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Integrative Food Pyramid

Posted Feb 19 2010 12:50pm

What’s Your Pyramid Look Like

I think it’s been a whole few weeks since I mentioned how much I am loving my experience with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition! One of the things that really attracted me to IIN over other similar programs was their approach to nutrition from a holistic standpoint. When I say holistic, I don’t mean “granolay,” raw food eating, spending hours a day meditating and only relying on alternative medicine (though I’m fully supportive of all of those things), but the original meaning of ‘holistic’: Concerned with wholes rather than analysis or separation into parts (from dictionary.com). For someone to be truly healthy, it isn’t just about getting into the gym five days a week or only eating organic food, it’s also about relationships and feeling complete in your professional life. The USDA recently came out with the MyPyramid, which is ridiculously better than the previous disaster that was suppose to guide America’s eating habits. It’s no shocker that we’re in the midst of an obesity epidemic when we’re emphasizing processed carbs and cheese. Any who.. I digress.. lets look at the positive, the new MyPyramid attempts to incorporate acitivity and acknowledges that each person is different (they sort of ignored vegetarians, or gluten-free eaters in the last attempt). Here’s a comparison of the old & new pyramids (source: Washington Post)..

So progress is being made.. and I dig the dude climbing the pyramid :p But now lets take it one step further, which is exactly what IIN has done.

The Integrative Food Pyramid is all about the individual, what’s best for YOU, not what’s best for society as a whole. I particularly like how it incorporates not just Physical Activity but also Relationships, Career & Spirituality, and how each of these are intertwined, so if one is off, the others will be effected too. You may also notice the absence of ‘diary,’ which I’ll talk about in a separate post. Basically, as growing humans we need calcium, but there are so many other wonderful sources.  What do you think of the Holistic Food Pyramid? What would your pyramid look like?

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