I saw Tara Stiles' Make Your Own Rules Diet at work as part of a used book sale. I was intrigued by the title and the little bit of the book that I skimmed through so I decided to get it. I mean, how does a diet work if you make your own rules?
According to Stiles, when people diet they are following someone else's rules. She advocates for you getting in touch with your own body and doing what feels right to you. She does have a caveat though: she wants you to meditate and do yoga so you are active and more in touch with your body. Stiles is a yoga teacher, so I kind of feel like that might be a big part of her push towards yoga - in a book called Make Your Own Rules Diet, I feel like you should decide on the activity that makes you happy, right?
So anyway, the book is split into a couple of sections. The first one introduces you to the ideas of making your own rules. I felt like this was the core of the book but it kind of got the least attention unfortunately. Stiles shows you what her current rules are and gives you an exercise to look at your day and get ideas from that. But then that's it, she moves onto other sections and never revisits building your own rules in detail again.
The second section is an introduction to doing yoga, doing meditation, and cooking for yourself in your kitchen. I thought the introductions for everything were pretty solid. Part three goes into more detail: Stiles gives you several yoga routines to follow along with, she explains different ways of meditating, then she provides a whole bunch of her favourite vegetarian recipes. The final part gives you a seven day plan to follow and a thirty day plan, in case you aren't quite ready to start making your own rules.
I will say that I enjoyed reading the book. Stiles was fun and inspiring; she always has your best interests in heart (which is to reconnect with yourself and do what you need to do). But for a book titles Make Your Own Rules Diet, it kind of felt like a misnomer because there were a fair amount of rules, both spoken and unspoken, in the book (meditate, do yoga, and eat vegetarian - all the recipes were vegetarian). That being said, I thought it was overall an inspiring book to read (and I will give some of her recipes a try, even though I'm not a fan of spice the way she is)!
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