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VIDEO: Mastin Kipp on Why People Pay for Health Coaching

“If there’s one myth I could bust for people who want to be coaches or sign up for a program,” says Mastin Kipp, “it’s this idea that ‘if I want to be spiritual, I have to be broke.’” Kipp, an Integrative Nutrition visiting teacher and founder of The Daily Love, certainly sets an inspiring example that could help shake this stereotype.

Not only has he built an incredibly lucrative and prolific business, but he also helps people achieve deep happiness on a daily basis.

4 Reasons to Celebrate Non-GMO Month

Did you know that October is the official Non-GMO Month? This month, retail stores nationwide will celebrate the consumer's right to be informed of foods and products that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

What exactly are GMOs again?

GMOs, or Genetically Modified Organisms, are products of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE), which creates new combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes by combining DNA from one species with DNA from another. The result: new organisms that do not occur in nature.

What Role Can Corporations Play in Solving the Global Health Crisis?

Yesterday, Walmart announced an initiative to improve the nutrition of the food they carry while lessening its environmental impact. This is just one more announcement in a series of big name brands waking up to the dual global crises of health and the environment, and responding with corporate action.

Walmart's goal is to help the environment as well as the health of their consumers, and they’ve established four “pillars” to help them achieve that goal:

Are Synthetically Modified Foods the New GMOs?

This Non-GMO Month, we’re thinking a lot about the genetically modified organisms that make their way into our food supply, and what they mean for our environment and our health. It’s a complicated and controversial issue, as we explored last week—and looks like it’s about to get even thornier.

A technology has just hit the market that brings new questions and concerns to the GMO debate. Synthetic biology, or “synbio,” doesn’t just change the makeup of certain natural entities, it actually grows new organisms that make things more efficiently than nature does.

It’s Okay to Not Like Burdock (And Other Revelations of Becoming A Health Coach)

Do you like the taste of wheatgrass? How about a mouth-puckering shot of apple cider vinegar? Or a big earthy bite of burdock?

Some people who answer no to any of those questions think that they’re disqualified from becoming a Health Coach. Their mentality is, if I don’t like every super-healthy food and do like ice cream, then I’m just not cut out to be a nutrition expert!

That couldn’t be further from the truth.

This is a major revelation that many people have when they embark on Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coach Training Program.

VIDEO: Are GMOs Useful or Unsafe?

October is Non-GMO Month, which means it’s a perfect time to ask the perennial question: are genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) useful, or are they unsafe?

The parties on both sides feel strongly about the answer, and the complex science, politics, financial interests, and environmental implications of GMOs make it difficult to parse out who is correct.

Anti-GMO activists claim that these organisms are an environmental trigger for the growing health crisis, that genetic engineering is not natural, and that we don’t know the long-term health effects of eating GMOs. Scientists, on the other hand, point to thousands of studies that show the safety of GMOs, and say that labeling GMO products would cause people to avoid them out of unfounded fear.

National Kale Day: Could Kale Be the Next Beef?

Today is our favorite day of the year: National Kale Day! First of all, how great that our country, despite all its health problems, has a designated day for the king of all leafy greens, right?

In Integrative Nutrition’s Health coach Training Program, kale holds an equally prominent place, with a special part of the curriculum devoted to it. One of the aspects we focus on is the surprising ways in which kale is actually a superb substitute for animal protein, something that most people don’t know.

So how does a bunch kale stack up against that slab of steak? Let’s take a look:

Deepak Chopra on What NOT to Do to Succeed

When you look at the most successful people you know, you probably focus on what they did to achieve their success. But what about what they didn’t do? According to Integrative Nutrition visiting teacher Deepak Chopra, those non-actions play just as significant a role in determining career success.

In an article on LinkedIn last week, Deepak laid out the three biggest mistakes he sees derailing people’s potential:

Integrative Nutrition's World Heart Day Tips for Heart Health!

Happy World Heart Day! Sponsored by the World Health Federation, today is an occasion to raise awareness about cardiac health and what people can do to reduce their risk of suffering from heart disease.

This is incredibly important, given that heart problems are the leading cause of death in the world, and the number of people who die from heart disease annually is projected to reach 23.3 million by 2030. And though heart disease is declining in developed countries, it’s increasing in virtually every other region of the world.

Fortunately, preventative measures are low-cost (or free!), so people in developing areas can reduce their risk of heart disease. The challenge is increasing awareness.

Do I Really Need to Get Certified as a Health Coach to Help People?

I already know a ton about health and nutrition. Why do I need to get certified as a Health Coach to start a Health Coaching business to help people?  -Rich, Santa Barbara

I totally understand where this question comes from. If you feel like a health expert, you’re probably thinking, “Why pay money for a program when I can just do it myself?” It’s a legitimate question, but there are also legitimate reasons why a Health Coach Training Program is worth the investment. To decide whether it’s the right choice for you, I’d start by asking yourself the questions below. 

Have you started a business by yourself before? 

If the answer is no, you’ll probably have a lot of questions.

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