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Simple Steps to Cultivate Gratitude

Today’s Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and many people are pausing to celebrate the season of gratitude with their families. 

What makes you feel grateful? Answering this simple question can help shift your mood in seconds. That’s because feeling thankful for what you have changes your view from negative to positive. Once you’re feeling good, it can be difficult to focus on the things that make you unhappy.

It’s easy to take for granted a happy marriage, nurturing friendships, good health, and even the roof over your head, but these aspects of life sustain you every day. Taking a moment to acknowledge and appreciate what’s good in your life can do wonders for your wellbeing.

In fact, studies have shown that a regular gratitude practice can improve your happiness by as much as 25 percent, and keeping a gratitude journal for as little as three weeks can result in better sleep and more energy.

Announcing the Winners of the What's On Your Plate? Photo Contest!

To celebrate the launch of the new Integrative Nutrition plate, we held a contest asking people to share a photo of their healthy plate. We received so many great photo entries, full of colorful, nutritious, and delicious food! There’s no one-size-fits-all diet, and it’s clear that each person experimented with fresh, whole foods to find what works best for them.

Below are the photos of the three winners. They will receive a Whole Foods gift card and a copy of The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Thank you to everyone who participated in the What's On Your Plate? Photo Contest!

1st Place: "My Homemade Macro Meal" by Lisa Graziano 

Connect with Lisa on Twitter or her website.

Clayton Robinson Receives the October 2012 Best in Class Award

I am thrilled to award October 2012 graduate Clayton Robinson with the Best in Class Health Leadership Award. Clayton has overcome personal hardship and multiple health problems to become a true wellness leader, and she’s a shining example that if you follow the steps of the Health Coach Training Program and face your fears, anything is possible! Clayton has already been featured on Fox 4 news and has a thriving health coaching practice where she provides support for individuals and families who want to make better choices for their health – and she only graduated one month ago. Clayton’s success is an inspiration to us all!

How You & Integrative Nutrition Can Change the World

What’s your true calling? When you know and live according to your big WHY, that’s when you feel most fulfilled, leaping out of bed and ready to take on the world. It’s what helps guide your future actions, decisions, and goals.

Want to know our big WHY? Watch this video to discover the core values that guide Integrative Nutrition’s mission and drive our community:

Sakara Life Makes NYC Healthier, One Delivery at a Time

The “aha” moment: many of our students make a decision to enroll based on it, while others have it once they begin the program. 2011 graduate Danielle DuBoise had her moment while lying on a yoga mat.

Inspired by the thought of helping others reap the benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, she found Integrative Nutrition and enrolled in the Health Coach Training Program. Since graduating she has chased her aspiration to help others get healthy, and co-founded Sakara Life, a New York City-based food delivery company.

The options for ordering food in NYC are endless – you can get pretty much any type of baked, boiled or fried food you desire, anytime. But staying healthy? That’s a different story. Danielle and her business partner deliver organic, locally sourced meals straight to their customer’s doorstep! Read on to learn about Danielle’s business venture and how she got her start.

Why You Should Encourage Your Kids to Be Their Authentic Selves

What makes children the best they can be?

You may be surprised by the answer.

It isn’t birth order, educational opportunities or extra curricular involvement. According to a nine-decade study at Harvard University, the best way to raise a happy child with a healthy self-image and high self-esteem is through emotional warmth and nurturing.

Hurricane Sandy Update: How You Can Help

The devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy has affected multiple states throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast portions of the United States. Millions have been impacted, including many of our students and graduates, as well as our staff.

We hope you are safe and sound wherever you live and work!

Our headquarters are in the heart of New York City, just north of the Flatiron district. While we’re truly fortunate that our staff is safe, and that our offices have not been flooded, our workplace has no power and is currently closed.

If you just joined us as a new student, you may experience delays in getting your Welcome Package. Our warehouse has limited service. But rest assured, it’s on the way.

Join the Gonzolution with Bilingual Health Coach Chris Gonzales

It’s not easy to walk away from a secure, corporate job to fulfill your dreams, but Chris Gonzales took a huge leap of faith in 2011 – and hasn’t looked back since! A 2012 graduate of the Health Coach Training Program, Chris is the founder of The Gonzolution, a holistic lifestyle company in Windermere, Florida that educates, inspires, and empowers people to get healthy and find their passion and purpose.

A former CPA at Ernst & Young, Chris now works with professional athletes to help them boost their performance with whole, plant-based superfood nutrition. Providing his services in both English and Spanish, Chris is also empowering the Hispanic community to fuel up on health-promoting foods. Read on to learn about Chris’ successful journey and what he’s up to now!

What led you to explore the Health Coach Training Program?
I lost my mother and grandmother to cancer at a very young age. I also dealt with severe cystic acne, depression, and digestive issues, which began my journey towards optimal health and wellness. It is my firm belief that with this information, their outcomes could have been significantly different. I have decided to shift my energy towards helping others so they do not have to go through the same struggles I had to.

How Support Systems Can Save Our Lives

Amidst the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, millions of people are now facing immense challenges. Here in New York City, we are grateful that our staff is safe. Resulting in the loss of power, inability to get to work, extreme property damage, and lack of running water, natural disasters are often a test of character. Frustration or hostility may be the assumed response from those impacted, but in fact, the behavior we’ve seen this week has been just the opposite.

A recent article from TIME summarizes historical examples of people coming together in the face of crisis. From the year of the Blitz during World War II in London, to the attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York, kindness has been a common theme in the aftermath of disaster. On Tuesday, Newark, New Jersey Mayor Corey Booker reported zero incidences of looting, and rescue crews, transportation workers, and public officials have been working tirelessly to put New York City back on its feet.

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