Joshua Rosenthal is the founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Integrative Nutrition is the world’s largest nutrition school, training students to become certified health counselors since 1992. It is the only school that teaches over 100 dietary theories, combining the knowledge of traditional philosophies with modern concepts.
1) What inspired you to develop the Institute for Integrative Nutrition?
Good nutrition is straightforward and simple, yet many of us are still confused about what to eat.
2)What steps do you recommend for someone who wants to improve their health?
Ask yourself this simple, powerful question: What three things do you think you should be doing for yourself that you aren’t currently? Write down your answers and a due date next to each. For example, “Starting Monday, I will take a break during the workday get some fresh air and sun.’
People often ask me what to eat. My answer is: eat more vegetables and eat less chemicalized, artificial junk food. It’s that simple.
3) In an article about Meatless Monday in Baltimore City Public Schools, you noted that “many people have found that reducing animal protein consumption can help with low energy and sugar cravings.’
Meats are contracting foods. Too often they leave you feeling sluggish and mentally slow. A meatless meal can lighten things up and allow you to experiment with different foods. People who vary their diet tend to be more creative and adaptable.
4) You also mention Meatless Mondays can improve kid’s health.
Meatless Monday teaches children about nutrition with a hands-on approach. When kids take an active role in growing and preparing their own food it works. When more nutrient-rich options are available, they will naturally become healthier.
I encourage schools and families to experiment with preparing leafy greens in a tasty way. The more children eat them, the better they’ll feel, and this will naturally “crowd out’ their cravings for less nutritious foods like sugar and junk food.
5) What actions can parents take to ensure their children receive healthy school lunch options?
They can talk to their school board, principals, school dietitians and nutritionists. They can form wellness committees at their schools. If parents understand their children’s health and performance is directly linked to the food they eat, they’ll see the importance of improving the school lunch system.