My Balanced Life: It's Not Perfect, But I'll Take It

Hi, I'm Holli Thompson, IIN class of 2009, and the creator of Nutritional Style: a global health and nutrition lifestyle movement. I'm an author with a book coming out in 2014, a speaker, and a TV guest for several major networks. You can find me on my website and on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

You're studying nutrition and working full time. You've launched a new business and there aren't enough hours in a week. Things are slipping through your fingers. Friends, family, your workouts, even connecting with your man.

Friend, I've been there, but balance is overrated and perfection is not a lifestyle. Not if you have a new business and unlimited things to do. Add kids to the mix, a spouse, and a community, and you can easily feel like a failure every day, all day.

How to Earn a Living as a Health Coach

Hi! I’m Lindsey Smith, IIN Class of 2010, also known as the Food Mood Girl. I am an inspirational speaker and author. I am passionate about helping people understand that salads and smoothies won’t fix all their life problems, but once they get rid of the baggage they’ll feel empowered to do their body good and eat what makes them feel best. You can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

I will admit – when I first enrolled at Integrative Nutrition, I constantly drew up plans to see how many clients I would need each month to finally quit my full-time job.

I know you’ve been there, too! Calculating this equation in your brain every day, “At $200 a month per client, I would need 20 clients to quit my job.”

Then reality sets in and you think, “Wait, can I really do this?”

The truth is, you can! But it doesn’t have to be just service-based income. In fact, there are many income streams you can incorporate into your business to spread health and happiness, all while making a lucrative income.

Is Miso the Magic Ingredient Missing From Your Kitchen?

You probably know miso as the cloudy and deliciously salty soup full of diced tofu and seaweed at your favorite sushi restaurant. You know, the dish that graciously tides you over until the spicy tuna and yellow fin rolls make their way to your table. But did you know that slurping down your miso soup could be one of the best decisions you could make for your health?

Miso, a paste made from fermented soybeans, has long been a staple in the standard Japanese diet because of its health benefits and flavor complexity. Not only does it make an appearance in soup, but it’s also used in salad dressings, meat marinades, and vegetable stir-fry.

Will the Real Health Coach Please Stand Up?

Hi, I’m Angelle Batten, IIN Class of 2005 (Live Program) and 2012 (Distance Learning Program), and founder of, where I teach moms to feed their family healthier one manageable step at a time.  Along with health coaching, you’ll find me hanging out with my husband, three kids, and big black dog Oliver.  I have been known to travel for days just to eat at a real foods restaurant and I collect more recipes than I could ever possibly use. You can connect with me on my blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

I remember that even as I was on the phone enrolling at IIN back in 2004, I was questioning my sanity.  “Me…a Health Coach? Really?  I already have my Masters in Education and I actually love teaching.  This is crazy.”

But I also remember the buzz I felt inside every time I read about IIN’s Health Coach Training Program – the guest teachers, the curriculum…the way graduates were so passionate about helping other people.

Katie Flores Helps Moms Live Happier & Healthier Lives

Katie Flores’ greatest joy in life is helping others. First as a school teacher and now as a Health Coach and successful business owner.

She discovered Integrative Nutrition on a health blog and within one week, she was enrolled in the Health Coach Training Program and on her way to discovering a life of wellness and fulfillment.

Read on to learn how Integrative Nutrition provided Katie with the knowledge and inspiration to help moms live happier and healthier lives.

Vegetarian Dinner: Quinoa Cakes with Eggplant Ragu

The end of summer is upon us, which means the farmers markets are starting to look a little purple. Eggplants in every shape and size are sprouting up in all the farm stands, begging to be picked from the bunch and brought home for a delicious vegetarian dish. Most of the time eggplants tend to make their dinnertime debut fried in breadcrumbs and smothered in cheese, but eggplants don’t need to contribute to an unhealthy meal. In fact, they are much better served in a dish that highlights their hearty flavor! We love this recipe for Quinoa Cakes with Eggplant Ragu. It’s a vegetarian dish that is sure to please even your most carnivorous dinner guest!

Quinoa Cakes with Eggplant and Tomato Ragu

How I Knew IIN Was Right for Me

Hi, I’m Marissa Vicario, IIN Class of 2009, and founder of Marissa's Well-being and Health, a health coaching practice that empowers women to kiss their unhealthy habits goodbye and transform their relationship with food. I enjoy running, training for triathlons, yoga, cooking, green juice, photography and traveling. You can connect with me on my blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

My decision to enroll at IIN didn’t happen in an instant – it was one that took me years to make and was a leap I wish I’d had the foresight to make a lot sooner.

For as long as I can remember, I’d felt unfulfilled and immobile in my corporate job. I tried to rationalize that doing public relations and corporate communications for technology start-ups was serving the world with my unique gifts, but I couldn’t make the connection. I knew I had something bigger to share with the world and had always dreamed of owning a business, but never felt clear on what that would look like for me.  

[VIDEO] Integrative Nutrition Gets Local at the Union’s Square Farmers Market

Last weekend, a group of Integrative Nutrition staff members had the pleasure to connect with the New York City community at the Union’s Square farmers market. The famed Greenmarket brings together 140 regional farmers, fishermen, and bakers several days a week, and more than 60,000 shoppers gather on peak days to enjoy the fresh and seasonal produce, heritage meats, artisan breads, flowers, plants, and much more.

One Little Choice Led to Complete Happiness

Hi, I’m Jill Shapiro, IIN Class of 2011, and founder of Wellness by Jill. I traded in a life full of stress and anxiety working in finance for green juice, meditation and yoga. I am passionate about empowering women in the corporate world that are stressed and tired from the demands of their jobs and frustrated with their health. I help implement simple, healthy choices that make a big impact on women's lives as a whole. You can connect with me on my blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

I remember so clearly back in high school, I decided that because I loved math, I should be an accountant.

An accountant? I mean, doesn’t that just make sense? Back then I thought that this was the logical pathway to a fulfilling career. Sit behind a desk at a computer, work your behind off, collect your paycheck, and pay your rent and living expenses. Repeat daily, weekly, monthly.

I’ve learned a lot over the past year. I know now that just because you are good at something does not mean that you are passionate about it. Real passion is much deeper than just that.

Is nutrition the next big thing?

The other day, a staff member here at the school asked me a question that totally lit me up.

“Are we like Apple in the seventies?” she asked.

What a great question!

That got me thinking about the big game changers…companies like Apple, people like Gandhi, and movements like yoga.

And I asked myself, “Is nutrition the next big thing?”

In search of an answer, I thought about the common threads between all the game changers.

And I realized that they have two basic ingredients.

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