Integrated Nutrition

Why diets fail — and the importance of integrated nutrition

You are smart and health conscious. When you learn about a new diet, whether you want to be a leaner you or be the healthiest you possible, you will jump on that diet bandwagon. And why not? Isn’t it backed up by the latest nutritional research? Hasn’t your friend or that celeb tried it with so much success? So what if it flies in the face of the last ULTIMATE DIET SOLUTION you tried?

Now you are eating just as the book/talk show/health guide/expert has told you. Not long after that, you start to slip a little. Then you slip a little more. Suddenly, you feel like you are right back where you started: feeling terrible, or tubby, or both. Maybe you beat yourself up because you couldn’t stick to that ideal diet. Was it your life that got in the way of your diet? Or maybe your lack of willpower? Why do your diets always fail?

Diets that are marketed to you serve to sell books, get rating or suit politics and food industries. No matter how much research or opinion backs them up, authors, companies and government do not know what will work best for you as an individual. There is no one-size-fits-all diet that suits everyone. Consider instead that your ideal diet is just as unique as you. No book or nutritional research can tell you what diet is best for you.

But there is a perfect diet for you. This perfect diet isn’t based on the leading experts. Instead it is based on your genetics, your ancestry, your preferences, your habits, your budget, your community and your values. This perfect diet is uniquely YOU. This is integrated nutrition. Your nutrition shouldn’t be dictated by politics or research. Instead, it needs to be dictated by your intuition, your body awareness and your trusted professionals.

Integrated nutrition is a whole system approach to life and food. It assumes that your nutrition is not separate from the rest of your life. It mirrors your values and your purpose. Integrated nutrition considers that ‘food for your soul’ (healthy relationships, a spiritual practice and fulfilling work) is just as important as the food on your plate. When you are considering your cravings or your nutrient deficiencies, we can also look at how these tendencies mirror your life. Hone your intuition and body sense so that you can be the ultimate expert in what is right for you.

How do you discover this diet? Joshua Rosenthal, author of Integrative Nutrition, (not sure where to link this, to the institute? Or the book on Amazon?) has a handy way of discovering where to start.

Try this out:
• Choose three different diet solutions you have come across and that appeal to you
• Write down five aspects of these diets that you think are important
• Think about how this diet would suit your lifestyle and body
– Feel free to name this diet!
– Voilà! This can be the beginning of a nutrition plan that works incredibly well for you.

Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, of the Functional Medicine Institute, author and educator, has just recently created a new diet. It’s called the Pegan diet and is simply a marriage of paleolithic and vegan diets.

Two other experts have distilled health eating to the most basic principles that would fit nearly any healthy diet and lifestyle. Aaron E. Carroll wrote “Simple Rules for Healthy Eating” for The New York Times recently, found here.

The rules are as follows:

1. a) Get as much of your nutrition as possible from a variety of completely unprocessed foods.
b) Eat lightly processed foods less often.
c) Eat highly processed foods even less often
2. Eat as much home-cooked food as possible, which should be prepared according to rule 1.
3. Use salt and fats, including butter and oil, as needed in food preparation.
4. When you do eat out, try to eat at restaurants that follow the same rules.
5. Drink mostly water, but some alcohol, coffee and other beverages are fine.
6. Treat all beverages with calories in them as you would alcohol.
7. Eat with other people, especially people you care about as often as possible.

Exceptional author and journalist Michael Pollan is even more succinct. He states that we should follow a single, simple rule: eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

Now is the time to start to find your own unique and authentic diet. Let the naturopathic doctors at Qi Integrated Health guide you to find your ideal diet through integrated nutrition. Click here to book now.

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Dr. Joanna Rosenfeld believes that simple changes can often have the biggest impact. Through a comprehensive assessment, you will learn the underlying reasons for your health conditions, and be given the tools and support that will empower you to achieve lasting health.

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Dr. Mohan Ram earned his BSc (Hon.) in Physiology from the University of British Columbia in 1997. He continued his education at the Boucher Institute and obtained his Naturopathic diploma, graduating with the pioneer class in 2004. Dr. Mohan Ram is active in Naturopathic medical education, as an adjunct professor at the Boucher Institute for Physiology, Biochemistry and Pathology classes, and as a senior instructor at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. He also contributes to the profession as the Chair of the Examination Committee for the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia, as well as a Committee member for the Patient Relations Committee. Dr. Mohan Ram is certified in Acupuncture, Chelation and Intravenous therapies, Neural therapy and Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.