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.
“Health should be fun and delicious.” This is the mission of Love Grace, a juice line co-founded by Integrative Nutrition graduates Carissa-Ann Santos and Jake Mabanta, Class of 2009… and we couldn’t agree more!
Combining their unique backgrounds – Jake worked as a chef and Carissa-Ann in fashion – this dynamic duo has achieved tremendous success since launching Love Grace just four years ago. Their juices are now available in supermarkets and yoga studios across the country, and they ship to anywhere within the USA.
Many people that enroll in the Health Coach Training Program are already Health Coaches and don’t even know it. They already have a passion for health and wellness; they just need the skills to really develop this as a career, the confidence in their knowledge and abilities, and the push to finally own their value.
How do you know if you’re already a Health Coach just waiting to break free? Here’s a quick questionnaire that might clue you in:
Are you the go-to person for friends and family when they have health-related questions?
Are you constantly thinking up healthy versions of your favorite recipes and sharing them with your colleagues?
Have you ever…
What’s the latest trend that’s taking the wellness scene by storm? Hint – chances are your grandmother was brewing this beverage long before it became “cool.”
Bone broth, an ancient staple of many traditional diets, is enjoying a resurgence of popularity among foodies and the wellness community. Restaurants across the country are serving up steaming cups of sipping broth and many cities even have broth delivery services where you can place orders online. Gwyneth Paltrow put bone broth on her winter detox menu and members of the LA Lakers drink it before their games.
When I started Integrative Nutrition, I was just one person who felt that if I could improve what people eat, I would play a role in making the world a healthier place. We are facing a global health crisis, and the standard diet of processed, chemicalized food is making people sick. If we want to be healthy, we need to eat nutritious foods. It’s pretty simple.
But if you’re reading this, chances are you’re already a health-conscious person who drinks smoothies instead of soda and eats kale instead of KFC. The issue for you likely isn’t over-consuming foods that can lead to health problems – it’s discovering the joy and freedom of sometimes throwing away the rules.