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Spring IINto a Clean Mind, Body, and Home

Happy first official day of spring! Today, we celebrate the new season and the vernal equinox. (Scientifically speaking, that’s when the earth’s axis is parallel to the sun instead of tipped towards or away from it, and it only happens twice a year!) 

Traditionally, spring is associated with new life and fresh beginnings—blossoming trees and plants, brighter weather, and a sense of renewed spirit and energy after the cold, long winter. So, what does the start of the season mean for us? It’s a great time for mental and physical spring cleaning.

For some ideas on how you can detox as the weather warms up, listen to Spring into a Clean Mind, Body, and Home, a pre-recorded webinar with Julia Argenti, Health Coach and founder of Lemons & Loafers, a popular food and fashion blog.

How Health Coaches Can Partner with Doctors

Many health issues can be controlled – and even eliminated – through changes in diet and lifestyle. Yet most people rely on over-the-counter medications or prescriptions doled out by busy, overworked doctors.

Why is this? Doctors don’t have time to explain how to make diet and lifestyle changes. And most people don’t realize how much control they can have over their own health by using simple preventative measures – as easy as drinking more water, sleeping well, or evaluating their caffeine intake.

Health Coaches can help. A recent article on Care2 points out that Health Coaches can be excellent partners to health care professionals who don’t have the time to spend with their patients.

Perfect Smoothie Bracket Challenge - Round Three!

It's time to announce the winners from Round Two of our Perfect Smoothie Bracket Challenge, and to present our next round of smoothie ingredient face-offs!

First, the winners:

  • Bases: Almond Milk v. Soy Milk. Winner: Almond Milk!
  • Vegetables: Celery v. Cucumber. Winner: Cucumber!
  • Add-ins: Chia Seeds v. Hemp Seeds. Winner: Chia Seeds!
  • Fruits: Banana v. Pineapple. Winner: Banana!

Here's our updated bracket:

Perfect Smoothie Bracket Challenge - Round Two!

If you caught Round One of our Perfect Smoothie Bracket Challenge, then you'll be interested in our first round winners!

  • Bases: Coconut Water v. Water. Winner: Coconut Water!
  • Vegetables: Spinach v. Broccoli. Winner: Spinach! (And by a HUGE margin)
  • Add-ins: Spirulina v. Flax Seeds. Winner: Flax Seeds!
  • Fruits: Orange v. Mango. Winner: Mango!

Here's our updated bracket:

Vote in Our Perfect Smoothie Bracket Challenge!

College basketball fans know Spring is all about March Madness, but at IIN, we're dedicating March to a different craze: Smoothies!

In honor of our obsession, we've put together a Perfect Smoothie Bracket Challenge. But that's not even the best part - YOU get to vote!

Here's how it works:

Every Monday and Thursday, we'll put popular smoothie ingredients head-to-head and let you vote for your favorites. We'll work our way into the center of the bracket, which has four sections: Bases, Add-ins, Vegetables, and Fruits. Once we have a winner from each section, we should have the perfect four-ingredient smoothie! 

Here's our starting bracket! 

Embracing Balance with Diana Herrera

When looking at all that Diana Herrera has achieved, most notably a position as the vice president of a photo-imaging firm, one would never assume she was struggling to find an internal balance. Though she was excelling professionally, her health was deteriorating, and she knew she needed a change.

After graduating from the Health Coach Training Program in 2010, Diana is what you could call a professional life juggler. Living in Miami, Florida, she continues to work full time at the photo lab but also maintains a part time health coaching business. She has nailed down the act of balancing her career with her personal life and health by learning to connect her emotions to her eating habits.

She now helps others do the same through her practice Embrace Balance, and is one of the founders of South Florida Health Coaches, where she collaborates on retreats and events, and supports other Coaches’ individual business growth.

The IINsider's Digest: The Blood Sugar Solution, A Mainstream Mention for Health Coaches, and Pink Slime for Lunch

The IINsider’s Digest gathers all the hottest nutrition topics around the web in one place for your reading pleasure. This week, Integrative Nutrition teacher Dr. Mark Hyman published his new book, The Blood Sugar Solution, while Michael Jacobson of the CSPI, also an IIN nutrition expert, was featured in a CBS News article about a chemical found in cola that raises the risk for cancer. The Wall Street Journal featured a piece highlighting the efforts of Health Coaches to help others improve their wellness, and it was reported that the government bought seven million pounds of ammonia-treated meat for school lunches.

Ending Obesity and Diabetes: What’s the Secret? [VIDEO]
CBS News
Featuring IIN Teacher Mark Hyman

Dr. Mark Hyman, credited with helping former President Bill Clinton turn his health around, speaks to the CBS This Morning co-hosts about his new book The Blood Sugar Solution and gives tips on how to eat healthier.

Chemical Found in Cola Causes Cancer, Watchdog Warns: What Does FDA Say?
CBS News
Featuring IIN teacher Michael Jacobson

Live From Long Beach: the #MegaIIN Bloggers

The 2012 Mega Conference was a huge success, thanks to the all our amazing speakers, students, grads and staff! With each live event, we continue to be inspired by the energy and excitement our community brings. This time around was special, because we felt the Mega Conference buzz all over the world via our social networks. People who weren’t able to make it to Long Beach could tracking Facebook posts, tweets and blog updates by thousands of attendees, and feel like they were part of the crowd.

17 outstanding live bloggers took their conference participation to the next level, by sharing updates with their fans and followers along the way. From pre-trip jitters to new nutrition concepts they learned, they gave us an inside look at the Mega Conference experience.

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