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Don’t Settle: One Diet Doesn’t Fit All

Let’s face it, none of us are the same.  And when it comes to nutrition, what may work for your best friend may very well pack on ten extra pounds for you.  Some of us need more protein than others.  Some of us may need more grains.  There really isn’t a universal prescription for a healthy diet.   So, why should you settle for one?  Good news…you don’t have to. For the last 15 years, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition has been educating and graduating individuals as certified Health Counselors who go on to teach about food and health with a holistic perspective and approach.

The Specifics:

  1. Dietitians and Nutritionists: Associated with the formal American establishment of food and health experts, The American Dietetic Association (ADA) describes Registered Dietitians (RDs) as food and nutrition experts who meet minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential RD.  They hold a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, nutrition sciences or dietetics and have advanced training and licensing.   Nutritionists, on the other hand, do not need advanced degrees or ADA testing.  In fact, there is no oversight or regulation of who can use the term nutritionist.
  2. The Health Counselor:  The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, is the largest nutrition school in the world.  Students receive a comprehensive education featuring world-renowned authorities on health and nutrition, including Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Andrew Weil.  Students graduate as certified Health Counselors.  “Health Counselors have a holistic approach that focuses on creating a supportive environment for the individual, rather than diets and counting calories,” says Joshua Rosenthal, founder of Integrative Nutrition. “No one diet works for everyone, so we work with clients to make diet and lifestyle recommendations that are tailored to the individual. We teach our students to show their clients how to make small, gradual changes to improve their health. We focus on cultivating lifelong health and wellness, rather than a quick fix.”

Move over Food Pyramid:  “Dietitians and nutritionists rely on the ADA food pyramid – a political document that is influenced by the food lobbies, including big dairy, big beef and big sugar,” says Rosenthal. “People are surprised to learn that fact sheets on the ADA website are sponsored by corporations…”  Although the ADA gets people to think about food and health, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition is the only nutrition school integrating more than 100 different dietary theories and combining the wisdom of traditional philosophies and modern concepts into their curriculum. The pros and cons of various dietary theories are analyzed and students learn which foods best support an individual’s health based on their unique dietary needs.

“We need more people talking about importance of daily diet and lifestyle — that is the most important factor in creating health and warding off disease and illness in the future,” Rosenthal says. “By making smarter choices with food and being physically active, we will reduce medical costs in the future. Most medical professionals don’t have an hour to sit and talk with someone about their health or lifestyle goals. Our work fills the void.”

Sheer Balance Shout Out: Sheer Balance provides you with a lot of basic nutrition information.  Obviously, there are certain rules of thumb that if you follow, you can’t go wrong.  That said, it pays to get more personal when you are looking for a more detailed approach.  We are lucky to have Jill Braverman, a graduate of the Institute, as part of Sheer Balance’s Panel of Experts.  As we grow, we hope that more Health Counselors join our team.  We truly believe the philosophy that ‘one diet doesn’t fit all.’

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Source: Institute for Integrative Nutrition

For 15 years, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition has been at the forefront of holistic nutrition education, offering comprehensive, cutting-edge training in health counseling. Founded by Joshua Rosenthal, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition is the only nutrition school integrating the vast variety of dietary theories, while combining the knowledge of traditional philosophies with modern concepts, such as the USDA food pyramid, the glycemic index, the Zone and raw, organic foods.

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  • One size does not fit all, but the simple reason that more than 2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese is that they’ve been given incorrect information about what their bodies really need to be healthy. They have been sold the “fat is bad” dogma that pervades the medical establishment.

    Dietary fat is not bad, it is necessary. Every cell in your body has a cell membrane that is made of a double layer of fat. Where do you think your body gets the fats to make or repair cell membranes? From your food! The so-called “bad fat” (saturated fat is actually protective against stroke (lowering rates up to 88%); not true for the “good fats,” although they have other important uses in the body.

    Fat IS bad if you eat it with lots of carbohydrate. But then, a high-carb diet can make you fat even without any dietary fat. It happened to me. I used to follow the recommended low-fat diet, but still struggled to manage my weight. Then, three years ago I gained 20 lbs in 2 months and my best friend told me that I looked pregnant (I wasn’t). My triglycerides were so high that I was at a higher risk of having a heart attack, but my cholesterol was so low that I was at increased risk of having a stroke!

    At the urging of a nurse who is diabetic, I read The Diabetes Solution by Richard K. Bernstein and reduced the amount of carbohydrate that I eat. I lost 30 lbs in 3 months, and another 10 lbs since then. Not only that, but my triglycerides, cholesterol, resistance to colds and flu, energy levels, etc. all improved DRAMATICALLY.

    I don’t starve myself, in fact, I eat whenever I feel like it. Really. I eat an entire package of brie or camembert as a snack, sometimes right before bed. I eat steak, bacon, and fried eggs. I have whipping cream on my low-carb muesli for breakfast every day. I just don’t eat much carb. This really works! I actually gain weight easier than anyone you know, but I’ve been able to keep my weight stable (my BMI is 19.2) and improve my health by enjoying a high-fat, low-carb diet.

    I feel so empowered about my health now. I know that I won’t develop Type II diabetes like my mother and grandfather. I also know that I’ve reduced the risk of developing many other obesity-related diseases. There’s nothing remarkable about me, except that I stopped listening to the “fat is bad” dogma that is still being spouted by most of the medical community, in spite of the research to the contrary. So if you’re “eating healthy” but still struggling with your weight, try something different.

    To find out more, check out these articles:

    How to Start Losing Weight: Exercise Alone May Not Be Enough to Get Results

    What Not to Eat: Give Up These Carbohydrate-Loaded Foods and Lose Weight

    Lift Weights to Lose Weight: Why Anaerobic Exercise Works Best for Weight Loss

    The Right Way to Lose Weight:

    Are Low-Carb Diets Safe?

    There are plenty of well-designed scientific studies that demonstrate that eating high-fat/low-carb is healthy but the anti-fat dogma has become so ingrained in out minds. If you want to learn more, check out the journal Nutrition and Metabolism – full of articles on studies about diet. To find out how we were brainwashed about fats, read Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes or read his article award-winning article What If It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie? that was published in the New York Times.