We'd like to wish you the happiest of holidays, filled with all the joy and love of the season. Whatever your traditions at this time of year, we just want to say that we appreciate you, and we are so glad you are a part of our community.
Did you miss all the latest nutrition news? Don't worry we collected all the hottest topics for you to easily digest right here. Deepak Chopra discusses diabetes and the circle of life and IIN grads are making headlines. Plus encouraging news about the fight against obesity.
Type 2 Diabetes and the Circle of Life [VIDEO]
By IIN Faculty Deepak Chopra
Type 2 diabetes has become an increasing problem in modern America. Because it is chiefly linked to obesity, as more people become overweight and as the age of gaining weight reaches down into childhood, a largely preventable disease turns into an epidemic. The litany about such lifestyle disorders is now familiar to almost everyone. The changes that prevent Type 2 diabetes all move in the direction of moderation: a balanced diet, exercise and management of stress. Read more.
At the beginning of the month, we announced our Holiday Six-Word Story Contest, asking you to sum up what the holidays mean to you in exactly six words. Then every day for 12 weekdays, we chose a winning story to share on our Facebook wall.*
Your stories were funny and touching, made us laugh and made us smile, but most of all, they made us reflect on the holiday season. It was a tough decision (who knew how creative our community could be!) but here are the 12 winning stories that made the list:
I'll always believe in Santa Claus" - by Sam P.
Brother's deployment over, primary nourishment achieved! - by Kirsten H.
As 2011 comes to an end, it’s the perfect time for reflection. Protestors around the world demanded that their voices be heard, and we lost tech visionary Steve Jobs whose legacy defined a generation. Congress blocked new rules to make school lunches healthier, while Medicare joined the fight against obesity. Though the world is in a constant state of motion and change, we think of our accomplishments from previous months and set clear goals for the year ahead.
At Integrative Nutrition, we are committed to being the catalyst for change. We think of 2011 was a monumental year for health coaching.
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” In those seven simple words, celebrated writer and activist, Michael Pollan cuts through all the confusion surrounding nutrition and sums up almost everything you need to know about healthy eating.
The premise of Pollan’s mantra is simple: until recently, people relied on food traditions instead of nutrition facts to guide their eating habits. All meals were home-cooked, made from fresh seasonal ingredients, and families and friends enjoyed them together sitting down at the table.
Maia Lagerstedt, a 2007 graduate from New Fairfield, CT, has always loved writing, yet she didn’t find her career as a freelance writer completely fulfilling. When she came across the Health Coach Training Program she was able to combine her passions for writing and health, and created a career that she loves.
Now a Health Coach and published author, Maia helps people eat healthily within a budget, and has several other projects in the works including a cookbook and a wedding guide. Read on to learn more about this successful graduate!
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At last, a much needed wellness revolution is underway and gaining momentum. As the demand for more health information spreads, Health Coaches are increasingly being welcomed into the fold of the mainstream healthcare system as authorities in specialized care.
An article in Fox Business says of the burgeoning profession, "Demand for health coaches has grown exponentially, largely because research has found it's more effective to discuss a treatment plan with a patient than to simply prescribe a medicine and hope that they take it." (Check out the second-to-last paragraph, in which The Institute for Integrative Nutrition is mentioned by name!)
Our mission at Integrative Nutrition has always been to play a crucial role in improving health and happiness, and through that process, create a ripple effect that transforms the world.
As part of our 2020 vision and our commitment to help others share in our mission, I am very excited to support an organization that strengthens young women around the world.
The Girl Effect is a collaborative movement of amazing organizations and people passionate about alleviating poverty by investing in girls. They have found a way to empower girls to get a great education, stay healthy, and raise a stable family.
Vista McCroskery, a 2011 graduate from Nacogdoches, TX, grew up on a small farm where she planted her own seeds and enjoyed organic fruits and vegetables. When she moved away, her diet and lifestyle drastically changed, and consequently she became overwhelmed with serious health problems. She did not seek help for a long time, but years of medications and stress forced her to make a change.
After rediscovering whole foods and primary foods through the Health Coaching Training Program, Vista was able to move away from her medications and lose an astonishing 100 pounds. She launched her own health coaching business, and currently has three books in the making. Most importantly, Vista has returned to a state of happiness and self-confidence, and after a long, difficult journey, she’s finally living to her full potential.
This was a hot week for nutrition news. IIN faculty members Deepak Chopra and David Katz offer their insights on health and wellness. Kale is a buzz word thanks to a Vermont t-shirt maker. EWG put out a report on sugar cereal that has Kellogg's scrambling to defend their products. And Monsanto's corn is for the bugs. Plus, more hot topics we collected here in one spot for you to easily digest.
Can positive thinking make you well?
By IIN faculty Deepak Chopra
Observers may have noticed recently that mainstream medicine is taking a harder line against positive thinking. Surveys of the leading research in the field conclude that recovery rates from cancer, for example, are not higher among patients who take a positive attitude about fighting their disease. Studies that show the reverse have been small and, according to their critics, flawed in serious ways. Read more.
Reimbursement for Obesity Counseling: So What?
By IIN faculty member David Katz, MD