What is a Holistic diet?
A holistic diet is part of a lifestyle approach where all the five aspects of health get their due credit. These include physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and mental which can also be found in holistic medicine practices. To achieve optimal wellness in a real sense, it is important to appreciate our body as an incredible system.
When we say holistic nutrition, it means that there is no one way of eating right. What is essential in holism is that we opt for food that is as close to its natural state as possible. The signature trademarks of holistic nutrition mean;
- Having access to unrefined, organic, unprocessed whole food
- Eating on your intuition.
- Respecting your body signals and honoring them
Holistic nutrition considers food as elements that please your taste buds and hunger pangs and cater to your health and well-being in the long run.
What makes a holistic diet different from a balanced diet?
The main principle of a holistic lifestyle is to live a conscious existence. And holistic diet is different than a balanced one because it makes you aware of
- what you eat
- when you eat
- why you eat what you eat
- how particular food makes you feel
Holistic diet elements act as fueling agents rather than filling ones. So they help you ‘break up’ with diet cultures and fads. The benefit? It is all about honoring you, your body, and your five holistic modules. And this here that ‘intuitive eating’ attitude develops.
What does it mean to be a holistic person?
Tell us; if you were eating all the ‘right’ kind of food but feeling frustrated with all the diet policies and calorie charts and having guilt-tripped about the extra teaspoon of sugar in your tea? What do you think your state of mind will be at the end of the day?
Please do tell; what about you making every effort, but your body won’t budge the last few pounds? How does that make you feel? You are your judge. And this is what holistic lifestyle addresses; your whole self.
Holistic diet patterns make you ‘own’ your body and its requirements. It enables you to trust your body by promoting a healthy attitude towards food and body image. By differentiating between physical and emotional hunger signals, intuitive eating helps you devise holistic nutrition models. And this is here when a holistic person is born out of you, the one which makes informed decisions about a holistic diet without any guilty pangs.
What are the principles of holistic nutrition?
Ten attributes tag the holistic lifestyle. The aim of these elements of holistic diet and nutrition is to act in conjunction with holistic medicine where food conforms to Hippocrates’s quote;
“Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food.”
- Forget about ‘there is one diet just for you.’ Ditch the diet mentality.
- Hunger is your comrade that helps you access holistic nutrition for attaining overall well-being.
- Food is for your pleasure, not for calculating calories and making diet charts. Shed off the guilt.
- Food is not to be judged; because the way you consume food makes it good or bad.
- Listen to your hunger signals and pay heed when you are full.
- Let food be your source of satisfaction and not comfort. Enjoy while eating.
- Find getaways other than food to deal with your emotions.
- Your body deserves your respect. Accept and honor it.
- Move your body to please it, not to shed some pounds.
- Honor your nutritional choices. It is the whole food patterns that make the change, not an individual snack.