Health and Wellness

Being Well

Julie Stiles

Being Well – Are You Following a Diet or a Lifestyle?

Whether you’re changing what you eat because you’d like to lose weight, heal a chronic illness, or avoid getting one in the first place, it’s easy to fall into the “diet” approach, yet the lifestyle approach is more likely to be sustainable and lead to the outcomes you are seeking. Why is this?

Registered Dietitian Jennifer Ventrelle joins me to explore these two very different approaches to the way we eat. One approach typically leads to an unsustainable pattern characterized by “shoulds” and restrictions, and often ends with “falling off the wagon” and feelings of failure. The other can lead to a sustainable approach of daily habits that support your health, impact all areas of your life, and culminate in a sense of pride, accomplishment, and integrity from living your values.

You can find out more about Jennifer’s work at the Rush University Prevention Center website: or contact her at

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