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Make Your Own Rules Diet

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  615 ratings  ·  61 reviews
In Make Your Own Rules Diet, Tara Stiles introduces readers to easy and fun ways to bring yoga, meditation, and healthy food into their lives. As the designer and face of Reebok’s first yoga lifestyle line, author of Yoga Cures and Slim, Calm, Sexy Yoga, and the founder of Strala—the movement-based system that ignites freedom, known for its laid-back and unpretentious vibe ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Hay House, Inc. (first published October 29th 2014)
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Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, cookbooks
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,
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

The first thing that struck me when starting this book was this: the author looks like such a laid back, adventurous, awesome lady. I would not mind hanging out with her and learning yoga...and I think that sets a wonderful tone for a book about making your own diet rules. And I like the tone of this book as well, it is casual and friendly with a little quirkiness tossed in as well. This is a book about getting in touch with yourself,
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book gives some good guidelines to eating healthier and starting yoga and meditation practices. It is REALLY important for the reader to remember that this is in Tara Stiles' voice, from her perspective and with her personality. Those that critique her for never having to lose weight or the like seem to forget that she has had her own food issues in the opposite experience. Leave your judgements behind, accept that this isn't a HOW TO book but a how she lives her life and what could help you ...more
Nov 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
I thought that a book about creating one's own diet - based on what one enjoys eating, or whatever foods one prefers - would be a good premise for any eating plan.

What I found was a book full of pictures of the author (in all sorts of quirky/yoga poses) in what appears to me to be more about the author showcasing herself (and how skinny and flexible she is) than any sensible eating plan. Does the world really need yet another diet book from rail-thin models who have clearly never lost any signif
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Good philosophy, poor execution. I loved the intuitive living approach and the information about yoga and meditation. The recipes were an example of how a vegan diet can go wrong, however. I would personally add much more protein to most of the meal recipes. However, it did demonstrate how simple preparing fruits and veggies can be. Readers should beware of the orthorexic undertones in the food section.

I have mixed feelings overall.
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do what makes you feel amazing...
Annie Hurley
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help-books
Yoga, meditation, and healthy eating are the foundation of complete mind and body well-being. Make Your Own Rules Diet by Tara Stiles focuses on these three areas as essential for living a fulfilled and joyful life.

I was lucky to unexpectedly meet Tara Stiles at her book signing after taking her Free Flow Lets Go yoga class sponsored by Goyogaco and W Hotels in Scottsdale, AZ. It was cool to get a hug from her, and then to read in her book how much she values the joy of hugging!

At first, I thoug
Mar 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: food-health
I think Tara is one of the best yoga teachers out there and she's very kind. This book is not yoga-only but also includes food and self-help (meditations mostly). I think that's a pity because that's why I couldn't give this book a higher rating. She has some good points about self-help but it was repetitive, especially the first chapters. The meditations are nothing new. The recipes were just ok, nothing special if you are already a vegan with many cookbooks. I've read another book about yoga/f ...more
Andy Nieradko
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really like Tara Stiles' approach in Make Your Own Rules Diet. Like many of the new health and fitness books coming out, this one takes a more realistic approach than the books that came out ten or twenty years ago. The books that suggested you change everything and try to stick to a ridiculously, demanding diet and exercise regime for the rest of your life. Tara does a great job of breaking down the rules of the world, and teaching how you can get to know your own rules, or what you need to d ...more
Let's be clear...although I only rated this book a 2, I know MANY people will be fully inspired after reading it and I can appreciate that. Tara has an easy writing style that is calming and supportive. Anyone who currently practices meditation, yoga, and healthy organic eating practices (or is looking to start dabbling in any, or all, of these things) would greatly benefit from reading this book. There are some descriptive (picture accompanied) yoga routines, meditation tips, and even a month l ...more
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, health, yoga
I got this book for free by grabbing a Book of the Week card at Starbucks and I was instantly hooked by the author's friendly tone and the idea of making your own rules to get healthy. I've been doing meditation occasionally and it's been awhile since I did yoga, and this inspired me to do both much more regularly. The recipes weren't the best for me since they are vegan/vegetarian but I got a couple good ideas and figure that once I get a bit more in tune with my body, I'll be able to figure ou ...more
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
The vegan recipes at the end of the book are the best part --- just wish more were included
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, 2017-reads
I really enjoyed the artistic layout of the book and Tara's writing style. I definitely found a lot of things that I think will be really helpful for the path I want to go on. It's all about getting to know yourself and your needs through yoga and meditation so that you can make your own rules to live by. There are some great yoga routines and recipes in here as well that I can't wait to try!
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
This book gives you tips for your yoga practice, diet, meditation, and attitudes on life. I was a huge Tara Stiles fan when I first tried yoga, but after trying out different styles and teachers, it does not seem like her specific "yogi-life" is that ground-breaking. I also started to read one of her other books, which seemed to be copy pasted in part from this one ...
Regardless, it is still a nice book to read if you feel like adopting a more positive way of thinking.
I'm not really sure what to say about this book. I love yoga, but for a big girl some of the poses are difficult. Truth is that medicine has not solved weight issues and diets don't work. Even your own rules. I like Tara Stiles, but unfortunately this book doesn't change anything for me. Sadly.
Julie Gentile
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was packed with great content and engaging photos.
Jill Vogel Kinison
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lots of recipes, way more than I expected but her outlook is great.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must established what I already know about foods. Loved reading this & using the guidelines.
Derek Meier
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Buy this book, and then dedicate yourself to spending time with it. Put all your other books aside for a few months and really give yourself the chance to soak up the wild intelligence this book has to offer. This is perhaps the most forward-thinking, healthy, positive guide to learning how to care for yourself from the inside out that has ever been released.

This book stands light-years apart from other wellness and eating books. There is a part in each one of us on Earth, that wants to thrive a
Feb 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Let me begin by saying 2 things: 1) I like Tara Stiles (to the point of following her on IG and practicing her Strala videos regularly) and 2)I got this book as part of a free download at Starbucks.

The first made me excited to reading this book and the latter made me glad I didn't pay for it.

I'd expected some good writing with tidbits about Tara's life here and there. Instead, the book turned out to be an overtly "woo-woo" type of book with yoga routines and recipes. Although I appreciated the f
Sarah Rehmatullah
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Focus is on holistic balance

Rather than focusing on just diet, Stiles shares a whole wealth of tips and friendly advice, in an engaging almost playful manner. This is not overwhelming, as with many other books, as the title shares, you are left to make your own rules. This book would be great for those who are reluctant to follow strict disciplined plans, as those readers may actually make some progress, as the teaching is gently shared.

The hardback book is of excellent quality, and contains man
Yin Pang
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really like Tara. She's one of the few yoga instructors out there that actually seem realistic in both her way of living but also just very authentic in her way of being. So after doing some of her yoga videos for a while and feeling inspired, I had to purchase her new book because I had an idea it was probably gonna be very accessible and simple. And if I really found it useful, I would probably get great use of it in time and time again.

And I was right! Tara brings realistic advice about lif
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, food
Meh. There isn't much here that you can't find everywhere. The gist: there isn't one diet that will work for everyone; you shouldn't "diet"but instead you should make a life change and do/eat what makes you the best you. It's a pretty simple and ubiquitous sentiment and one that goes by lots of different names - intuitive eating is the one most will recognize.

Also? Don't kill yourself in the gym, just do yoga and meditate.

If you lean towards the hippie end of the spectrum, like to eat healthy an
Amanda Sampson
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I can appreciate her philosophy on wellness and took a lot out of this book. I like the flexibility because it can allow me to adapt what I've learned to my busy schedule once the school year starts again. I personally need slightly easier and cheaper recipes for day to day, but I do plan to try out some of her recipes this summer and I will try to make them every so often during the school year. Most significantly, this book finally inspired me to clean my bedroom! I w ...more
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
A light, happy little book that is mainly about listening to your intuition and treating yourself with compassion. The title is odd because it sounds like it's a lot more about a Diet than is actually the case (maybe for marketing?) But the overall message is really just move more, eat vegetables, breathe, and do what makes your body feel good. Even when some of her more specific suggestions venture a little into la-la land -- I'm not going to throw my scale and my entire pantry in the trash tod ...more
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I got this book as a free download I think from Starbucks a while ago and never got around to it. I like the simple recipes included as she acknowledges how hard it can be to cook healthy while leading a busy lifestyle and the recipes are very quick and easy. I also love the smoothie recipes as that's my go to breakfast most of the time, but the rest of the book is pretty standard "be free and be happy" fluff... As if someone's Instagram account was made into a book. I got nothing new or mind bl ...more
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After quickly previewing this title on my PC (the download version is a little difficult to read), I know that I want to purchase an actual copy of my own!

I found the author's style to be easy to follow and enjoyable to read. She does not preach or lecture or look down on others, but clearly and openly offers the guidelines to follow her healthy lifestyle. There are simple Try It Now activities - and yes, I did try a few right away! I look forward to following the morning yoga routine, and also
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Reading this book felt like I was actively doing yoga. I was breathing deeper and remembering to take care of myself. I have increased my yoga practice since starting this book and am looking towards healthier meals. I like the idea that practicing yoga will help your body want more natural options, it was a great book and a great resource to have in the house. I am excited about trying some of the recipes.
Cindy Deister
This is the book that lit my curiousity about a plant-based diet. A month later, I "went vegan" and haven't regretted it a single minute.

My one warning about this is that the author believes that by deciding one has peace, one has it.
Only God gives peace.

I LOVE Tara's yoga approach. Her youtube videos and at-home yoga program videos are fantastic. Her yoga is great, and I look forward to trying her recipes!
May 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I thought the yoga routines included in the book were a good resource, but I am only so-so on the recipes. Nothing overly innovative or exciting. I felt like the actual presentation of the book was poorly done - low resolution photos (almost as if they just pulled the images from Stiles' Instagram feed) and not enough photos of the recipes.
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Tara Stiles is the founder of Strala, the revolutionary approach to being, moving and healing. Strala is practiced in more than 100 countries, and thousands of Guides are leading Strala classes daily around the globe.

Tara has authored several best-selling books including Yoga Cures, Make Your Own Rules Diet, and Strala Yoga. Tara is married to Strala co-founder Mike Taylor and they enjoy practici
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