Do the Work and Trust the Process

Michelle was the third client who signed up for my program after I graduated from IIN. As she was sitting across from me writing out a check for the full cost of the program, I was thinking to myself, “I have no idea how I am going to help this woman.”

Michelle was a teacher at the yoga studio where I was renting a small space. She was struggling with allergies and severe PMS and wanted to lose about 10 pounds. Despite being physically active and eating really clean, she wasn’t able to figure out these areas of her health, which is why she decided to work with me.

Michelle later told me that as she was writing the check she was also wondering how I could possibly help her.

Why Does the World Need Health Coaches? [VIDEO]

The global health crisis is dire: the incidence of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other preventable illnesses is skyrocketing. This is the first generation in history where the life expectancy of our children is likely to be less than our own. What’s the solution? Education and support to facilitate long-lasting behavioral change!

Hear from some of Integrative Nutrition’s expert teachers to learn about the importance of Health Coaches and how they can make the world a better and healthier place. Watch the video below.

Life Lessons I’d Tell the Old Me

One of the more surprising results of my IIN education was that by learning about nutrition and developing my own health coaching practice, I grew as a person and learned some important life lessons in the process.

As the saying goes, had I known then, what I know now, I’d dish out some of this advice to myself. We all learn our lessons at the right time and these were some of the most defining ones for me:

Stop Chasing Perfection

Perfection simply doesn’t exist. Your beauty and authenticity lie in your imperfection. Likewise, there will never be a perfect time to do anything so start now, even if you don’t feel “ready.”

Save Your Money

Integrative Nutrition Holds Meet-Up in Helsinki, Finland

Last week, a group of over 40 students and graduates flew in from across Scandinavia and Europe to join Joshua Rosenthal at Integrative Nutrition’s first conference in Helsinki, Finland. The intimate event reflected Integrative Nutrition’s ongoing commitment to building personal connections with its global student body and spreading a ripple effect of health and happiness across the world.

How I Found Success Through 3 Simple Statements

Hi there, I’m Michelle Pfennighaus, IIN Class of 2009 and founder of Find Your Balance.  There's a lot of info out there about healthy living, but I'll boil it down and tell you what's most important. Now doesn't that make things easier? Connect with me at, Facebook, or Twitter.

It became almost a mantra in my first year as a health coach: “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” That was something Joshua had said often during my time at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. And it never resonated so deeply with me as it did just before my first teleseminar about sugar addiction. Or just before appearing on TV to promote my business.

I was feeling the fear, all right. I felt like a total fake, for starters. Me? A health coach? Who would believe anything I had to say? Who would possibly take me seriously? I had worked in advertising for the past decade, for heaven’s sake!

5 Tips to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

Does public speaking make you cringe? If yes, I have good news. You are not alone. They say that people fear public speaking more than death. I used to be one of those people. There was a time in college when I wrote out my presentation word for word for my public speaking class and I read it verbatim terrified, shaking at the knees. I was so petrified and to be honest, no idea what I was talking about. I just did it because I had to, not because I wanted to.

Things are very different now. I have actually grown to love public speaking and have spoken at some highly regarded institutions that include Morgan Stanley, Columbia University, and New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. The main reason why I love it is because I am passionate about what I am talking about. The words that come through me are just an extension of my love for helping people get healthier and happier.

Here are some tips that have helped me overcome my fear of public speaking:

How to Build a Health Coaching Business from Scratch

Hi, I’m Cora Poage, IIN Class of 2008, and founder of Sexy Soul Wellness.  I love helping my clients fall in love with themselves, align with their inner soulmate, their truth, and live a life of sacred service to their unique life purpose on the planet!  You can connect with me on my website, my business Facebook page, or my personal Facebook page.

If you had told me even just five years ago that today I would be the owner of a successful coaching business with a waiting list and set to break six figures, I would have laughed.

Well, at first, I would have thanked you for having so much faith in me.  But then I would have laughed.  I would have been more likely to believe that I was going to transform into a leprechaun, ride a unicorn across a rainbow, and pioneer the first wellness center for Martians with wheat allergies.

So how did a “I’m so not a businessperson” like me become a businessperson?

Are you already giving out health advice without getting paid for it?

Note: The story I’m about to share with you lit up our community when I first shared it. Since then, this topic keeps coming up. In case you missed it, you’ll definitely want to read on… (And even if you didn’t miss it, you’ll also want to read on because I’m going to cover the main hurdle that came up for people around charging for advice.)

Tell me if you’re like me. (Hint: If you’re reading this, you probably are.)

When I started helping people eat healthier (more than 30 years ago), it was kind of a hobby.

People around me noticed that I looked healthy to them. I was careful with my food choices. My body was in decent shape, and it was clear to others that I knew a lot about what to eat. It provoked a natural curiosity in others, especially because just about everyone struggles in some way with their personal health.

Before long, I became the designated “person who knows about health”.

How Could Integrative Nutrition Change Your Life? [VIDEO]

How could Integrative Nutrition change your life? In this transformational video, you’ll get an inside look at how enrolling at IIN has empowered students and grads to start living the life of their dreams.

“My whole life, my passion, and my purpose have changed dramatically. It’s just so exciting that now I have a place in this world where I can help others live a longer healthier life.” Hear how these students and grads channeled their passion into a life they love. Watch below!


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