A Rose By Any Other Name...

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" is a frequently referenced part of William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet seems to argue that it does not matter that Romeo is from her rival's house of Montague, that is, that he is named "Montague." The reference is often used to imply that the names of things do not affect what they really are.

PALEO, VEGAN, RAW FOOD, BLOOD-TYPING, ATKINS, LOW-SODIUM, KETO, GRAIN-FREE, MACRO, SOUTH BEACH, GLUTEN-FREE... 

There are names for different diets,... but does their name affect what they really are? Ultimately, they all reflect the same thing: the quest to be healthy and feel great! 

The truth is, there is no ONE diet that is best for everyone. Each of us is at a different place in our health journey. And we each have unique biochemical needs and lifestyles.  

So the goal becomes less, to perfect your eating within the confines of a diet with a catchy name. But more, to commit yourself to continually learning, and growing, and respecting others' places in their health journeys, wherever that may be. 

Today, you may believe in your approach to food. And in the future, you may come to find that the approach is no longer in line with your needs. You will adjust, and again move forth in your personal health journey. 

So, by this token, is a diet by any other name just as good? I believe whenever it's in the Spirit of moving toward greater health,... absolutely yes!

Yours in Health,

Alison Dumont
Holistic Nutritionist