Have you always dreamed of writing a book at some point in your life? Some of you might know that we offer a book-writing course for Integrative Nutrition graduates, Launch Your Dream Book. It has inspired and guided over 200 alumni to publish a book.
Did you know it’s World Health Day? One of the best things about the Integrative Nutrition community is that we span over 120 countries. Our students and graduates are bursting with enthusiasm to spread a ripple effect of health and happiness to as many people as possible, and their unique approaches often reflect their cultures and countries.
We can learn so much about living a healthy, well-balanced life by simply looking to other cultural norms. Health is about so much more than the food on your plate, which we call secondary food.
The benefits of meditation have long been established, but remember when it was a thing mostly associated with hippies, yogis, and monks? Those days are long gone, and now everyone from Wall Street bankers to computer programmers are saying “om.”
According to Integrative Nutrition visiting teacher Dr. Jamie Zimmerman, this is exactly what the world needs. Dr. Zimmerman is a physician who practices what she calls “meditation medicine,” helping her clients reap the many physical, mental, and emotional benefits of meditation. It’s no mistake that the words “meditation” and “medication” sound so similar!
In this video, Dr. Zimmerman explains why meditation is so healthy and provides some quick tips to start a daily meditation practice. Watch below to get inspired!
There are so many things to love about spring – longer and sunnier days, chirping birds, blooming flowers, and of course, warmer temperatures.
But one of our favorite things about this season is spring cleaning. Really! It’s not just about reorganizing your closet or cleaning out the pantry – it’s an opportunity to get reenergized and refocused in all areas of your life.
When you hear the word “cleanse” you may think of restrictive juice fasts, but we’ve created a holistic cleanse to refresh your mind, body, and soul. Sleep, meditation, writing – who knew cleaning could actually be fun? Spring into your healthiest, happiest self with this step-by-step guide!
Many people think they need to buckle down and clean up their food and lifestyle habits, sergeant style, if they want to lose weight and have more energy. They know what they need to do to transform their health, but they treat it as a looming deadline or assignment. Then they eat “clean” for a few weeks or even months, and eventually run out of willpower, binge, and feel terribly guilty – like a failure. 2001 graduate Jena la Flamme flips this conventional approach on its head.
Many years ago I worked in a small natural food store. All day I watched health-conscious customers read labels and ask questions about the products in the aisles. They gave great care and attention to the foods they chose to eat.
Then after work, sometimes I would go to the movie theater next door. There I saw people munching on buttery popcorn, eating candy, and gulping down soda, all the while laughing and having fun with their friends or partner. It struck me that the moviegoers often looked so much healthier, happier, and more alive than the people shopping in my store.
This got me thinking – it wasn’t just about the food. The idea of holistic health is to look at the integrated system, which includes the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional parts of life.
At Integrative Nutrition, we are all about the latest nutrition trends. Nutrition is an emerging science that has become incredibly complex, and we are only just beginning to understand all its facets.
Recently there’s been a popular fascination with coffee – and not just any coffee, but bulletproof coffee. It’s being served at trendy places worldwide such as Hu Kitchen in New York City, Elephant Grounds Café in Hong Kong, and Planet Organic in London.
So what is bulletproof coffee?
It involves blending grass-fed butter and medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil into a freshly brewed cup of organic coffee, giving you a foamy hot beverage that’s not far from a latte.
Sound weird? Unappetizing? Crazy? All of the above?
Do you remember when you had to visit a teller to take money out of the bank? See a travel agent to book a flight? Or send your credit card application in the mail? Times have changed and the health care system is changing, too!
Yet most people still see a doctor for all of their health needs, even though there are so many new options available.
Why is this a problem?
90% of health issues today are related to diet and lifestyle. Yet the majority of doctors do not have specific training in how our lifestyle can affect our health, or if they do, government regulations and the profit-driven pharmaceutical industry often stand in the way of putting this learning into practice.
In the world of modern nutrition, almost everyone is on one diet or another, and people dwell on fats, proteins, and lists of “good” and “bad” foods. Low fat, low carb, Paleo, vegan, Atkins…. each day we are hit with a new discovery that touts the health benefits of a certain way of eating. Diet books are bestsellers and there is a constant barrage of news programs and articles on the fastest way to lose weight.
But it wasn’t too long ago that humans existed without this media blitz, without diet gurus or celebrity chefs telling them what to eat. Instead, they relied on intuition. People simply knew what to eat and how to prepare it without engaging in such a cerebral interpretation of basic human needs.
St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, but there’s no reason to stop the celebration of green – when it comes to collard greens, that is!
The world of nutrition is full of conflicting dietary advice. Is it healthy or not to eat meat? Do saturated fats really cause heart disease? Are carbs health-promoting or health-destroying? There’s little consensus among nutrition experts about the best way of eating, which is why at Integrative Nutrition, we teach the concept of bio-individuality – there’s no one-size-fits-all diet.
But there’s one food on which even the most opposing dietary theories have common ground. Whether you’re vegan or Paleo, Atkins or high-carb, pretty much everyone agrees on one thing: you should eat plenty of leafy greens.