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Book Review: Make Your Own Rules Diet by Tara Stiles

Make Your Own Rules DietMake Your Own Rules Diet by Tara Stiles
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The overall message of this book is something that needs to be said, and definitely needs to be put out there. It seems so many people are obsessed with finding the perfect diet or weight-loss program, and Tara simply says we don't need more programs; we need to learn to listen to ourselves and our intuition. It may seem simple, but in this noisy, chaotic world, its often the last thing we turn to.

I gave this book five stars because I feel its such an empowering and important message. Otherwise, it is a very simple book (and that is actually a good thing). Again, we (as a society) gravitate to the complicated and overly-complex because we believe that is how things must be in order for them to work! If so, wouldn't they be working? Wouldn't we have more happy people with fewer weight issues in this country if that were the truth? So maybe the whole idea of listening to ourselves and learning to trust our intuition is something that is worth investigating.

There is quite a bit of yoga in this book, but again, it fits in with Tara's overall approach of ease and gentleness. There is nothing in-your-face about this book. Its like having a chat with a good friend, and she's telling you what works for her, and if you want to try it, great; if you don't, that's great, too. There is no pressure, no guilt, and a major emphasis placed on (you guessed it!) making your own rules!

The recipes are also simple but definitely nutritious. They are all plant-based and contain simple ingredients and a simple prep process. There is nothing overly complicated here, either: just straight up good food, prepared simply and deliciously. There aren't a ton of recipes, but the ones that are included are so versatile that you could have them a million different ways if you wanted to.

Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this book. Tara's message is desperately needed in this world, and I really gravitated to her gentle, laidback attitude. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

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