When she’s not sharing nutrition advice as a featured expert on Fox 5 San Diego, Christa Orecchio is working one-on-one to help people get their lives back on track. “I have found my life’s work,” Christa says, a 2005 grad and founder of TheWholeJourney.com, a holistic health and wellness practice. She offers clients a wide variety of services to choose from, and her packages are specially tailored to everyone ranging from newly married couples, cancer patients, and expectant moms alike.
As 2012 comes to an end, it’s natural to reflect on the past twelve months, acknowledging the significant events and achievements in our lives. It can be cleansing to let go of the past, and as we start a brand new year, focus on the infinite possibilities ahead.
We are excited to continue communicating, learning, and growing with each of you in 2013! Working together and sharing our stories creates an immeasurable abundance of inspiration, and that inspiration is the driving force to achieve all of our biggest goals.
On that note, we’re hosting our first Instagram photo-a-day challenge for the month of January 2013, and we want you all to join in! We encourage you to tap into your creative side and set your goals and intentions for 2013 – we’re here to support you!
All of us at Integrative Nutrition would like to wish you the happiest of holidays, filled with love, good health, delicious food, and lots of joy. Whatever tradtitions you celebrate, we want to extend our appreciation for you this holiday season and hope that your New Year is full of health and happiness. Happy holidays!
As the end of the year approaches, it’s a time of reflection. It’s the perfect time to create your future.
What do you want to accomplish in 2013? What will you achieve in the coming days, weeks, months? Where do you want to be in your life?
You have the power to create your future. You can change your health and your life. It starts with a vision for where you want to be in a year.
The more that you can distinguish what your goal is, the more likely it is to happen. You can plan what steps to take. Create your future instead of having it happen randomly.
My goal is a big one. It’s a future vision of health care that I call our 2020 Vision.
Announcing the winners of the New Year, New You Contest.
Congratulations to our first prize winner, Lily Joann Choyce. Lily plans to use her full ride to Integrative Nutrition as a launching pad to write Spanish/English cookbooks.
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.
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. GaiamTV.com is a useful fitness resource and your first ten days are free!
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.
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!
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.