5 Simple Ways to Focus on Your Relationships this Holiday Season

Healthy relationships are one of the key primary foods in life. It’s vital to look beyond nourishing our physical body, and focus on that which nourishes our heart and soul. From friendships and marriages to siblings and co-workers, our relationships cultivate a community of companionship and support.

Healthy relationships have the ability to boost longevity, fight depression, and ultimately create an abundant life full of happiness. The health benefits of nourishing relationships are clear: research shows that happily married couples live longer and are less likely to have heart attacks; close friendships are proven to help cancer recovery; people who own pets are less likely to have stress-related diseases.

Video: How to Make Liz’s Famous Healthy Granola

Want to know how to make yummy healthy granola? Ever wondered what it’s like to run your own restaurant? Meet Liz O. Milner, 2008 Integrative Nutrition graduate and owner of Elizabeth’s Neighborhood Table, a delicious and healthy seasonal restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side!

This video is the first installment of our brand new series, IINtv, where inspiring and successful Integrative Nutrition graduates invite us into their lives and give a behind-the-scenes look at the amazing things they are achieving both professionally and personally.

In this video, Liz shares what inspired her to open a seasonal restaurant, how to make healthy granola (you won’t believe how easy it is!), and why her Integrative Nutrition education helps her be a better mom.

Live Interview: How Dr. Libby is Solving the Weight Loss Puzzle

If you’ve ever known someone who struggles with losing weight, you know the frustration they experience when nothing seems to work. They cycle through diets, workout plans, and slimming supplements, looking for the magic formula.

New Integrative Nutrition visiting teacher and holistic healer Dr. Libby Weaver has worked with hundreds of women struggling to lose weight, and though her work, she has found a few missing pieces that help solve the weight loss puzzle. As she writes in her book, Accidently Overweight, hormones, stress, emotions, and other factors are what frequently cause difficulty in losing weight.

Dr. Libby Weaver will be offering some of her wisdom on a special live session for prospective students on Monday, November 26 at 4pm ET. During the session, Dr. Libby will give tips on how to live in a holistically healthy manner that combines physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This session will also offer a peek into what it’s like to be a student at Integrative Nutrition.

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.

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