole grains completes the meal and they help in keeping an individual fuller for a longer period of time. The integrative nutrition pyramid does comprise of necessary proteins which are required to fuel our systems, but they are not entirely pushed or made compulsory. A recent graduate from  HYPERLINK “http://www.integrativenutrition.com/” \o “The Institute for Integrative Nutrition” The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Gisselle Spencer says that the school shows preference towards a vegetarian or vegan diet. “The school pushed more for a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, but in doing so they also taught us the nutrients that we will neglect for our bodies. Although everyone may think that being a vegan is the best choice, it may not be the most suitable for your lifestyle.”

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Another important aspect about integrative nutrition is that it brings together different diets or theories to specially fit you and your body. A single diet cannot work for all, especially as many individuals have different food allergies and each individual can have different religious restrictions too. Therefore in recent years integrative nutrition is becoming more successful and popular, as it integrates an individual’s likes and preferences, and offers a diet accordingly. Every single day offers new surprises and different situations that we are required to adjust to. Integrative nutrition takes into consideration these different aspects of our everyday life like food, work, relationships and activity level. It helps in creating a more harmonious and balanced lifestyle. When we feel good and happy about all the aspects in our lives, healthy eating habits falls easily into place.

Integrative nutrition educates us on how to adapt ourselves and life when we have stressful situations which throws away our internal balance. Integrative nutrition focuses more on diets and foods from the Eastern hemisphere countries like India, China and the Greek’s Mediterranean.

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