How Michael DeSanti Transformed his Health and Launched a Thriving Career

Hippocrates may have said, “Let food be thy medicine,” but Michael DeSanti walks the talk: having experienced the healing power of whole foods and a nourishing lifestyle firsthand, he has transformed his own health and now has a successful career helping others do the same. A 2010 graduate of the Health Coach Training Program, Michael left his grueling, unsatisfying career as a corporate event planner and launched a thriving health coaching practice, Authentic Self Healing, in Verona, New Jersey.

Michael partners with Villani Chiropractic Center and sees an average of 20 clients a week, coaching them to improve their energy levels, lose weight, and become the best versions of themselves. Read on to learn how Michael is changing the world, one client at a time!

What were you doing prior to enrolling at Integrative Nutrition?
I was a corporate event planner, traveling two weeks a month, living out of my suitcase and in hotel restaurants. My health, weight and happiness suffered tremendously.

What led you to explore the Health Coach Training Program?
When I was 17 years old, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. We were unsatisfied with the guidance we were receiving from her doctors and decided that we were going to take her health into our own hands. We changed her diet, managed her lifestyle and stress, and without chemo and radiation, slowed, stopped and eventually reversed my mother's cancer to the amazement of her oncologists.

Years later, I was unhappy in my job and life and began to make changes to my diet. I saw immediate results and became incredibly interested in my personal health. When I found IIN, a school geared to helping and coaching people to better health, I was immediately interested.

Winter Weather Workout Tips

Last month we shared several ways to stay cheerful during the winter months, including spending time outdoors and a maintaining a regular exercise routine. As the temperature drops, it’s easy to use the colder weather as an excuse to stay inside under a blanket on the couch. While there’s certainly a place for rest and relaxation in a healthy lifestyle, regular physical activity releases endorphins and gives us a renewed energy, both of which contribute to a happier mood.

Here are some workout suggestions to keep your body warm and your spirits high this winter:

Make the living room your personal gym – Save money on a gym membership by purchasing a few items to have at home. Dumbbells, kettlebells, a stability ball, and a jump rope are all easy-to-use items, and can be stored in a hallway closet or even under your bed! In addition, there are many online workouts you can follow from the convenience of your living room. Just be sure to pay close attention to proper form when trying new exercises to avoid injury. is a useful fitness resource and your first ten days are free!

Video: Yoga Poses for Pregnancy with Maternity Guru Latham Thomas

Surround yourself with symbols of love, beauty and fertility. That is the mantra of Latham Thomas, 2006 grad and founder of Mama Glow, a holistic lifestyle company geared toward the expectant mother. In her practice, author and maternity guru Latham helps women with prenatal nutrition, education, yoga and birth coaching, providing support throughout the pregnancy.

In this video, Latham shares three yoga postures safe for any stage of the pregnancy, the importance of surrounding yourself with beauty, and how Integrative Nutrition inspired her practice.

From Client to Coach: Michele Gelman Wins Best in Class

I am thrilled to present the Best in Class Health Leadership Award to October 2012 graduate, Michele Gelman. Michele is a student who really walks the talk. Once a client herself, she took steps to improving her own health before deciding to make a career of helping others do the same.

After a year of suffering from many physical ailments, she was introduced to the world of nutrition when she enrolled in a 6-month program, run by an Integrative Nutrition graduate. By the time those six months were up she was well on her way to healing herself, and moving on to the rest of her family. She then decided to enroll in the Health Coach Training Program herself, and now she’s helping others get healthy. She has been featured in two magazines, and through talks at corporations and schools, group programs, and individual sessions, she’s already rocking the ripple effect!

What inspired you to enroll at IIN?

I was experiencing various health issues for a year, so I signed up for a 6-month program with a Health Coach who had studied at IIN. By the time she left Chicago, I was hooked on nutrition and the amazing effects it has on health and wellbeing, so I enrolled at IIN for more!

Holding On To Negative Thoughts? Throw Them Away!

Did you ever wish that you could take all of your negative thoughts and feelings and put them in the garbage? Well, a new study from Ohio State University says that you can!

Certain psychological therapies already ask patients to write down their negative thoughts on paper and then toss it, but now proof is in the research that it works. To verify it, researchers conducted three experiments. In the first, 83 high school students were told to write down their thoughts – positive or negative – about their body image.

What happened next? Half of the participants were asked to throw away their thoughts and the other half were asked to read it over for grammatical mistakes. After rating their own attitudes about their bodies on a 9-point scale, the students who read over their thoughts had strong opinions on their body image, while the students who threw away their thoughts were indifferent on how they felt about their body image. 

Integrative Nutrition Gives Back to Celebrate a Season of Giving

When I founded the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, it was with the mission to change the world and make it a healthier, happier place.

How can a school do that? At Integrative Nutrition, we believe that people experience a powerful personal transformation by getting healthier. When they use their knowledge to teach others how to be healthier and happier, this process creates a ripple effect that changes the world.

We have epidemic rates of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. And in many cases, lifestyle changes can reverse the upward trend of these chronic diseases.

Use Health as Your Vehicle to Transform the World

What would you do if you were clearer in your purpose in life and had the tools and support to help you achieve it?

Achieving good health can be your vehicle to get where you want to go, but it’s not the destination to where you are ultimately going.

When you start the journey to good health, you realize how much more energy you have. You might heal your headaches or PMS symptoms. Maybe you lower your cholesterol or increase your vitality, and you are less dependent on medications or operations.

This transformation is exciting. It may feel like a miracle to you. And you want to share it with the world.

Thousands of Integrative Nutrition students and graduates have become role models for their clients and leaders in their communities. And each person’s story is vital to changing the face of health care.

Video: Daily Self-Care Tips With Yogi Molly Lehman

Yoga and wellness do not have to be so serious! That is the philosophy of Molly Lehman, 2009 graduate and co-owner of House of Jai Yoga Studio. Jai is the Thai word for joy and that is what Molly brings to her clients through her classes and health coaching sessions.  “It’s about feeling comfortable and confident at that home of your own body,” Molly says.

In this video, Molly shares her own favorite self-care tips, how yoga can be a joyous exercise for everyone, and what inspired her to open this incredible yoga studio that offers Thai massage, acupuncture, and personalized health coaching!

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