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Are Artificial Sweeteners Making Us Fat? Keri Glassman Weighs In

“People don’t understand that artificial sweeteners make you gain weight, they do not make you lose weight.” This is one of the most common nutrition myths that Integrative Nutrition visiting teacher Keri Glassman says “makes her shake” when she encounters it in clients.

With a new study from Nature in the news recently asserting that artificial sweeteners interfere with the friendly bacteria in our guts, thus causing our blood sugar to spike and potentially fueling the obesity and diabetes epidemic, hopefully she’ll encounter this myth less frequently. However, as she explains in the video below, outdated dietary misconceptions abound!

Health Coach Training Program Video Diary: Graduation Day!

Laura and Ilene are now official Integrative Nutrition graduates!

One year ago, our video team began chronicling the experiences of IIN students Laura and Ilene as they went through the Health Coach Training Program, and today they are both grads and certified Health Coaches! The year flew by, and yet, looking at the incredible transformations they’ve both gone through since beginning, it seems amazing that all this happened in just twelve months.

In this final video, we check in with Laura and Ilene on how they’re feeling now that the program has ended (Ilene’s take: “I wish I could have modules pop up on my iPad forever!”), and what their plans are for the future.

Sharon’s Take: How Being “Unhealthy” Makes You a Better Health Coach

A huge obstacle to people considering a Health Coaching career is the idea that they’re not healthy enough themselves to give wellness advice to others. Well I’ll let you in on a little secret: It’s also a huge myth about Health Coaching.

I decided to enroll in the Health Coach Training Program at Integrative Nutrition because I needed a new career. I also enrolled because I needed to do some serious work on my own health.

Let me back up a bit.

Inner Demons and Unhealthy Habits

I came to New York to pursue a career in musical theater, and—shocker—it was much harder than I’d imagined. Working the crack-of-dawn shift at a Starbucks and dragging myself to auditions at night, my life didn’t look like the one I’d envisioned.

The Merrymaker Sisters' Road to Bliss

Before enrolling at Integrative Nutrition, Emma and Carla Papas were working “soul sucking” jobs in the corporate world. It was when they started their blog, The Merrymaker Sisters, that they found their bliss and decide to pursue a more fulfilling career.

When they found Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coaching Program, the sisters knew that it was the answer they were looking for. 

Read our Q&A to discover how Integrative Nutrition inspired Emma and Carla to follow their bliss. 

What were you doing prior to enrolling at Integrative Nutrition?

Healthy Restaurant Roundup 2: More Eateries from IIN Grads!

Earlier this month, we posted a mouthwatering, superfood-filled roundup of healthy restaurants opened by Integrative Nutrition grads—and boy did we get a response! It’s clear not only that our community is clamoring for recommendations on places to get great healthy food, but also that there are more fabulous eateries from IIN alumni out there than we could have imagined.

New Study Shows Walking or Biking to Work Increases Happiness

How do you get to work every day?

Do you lace up your walking shoes, clip on your helmet, or buckle up your seatbelt?

It might seem like a small choice, but this one part of your daily routine could be having a huge impact on your overall well-being.

A new study out of England shows that those who walk or bike to work experience mental benefits and have higher levels of happiness than those who drive. The ten-year study analyzed information from nearly 18,000 commuters, who were each assigned a well-being score based on their responses to questions about things like feelings of worthlessness or unhappiness, sleepless nights, or being unable to face problems.

Ask a Health Coach: How Do I Start Charging People for My Services?

Dear Shannon,

 I’m already the go-to person for health advice in my circle of friends and family and give tons of free tips. If I become a Health Coach, how do I actually start charging for this, since everyone is so used to coming to me for free? And how do I even begin knowing what to charge?

-Janine, Florida

Health Coach Tracey Miller Helps Women "Dig In" to Healthy Lives (And You Can Help!)

Tracey Miller had her first meeting with a Health Coach in 2005 when she was trying to get pregnant, and within two years, she had a baby—and had earned a Health Coach certification from Integrative Nutrition herself.

Before she completed the program, Tracey started offering cooking classes for moms. "The moms from the birthing class I attended were really eager to learn how to cook and make sure they were giving themselves and the baby nutrient-dense foods. They also wanted to be with other moms and learn from each other," she said.

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