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Many people feel that going on a diet will increase their overall health. For many, it does. Yet for others, a total paradigm shift is needed.

This shift is about complete nutrition, not simply a diet which may or may not last throughout the rest of one's life.

Complete nutrition is a concept that involves changing one's way of looking at food, so that each bite becomes a potential healing agent, creating vitality in one's life and even reversing medical conditions.

It is widely known that cutting out or cutting back on things like sugar, saturated fats, fried foods, processed foods like white flour and white bread can have a positive impact on one's overall health and well being.

People have been known to actually reverse the effects of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, among other ailments.

Complete nutrition means that you take into consideration not only what is considered healthy in general, but what is specifically considered to be healthy for you.

By researching information, working with your health care provider and even a nutritionist, you can get a sense of what it is your particular body requires in order to maintain a true state of health and well being.

For people with allergies or sensitivities to certain foods or products (gluten or wheat for example) learning how to balance nutrition so that they are still getting the nutrients they require is crucial.

There are also very different nutritional needs for men and women, people in their twenties versus people in their thirties, forties, fifties and beyond, mothers versus women who haven't had children, pregnant and/or lactating women, people who have no health problems but have a family history of health problems.

In other words, there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to complete nutrition. Variables are highly dependent on each person's unique nutritional needs, their age, their activity levels and their proclivity toward certain illnesses.

Stress is also an important factor to take into consideration when thinking about complete nutrition. People with higher stress levels often use food as a means of calming themselves.

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