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The Principles of the Total Body Diet

By Victoria Shanta Retelny, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

The tenets of the Total Body Diet are steeped in a tradition of a sound mind and body: life balance, self-confidence, and social support from friends and family. The Total Body Diet homes in on the importance of all these factors equally. If one area of life is not in sync, the rest will be out of whack.

Keep in mind the following principles of the Total Body Diet:

  • Balance your diet with foods from all food groups (vegetables, fruits, whole grains, plant and animal sources of protein, and fat-free or lowfat dairy products) to sustain growth, energy, and well-being.

  • Get active every day with enjoyable movement. Try walking, jogging, running, biking, hiking, swimming, stair climbing, Pilates, yoga, or tai chi.

  • Make your mental health a priority by fostering a positive attitude. Your mind plays a large role in your health and your relationship to what and how you eat and drink.

Aim to follow these principles by balancing calories in with calories out as much as possible. Allow for flexibility, such as a small sweet indulgence or a low-key, less-active day to recharge your body and mind — you’ll be more likely to stick with it and achieve total body wellness.

Moderation and balance as far as nourishment spans cultures and ages. The ancient Indian philosophy, particularly yoga, incorporates mitahara, or the habit of moderation with food and drink as part of a balanced diet.