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Holistic Nutrition and the Art of Health

Posted: 05/12/2011 7:53 am

I was recently in Paris and saw the spectacular Claude Monet Exhibition at the Grand Palais. This Retrospective of Monet's work filled room after room with light-filled paintings that covered a major part of Monet's life and evolution.

I was struck by the experience of the richness of his journey. Each room introduced me to another facet of Monet's glimmering art, his history, his choices, his greatness and his humanness. I left the exhibition with a fuller sense of who Monet was as an artist and a heightened appreciation of his immense talent and humanity.

The richness that I received from getting the bigger picture of Monet's life is what I experienced as I went through each room of the Holistic Integrative Nutrition and Health Counseling program offered by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Instead of seeing merely one painting or one room of paintings, I was being exposed to a whole living museum of the art of health.

So not only is there a room of over 100 various diets based on bio-individuality, but there's a room filled with looking at relationships, another room for exercise, another for doing what you love in your career or life and still another room for the inner person/spirituality. The whole person is nurtured in this school. I consider that to have a truly healthy and fulfilling life, it's about more than the right diet or nutrition program. Health and well being have many colors in the palette that make the art work that is YOU--as a healthy, vital being. And the trick is finding the color tones that are honed to your body and make-up.

What serendipity to discover a school that recognizes the whole person. What a rarity in education! Joshua Rosenthal founded the Institute and developed this enlightened approach to Holistic Nutrition and the multileveled aspects of health and well-being. He ,created an educational art form where you learn how to draw on your intuitive knowing and learn simple, yet profound practical concepts that can have a huge impact on your and other people's health and healing.

Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. and Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D., distinguished doctors, authors and lecturers at Institute of Integrative Nutrition and worldwide, said in slightly different ways, that the greatest tool in their arsenals is the food we eat and the lifestyle we live. With a palette of colors of the rainbow of our food, we can paint ourselves healthy. We just have to pick up the paintbrush and experiment with mixing colors--you can feel the benefits of learning how an array of colorful whole, unprocessed foods can give the needed nutrients so many of us are lacking. You can also learn the art of how to revitalize your body and more easily avoid or deal with stress through meditation and exercise. A personal health coach/counselor can give you support on an ongoing basis while you are developing a more balanced, energized, colorful life and enriched relationships.

Personally, during this year of exploring further my own bio-individuality, I lost those few extra pounds around the middle that I couldn't seem to budge try as I may. Also, I'd say my vitality increased by at least 25 percent and my immune system improved greatly. My portrait became more colorful, vibrant and relaxed.

I'd love to see your portrait, knowing it can transform before your very eyes. One of my greatest joys is to support you in creating your masterpiece.

I'll close with a quote that came my way recently:

"In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love."

--Marc Chagall

 
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